Sunday, September 9, 2007

Ad showcase: Reporters without borders

Back in 2001, when I was a journalism student at Koteret I had the privilege of taking the classes of Moshe Negbi, the Israel Broadcasting Authority's legal commentator, a senior lecturer at Hebrew University and an avid soldier of human rights, freedom of speech and freedom of press. Negbi was the first person to make me understand the real importance of freedom of press. More impotent, he showed me exactly how things work in reality and why where there is no freedom of press there is usually no freedom at all.

For those of us who didn't know that, in some countries a journalist can be thrown in prison for years for a single offending word or photo. In others, including mine I am afraid, journalists can be prisoned for not fully cooperating with the censorship authorities or or even get killed for doing their job, allegedly or in fact, being too 'close' with the wrong side.

Killing, jailing or even threatening a journalist removes our only option to know what the truth is, rather than what our politicians want us to know. Free journalism is the only way our right to be informed can be protected.

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  1. Hey there Gil!
    Thanks for the link to my blog!
    I apprecite it!

    Would you be so kind to switch the tag to "Networking and Success Tips" I would apprecaite it!

    Keep posting! Great content!


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  3. Sorry about that deleted comment, I messed up...

    Here it comes:
    There is also the third version of the freedom of journalists which unfortunataly is used in Finland. The newspapers can publish almost anything and the only cause for printing wrong information probably is an apology or a correction to the article.
    Last year there was a wide discussion about the right to publish news about the prime minister's relationships with women (he is divorced)! The conclusion was that a man in that position is not able to have a personal life.
    When accidents happen the relatives of the victims are torn to peaces and I call that social voyeurism!
    I guess this just shows that when there are no real problems they have to be created.

    Your article was good!


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