French journalists' group Reporters Without Borders on Friday (May 3) marked World Press Freedom Day by pasting a wall in Paris with giant posters of the leaders whom it says flout media rights.
The posters showed photo montages of the leaders of Iran, China, North Korea, Russia and Syria making a range of rude gestures, to illustrate what RSF says is their violation of press freedoms.
"These pictures, on the walls of Paris but also on line show what those press freedom predators really think about press freedom, about their accountability, about their citizens," said RSF Executive Director Christophe Deloire.
Reporters Without Borders says on its website: "Freedom of expression and of information will always be the world's most important freedom. If journalists were not free to report the facts, denounce abuses and alert the public, how would we resist the problem of children-soldiers, defend women's rights, or preserve our environment? "
Reporters Without Borders was founded in Montpellier, France in 1985. The association, registered as a non-profit organisation in France since 1995, soon took on an international dimension.
On Friday, RSF published a list of 39 people they call "press freedom predators".
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