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May 3, 2011

Middle East in decline as global press freedom hits low point

The number of people worldwide with access to free and independent media declined to its lowest level in over a decade, according a Freedom House study released today. The report, Freedom of the Press 2011: A Global Survey of Media Independence , found that a number of key countries—including Egypt, Honduras, Hungary, Mexico, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, and Ukraine—experienced significant declines, producing a global landscape in which only one in six people live in countries with a press... MORE
May 3, 2011

Shadow of 9/11 hangs over journalism, says IFJ on World Press Freedom Day

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is marking this year's World Press Freedom Day by focusing on the legacy of the terrorist attacks on September 11 in New York and Washington ten years ago. The Federation calls for a reversal of the tide of legal and official intimidation of journalism and attacks on civil liberties that has followed the events of 2001. "The last ten years have seen an alarming erosion of press freedom as governments adopted a hard line in the fight against... MORE
May 3, 2011

Journalists and cyber activists: In the line of fire

(ARTICLE 19): From Morocco to Bahrain, everyday people have taken on the cast iron hold of dictatorships and absolute monarchies resulting in an extraordinary collective awakening that has paved the way for epochal change in the region. The youth movement, which lies at the core of the uprisings, continues to play a prominent role in the pro-democracy and pro-reform demonstrations, which have swept through the region, unabated by government clampdowns or concessions. To date, there have been... MORE
May 3, 2011

World Press Freedom Day: No Frontiers, New Barriers

(Article 19): Free speech, media and information flows increasingly ignore and elude physical frontiers or national boundaries. Many governments, fearful of this lack of control, are trying hard to restore or fortify barriers to trace, block, target and censor those who champion the truth. No Frontiers Throughout the last year a series of revelations have sent shockwaves across the world. Photos, reports, articles, messages and videos originating in one place are instantly shared with another... MORE
May 3, 2011

Thirty-eight heads of state and warlords sow terror among journalists

The kingpins of repressive machinery, political leaders of regimes hostile to civil liberties and direct organizers of campaigns of violence against journalists – they are the predators of press freedom. They prey on the media. There are 38 predators this year, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). Pride of place goes to North Africa and the Middle East, where dramatic and sometimes tragic events have taken place in recent months. It is the Arab world... MORE
April 27, 2011

Europe: Disappointing report and belated investigation on net neutrality

The European Commission’s decision to investigate the impact on net neutrality of the practices of Internet Service Providers, especially those offering mobile phone access, has been taken too late and the basis on which the investigation is being initiated is wrong, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has said. The press freedom organisation called on the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC), which is in charge of the investigation, to... MORE
April 22, 2011

IFJ marks World Copyright Day by demanding an end to authors' rights grab

To mark International Copyright Day on April 23 the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has called on media organisations to put an end to rights-grabbing contracts that deprive journalists of a major part of their income and influence over the use of their work. "The increasing abuse of buy-out contracts whereby media employers require the total ownership of journalists' authors' rights is a great threat to our profession," said Beth Costa, IFJ General Secretary. "Journalists are... MORE
April 18, 2011

EFJ alarmed by restructuring in French, German and British international public broadcasters

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the European group of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), has expressed its concerns over restructurings and downsizing taking place in major public broadcasters in Europe. "Within a couple of weeks it was announced that the three major international public broadcasters in Europe, BBC World Service, RFI-France 24 and Deutsche Welle, will reshuffle their operations and make hundreds of journalists redundant. This is terrible news for... MORE
April 12, 2011

Freedom of Expression awards go to Ciudad Juárez and Novaya Gazeta blogs

Ciudad Juárez, en la sombra del narcotráfico , a courageous blog about drug cartel activities, government repression and police corruption in northern Mexico, is the jury choice in the “Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom” category of this year’s BOBs (Best of Blogs competition), organised by the German radio station Deutsche Welle. The blog’s author, Spanish journalist Judith Torrea, was chosen from 11 finalists by an international jury consisting of bloggers and a Reporters Without... MORE
March 31, 2011

Al-Jazeera aims to become Balkans news hub

The Al-Jazeera pan-Arab satellite channel says it will begin airing a Balkans programme in September, hoping to to establish itself as a regional news hub in the ethnically divided region, says an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. With powerful public television divided along ethnic lines across the region and dozens of private channels mostly focusing on entertainment, Al-Jazeera Balkans hopes to fill the void for a regional news broadcast. "In the region there are currently more than 100... MORE