Sunday, September 9, 2007
Ad showcase: Reporters without borders
Back in 2001, when I was a journalism student at Koteret I had the privilege of taking the classes of Moshe Negbi, the Israel Broadcasting Authority's legal commentator, a senior lecturer at Hebrew University and an avid soldier of human rights, freedom of speech and freedom of press. Negbi was the first person to make me understand the real importance of freedom of press. More impotent, he showed me exactly how things work in reality and why where there is no freedom of press there is usually no freedom at all.
For those of us who didn't know that, in some countries a journalist can be thrown in prison for years for a single offending word or photo. In others, including mine I am afraid, journalists can be prisoned for not fully cooperating with the censorship authorities or or even get killed for doing their job, allegedly or in fact, being too 'close' with the wrong side.
Killing, jailing or even threatening a journalist removes our only option to know what the truth is, rather than what our politicians want us to know. Free journalism is the only way our right to be informed can be protected.
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