US: Fueled by years of Trump’s demonization of the media, unprecedented violence breaks out against journalists covering protests

News Protests in at least 30 cities across the US following the police killing of George Floyd have resulted in violent attacks from police and protesters alike against journalists. Dozens of incidents have been reported so far, ranging from threats to serious physical assaults. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns these attacks in the strongest possible …

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Trump/Twitter: Could everyone calm down and look at the big picture?

News The heated debate triggered by Twitter’s decision to put fact-check warnings on Donald Trump’s tweets and the US president’s retaliation in the form of an “Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship” needs to be refocused on the structural causes of the online information chaos, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says. On 26 May, Twitter began …

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Journalists attacked during far-right protests in Spain

News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) blames Vox’s constant hate speech against the media for the violent verbal and physical attacks against journalists covering the anti-government protests that the Spanish far-right party organized in several major cities last weekend. Journalists were aggressed, harassed and insulted as flag-waving Vox supporters drove through several Spanish cities in cars …

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US – After arrest of CNN crew covering Minnesota protests, RSF calls on US police departments to revisit press protections

News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by the arrest of a CNN crew on the morning of May 29 during protests in Minneapolis. This is in violation of the First Amendment rights of these journalists, and authorities must ensure such unconstitutional actions are not repeated. Multiple members of a CNN crew, including correspondent Omar …

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Brazil: brazilian media stop going to “dangerous” presidential press conferences

News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the increasing aggressiveness of President Jair Bolsonaro’s supporters towards journalists attending his press conferences, which has led many media outlets to announce that they will cease to go for the time being. The authorities must put a stop to these unprecedented and unacceptable threats to the media, RSF said. …

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#FREEKHALED: journalists from all over the world are mobilizing for Khaled Drareni

News Several well-known journalists have issued statements of support for their colleague Khaled Drareni, the RSF and TV5Monde correspondent in Algiers, who has been detained arbitrarily since March. See the one issued by Polish historian Adam Michnik, who is now the editor-in-Chief of Gazeta Wyborcza and who was himself jailed several times as an anti-communist …

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Will TV presenter finally be produced alive in court today?

News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is extremely concerned about the fate of a TV presenter known as Samuel Wazizi in Buea, the capital of Cameroon’s English-speaking South-West Region, who has not been seen alive since shortly after his arrest in August 2019. Like his lawyers, RSF wonders whether he will finally be produced in court …

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US – RSF applauds Twitter’s actions to counter Trump misinformation

News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) commends Twitter for applying fact check labels to tweets by President Donald Trump that include unsubstantiated information. RSF calls on both technology companies and governments to take mutual responsibility in ensuring reliable information prevails over misinformation on platforms, and suggests updating US laws that govern the internet, such as Section …

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