Every year, some 500 journalists are arrested, 1000 assaulted or threatened, and over 500 media outlets censored. All of these violations have serious consequences which need to be tracked in order to better counteract them.
Every year, some 500 journalists are arrested, 1,000 assaulted or threatened, and over 500 media outlets censored. All of these violations have serious consequences which need to be tracked in order to better counteract them.
This is the mission of Reporters Without Borders’ Research hub whose activities are carried out according to geographical area : Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, and the Americas. Each zone’s research specialists observe and report any attacks on press freedom worldwide. Their daily monitoring efforts are a prerequisite for any action undertaken by the organisation.
SOUNDING THE ALARM
To identify all attacks on press freedom ;
To verify information ;
To forward protest letters to the authorities to exert pressure on governments that do not respect the right to inform and be informed
To Send press releases to the media to mobilise action on behalf of persecuted journalists.
Information gathering is not always enough; a Reporters Without Borders delegation follows it up with an on-site visit to gain more insight into the working conditions of the journalists concerned, assess the status of press freedom, investigate cases of imprisoned or murdered journalists, and meet the country’s officials.
Reporters Without Borders’ website is constantly updated. All press releases and publications issued by Reporters Without Borders are made available online in six languages (French, English, Spanish, Farsi, and Chinese). Using its “Press Freedom Barometer,” the website www.rsf.org tracks in real time the number of journalists, netizens and media contributors who have been jailed or have lost their lives while doing their jobs. The website urges Internet users to show their support for the release of the detained journalists by signing online petitions.