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 Offsite Article: The world of film censors...


Link Here 9th June 2018
film ratings array Detailed report on how film censors are moving with the times

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UN cancels event to mark press freedom because speakers were set to name and shame countries that jail journalists for reporting the news


Link Here 5th May 2018
UN logoThe United Nations ironically censored an event marking World 'Press Freedom' Day.

A U.N. panel discussion on international media freedom and fake news was suddenly postponed because one of the presenters was going to mention by name countries that jail journalists.

Robert Mahoney, deputy executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists commented:

So we have a discussion in the U.N. about battling censorship, being censored, that's quite ironic, he said. I would call on us all here present to resist the politicization -- the increasing politicization of U.N. agencies whose mission is to defend press freedom.

Alan Miller, founder of the News Literacy Project said in a statement that the panel was postponed after his organization refused a request from the UN's Alliance of Civilizations group to remove references from a video it wanted to present to several countries that restrict press freedom including Turkey, Mexico, Egypt, Russia and Pakistan. Miller said:

I could not permit this censorship of our presentation due to the stated concern that it would offend one or more countries engaged in repression and violence against journalists, adding that the video has since been posted on the project's website.

Nihal Saad, from Egypt, spokesperson for the Alliance of Civilizations, spouted:

The alliance asked the group to either make a comprehensive presentation of all countries where press freedom is limited, or to remove reference to specific countries that had been singled out in their report, to ensure objectivity and a more comprehensive presentation.

 

  Reporters Without Borders publishes its 2018 index of worldwide press freedom...

And Britain is 40th, amongst the lowest in western Europe


Link Here 25th April 2018
press freedom 2018 Reporters Without Borders has published its annual review of Worldwide press freedom.

The Index ranks 180 countries according to the level of freedom available to journalists. It is a snapshot of the media freedom situation based on an evaluation of pluralism, independence of the media, quality of legislative framework and safety of journalists in each country. It does not rank public policies even if governments obviously have a major impact on their country's ranking. Nor is it an indicator of the quality of journalism in each country.

The top 5 countries are Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Finland, Switzerland. The bottom 5 in descending order are China, Syria, Turkmenistan, Eritrea and North Korea.

Reporters Without Borders offer a note about the UK's disgraceful 40th position in  the rankings:

A worrying trend

A continued heavy-handed approach towards the press (often in the name of national security) has resulted in the UK keeping its status as one of the worst-ranked Western European countries in the World Press Freedom Index. The government began to implement the Investigatory Powers Act -- the most extreme surveillance legislation in UK history -- with insufficient protection mechanisms for whistleblowers, journalists, and their sources. Home Secretary Amber Rudd repeatedly threatened to restrict encryption tools such as WhatsApp and announced plans to criminalize the repeated viewing of extremist content. Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 remained on the books, presenting cause for concern since the law's punitive cost-shifting provision could hold publishers liable for the costs of all claims made against them, regardless of merit.

Both the Conservative and Labour parties restricted journalists' access to campaign events ahead of the June 2017 general election, and BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg received extensive online abuse and threats, resulting in her being assigned bodyguards to cover the Labour Party conference.

Offshore law firm Appleby sued the BBC and The Guardian for breach of confidence over the Paradise Papers source materials, making them the only two media outlets out of 96 in 67 countries to have analyzed the Paradise Papers and taken to court.


2018 World Press Freedom Index
 

  • 1 Norway 7.63
  • 2 Sweden 8.31
  • 3 Netherlands 10.01
  • 4 Finland 10.26
  • 5 Switzerland 11.27
  • 6 Jamaica 11.33
  • 7 Belgium 13.16
  • 8 New Zealand 13.62
  • 9 Denmark 13.99
  • 10 Costa Rica 14.01
  • 11 Austria 14.04
  • 12 Estonia 14.08
  • 13 Iceland 14.10
  • 14 Portugal 14.17
  • 15 Germany 14.39
  • 16 Ireland 14.59
  • 17 Luxembourg 14.72
  • 18 Canada 15.28
  • 19 Australia 15.46
  • 20 Uruguay 15.56
  • 21 Surinam 16.44
  • 22 Samoa 16.69
  • 23 Ghana 18.41
  • 24 Latvia 19.63
  • 25 Cyprus 19.85
  • 26 Namibia 20.24
  • 27 Slovakia 20.26
  • 28 South Africa 20.39
  • 29 Cabo Verde 20.39
  • 30 Liechtenstein 20.49
  • 31 Spain 20.51
  • 32 Slovenia 21.69
  • 33 France 21.87
  • 34 Czech Republic 21.89
  • 35 OECS 22.11
  • 36 Lithuania 22.20
  • 37 Andorra 22.21
  • 38 Chile 22.69
  • 39 Trinidad and Tobago
  • 40 United Kingdom 23.25
  • 41 Burkina Faso 23.33
  • 42 Taiwan 23.36
  • 43 South Korea 23.51
  • 44 Romania 23.65
  • 45 United States 23.73
  • 46 Italy 24.12
  • 47 Belize 24.55
  • 48 Botswana 25.29
  • 49 Comoros 25.30
  • 50 Senegal 25.61
  • 51 Tonga 25.68
  • 52 Argentina 26.05
  • 53 Papua New Guinea
  • 54 Madagascar 26.20
  • 55 Guyana 26.25
  • 56 Mauritius 26.45
  • 57 Fiji 26.55
  • 58 Poland 26.59
  • 59 Dominican Republic
  • 60 Haïti 26.82
  • 61 Georgia 27.34
  • 62 Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • 63 Niger 27.40
  • 64 Malawi 27.43
  • 65 Malta 27.44
  • 66 El Salvador 27.78
  • 67 Japan 28.64
  • 68 Lesotho 28.78
  • 69 Croatia 28.94
  • 70 Hong Kong 29.04
  • 71 Mongolia 29.05
  • 72 Mauritania 29.09
  • 73 Hungary 29.11
  • 74 Greece 29.19
  • 75 Albania 29.49
  • 76 Serbia 29.58
  • 77 Northern Cyprus 29.59
  • 78 Kosovo 29.61
  • 79 Sierra Leone 29.98
  • 80 Armenia 29.99
  • 81 Moldova 30.01
  • 82 Côte d'Ivoire 30.08
  • 83 Guinea Bissau 30.09
  • 84 Benin 30.16
  • 85 Seychelles 30.17
  • 86 Togo 30.23
  • 87 Israel 30.26
  • 88 Peru 30.27
  • 89 Liberia 30.33
  • 90 Nicaragua 30.41
  • 91 Panama 30.56
  • 92 Ecuador 30.56
  • 93 Tanzania 30.65
  • 94 Bhutan 30.73
  • 95 East Timor 30.81
  • 96 Kenya 30.82
  • 97 Tunisia 30.91
  • 98 Kyrgyzstan 31
  • 99 Mozambique 31.12
  • 100 Lebanon 31.15
  • 101 Ukraine 31.16
  • 102 Brazil 31.20
  • 103 Montenegro 31.21
  • 104 Guinea 31.90
  • 105 Kuwait 31.91
  • 106 Nepal 32.05
  • 107 Paraguay 32.32
  • 108 Gabon 32.37
  • 109 Macedonia 32.43
  • 110 Bolivia 32.45
  • 111 Bulgaria 35.22
  • 112 Central African Republic
  • 113 Zambia 35.36
  • 114 Congo-Brazzaville 35.42
  • 115 Mali 36.15
  • 116 Guatemala 36.17
  • 117 Uganda 36.77
  • 118 Afghanistan 37.28
  • 119 Nigeria 37.41
  • 120 Maldives 37.95
  • 121 Angola 38.35
  • 122 Gambia 38.36
  • 123 Chad 38.45
  • 124 Indonesia 39.68
  • 125 Qatar 40.16
  • 126 Zimbabwe 40.53
  • 127 Oman 40.67
  • 128 United Arab Emirates
  • 129 Cameroon 40.92
  • 130 Colombia 41.03
  • 131 Sri Lanka 41.37
  • 132 Jordan 41.71
  • 133 Philippines 42.53
  • 134 Palestine 42.96
  • 135 Morocco / Western Sahara
  • 136 Algeria 43.13
  • 137 Myanmar 43.15
  • 138 India 43.24
  • 139 Pakistan 43.24
  • 140 Thailand 44.31
  • 141 Honduras 45.23
  • 142 Cambodia 45.90
  • 143 Venezuela 46.03
  • 144 South Sudan 46.88
  • 145 Malaysia 47.41
  • 146 Bangladesh 48.62
  • 147 Mexico 48.91
  • 148 Russia 49.96
  • 149 Tajikistan 50.06
  • 150 Ethiopia 50.17
  • 151 Singapore 50.95
  • 152 Swaziland 51.46
  • 153 Brunei 51.48
  • 154 Democratic Republic of Congo
  • 155 Belarus 52.59
  • 156 Rwanda 52.90
  • 157 Turkey 53.50
  • 158 Kazakhstan 54.41
  • 159 Burundi 55.26
  • 160 Iraq 56.56
  • 161 Egypt 56.72
  • 162 Libya 56.79
  • 163 Azerbaijan 59.73
  • 164 Iran 60.71
  • 165 Uzbekistan 60.84
  • 166 Bahrain 60.85
  • 167 Yemen 62.23
  • 168 Somalia 63.04
  • 169 Saudi Arabia 63.13
  • 170 Laos 66.41
  • 171 Equatorial Guinea
  • 172 Cuba 68.90
  • 173 Djibouti 70.77
  • 174 Sudan 71.13
  • 175 Vietnam 75.05
  • 176 China 78.29
  • 177 Syria 79.22
  • 178 Turkmenistan 84.20
  • 179 Eritrea 84.24
  • 180 North Korea 88.87

 

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