Predators of press freedom

For World Press Freedom Day on May 3, Reporters Without Borders has issued its new list of the “predators of press freedom.” They are, says RSF, “men and women who directly attack journalists or order others to. Most are top-level politicians (including presidents, prime ministers and kings) but they also include militia chiefs, leaders of armed groups and drug-traffickers. They usually answer to no-one for their serious attacks on freedom of expression. Failure to punish them is one of the greatest threats to the media today.”

(I would add that public apathy and the failure to stand up and be counted, to fight for press rights, is as great a threat.)

The press release from RSF/Reporters Without Borders is here.