February 25, 2009

Football for Press Freedom

Filed under: media release — newritings @ 11:34 pm

The other day we went to the exhibition Football for Press Freedom and we think it is a very creative way that the Reporters without Borders have tried to raise concern about the hazardous conditions journalists are working under worldwide. The 2008 data on world press freedom is a cause for serious action by all who cherish freedom of speech and related democratic freedoms:

Baquba, Irak, 2005, photo by Ali Yussef

Baquba, Irak, 2005, photo by Ali Yussef

World press freedom. 2008 in figures:
61 reporters killed
673 reporters arrested
929 reporters attacked or threatened with violence
29 reporters kidnapped
353 media censored

In relation to the Internet:
1 blogger killed
59 bloggers arrested
45 Internet users attacked
1,740 websites shut down or blocked

As the head of the Spanish section of Reporters without Borders Maria Dolors Masana said that “without press freedom there is no freedom, so any action that helps spread that view is very important. The Football for Press Freedom exhibition is a good example of doing just that.”

The exhibition is organised by the Palau Robert in Barcelona and Reporters without Borders with the collaboration of the news agency Agence France-Presse, and can be visited from 3 February to 22 March 2009.

I really think this exhibition must come to South Africa in time for the 2010 World Cup…

PS. The photo above is  one of the 35 pictures on exhibition. For a few more, click here…

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