[Reporters Without Borders] Give Dictators the Finger
[In honor of Friday’s World Press Freedom Day, the non-governmental organization Reporters sans frontières (Reporters Without Borders) launched a campaign depicting world-famous dictators giving everyone the finger, or the international equivalent thereof.
Agence France Press interviewed the group’s leader, Christophe Deloire, who said that that they want to show how these [predators against press freedom] – the 39 worst according to the group’s own accounting – [make a mockery of press freedom and their own people].
The group’s analysis of press freedom around the world lists some well known dictators as among the worst: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the new Chinese President Xi Jinping, but it also lists the United States’ press freedoms as only in a [satisfactory situation]. (By comparison, Canada’s press freedom is graded as a [good situation].)
In 1991, the United Nations established World Press Freedom Day, which [serves as an occasion to inform citizens of violations of press freedom – a reminder that in dozens of countries around the world, publications are censored, fined, suspended and closed down, while journalists, editors and publishers are harassed, attacked, detained and even murdered]. – Kay Steiger. (Photos by Vincent Bousserez/Benoit Tessier/Reuters/Reporters Without Borders)