Press freedom: RSF denounces France's 'shame'
Reporters Without Borders - RSF - announces its world ranking of press freedom, and the news is not good: France, 44th, one place further back. She has lost 33 since the rankings in 2002! "The European model is fragile," wrote the association by noting that the EU has "lost its status as a leader" for countries in northern Europe.
"If it does not pulled himself together, the EU risks losing its leadership in the field of respect for human rights," says RSF ranking this comment by noting carefully all legal attacks, or more serious still, against media and journalists:
"On the twenty-seven EU member countries, thirteen countries are in the top twenty. Fourteen countries are in the twentieth position and some are even very low in rank: Greece (70th), Bulgaria (70th), Romania (52), Italy (49th).
The European Union is not a homogenous group in terms of press freedom. Instead, the gap continues to widen between the good and bad students. "
The ruling is particularly severe for France and Italy, which are outclassed by countries with bad press often, like Jamaica or Mali:
"Several democratic countries, where Reporters Without Borders reported a number of problems know no progress.
This is, first, France and Italy, where incidents and significant events have marked this year, confirming their inability to reverse the trend. "
"The presidential majority had words very threatening"
According to the UN or the European Union, RSF notes the deterioration of the image of France abroad. Jean-Francois Julliard, Secretary General of the association:
"The year 2010 was marked by several attacks against journalists, indicted, violations or attempted violations of the confidentiality of sources and especially a heavy climate of distrust towards the press. The presidential majority had words very threatening, sometimes offensive, to some media.
These statements have had a global resonance and, in many countries, the French government no longer considered respectful of the freedom of information. "
This new degradation leads Reporters Without Borders to push hard in its new advertising campaign entitled "Shame," which reveals the visual Rue89: Nicolas Sarkozy shameful hiding behind the flag.
For the rest, or almost no changes, neither head nor tail of rank:
1. Finland, Iceland, Norway, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland;
7. Austria [...]
14. Belgium, Luxembourg, Malta;
19. United Kingdom;
20. United States (American territory);
21. Canada [...]
40. Portugal [...]
86. Israel (Israeli territory) [...]
99. United States (outside U.S. territory) [...]
132. Israel (excluding Israel) [...]
177. North Korea;