Reporters Without Borders (RSF) opens its first Asia bureau in Taipei

first_img June 29, 2020 Find out more News November 20, 2020 Find out more News May 18, 2020 Find out more News RSF is an international non-profit organization that holds a consultative status at the United Nations, UNESCO and the Council of Europe. More than 30 years after its creation, it is comprised of headquarters in Paris, 11 offices (Berlin, Brussels, Geneva, Helsinki, London, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, Stockholm, Tunis, Vienna and Washington D.C.) and correspondents in 130 countries. The new bureau in Taipei will focus on the east Asian territories including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, North Korea, South Korea and Mongolia.”The opening of an East Asia office corresponds to the ongoing international expansion of our association and aims to better address the new challenges of media freedoms in this increasingly influential region of the world, explains RSF Secretary General Christophe Deloire. The choice of Taiwan was made not only with regards to its central geographic location and ease of operating logistics, but also considering its status of being the freest place in Asia in our annual Press Freedom Index ranking.”A strategic platform to defend freedom of informationAs a leading defender of the freedom of information, RSF alternates public interventions and effective behind the scenes action. The Taipei bureau will serve as a strategic platform for exercising influence and action on the multiple fronts in which RSF is engaged: advocacy on behalf of press rights; awareness building in support of specific campaigns, missions and actions; assistance, grants and legal aid to journalists; and capacity building for journalists and local partner organizations (e.g. education and training on cyber-security).RSF announces the appointment of Cedric Alviani to serve as the Taipei bureau Director, under the supervision of the Paris headquarters. Cedric Alviani is a French national and graduate from the CUEJ journalism school in Strasbourg. He has lived in Asia over the past 18 years, initially recruited to serve as an audio-visual specialist at the French Embassy in Thailand. In 2000, Cedric relocated to Taiwan to serve as Cooperation Officer for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2005, Cedric founded the Taiwan European Film Festival (TEFF) and from 2010 to 2012, served as General Manager of the France Taiwan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIFT).“Cedric brings to the organization a diverse and well-rounded management skill set that will serve the organization in its Asian development ambitions,” says Ronny Rubin, responsible for RSF’s International Development, adding that “Cedric’s entrepreneurial skills, management experience and regional insights represent real assets to the organization.”RSF efforts in the region will be further boosted thanks to the deep and long-running support of Taiwan-based activist Wu’er Kaixi, a prominent advocate of human rights and defender of media freedoms, who will assist the Asia bureau in its international strategic development. The organization is grateful to him for all the ground work he has laid. Wu’er Kaixi, of Chinese origin, is also a member of the RSF Emeritus Board, along with other renowned figures such as Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Prize laureate in literature Wole Soyinka, current Secretary-General of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie Michaelle Jean and prominent journalists, writers and freedom fighters such as Adam Michnik, Taslima Nasreen and Roberto Saviano. The press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders, also known under its French name Reporters sans frontières (RSF), is pleased to announce the opening of its first Asia bureau in Taipei. Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage TaiwanAsia – Pacific Freedom of expression Organisation to go further News RSF_en April 6, 2017 – Updated on June 6, 2017 Reporters Without Borders (RSF) opens its first Asia bureau in Taipei Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Taiwan Taiwan: the non-renewal of CTi news channel’s licence does not go against press freedom RSF to Taiwanese President: “Taiwan urgently needs media reform to tackle disinformation” TaiwanAsia – Pacific Freedom of expression last_img read more

Attacks on media building in Karachi, TV reporter’s home in Waziristan

first_img to go further PakistanAsia – Pacific Photo : JAHANZAIB HAQUE / Express Tribune Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists RSF_en April 21, 2021 Find out more News News News Follow the news on Pakistan PakistanAsia – Pacific Organisation Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemns a shooting attack on a building that houses two daily newspapers and a TV station in the southern business capital of Karachi on 16 August, and a bomb attack on TV reporter Zafar Wazir’s home in South Waziristan, in the northwestern Tribal Areas, on 11 August.“We are shocked by these attacks, which were clearly designed to reduce journalists to silence,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The investigation that the prime minister has ordered into the Karachi attack must be pursued until the end in order to identify those responsible and bring them to justice.“We also call for a full investigation into the bombing of Zafar Wazir’s home. The authorities need to respond appropriately to the climate of violence to which journalists are exposed throughout the country and, in particular, in Waziristan and the other Tribal Areas. Effective measures are needed to combat the spread of such acts of violence.”The English-language daily Express Tribune reported that four unidentified men on two motorcycles fired a total of 22 shots at the building that houses Express Tribune, the Urdu-language daily Express News and the Express News TV station on 16 August, injuring a woman and a security guard. According to reports, the gunmen deliberately fired on the building’s security guards.Express News CEO Ijazul Haq told Reporters Without Borders that for the time being there was “no clue” as to the identity of those responsible. Criminal gangs, political parties and other groups often use violence to intimidate journalists and media owners. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered the Sindh provincial government to investigate this attack.The bomb that exploded outside Zafar Wazir’s home in Wana, in South Waziristan, on 11 August destroyed the front door and badly damaged three rooms but caused no injuries.“Fortunately, no member of my family was hurt by the explosion,” he told Reporters Without Borders. A reporter for Khyber News, a Pashtun-language TV station and a member of the Tribal Union of Journalists, Wazir said he thought the bombing was linked to his journalistic work because he had no personal enemies. “Three or four days before the explosion, I did several stories for Khyber News about alleged corruption and the lack of medical care establishments in Wana and the surrounding areas and these stories may have upset some people,” he said, without accusing either the government or any Taliban group.As a result of the bombing, Wazir has decided to relocate to Peshawar for safety reasons.Wazir previously left South Waziristan along with many other journalists in 2004, when Taliban violence was on the rise in the province, and subsequently based himself in Dera Ismail Khan, a district on the South Waziristan border.Two journalists, Amir Nawab and Allah Noor, were killed in an ambush on a vehicle carrying a group of reporters to Wana on 7 February 2005 to cover a Taliban warlord’s surrender.A total of six journalists have been killed since the start of 2013 in Pakistan. They include Malik Mumtaz Khan, who was gunned down in Miranshah, in North Waziristan, on 27 February.Pakistan’s intelligence agencies, the various armed groups in the southwestern province of Balochistan and the Taliban leader, Mullah Omar, are on the 2013 Reporters Without Borders list of Predators of Press Freedom. The country is ranked 159th in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News Help by sharing this information January 28, 2021 Find out more August 19, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Attacks on media building in Karachi, TV reporter’s home in Waziristanlast_img read more

Radio show host comes under fire near his home

first_img PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Philippines to go further Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Organisation Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information February 16, 2021 Find out more January 5, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio show host comes under fire near his home Newscenter_img News Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped June 1, 2021 Find out more News News Reporters Without Borders is worried by a murder attempt on radio journalist Cherie “Katribung Che” Indelible on 2 January in Kalibo, in Aklan province (in the northwest of the Visayas region). Indelible works for local state-owned radio dyYM (Community Broadcasting Information System) as news director and programme host.“With five journalists murdered, 2008 was one of the bloodiest years ever for the media in the Philippines, especially for radio presenters,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The authorities must ensure that Indelible is protected and must redouble their efforts to rein in the violence against the press.”Indelible was approaching his home on his motorcycle when he heard two gunshots apparently fired in his direction. He managed to enter his home and immediately called the police. When he ventured outside a few minutes later, two more shots were fired and he sought refuge inside a hospital located a few metres from his home.The police found bullets and cartridges from .38 and .45 calibre guns near the house but did not catch the gunmen. However, they arrested three alleged accomplices who named two men as suspects. Both are reputedly involved in criminal activities in the area.Indelible said he thought the murder attempt was linked to comments he made on the air. Hereceived threats last year, mainly in connection with subjects discussed in his evening programme “Bira-Birada.” Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa RSF_en May 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Radio Kalima reporter Marwa Rekik attacked

first_img Help by sharing this information May 5, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio Kalima reporter Marwa Rekik attacked Organisation Radio Kalima reporter Marwa Rekik had to be hospitalized after being attacked and beaten over the head by police officers while covering a demonstration on the capital’s Bourguiba Avenue. center_img RSF_en Newslast_img

Repression continues as Ben Ali marks 21st anniversary as president

first_img Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder News November 11, 2020 Find out more As it celebrates the 21st anniversary today of Zine el Abidine Ben Ali’s takeover as president, the Tunisian government is above all stressing his economic, social and security successes. Tunisia nonetheless continues to be one of the region’s most authoritarian countries as regards civil liberties. Follow the news on Tunisia RSF_en As it celebrates the 21st anniversary today of Zine el Abidine Ben Ali’s takeover as president, the Tunisian government is above all stressing his economic, social and security successes. Tunisia is portrayed as the most advanced Arab country as regard women’s rights and has established itself as a leading ally of the West in the fight against terrorism.Tunisia nonetheless continues to be one of the region’s most authoritarian countries as regards civil liberties. The regime relies on an enormous security apparatus that monitors and punishes any sign of pro-democracy activism in its citizens. The media are also subject to control and journalists are kept under close surveillance.Tunisia has many newspapers and magazines but almost all of them are completely subservient to the government. Journalists who try to resist the imposed uniformity encounter many complications in their work and daily life such as difficulties in renewing ID papers, bans on leaving the country and blocked access to information. There was no exception to this during President Ben Ali’s 21th year in power.The regime does not hesitate to jail those who work for the foreign media. Slim Boukhdir, a journalist who writes for pan-Arab media, was arrested on 26 November 2007 and, after a sham trial, spent 238 days in prison. Human rights activist Tarek Soussi was charged with “spreading false news liable to disrupt public order” after being interviewed by the Qatar-based TV station Al-Jazeera. He is currently free on bail pending trial. Al-Jazeera, which gives the Tunisian government’s opponents a chance to speak on the air, has never been given permission to open a bureau and its correspondent, Lotfi Hajji, has never managed to get government press accreditation.Ben Ali’s 21th year in power was also marked, in April by demonstrations that shook the Gafsa mining region in the south of the country. They received little coverage by the state-owned media and by media owned by government allies, which mostly just used the government news agency’s dispatches. Opposition newspapers that covered the protests, such as the weeklies Al-Maoukif and Mouwatinoun, found issues suddenly being seized and found themselves the target of legal procedures which they suspect were orchestrated by the government.During clashes between police and protesters in June, for example, Mouwatinoun correspondent Hédi Raddaoui was roughly arrested as he left a hospital where he had gone to take photos of the injured. He was taken to Tunis and questioned there by interior ministry officials, who erased his photos. At least four issues of Al-Maoukif were confiscated in the course of the year without its staff being notified.Ben Ali is currently paving the way for a new election in which he intends to run for a fifth consecutive presidential term. The Internet, which ought to have been an area of freedom for Tunisians, has also been brought under control. The president warned on 3 November that: “The new modes of political participation created by modern communication technology (…) must not be allowed to conceal the threats they can create for the integrity of the democratic processes, stability and security.”The Tunisian government is using Internet filtering technology. Some websites that criticise the regime, such as Tunisia Watch, cannot be accessed because of their content. Others, such as the online magazine Kalima, find themselves the target of mysterious hacker attacks when they post articles about political problems. The past year has also seen the introduction of very precise forms of electronic surveillance. The email inboxes of government opponents are being filtered and they find they cannot access some of the messages they receive.Tunisia was ranked 143rd out of 173 countries in the world press freedom index that Reporters Without Borders released on 22 October.Logo : © AFP. November 12, 2019 Find out more Help by sharing this information News News to go further News Organisation Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” November 7, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Repression continues as Ben Ali marks 21st anniversary as president Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa December 26, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

Harsh new crackdown on journalists in Belarus

first_img Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News RSF_en BelarusEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses EnvironmentFreedom of expressionExiled mediaJudicial harassment June 2, 2021 Find out more With the arrival of spring, protests against the disputed re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko in August 2020 have resumed. The crackdown has intensified as the security forces are clearly attempting to prevent media coverage of demonstrations.  BelarusEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses EnvironmentFreedom of expressionExiled mediaJudicial harassment News News Nicholas Connolly, correspondent of the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, was arrested twice in the space of a few days as he filmed a protest in Minsk on 27 March. He was wearing a press vest at the time and showed his official accreditation and his passport. He was taken to the police station and was released five hours later after intervention by the German embassy.  The authorities forced him to unlock his phone, threatening to place him in detention and confiscate his equipment.  Organisation News Follow the news on Belaruscenter_img May 28, 2021 Find out more April 2, 2021 Harsh new crackdown on journalists in Belarus At least six other journalists were arrested in the Belarusian capital on the same day before they even reached the location of the rally in Bangalore Square. Among them were Hanna Kaltyhina and Halina Ulasik, reporters for the news site Tut.by, who were arrested as they were eating in a local café. Yahor Martsinovich, editor-in-chief of the independent weekly newspaper Nasha Niva, and photographer Nadzeja Buzhan were arrested in their car.  Two days earlier on Freedom Day, the unofficial holiday commemorating the declaration of independence by Belarus, at least four other journalists were arrested and released after a few hours. They included two accredited Russian correspondents, Kirill Krivosheev, of the financial daily Kommersant and photographer Pavel Volkov of the daily Izvestia. Both were questioned as they covered rallies in the main street of Minsk. In Brest, freelance journalists Milana Kharytonava and Ales Liauchuk were picked up by the police outside the building where they live. “The authorities are trying to suppress all independent voices and to strike fear into the hearts of journalists,” said Jeanne Cavelier, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “RSF hails the courage of those who continue to report on the crackdown in Belarus and calls on international organisations to take action to prevent such harassment and to secure the release of journalists jailed for doing their job.” The anti-government protests in Belarus may have lost steam this winter but there has been no let-up in the crackdown against journalists. Many reporters – including those indicted during protests after the election in 2020 – have been targeted in a series of raids and some have been prosecuted. Dzianis Ivashyn, known for his stories on the Belarusian police, was accused of “interfering in the activities of a police officer” and could face three years’ imprisonment. He is held in pre-trial detention at an administrative detention centre. Andrzej Poczobut, a journalist with the Polish state television network TVP Polonia, had his home in Hrodna searched on 25 March and was placed in pre-trial detention pending a criminal case for “incitement to hatred” and a possible five-year sentence. A total of eight journalists are behind bars awaiting trial and three have already been sentenced, on 18 February and 2 March.At the same time, the authorities are preparing amendments to the media law. According to a document obtained by Tut.by, news sites that report on subjects considered “extremist” could be blocked and news organisations could be stripped of their media status without recourse to the courts. Journalists found to have broken the law, for example by defamation or discrediting public institutions, could lose their accreditation. The draft also provides for a ban on the publication of information considered false or harmful to government interests, or opinion polls without prior authorization, on pain of prosecution. Ruled by Alexander Lukashenko since 1994, Belarus is ranked 153rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. to go further As new protest demonstrations sweep Belarus, preventive detention and lawsuits against journalists have escalated. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on international organisations to take action. Credit: STRINGER / AFP RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Receive email alerts “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Help by sharing this information May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Dominican Republic: News presenter and producer gunned down in mid-broadcast

first_img Follow the news on Dominican Republic Organisation Presenter Luis Manuel Medina Pérez and producer Leónidas Antonio Evangelista Martínez were gunned down at around 10 a.m. by a man who had walked into the studios of Radio 103.5 FM, located inside a shopping mall in the southeastern city of San Pedro de Macorís.The gunman also shot the radio station’s secretary Dayana García, who was gravely injured.When the shooting took place, Medina and Martínez were reaching the end of “Milenio Caliente,” an interactive news programme broadcast on FM and on the Internet in which Medina often criticized the local authorities. Medina also covered the Estrellas Orientales, a local baseball team, for the station.“We firmly condemn this appalling double murder and we urge the Dominican authorities to quickly identify both the perpetrator and the person or persons who instigated it,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America desk.“Attacking journalists in the course of their work constitutes a frontal assault on the entire media profession and free speech. RSF offers its full support for the Dominican Republic’s journalists and the families of the victims.”The local police today said they have identified a man as part of their investigation but are not as yet working on any particular hypothesis. Colleagues of Medina and Martínez said the two journalists had not mentioned any recent problem and had not reported receiving any specific threat.Their tragic deaths came the day after World Radio Day, for which RSF had issued a press release spotlighting both the importance and vulnerability of community radio stations in Latin America.The Dominican Republic is ranked 62nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. News Receive email alerts News News February 15, 2017 Dominican Republic: News presenter and producer gunned down in mid-broadcast Dominican RepublicAmericas Condemning abuses ViolenceFreedom of expression RSF_en Journalists wounded while covering street clashes in Santo Domingo Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the fatal shooting of a radio news presenter and his producer in mid-broadcast yesterday in the Dominican Republic and calls on the Dominican authorities to identify those responsible for this shocking double murder without delay. center_img July 2, 2014 Find out more to go further Hostile climate for Dominican media since start of 2015 June 25, 2015 Find out more TV cameraman gunned down in Dominican Republic Dominican RepublicAmericas Condemning abuses ViolenceFreedom of expression News Help by sharing this information Police officers take fingerprints at a radio station after an unknown attacker killed its director and a presenter and wounded a secretary, in San Pedro de Macoris, eastern Dominican Republic. STR / AFP September 22, 2014 Find out morelast_img read more

Investigative journalist’s car bombed in Corsica

first_img “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says RSF_en FranceEurope – Central Asia News June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story FranceEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders condemns the bombing of journalist Enrico Porsia’s car in the early hours of today outside the house in Conca, near the southern Corsican town of Porto-Vecchio, where he is staying while on vacation. The explosion caused considerable damage to the car but no injuries.An Italian national who was once a member of the Red Brigades, Porsia has political asylum in France. He works as a journalist based in the Corsican city of Bastia and is in charge of investigative reporting for the Amnistia news website (www.amnistia.net).“Intimidation attempts of this sort are very cowardly and are indicative of the criminal mentality of the individuals or organisation responsible,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We hope the authorities will investigate this case with the necessary thoroughness.”Porsia told Reporters Without Borders he did not know if the bombing was the working of “local small-time criminals, Corsican nationalists or a more organised group.” But he added that he was convinced that it was linked to the land development and zoning stories he had been covering for more than a year.“I have written several stories, especially about Corsica’s sustainable development plan, in which I question the actions of the head of the Corsican government, Ange Santini, and the head of the Corsican parliament, Camille de Rocca Serra,” he said. “It seems some people have taking advantage of the plan to get land rezoned for building that should not have been.”Regarding the bomb itself, Porsia said: “It went off in the middle of the night. At first I thought there was a storm. Then I went to the window and I saw it was my car. I had received no direct threat. I had of course been given friendly advice but I had never been the target of an attack of this kind.”Porsia added: “They won’t scare me. The journalist will not abandon his pen and the man will not abandon his village.”The prosecutor’s office in the Corsican capital of Ajaccio has put the Porto-Vecchio police in charge of the investigation. No group has claimed the bombing and it is not yet known what kind of explosive was used. Receive email alerts News to go furthercenter_img News Organisation Help by sharing this information June 4, 2021 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News Follow the news on France August 26, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Investigative journalist’s car bombed in Corsica May 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Congolese government shows double standard over media concentration

first_img Joint call for Brazzaville journalist’s release Ailing magazine editor held illegally in Brazzaville for more than a month News March 31, 2021 Find out more Organisation Help by sharing this information The dismantling of the Talassa media group follows its publication in March of several articles that shed light on strange goings-on, such as a huge increase in the numbers of voters is regions that were sympathetic to the president, and the lack of a judicial investigation into the deaths of some 20 people in Brazzaville when the army arrested Colonel Marcel Ntsourou in December last year. Last year, the biweekly newspaper Talassa was twice banned from publishing, first in June along with three other known for keeping their distance from the government, on grounds of “publishing seditious articles, disseminating false news, manipulating opinion and inciting violence, and defamation”, and then for four months in February this year for repeatedly failing to respect the council.In December, three newspapers, La Griffe, Le Nouveau Regard and La Vérité, were also banned from publishing indefinitely for “undermining national security and a repeat offence of misrepresenting and distorting facts in order to abuse people’s good faith”. The Republic of Congo is ranked 82nd of 180 countries in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders. Congo-BrazzavilleAfrica Follow the news on Congo-Brazzaville Congo-BrazzavilleAfrica Receive email alerts to go further News Congo celebrates World Press Freedom Day by sentencing a journalist to six months in prison News News RSF_en May 22, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Congolese government shows double standard over media concentration Reporters Without Borders is alarmed at the Congolese authorities’ biased treatment of media groups that are critical of the government.On 5 May, the chairman of the Talassa group, which includes a business newspaper, a bi-weekly, a monthly, a website and a printing plant, as well as an communication agency, was informed that its “certificate of declaration”, granted by the High Council for Freedom of Communication (CSLC) in November 2001, had been withdrawn. The decision, based on a 2011 law on freedom of information and communication which bans concentration of ownership in the communication and information business, could lead to the group’s closure. “Reporters Without Borders is astonished that such an offence appears to target only groups whose publications are critical of the government,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk.“Similar groups headed by people close to the Congolese government have not been punished. Is this meant to silence critical voices on the eve of the planned referendum on the amendment of the 2002 constitution which could allow President Denis Sassou-Nguesso, in office since 1997, to serve another term?” For example, the group Bassin du Congo-SA, which is led by a close ally of the president, owns the Adiac news agency, which is mostly financed by the government, as well as a daily newspaper, a website and a printing plant. The group DRTV, owned by a senior government official, General Norbert Dabira, has a radio station and two television stations. May 4, 2021 Find out more March 5, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

China blocks Reuters and Wall Street Journal sites

first_img ChinaAsia – Pacific News News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison RSF_en March 12, 2021 Find out more November 15, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 China blocks Reuters and Wall Street Journal sites Help by sharing this information News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures to go furthercenter_img April 27, 2021 Find out more News Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts ChinaAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns China’s censorship of the Chinese sites of Reuters and the Wall Street Journal, revealed today by Great Fire China, a site that monitors website blocking.“This latest blocking of foreign media websites is indicative of an almost Pavlovian reflex on the part of the government, which does not hesitate to flout freedom of information whenever an embarrassing news item is posted online,” Reporters Without Borders said.“The authorities have every interest in ending website blocking as it is counter-productive and contrary to China’s constitution principles.”Several media have linked the blocking of the Reuters and Wall Street Journal sites to reports of links between JP Morgan Chase and former Prime Minister Wen Jiabao’s daughter Wen Ruchun, who operates as a consultant under the name of Lily Chang.The New York Times broke the story yesterday. Reuters picked it up and it then spread online.China is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Enemies of the Internet” and is ranked 173rd out of 179 countries in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.Read the Reuters article in Chinese here. Follow the news on China Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimeslast_img read more