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Power. Delusions of grandeur … You name it; national leaders around the world have got it TURKISH prime minister, Recep … Continue reading
Crimea votes to join Russia. Roland is half-British, half-French so what does he know? EVERYONE’S at it but never mind. … Continue reading
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Spreading the word(s)
Updated 17 April 2014
IT IS now two years since five journalists and rights activists from the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM) were jailed after their offices were raided by Syrian Air Force Intelligence (AFI). Three SCM workers, founder Mazen Darwish, Hani Al-Zitani and Hussein Ghrer, are still held and are facing terrorism charges. The AFI claim that they publicised “terrorism acts”.
Index on Censorship report on a new “anti-terrorism law” in Egypt that could “severely erode civil liberties” and “reinstate the old police state …”
Stop unfair disability assessments
No ‘life of Riley’
IF ANY visitors to Storyboard4 are still of the view that journalists generally lead a ‘life of Riley’, passing anecdotal celebrity gossip off as news — here is the other news. In January 2013 the International Federation of Journalists reported that 121 journalists and media workers were killed in 2012 as a result of targeted killings, bomb attacks and crossfire. Syria and Somalia topped the league table of dangerous places to report from.
Little has changed with barely two months gone of this year; indeed the physical dangers are being exacerbated by an increasing clamp-down on journalists ability to work and report freely. Egypt is a particular case in point. Twenty journalists have been charged with “fabricating news and assisting or belonging to a terror cell”; eight of the defendants worked for Al Jazeera English (AJE). The trial has, for the moment, been adjourned until 5 March although the news that the current Cairo government has resigned (24.02.14) it would be probably be too speculative to say what may actually occur. Sites such as Index on Censorship and Reporters Without Borders are following events closely. Please try to share campaign appeals as widely as you can and if you can afford to donate even a small amount all the better. Unsurprisingly, these are not organisations drowning in ‘sugar-daddy’ corporate sponsorship.
Libel and privacy
A group of socialists in the Midlands, supporters of different left groups and none, have published a collection of articles articulating the views of democratic, secular, progressive and socialist currents active today in Syria. The pdf can be downloaded directly from Box.net in the left hand-hand sidebar or viewed here
Support journalists in Iran
REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS are campaigning for the release of 54 journalists currently in jail in Iran. The regime has recently cut off access to the internet and routinely censors the national press and prevents foreign journalists getting into the country. They have jailed and sentenced more than 350 journalists and “netizens” since the Presidential election of 2009. Reporters Without Borders are concerned that the winner of the forthcoming election will be chosen behind closed doors — with nobody able to dissent. The campaigning group urgently needs donations to carry on work defending journalists in Iran. Gifts can be made here here.