Governments represented at Paris march in solidarity with #CharlieHebdo
These same governments have attacked journalistic freedom in their own countries.
Thanks to Daniel Wickham
for this list of Hypocrites
These 'staunch defenders' of the free press are attending today's solidarity rally in Paris
King Abdullah of Jordan, which last year sentenced a Palestinian journalist to 15 years in prison with hard labour
Prime Minister of Davutoglu of Turkey, which imprisons more journalists than any other country in the world
Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel, whose forced killed 7 journalists in Gaza last yr (second highest after Syria)
Foreign Minister Shoukry of Egypt, which as well as AJ staff has detained journalist Shawkan for around 500 days
Foreign Minister Lavrov of Russia, which last year jailed a journalist for "insulting a government servant"
Foreign Minister Lamamra of Algeria, which has detained journalist Abdessami Abdelhai for 15 months without charge
The Foreign Minister of the UAE, which in 2013 held a journo incommunicado for a month on suspicion of MB links
Prime Minister Jomaa of Tunisia, which recently jailed blogger Yassine Ayan for 3 years for "defaming the army"
The PMs of Georgia and Bulgaria, both of whom have a record of attacking & beating journos
The Attorney General of the US, where police in Ferguson have recently detained and assaulted WashPost reporters
Prime Minister Samaras of Greece, where riot police beat & injured two journalists at a protest in June last year
Sec-Gen of NATO, who are yet to be held to account for deliberately bombing and killing 16 Serbian journos in '99
President Keita of Mali, where journalists are expelled for covering human rights abuses
The Foreign Minister of Bahrain, 2nd biggest jailer of journos in the world per capita (they also torture them)
Sheikh Mohamed Ben Hamad Ben Khalifa Al Thani of Qatar, which jailed a man for 15 ys for writing the Jasmine poem
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, who had several journalists jailed for insulting him in 2013
Prime Minister Cerar of Slovenia, which sentenced a blogger to six months in prison for "defamation" in 2013
Prime Minister Enda Kenny of Ireland, where "blasphemy" is considered a criminal offense
Prime Minister Kopacz of Poland, which raided a magazine to seize recordings embarrassing for the ruling
PM Cameron of the UK, where authorities destroyed documents obtained by The Guardian and threatened prosecution
Saudi ambassador to France. The Saudis publicly flogged blogger @raif_badawi for "insulting Islam" on Friday
see my post of 1/9/2015 for more regarding the flogging of Raif Badawi... sadistic!
211 journalists in world's jails in 2013 - with three countries holding most
by Roy Greenslade
The CPJ's census results showing the total numbers jailed over 13 yearsThere were 211 journalists in the world's prisons at the beginning of this month, meaning that 2013 had the second highest total since the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) began its annual census 17 years ago. It is close to the record high of 232 the previous year.
According to a special report by Elana Beiser, CPJ's editorial director, Turkey was the world's leading jailer of journalists for the second year running, followed closely by Iran and China.
In fact, those three countries accounted for more than half of all the imprisoned journalists. Beiser writes: "Intolerant governments in Ankara, Tehran and Beijing used mostly anti-state charges to silence a combined 107 critical reporters, bloggers, and editors."
Turkey improves - but 40 are still held in jail Journalists in Turkish jails declined to 40 from 49 the previous year, as some were freed pending trial. Others benefited from new legislation that allowed defendants in lengthy pre-trial detentions to be released for time served.
Additional journalists were freed after CPJ had completed its census. Still, authorities are holding dozens of Kurdish journalists on terror-related charges and others for allegedly participating in anti-government plots.
Broadly worded anti-terror and penal code statutes allow Turkish authorities to conflate the coverage of banned groups with membership, according to CPJ research.
Iran also improves - with 35 now behind barsIn Iran, the number of jailed journalists fell to 35 from 45, as some sentences expired and the government kept up its policy of releasing some prisoners on licence. But they do not know when, or if, they will be summoned back to jail to finish serving their sentences.
The Tehran authorities also continued to make new arrests and to condemn minority and reformist journalists to lengthy prison terms despite the election in June of a new president, Hassan Rouhani.
China - as last year, 32 are in prisonWith 32 reporters, editors and bloggers in prison in China, there has been no change from 2012. Although journalists, including CPJ's 2005 international press freedom award winner, Shi Tao, were released during the year, a fresh crackdown on internet criticism, especially allegations of corruption, led to several new arrests, beginning in August.
The list of top 10 worst jailers of journalists was rounded out by Eritrea, Vietnam, Syria, Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Egypt, and Uzbekistan.
Egypt held five journalists in jail compared with none in 2012. In Syria, Bashar al-Assad's government held 12 (down from 15 the previous year), but the census does not take account of the dozens of reporters who have been abducted and are believed to be held by armed opposition groups. About 30 journalists are currently missing in Syria.
Vietnam was holding 18 journalists, up from 14 a year earlier, as authorities intensified a crackdown on bloggers, who represent the country's only independent press.
United States holds blogger for contemptThe single journalist behind bars in the Americas was in the United States. Roger Shuler, an independent blogger specialising in allegations of corruption and scandal in Republican circles in Alabama, was being held on contempt of court for refusing to comply with an injunction regarding content ruled defamatory.
With 106 online journalists behind bars, they accounted for half of the total. Seventy-nine worked in print. And about a third were freelancers.
Worldwide, 124 journalists were jailed on anti-state charges such as subversion or terrorism. That is far higher than any other type of charge, such as defamation.
Many of those who marched for free speech
are leaders of oppressive governments, say journalists
However, as investigative journalist and The Intercept co-founder Jeremy Scahill said in an interview Monday with Democracy Now!, the event lost some of its power given the presence of several world leaders who run oppressive governments in their own countries. "[T]his is sort of a circus of hypocrisy when it comes to all of those world leaders who were marching at the front of it," Scahill said. "[E]very single one of those heads of state or representatives of governments there have waged their own wars against journalists."
Among them, Scahill noted, was UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who ordered The Guardian to destroy the hard drives that held the files leaked in 2013 by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. And Cameron was joined by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu, whose regime has "kidnapped, abducted, jailed journalists" reporting on Palestine, Scahill said.
"[T]hen you have... General [Abdel Fattal al] Sisi, the dictator of Egypt, who apparently is showing his solidarity for press freedom by continuing to preside over the imprisonment of multiple Al Jazeera journalists whose only crime was doing actual journalism and scores of other Egyptian journalists that never get mentioned in the news media," Scahill continued.
Scahill's criticisms followed similar remarks made Sunday by Daniel Wickham, a British journalist and activist. In a series of messages posted to Twitter on Sunday, Wickham laid out those leaders' own poor records against journalists in their home countries, even as other news sources praised them as "staunch defenders" of free press.
2 million people arrived in Paris for the Marche Republicaine organized by the French government against the terrorism due to the double attack of Wednesday and Thursday. 17 people and 3 terrorists died. Photograph by Matteo Pellegrinuzzi. Copyright: Demotix
World leaders and politicians, particularly those from the Middle East and North Africa, came under fire for their double standards in supporting freedom of speech in France, while stifling freedoms and killing and jailing journalists in their own countries.
More than 40 world leaders and top officials and politicians from around the world joined about 1.6 million people as they marched in Paris today [January 11] to denounce the terror attacks on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket. The attacks, over three days, have left 17 people dead in France, including cartoonists and police officers. More than 3.7m people are estimated to have marched across the country today, making the rallies the largest in the nation's history. Similar but smaller solidarity gatherings were held in Cairo, Beirut, New York and Madrid, to name a few, in support of freedom of expression.
The presence of world leaders at the forefront of the Paris rally, which began at the Place de la Republique and ended at the Place de la Nation, in which marchers chanted liberte [freedom] and Charlie, drew much criticism on social media, especially since some of those leaders were among the world's worst free speech offenders.
Spaniard David Karvala notes:
Paris protests against the attack that killed 17 innocent people holding hands with Netanyahu, who kills thousands
Freedom Prayers, from Bahrain, reminds readers of what awaits protesters at home:
And Dima Eleiwa, from Gaza, Palestine, explains:
We will be telling our children mind-boggling stories about today's rally. Terrorists and those suppressing freedom of speech took part in a rally against terrorism and in support of freedom of speech!
Reporters without Borders described world leaders at the event as “predators,” whose presence was appalling. It issued a statement saying:
On what grounds are representatives of regimes that are predators of press freedom coming to Paris to pay tribute to Charlie Hebdo, a publication that has always defended the most radical concept of freedom of expression?
Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the presence of leaders from countries where journalists and bloggers are systematically persecuted such as Egypt (which is ranked 159th out of 180 countries in RWB’s press freedom index), Russia (148th), Turkey (154th) and United Arab Emirates (118th).
Iyad El-Baghdadi, who was jailed and exiled from the UAE, found a few more punchlines to add to his Arab Tyrants Manual, which he started writing after the start of the so-called Arab Spring.
Turkish Zeynep Tufekci reminds us of how world leaders only put their interests ahead of issues they pay lip service to, like freedom of speech:
And Egyptian Guebara sarcastically notes:
Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi is taking part in the Paris rally against terrorism
According to the Washington Post, a seven-minute video emerged today in which one of the gunmen who attacked the kosher supermarket posthumously claimed the IS's responsibility for the attack. In the video, Amedy Coulibaly pledges allegiance to the IS leader Al Baghdadi.