State Security continues to harass independent journalists

first_img October 12, 2018 Find out more Help by sharing this information New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Organisation News May 6, 2020 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders condemned harassment of independent journalists Osmel Sánchez Lopez, Ernesto Roque and his wife Ana Rosa Veitía on 18 and 21 June. State Security threatened Sánchez Lopez with four years in prison if he did not stop his activities. CubaAmericas June 23, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 State Security continues to harass independent journalists RSF_en Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders has condemned State Security harassment, intimidation and orchestrated blackmail against independent journalists Osmel Sánchez Lopez, Ernesto Roque and Ana Rosa Veitía, on 18 and 21 June 2005. “Once again Cuban journalists have been harassed because they want to do their jobs without interference,” the organisation said. “Sudden summonses to the police station, threats of imprisonment and seizing of equipment are all part of a strategy to demoralise the independent press, 21 of whom are still in jail in appalling conditions.”When they are not actually detained, Cuban journalists operate in a kind of conditional freedom,” it added.Independent journalist, once correspondent for Radio Martí, Sánchez Lopez was summoned by the political police on 18 June, in Venezuela, Ciego de Ávila Province in central Cuba. “An officer who told me he was called Jesus questioned me for three hours. He told me to stop my activities and banned me from seeing Juan Carlos González Leyva, head of the Cuban human rights foundation,” Sánchez Lopez told Reporters Without Borders.He said I would otherwise be jailed for four years for “pre-delinquent social dangerousness”. The journalist said he had not been physically mistreated but he had heard shouts, insults and threats throughout his questioning.”Afterwards police officers drove me away in a jeep and left me in the middle of the night in the country about four kilometres from my home,” said Sánchez Lopez, who does not intend to give way to the demands of State Security.”I will continue to do my job, write articles about society in which I sometimes condemn the poor living conditions of my people.” The journalist, who is a widower and is bringing up two children aged 12 and 10 alone, is dreading the next summons.Ernesto Roque and his wife Ana Rosa Veitía, both members of the Cuban union of independent journalists and writers (UPECI), were summoned and questioned separately on 21 June in Havana by six state security agents, according to the Cubanet website. The couple were told to hand over documents relating to a meeting planned for 25 June of Latin American Federation of Rural Women (FLAMUR) that Ana Rosa Veitía chairs. Police then took the couple back to their home and carried out a lengthy search, finishing by seizing a video camera, a digital camera, medicines, money and even some food. One of the agents, who introduced himself to Ernesto Roque as Reinier but told Ana Rosa Veitía that he was called Carlos, told the two journalists that the “process” in relation to them was only just beginning and warned them that the authorities would prevent the holding of the FLAMUR meeting. CubaAmericas Follow the news on Cuba to go further Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet October 15, 2020 Find out more News News RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiagolast_img read more

West Bank radio station’s arbitrary closure by Israeli soldiers

first_img Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists August 26, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 West Bank radio station’s arbitrary closure by Israeli soldiers News May 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en IsraelMiddle East – North Africa RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes to go further Receive email alerts May 16, 2021 Find out more WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News “The summary closure of an independent Palestinian radio station and the arbitrary seizure of its equipment constitute outright censorship,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The station’s management was given no explanation. We urge the Israeli military authorities to return the confiscated equipment and let the station resume broadcasting without delay.”center_img IsraelMiddle East – North Africa News Help by sharing this information The Israeli soldiers arrived at the station, based in Beit Jala, near Bethlehem, at about 6 p.m. yesterday in five jeeps. After ordering a technician to stop work, they removed the station’s equipment without showing any warrant. One of the soldiers simply said: “We don’t want to hear Radio Bethlehem 2000 anymore.” Organisation An independent radio station founded in 1996, Radio Bethlehem 2000 is now closed until further notice. “This measure is all the more surprising as the station had no political programmes on sensitive subjects and limited itself to broadcasting music,” Reporters Without Borders added. Reporters Without Borders condemns the arbitrary closure of Radio Bethlehem 2000, a radio station located near the West Bank city of Bethlehem. The station was shut down yesterday evening by Israeli soldiers, who seized its equipment. Follow the news on Israel News June 3, 2021 Find out more Station manager George Canawati told Reporters Without Borders: “We have not been told why the station was closed although we tried to obtain any explanation from the Israeli military.”last_img read more

Two journalists get prison sentences for libel in Dubai

first_img September 25, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists get prison sentences for libel in Dubai News News News Ganjadahran and Rashed were convicted yesterday of libelling an Iranian-born Dubai woman by reporting on 28 June last year that she had sued her husband, who had then been imprisoned. The journalists have lodged an appeal and have not yet been jailed. The case will be heard further on 25 OctoberRashed told Reporters Without Borders he was surprised by the excessive sentence but said it was not the only case in the Gulf states. He mentioned the trial four years ago of the editor of the Kuwaiti paper Al Seyassah and noted that Gulf journalists were increasingly exercising self-censorship. News Receive email alerts RSF_en RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Follow the news on United Arab Emirates April 28, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF joins other NGOs in amicus brief in WhatsApp suit against NSO Group Reporters Without Borders today deplored the handing down of two-month prison sentences for libel to the former editor of the English-language paper Khaleej Times, Shimba Kassiril Ganjadahran, and journalist Mohsen Rashed by a court in Dubai. The sentences came less than two weeks after five-month prison terms were given to two online journalists in the emirate of Ras al-Khaimah. “We are concerned by these sentences,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “Nothing justifies imprisonment for press offences. The relative freedom that UEA journalists seem to enjoy is threatened every time such trials take place.” United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa Organisation June 8, 2021 Find out more December 23, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Court warns police over failure to produce phone records for Hrant Dink murder trial

first_img April 28, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia News Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor April 2, 2021 Find out more Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Turkey Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law to go furthercenter_img Receive email alerts The 10th hearing in the trial of Armenian-Turkish newspaper editor Hrant Dink’s accused killers, held before an Istanbul court on 6 July, was given over to evidence aimed at establishing whether the youth who allegedly fired the fatal shot on 19 January 2006, Ogün Samast, was acting alone. Defendants threatened and insulted the Dink family and its lawyers in court during the hearing. Presiding judge Erkan Canak warned the national police and the police of Trabzon (Samast’s home town) that they would be prosecuted if they continued to fail to produce the requested information about the SMS messages and phone calls made between the various defendants.“The trial is continuing but several public services are still obstructing the emergence of the truth,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This shows how state institutions, especially the police, are protecting and supporting the defendants and the others who were responsible for Dink’s murder, both those who have been identified and those whose identity is still unknown.”The press freedom organisation added: “This complicity with the murderers, driven by nationalistic hatred, is the main obstacle to justice in this case. We therefore insist that Turkey’s leaders have a duty to ensure that government officials provide the answers being demanded by the court.”The Dink family’s lawyers told the presiding judge he was failing to exercise proper authority over the court after Samast threatening them and the Dink family with reprisals during the 6 July hearing. The prosecutor’s office is expected to bring charges against Samast soon in connection with his threats.Several witnesses gave evidence on 6 July about the circumstances of the murder, which took place in an Istanbul street outside Dink’s newspaper, Agos, and about the links between the defendants and the police. One witness, shop assistant Mesme Havva, said she saw a man show Samast the way to Safak Street (near the Agos office) before fleeing with him – testimony indicating that Samast did not act alone.The next hearing, scheduled for 12 October, will be given over to hearing the testimony of a witness whose identity has been kept secret, and to examining the murder weapon. News News RSF_en Organisation TurkeyEurope – Central Asia July 8, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court warns police over failure to produce phone records for Hrant Dink murder trial April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

RSF deplores arrests of journalists during weekend #blacklivesmatter protests

first_img Follow the news on United States News Journalists charged with “obstruction of a highway” in Baton RougeAt least three journalists were arrested and charged with “obstruction of a highway” while covering #blacklivesmatter protests Saturday night in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The protests were in response to the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling by two police officers on July 5. Chris Slaughter, assistant news director for local station WAFB, was arrested Saturday night while working as a field producer on assignment. WAFB news director Robb Hays confirmed that Slaughter was taken into custody after putting one foot onto the highway where he was standing, in order to get a better angle to film. Police had repeatedly ordered people in the area to stay off the highway. At the time of his arrest he was wearing a WAFB shirt and media credentials. Slaughter spent the night in jail and was released Sunday afternoon, but Hays told RSF that the charges against Slaughter are still pending.Lee Stranahan, a reporter for Breitbart news, and Ryan Kailath, a reporter for NPR’s New Orleans affiliate WWNO, were also arrested Saturday and charged with “obstruction of a highway.”Journalists briefly detained in Rochester, New York Carlet Cleare and Justin Carter, both reporters with ABC’s affiliate 13WHAM , were arrested around 9:45pm Friday while covering a protest against police brutality in Rochester, New York. Carter’s arrest was caught live on camera. Both journalists were briefly detained before being released. In a statement, 13WHAM thanked the Rochester police department for “quickly recognizing that this was an inappropriate way to handle the situation and…appreciates the public apology issued by both [the police chief] and [the] Mayor. We encourage better dialogue with law enforcement to better identify reporters in the field to avoid a situation like this.” “The United States, the country of the First Amendment, cannot afford to keep journalists from reporting by arresting them for merely covering protests against police brutality,” said Delphine Halgand, the US Director of Reporters Without Borders.Last year, several journalists were arrested while covering #blacklivesmatter protests. At least two journalists were attacked or arrested by police during the Baltimore protests surrounding Freddie Gray’s death between April 12 and April 28 2015. Another journalist was arrested while filming live coverage of a #blacklivesmatter protest in Minneapolis in November 2015.These events mark an alarming trend of curtailing freedom of the press in the United States. The U.S. ranks 41 out of 180 countries on Reporters Without Borders’ 2016 World Press Freedom Index.Image credit KENA BETANCUR / AFP Organisation WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Help by sharing this information July 12, 2016 RSF deplores arrests of journalists during weekend #blacklivesmatter protests United StatesAmericas Condemning abuses Freedom of expression Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned by the arrests of at least 5 journalists while covering #blacklivesmatter protests in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Rochester, New York over the weekend. Receive email alerts April 28, 2021 Find out more United StatesAmericas Condemning abuses Freedom of expression June 7, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News News News June 3, 2021 Find out more RSF_en to go further Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF sayslast_img read more

Journalist killed by culture of intolerance and impunity

first_imgNews AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia June 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation Follow the news on Azerbaijan AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia June 4, 2021 Find out more April 9, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Help by sharing this information Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakhcenter_img Reporters Without Borders urges the Azerbaijani authorities to shed all possible light on freelance journalist Rasim Aliyev’s murder. Aliyev died in a Baku hospital yesterday from the injuries he received when he was lured into an ambush and beaten the day before.He is the fourth journalist to be murdered in the past ten years. The investigations into the deaths of Elmar Huseynov and Alim Kazimli in 2005 and Rafiq Tagi in 2011 have yet to yield any credible results.“Aliyev’s murder is the product of a culture of intolerance and impunity that the most senior officials have been fomenting for years,” said Johann Bihr, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.“When government officials publicly identify outspoken journalists as enemies and as traitors, when physical attacks on journalists consistently go unpunished, we cannot be surprised that tragedies like this occur.”Deadly ambushAfter being badly beaten in Baku on the afternoon 8 August, Aliyev was hospitalized with broken ribs and loss of hearing in the left ear. Before dying of internal bleeding the next day, he said he had been the target of an ambush organized by a person identifying himself as Azerbaijani football star Javid Huseynov’s cousin.Aliyev had criticized Huseynov on Facebook on 6 August for responding with an insulting gesture to a Cypriot journalist who asked him why he had displayed a Turkish flag on the pitch.Two days later, a man who identified himself as Huseynov’s cousin telephoned Aliyev and began to insult and threaten him. But, when he called Aliyev a second time, he was conciliatory and invited him to come and have a tea with him. Huseynov himself had meanwhile called Aliyev and had a normal conversation with him.When Aliyev arrived at the rendez-vous with the self-described cousin, five or six individuals immediately began beating him. They also stole his wallet and mobile phone.Gabala, the club Huseynov plays for, is run by Taleh Heydarov, the son of Azerbaijan’s minister for emergency situations. It announced yesterday that it was suspending Huseynov until these events were clarified.After calling on the media to stick to the official version and not “politicize” the case, the authorities announced that they were investigating a case of “deliberate and aggravated assault resulting in death” (article 126.3 of the criminal code). The Azerbaijani media have reported that at least three suspect’s have been arrested include a cousin of Huseynov.Recurring threatsA video and photo reporter covering political and social issues for various Azerbaijani news websites, Aliyev was a member of the executive bureau of the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS), a media defence NGO that was a Reporters Without Borders partner. It was forcibly closed in August 2014.When the head of the IRFS, Emin Huseynov, had to go into hiding to avoid arrest, it was Aliyev who was elected to replace him in October. Aliyev had been the target of several threats and attacks in recent years. According to Meydan TV, an independent TV station, he asked his Facebook contacts on 25 July: “Dear Friends, Do you know where I should submit a complaint if I receive threats and if I am intimidated on social networks?”Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to consider all possibilities and not to limit themselves to prosecuting the murder’s perpetrators. Ali Hasanov, the head of the president’s office, who often threatens independent media openly, said today that the president regarded media freedom as “one of the state’s priorities.”“This new democratic proclamation would be good for a laugh if the subject were not so grave. If the president wants to be taken seriously, he should end the unprecedented crackdown on the media and civil society that has been going on for more than a year.”In Azerbaijan, ranked 162nd out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, almost all independent media outlets have been reduced to silence and media freedom NGOs have been closed.Eight journalists and four bloggers are currently detained because of what they were reporting. They include well-known investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova, whose trial continued today. Dozens of independent journalists and critical bloggers have been forced to flee abroad in recent months.(Photo: Camil Memmedov / Facebook) RSF_en to go further News RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan News News Receive email alerts August 10, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist killed by culture of intolerance and impunitylast_img read more

RSF condemns Liberian parliament’s ban on four reporters

first_img June 12, 2020 Find out more to go further Reports News LiberiaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expression December 16, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled to learn that the Liberian parliament’s press office has revoked the accreditation of four parliamentary correspondents and has told their media outlets to appoint new ones. RSF condemns this press freedom violation and calls for these four reporters to be allowed to resume covering parliamentary activities. The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa In a letter to their news organizations, Isaac G. Redd, the head of the Press and Public Affairs Bureau of the House of Representatives, wrote that, in order to improve the media’s coverage of parliament, “we have adopted a policy to infuse new reporters and remove those who are redundant and have been repetitive in their coverages.” RSF_en @RSF_Africa “Withdrawing the accreditation of journalists is a serious impediment to the freedom to inform,” said Assane Diagne, the head of RSF’s West Africa office. “This measure also constitutes interference in the workings of the media outlets concerned. It is the job of their editors to decide which journalists cover parliament and to evaluate their work.” Liberia is ranked 89th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018  World Press Freedom Index.  Organisation Help by sharing this information center_img News November 27, 2020 Find out more Musa Kenneh of Truth FM, Jackson Foyofayiah of the newspaper Focus and Meme Simoke and Edward Palmer of Corruption Watch have been banned from parliament since 19 February as a result of a decision by the House of Representatives. RSF has been told they cannot attend any of the lower house’s activities, including plenary sessions. News Follow the news on Liberia LiberiaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expression Liberia’s House of Representatives in Monrovia. Photo : House of representatives. Receive email alerts RSF urges Liberian authorities to investigate threats against journalists February 26, 2019 RSF condemns Liberian parliament’s ban on four reporters The letter added: “We have identified your reporter as one of those whose accreditation is hereby revoked. We are therefore requesting your institution to send a replacement.” Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedomlast_img read more

Sudan’s military council closes Al Jazeera’s Khartoum bureau

first_img News The National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) closed Al Jazeera’s bureau yesterday at the behest of the Council, which also ordered the immediate withdrawal of all work permits from the Qatari broadcaster’s journalists and other employees in Sudan without giving any reason for this sudden decision.RSF has learned that all of Al Jazeera’s equipment has also been seized, forcing it to suspend all activities in Khartoum. The broadcaster nonetheless insisted that it would continue to cover Sudan “despite this political interference by the Sudanese authorities.”“We unreservedly condemn this disgraceful decision by the Sudanese authorities, who are supposed to be assisting the country’s transition to democracy,” RSF said. “We call on them to reopen the bureau at once and to rehabilitate its journalists so that they can resume their work of informing the public.”The demonstrators camped outside the defence ministry, the main focus of the protests since Al-Bashir’s ouster, were meanwhile described as a threat to national security by Gen. Bahar Ahmed Bahar, speaking on behalf of the army. The Military Council’s increasingly tougher line at this crucial time has unfortunately been reflected in many restrictions on the media’s ability to cover political developments.The media regulatory agency, which is now controlled by the Military Council, sent a letter to all media outlets on 15 May prohibiting the publication of any information about corruption.During a protest by journalists and media workers outside the headquarters of Sudan’s national TV broadcaster last week, security agents arrested six of its journalists and employees. On 29 May, troops raided the Ramtam news agency’s Khartoum headquarters, arresting three journalists and seizing a great deal of equipment and documents.Sudan is ranked 175th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Organisation RSF_en Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Sudan Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the Transitional Military Council’s decision to close Al Jazeera’s Khartoum bureau amid continuing protests in Khartoum against the Council, which has repeatedly obstructed press freedom while governing Sudan since President Omar Al-Bashir’s removal on 11 April. May 31, 2019 Sudan’s military council closes Al Jazeera’s Khartoum bureau Sudan : Press freedom still in transition a year after Omar al-Bashir’s removal Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa April 6, 2020 Find out more Receive email alertscenter_img to go further April 10, 2020 Find out more News Crédit : Sudanese wave flags and chant slogans as they gather during a demonstration outside the army headquarters in Khartoum on May 30, 2019. ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP News March 29, 2020 Find out more Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent News SudanAfrica Condemning abusesMedia independence Freedom of expression SudanAfrica Condemning abusesMedia independence Freedom of expression last_img read more

Kosovar investigative journalist assaulted in Pristina

first_imgNews KosovoEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionViolenceFreedom of expression Parim Olluri RSF urges Kosovar authorities to protect journalist after death threats June 29, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Concern about investigative reporter’s disappearance in Serbia Organisation October 26, 2016 Find out more Receive email alerts Follow the news on Kosovo to go further June 14, 2018 Find out more KosovoEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionViolenceFreedom of expression August 18, 2017 Kosovar investigative journalist assaulted in Pristina News News News RSF_en Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns an assault on Parim Olluri, the head of the respected investigative news website Insajderi.com, and calls on Kosovo’s authorities to shed all possible light on the attack. Olluri was beaten by three men waiting for him outside his home in Pristina, Kosovo’s capital, on the evening of 16 August. He said he thought the attack, in which he sustained minor injuries, was linked to his journalistic work. He had just written an article about corruption among former Kosovo Liberation Army commanders that had triggered a wave of hate messages attacking and threatening him on social networks. RSF urges authorities to quickly investigate these events and to bring those responsible for the threats and the violence to justice. This is not the first time that Insajderi.com has been the target of harassment and intimidation. After it published wiretap transcripts last year revealing the central role played by the head of the former ruling Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) in alleged corruption cases, it was prosecuted and several PDK officials-linked advertisers suddenly withdrew their ads from the website. Kosovo is ranked 82nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. last_img read more

US – #WeeklyAddress July 3-9: Journalists receive violent threats for reporting on CNN wrestling video

first_img “It is alarming to see that days after Trump tweeted a video depicting violence against a media outlet, a number of journalists and their families have received violent threats,” says Margaux Ewen, Advocacy and Communications Director for RSF’s North America Bureau. “The message from the White House must be one that condemns, instead of condones, violence against the press for reporting the news.”1. Journalists receive threats after reporting on Reddit user behind Trump’s CNN videoOn Sunday, July 2, journalist Jared Yates Sexton began receiving intimidating messages, including some death threats, on social media and his personal phone number. Sexton received these threats after reporting on the creator of a user of the social news and media aggregation website Reddit, The threats became especially pervasive after Sexton reported on an anti-Semitic meme by the same Reddit user, which displayed a list of CNN employees with Jewish stars next to their names and pictures. CNN employees and their families have also been receiving threatening phone calls and messages, according to The Daily Beast. The parents and wife of CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski, who reported how the network identified the Reddit user behind the wrestling video, each received more than 50 harassing phone calls the day the story was published.2. Trump refuses to apologize for video depicting violence against CNN On Thursday, July 6, during a joint press conference in Warsaw with Polish President Andrzej Duda, Trump reiterated his belief that CNN is “fake news.” When asked to respond to claims that CNN blackmailed the Reddit user who created the anti-CNN meme Trump tweeted last week — an accusation CNN denies — Trump said he thinks what the news organization did was “unfortunate for them.” The Reddit user, identified by the name “HansA**HoleSolo,”apologized on July 4 for his posts and told CNN he did not feel threatened. However, during the press conference Trump continued his tirade against the press: “They’ve been covering me in a very dishonest way… What CNN and others — NBC is equally as bad, despite the fact that I made them a fortune with ‘The Apprentice,’ but they forgot that.” 3. Increased pressure from the White House, Congress on leakersAccording to a Politico article published July 7, President Trump has been leading an intense crackdown on leakers within the White House, cultivating a culture of fear amongst officials. Officials are also becoming more concerned that they are being closely tracked by the administration. According to sources close to the President, the number of people that Trump shares top-secret information with has become drastically smaller — in part so that leakers can easily be tracked down when the media publishes sensitive information. A number of Senate Republicans on the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs issued a report on July 6 claiming media leaks under the current administration are a threat to national security, and that “the unauthorized disclosure of certain information can cost American lives, and our laws protecting this information provide for harsh punishments when violated.”4. Putin and Trump share a laugh at the press’ expenseOn Friday, July 7, President Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G-20 summit in Germany. At a press conference ahead of their private meeting, Putin leaned in to Trump, pointed to the press, and said, “These are the ones who insulted you?” Trump then laughed and nodded his head. President Putin, who has relentlessly suppressed independent press in Russia, has been on RSF’s list of press freedom predators for years. According to RSF figures, 34 journalists have been killed in connection with their work since Putin first became President in 2000.The United States ranks 43rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index after falling 2 places in the last year.For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. United StatesAmericas June 7, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on United States June 3, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more News July 10, 2017 – Updated on July 12, 2017 US – #WeeklyAddress July 3-9: Journalists receive violent threats for reporting on CNN wrestling video Reporters Without Borders (RSF) remains deeply concerned by the most recent threats to press freedom in the US during the week of July 3-9. News Organisation to go further RSF_en WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists United StatesAmericas Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs saylast_img read more