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Offsite Article: Saving the U.N. Internet Resolution from sharks circling in Geneva...


Link Here 14th July 2018
Now the US has pulled out of the UN Human Rights Council its direction accelerates away from human rights

See article from accessnow.org

 

Offsite Article: The world of film censors...


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

See article from screendaily.com

 

UNfree...

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
The 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
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

 

Sounds like China...

US to generate a database of global news sources, journalists, social media influencers and bloggers etc so that they will know where to send the boys round when somebody says something they shouldn't


Link Here 9th April 2018
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is looking to create a database that would monitor news outlets, journalists and media influencers around the world, it has been reported.

DHS is looking to track more than 290,000 global news sources, including online, print, broadcast, television, and radio, according to a request for information. It will also look at trade and industry publications, local, national and international outlets, and social media, according to documents.

The plans also encompass media coverage being tracked in more than 100 languages including Arabic, Chinese, and Russian, with instant translation of articles into English.

The DHS Media Monitoring plan would allow for 24/7 access to media influencer database, including journalist, editors, correspondents, social media influencers, bloggers etc to identify any and all media coverage of a particular event.

 

Spain imprisons the most musicians of all countries...

Freemuse first annual State of Artistic Freedom report


Link Here 29th March 2018

In a first-of-its-kind report assessing the global state of artistic freedom, Freemuse warns of the emergence of a new global culture of silencing others, where artistic expression is being shut down in every corner of the globe, including in the traditionally democratic West.

In 2017, 48 artists were serving combined sentences of more than 188 years in prison. Spain imprisoned 13 rappers -- more musicians than any other country. On average, one artist per week in 2017 was prosecuted for expressing themselves. Egypt, Russia and Israel accounted for one-third of violations against LGBT artists and audiences. Seventy per cent of violations against women artists and audiences were on the grounds of indecency, a rationale used in 15 countries across Europe, North America, Asia and Africa. And artists from minority groups suffered violations of their artistic freedom in a near 50/50 split between countries in the global North and South.

The nationalist politics in the US and Europe has created a new legitimacy to dismiss perspectives and artistic expression of 'others'. Together with traditional repressive regimes, the new global culture of silencing others has taken freedom of artistic expression to a new low, Freemuse Executive Director Dr Srirak Plipat said. Our research and analysis show that those in power anywhere share a will to silence those with whom they disagree, dislike, fear or simply see as different.

The consequences of these violations against art and artists are incalculable. Artists challenge authorities by their creativity and by their power to convey sharp observations and ideas that many people share. When authorities silence artists, it affects a wide group of readers, listeners and audiences, Anna Livion Ingvarsson, Secretary General of Swedish PEN, said.

The State of Artistic Freedom 2018 report documents and examines 553 cases of artistic freedom violations in 78 countries, exploring the rationales and mechanisms in place that allow for these violations to take place.

Through this comprehensive analysis we have identified 18 countries, including China, Cuba, India, Malaysia, Nigeria, Poland, Spain, Turkey and the US, that have exhibited alarming developments in how they treat artists and their freedom of artistic expression, and are ones to keep a watch on throughout 2018.

 

Freedom in the World 2018: Democracy in Crisis...

Freedom House publishes its annual survey


Link Here 19th February 2018
Freedom House has published its annual survey of freedom around the word. Its key findings are somewhat grim:
  • Democracy faced its most serious crisis in decades in 2017 as its basic tenets--including guarantees of free and fair elections, the rights of minorities, freedom of the press, and the rule of law--came under attack around the world.
  • Seventy-one countries suffered net declines in political rights and civil liberties, with only 35 registering gains. This marked the 12th consecutive year of decline in global freedom.
  • The United States retreated from its traditional role as both a champion and an exemplar of democracy amid an accelerating decline in American political rights and civil liberties.
  • Over the period since the 12-year global slide began in 2006, 113 countries have seen a net decline, and only 62 have experienced a net improvement.

See full report from freedomhouse.org

 

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