World Press Freedom Day » 2013

Case study: Iran

For some years now, my country, Iran, has been in a difficult situation caused by economical pressures, social deficiencies and most importantly of all, a lack of freedoms. I was a child of the Islamic revolution; my generation grew up in war and post-war situations but nothing more than social restrictions surrounding us. I always suffered from a lack of freedom of speech – even as a schoolgirl. Self-censorship is … Read more »Case study: Iran

Foreign Secretary marks 20th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day

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The Foreign Secretary William Hague recognises the bravery of journalists around the globe on World Press Freedom Day. Speaking today, he said: We all owe a debt of gratitude to the courageous journalists who risk imprisonment, injury and death to report from repressive countries or conflict zones around the world. It is easy to take for granted the stream of information that reaches us each day from across the globe. … Read more »Foreign Secretary marks 20th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day

Case study: Zimbabwe

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On April 1, 2007, I was captured by the police and dragged to the Harare Central Police Station’s notorious Law and Order section. I was pushed into a stuffy room and ordered to sit on a dirty, green carpet. Behind the desk was a lick-spittle man – tall, dark, thin and stern-faced. On the neat Mahogany desk was a plaque inscribed with the police superintendent’s name. Wearing a dull coloured Nelson Mandela … Read more »Case study: Zimbabwe

Case study: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

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My team of prosecutors in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines will meet in Kingstown later today to announce new guidelines to ensure transparency and equal access to information for the media about criminal procedures. Prosecutors and journalists will launch the new ‘Prosecution Media Protocol’, a first for the Caribbean, which sets the ground rules for the relationship between prosecutors and the media. The Protocol will set clear procedures for disclosure … Read more »Case study: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Case study: Tanzania

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I grew up surrounded by people who had everything they required to lift themselves and their communities out of poverty. Despite this, they and their communities remained deep seated in abstract poverty. I felt that becoming a journalist would help in some way: it would make me an agent of change by bringing their stories into the public domain in the hope this would bring about change. For years I … Read more »Case study: Tanzania

Case study: Vietnam

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In 1988, when Dr Ha Si Phu wrote a think-piece entitled “a shared journey of the intellect” it was subsequently photocopied and passed from hand to hand by his closest associates. This piece, which exposed flaws in Marxist-Leninist theory, was well received by intellectuals and the wider public at that time. Right after that, for more than a year, Ha Si Phu not only endured criticism by the mainstream media … Read more »Case study: Vietnam

Case study: Brazil

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Journalists are the eyes, voice and ears of a society. When you kill a journalist you contribute to creating a blind, mute and deaf community, unable to understand the environment around it. The killing of journalists is the most severe aggression towards freedom of expression worldwide. Every person has the right to knowledge. Those who don’t agree with this are those who use fear as instruments of control and power. … Read more »Case study: Brazil