Reporters Sans Frontières

Freedom of expression and of information will always be the world’s most important freedom. If journalists were not free to report the facts, denounce abuses and alert the public, how would we resist the problem of children-soldiers, defend women’s rights, or preserve our environment? In some countries, torturers stop their atrocious deeds as soon as they are mentioned in the media. In others, corrupt politicians abandon their illegal habits when investigative journalists publish compromising details about their activities. Still elsewhere, massacres are prevented when the international media focuses its attention and cameras on events. Freedom of information is the foundation of any democracy. Yet almost half of the world’s population is still denied it. rsf.org

07.12.2012

Last-minute court ruling delays application of new broadcasting law

Last-minute court ruling delays application of new broadcasting law

The Argentine media group Clarin obtained an eleventh-hour ruling yesterday delaying the application of a section of the country’s new media law which would have forced it to give up some of its broadcasting licences. The Civil and Commercial Court extended the deadline for the application of article… »

28.11.2012

Supreme Court suspends controversial article of Cyber Crimes Law

Supreme Court suspends controversial article of Cyber Crimes Law

As a result of a constitutional challenge filed by the journalist Randall Rivera against Costa Rica’s Information Crimes Law, the Supreme Court has temporarily suspended parts of the controversial legislation, in particular Article 288 providing for prison sentences of between four and eight years for anyone publishing “secret political information”. »

15.11.2012

Criminal defamation case against two journalists, parliament urged to decriminalize media offences

Criminal defamation case against two journalists, parliament urged to decriminalize media offences

Two journalists are facing sentences of three months to a year in prison and fines of five to 500 times the minimum wage in a criminal defamation suit by Canadian textile multinational Gildan Activewear over reports about harm to the environment in Guerra, a municipality in Santo Domingo province. The… »

18.10.2012

Trinidad and Tobago: Government obtains newspaper reporter’s phone records

Trinidad and Tobago: Government obtains newspaper reporter’s phone records

Reporters Without Borders calls for the creation of an independent commission of enquiry into revelations that Trinidad Guardian reporter Anika Gumbs-Sandiford‘s confidential phone records were illegally passed to a government agency.   The media freedom organization is also concerned about the effect of a smear operation against certain journalists and… »

17.10.2012

Open letter to president-elect of a country with 100 dead or missing journalists

Open letter to president-elect of a country with 100 dead or missing journalists

Dear President-Elect Peña Nieto, You are ending a European tour with a visit to Paris before being sworn in as your country’s next president on 1 December.  Tomorrow you will meet with French President François Hollande and the next day you will address the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development… »

10.09.2012

“Real pluralism cannot develop in conditions inherited from Pinochet era”

As Chile remembers the September 1973 coup, Reporters Without Borders solemnly calls on the political and administrative authorities, together with professional organizations and appropriate representatives of civil society, to promote a new legal framework for the media. Hopes for genuine pluralism that takes account of the diversity of the media… »

09.09.2012

In continuing purge, 27 employees fired from state TV

In continuing purge, 27 employees fired from state TV

Twenty-seven journalists, technicians and other employees of state-owned TV Pública were denied entry to the TV station’s Asunción headquarters yesterday on the grounds that they “cannot continue” to work for the station. Some had heard talk on 31 August of a new wave of dismissals, but none was notified in… »

09.09.2012

Journalist Ahmed Radhi’s detention extended after forced confession

Journalist Ahmed Radhi’s detention extended after forced confession

Reporters Without Borders condemns a decision by the supreme court in Manama on 30 August to extend journalist and blogger Ahmed Radhi’s detention for another 15 days. Charged with participating in an illegal demonstration and disturbing the peace, Radhi was arrested on 16 May (LINK) after criticizing a proposed union… »

13.07.2012

Radio reporter gunned down and TV journalist shot at for second time

Adonis Felipe Bueso Gutiérrez, a reporter for the Christian radio station Stereo Naranja, was shot dead with two of his cousins on 8 July in Villanueva in the northern department of Cortés while on holiday visiting his family. He was to have taken part in celebrations on 21 July marking the first anniversary of the station, located in Sonoguera in the department of Colón. »

13.07.2012

Russia: Freedom of information threatened by website blacklisting and recriminalization of defamation

The lower house of the Russian parliament, the Duma, yesterday approved a bill on third reading that will allow the authorities to compile a website blacklist, fuelling concern about Internet filtering and censorship. The bill will have to be passed by the upper house and ratified by President Vladimir Putin before it takes effect. »

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