The attack at Charlie Hebdo – what Commonwealth journalists had to say:
‘When I am not busy becoming a de facto public relations representative for ‘good Muslims’ around the world, I will be forced to think about which countries of the world will now be invaded by a Western military because of the latest tragedy’.
Why did the world ignore Boko Haram’s Baga attacks? As media coverage focused on the Paris terror attacks last week, more than 2000 Nigerians were reported to have been killed by Islamist militants. What makes one massacre more newsworthy than another?
When is expression not free? There is little question that there are restrictions on freedom of expression, even in the countries that pride themselves on being bastions of democracy and free speech.
The reporting differences between the Paris attacks (17 dead) and the Northern Ireland Troubles are stark, but seeing Blair in the chair at Westminster reminds us how politicians still feel they must control the debate.
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has stated that one of the greatest threats to press freedom today stems from the lack of justice in hundreds of journalists’ murders. The CPJ report, entitled ‘The Road to Justice: Breaking the Cycle of Impunity in the Killing of Journalists’, was released on 2 November to mark the first UN-recognised International Day to End Impunity. The report found that there has been a near-total worldwide failure to prosecute those who order crimes against journalists. Apart from Bangladesh (see Asia section), Commonwealth countries did not feature prominently in the CPJ’s report on the jailing of journalists for 2014.
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