Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Rights group accuses democratic countries of not fully defending press freedom

Reporters Without Borders on Wednesday released its annual press freedom report. The report accuses democratic countries of not being dedicated enough in protecting journalists’ freedom of expression.

The Paris-based group also expressed concern over journalists’ safety abroad, especially in conflict zones where “journalists continue to be buried almost every week.” In addition, the report describes the manner in which journalists will most likely experience problems in the future in certain countries, citing attacks during upcoming elections as a major point of concern.

The report specifically mentions the upcoming Olympic Games in China, and the hardships that journalists and bloggers currently undergo there, saying: “Every time a journalist or blogger is released, another goes into prison.”

In addition to China, the report also explores press freedom over the past year in 98 countries.

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