3 May 2007 - 17th World Press Freedom Day



    
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        23 journalists and 5 media assistants have been killed so far this
                                   year

         124 journalists, 4 media assistants and 65 cyber-dissidents
                       are in prison around the world

         13 journalists are being held hostage in various countries
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                     Figures updated daily at www.rsf.org

    MONTREAL, April 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The 17th World Press Freedom Day will
also feature:

    - The new Reporters Without Borders worldwide "predators of press freedom"
list

    This list of 34 "predators" comprises men and women who directly attack
journalists or order others to. Most are top political figures but militia
chiefs, leaders of armed groups and drug-traffickers are also included.
    In 2007, the presidents of Laos and Azerbaijan joined the list of these
major enemies of press freedom, along with Mexican drug cartels who killed
several journalists. The king of Nepal and the country's Maoist leaders were
taken off the list after the national ceasefire between the two sides and a
return to peace. The predators and their faces and biographies can be seen on
our website www.rsf.org
    For the first time, Reporters Without Borders is offering, through Google
Earth, a virtual view of the homes, palaces, and workplaces of most of them.
Click here:
http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/874561/an/0/page/0#874561

    - The Journalists Memorial in Bayeux (Normandy), to be inaugurated on 2
May (register for media transport at 01 4483-8456)

    The French town of Bayeux and Reporters Without Borders have built the
first Journalists Memorial in Europe. Its stones bear the names of the 1,889
journalists killed around the world since 1944. Some of their families will
attend the inauguration on 2 May.

    - Safety facilities for journalists going to war zones

    Several dozen journalists are killed every year working in war zones.
Reporters Without Borders is trying to reduce this toll by offering them legal
and informative tools (a Practical Guide, a Safety Charter and training
courses) as well as safety equipment, including:
    - the loan of bulletproof jackets, helmets and personal distress beacons,
as well as free first-aid kits.
    - special cheap insurance for freelance journalists and a hotline for
those in trouble (SOS Presse, available round the clock at (33) 1 4777-7414).

    - The website www.rsf.org is now in six languages (English, Arabic,
Chinese, Spanish, French and Persian)

    Our website www.rsf.org can now be read in Chinese. With nearly a year to
go before the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Reporters Without Borders wants to
inform the Chinese people about the press freedom situation. China has 31
journalists and 51 cyber-dissidents in jail, making it the world's largest
prison for defenders of freedom of expression. The Arabic version of
www.rsf.org also has new features and more content. The Middle East is the
world's deadliest region for journalists because of the fighting in Iraq.

    - A Reporters Without Borders office in Second Life

    Reporters Without Borders is the first international human rights
organisation to open an office in the online virtual world Second Life, where
visitors can find information about the organisation and press freedom in the
world, as well as its latest publicity campaigns. From 3 May they can also see
there the photos and biographies of the 34 "predators of press freedom" named
by the organisation. To find this office, type "Reporters sans frontières" in
the Second Life search engine.

    - The new book of photographs "100 photos of the Cannes Film Festival for
press freedom" will be available on 3 May, on sale everywhere for $13, in aid
of Reporters Without Borders. It includes more than 100 pictures by the
photographers who have recorded the event since 1946. It is produced with
support from the Film Festival.
    




For further information:

For further information: Emily Jacquard, Canadian office representative,
Reporters Without Borders, (514) 521-4111, Cell: (514) 258-4208, Fax: (514)
521-7771, rsfcanada@rsf.org

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