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

18.01.2012

Reporters Without Borders to close its English-language site for 24 hours in protest against SOPA and PIPA

In an unprecedented move, Reporters Without Borders will shut down its English-language website for 24 hours from 8 a.m. EST on 18 January, in protest against two online piracy bills, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), which are currently working their way through the US Congress. »

21.12.2011

Annual overview – The 10 most dangerous places for journalists in 2011

2011 in figures: 66 journalists killed (16% more than in 2010), 1,044 journalists arrested, 1,959 journalists physically attacked or threatened, 499 media censored, 71 journalists kidnapped, 73 journalists fled their country, 5 netizens killed, 199 bloggers and netizens arrested, 62 bloggers and netizens physically attacked, 68 countries subject to Internet censorship »

20.12.2011

Reporter shot dead in Mogadishu is fourth journalist killed this year in Somalia

Reporters Without Borders expresses its deepest sympathy to the family and colleagues of the journalist Abdisalan Sheikh Hassan, shot dead yesterday by a man in military uniform in the Hamar Jajab district of Mogadishu. »

15.12.2011

Maikel Nabil Sanad’s two-year jail term “insults spirit of Egyptian revolution”

Reporters Without Borders roundly condemns the two-year jail sentence that the supreme military court of appeals in Cairo imposed today on Maikel Nabil Sanad, a blogger who has been held since March on a charge of insulting the military in a blog entry. »

14.12.2011

Soldiers use clubs to disperse women journalists demonstrating outside presidential palace

Reporters Without Borders condemns the violence used by police and soldiers to disperse yesterday’s demonstration by journalists – mostly women – outside the presidential palace in Tegucigalpa to demand justice for the 24 journalists killed since 2003, 17 of them since the June 2009 coup d’état. The latest journalist to be murdered, last week, was a woman. »

27.11.2011

Journalist Lina Ibrahim freed

Reporters Without Borders welcomes the release of Lina Ibrahim, a journalist of pro-government newspaper Tishreen. The news was reported on Facebook by a support group that had called for her release ever since her abduction on 25 October in Damascus suburb of Harasta. It was confirmed by other sources that she had been held by the mukhabarat (intelligence services) in AlKhatib »

23.11.2011

New libel law designed to muzzle the media

Reporters Without Borders expresses its grave concern over parliament’s approval yesterday of the first reading of a bill toughening Israel’s libel laws, despite strong objections from Israeli journalists. The bill, provides for a steep rise in the amount of damages payable for articles judged to be defamatory. »

16.11.2011

Journalists arrested and obstructed again during Occupy Wall Street camp eviction

“Zuccotti Park is not Tiananmen Square,” said Scott Stringer, the Borough of Manhattan’s Democratic Party president, criticizing the way the New York police manhandled reporters and kept them at a distance as they evicted Occupy Wall Street protesters from their camp in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park in the early hours of yesterday. »

14.11.2011

Three news websites hacked, newspaper publisher bombed

Reporters Without Borders unreservedly condemns such acts of violence accompanied by incitement to hatred and violence, and hopes there will soon be results from the investigations into these incidents, which do not bode well for the free circulation of ideas and opinions. Article by Benoît Hervieu, form the Americas desk »

03.11.2011

Leading suspect cleared of killing journalist, “clean-up” of police announced

Reporters Without Borders is astonished to learn that Marco Joel Álvarez Barahona, also known as El Unicornio” (The Unicorn), was acquitted by a court in the northern city of La Ceiba on 31 October of being the main perpetrator of last year’s murder of radio journalist David Meza Montesinos. »

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