Monday, May 9, 2011

To Catch a (Free Speech) Predator

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Reporters Sans Frontieres (Reporters Without Borders) recently released its 2011 list of "predators", comprised of 38 government leaders, organizations, and non-state actors seeking to restrict press freedoms and free speech in general. We often don't even think about how important the media is in the United States (unless, of course, you're a journalist). But elsewhere in the world, people are willing to die for those freedoms, and many have.

As expected, many on the list come from leaders involved in suppressing the revolutions sweeping across North Africa and Middle East. There are also names you may have forgotten about or maybe never heard of, such as Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, president of Turkmenistan, where "the number of journalists and human rights activists in prison or psychiatric hospitals is unknown."

The list provides a quick and easy way to navigate by clicking on either photos or a highlighted map, and gives a brief overview on why that individual/group made the cut. Definitely worth a perusal.

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