In addition to its press releases, its factfinding reports and its periodical publications, Reporters Without Borders schedules key events to promote freedom of information throughout the year.
JANUARY : WORLD PRESS FREEDOM INDEX
This annually published index measures the degree of freedom enjoyed by the media in over 170 countries. A world map shows regions in which press freedom has improved or receded. This index provokes a wide range of reactions on the part of governments, regardless of how their countries are ranke
12 MARCH : WORLD DAY AGAINST CYBER CENSORSHIP
Since 2008, this event, first initiated by Reporters Without Borders, is intended to rally support for an unrestricted Internet, accessible to all. Reporters Without Borders marks this occasion by publishing an“Enemies of the Internet” list and awards the Netizen Prize, which recognises an Internet user, blogger, or cyberdissident who has made a notable contribution to the defence of online freedom of expression.
3 MAY : WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY
On this day, observed since 1992, Reporters Without Borders publishes its “Predators of Press Freedom” list of politicians, government officials, religious leaders, militias and criminal organisations who openly target journalists. They include Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov, Taliban leader Mullah Omar, Mexican drug cartels and even Eritrea’s President Issayas Afewerki.
DECEMBER : REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS’ PRIZE
The international Reporters Without Borders Prize has been awarded each year since 1992 to a journalist and a media outlet that have made a significant contribution to the defence and promotion of press freedom. It is presented in December by an international jury/panel of journalists and human rights activists. Notable recipients include Liu Xiaobo (the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate) in 2004, and the Journalistic Freedom Observatory of Iraq, in 2007.