Adonis Diaries

Hypocrites Marching for Free Expression In Paris?

Posted on: January 16, 2015

One Student’s Epic Tweets Call Out the Biggest Hypocrites Marching for Free Speech In Paris

Millions of people took to the streets of Paris and cities across France on Sunday to rally in defense of free speech and against terrorism in the wake of Wednesday’s deadly attack on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

The French Interior Ministry told the Associated Press that 3.7 million marched throughout France, making the demonstrations the largest in the country’s history.

Adding to the symbolic weight of the demonstrations, more than 40 world leaders joined the start of the Paris march, linking arms in an act of solidarity. But as Reporters Without Borders points out, their policies at home are far from compatible with the solidarity for free speech on display throughout France. 

The organization said Sunday that it was “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).”

“We must demonstrate our solidarity with Charlie Hebdo without forgetting all the world’s other Charlies,” Reporters Without Borders Secretary-General Christophe Deloire said in a statement.

“It would be unacceptable if representatives of countries that silence journalists were to take advantage of the current outpouring of emotion to try to improve their international image and then continue their repressive policies when they return home. We must not let predators of press freedom spit on the graves of Charlie Hebdo.”

They’re right.

In what can only be described as an epic series of 21 pointed tweets, London School for Economics Middle East Society co-president Daniel Wickham points out that many of the world leaders who marched Sunday through the streets of Paris are not the world’s biggest advocates for press freedom.

[<a href=”//storify.com/tometty/staunch-defenders-of-free-press-attend-solidarity” target=”_blank”>View the story “These ‘staunch defenders’ of the free press are attending today’s solidarity rally in Paris” on Storify</a>]<span id=”mce_marker” data-mce-type=”bookmark”></span&amp

 

“Politicians worldwide are enacting a slew of laws to impinge on free speech, but are the first to defend it when there’s a body count,” writes the Daily Beast‘s Luke O’Neil. “It is grandstanding for a right rarely protected unless under immediate attack.”

As journalists and human rights activists stand with Charlie Hebdo, they should remember that, across the world, not every journalist is Charlie.

Turkey is one of the harshest persecutor of journalists and its Prime minister participated in the march.

Israel assassinated 17 journalists in Gaza genocide war.

This sums it up:
– Prime Minister Rajoy of Spain, whose government just passed the Ley Mordaza, a gag law placing historic restrictions on the right to protest in Spain.
– Foreign Minister Lavrov of Russia, which last year jailed a journalist for “insulting a government servant” .
– Foreign Minister Shoukry of Egypt, which as well as Al Jazeera staff has detained journalist Shawkan for around 500 days.
– King Abdullah of Jordan, which last year sentenced a Palestinian journalistlist to 15 years in prison with hard labour.
– Prime Minister Davutoglu of Turkey, which imprisons more journalists than any other country in the world.
– Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel, whose forced killed 17 journalists in Gaza last year (second highest after Syria).
– Foreign Minister Lamamra of Algeria, which has detained journalist Abdessami Abdelhai for 15 months without charges.
– The Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates, which in 2013 held a journalist 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 Prime Ministers of Georgia and Bulgaria, both of whom have a record of attacking & beating journalists.
– The Attorney General of the US, where police in Ferguson have recently detained and assaulted Washington Post reporters.
– Prime Minister Samaras of Greece, where riot police beat & injured two journalists at a protest in June last year
– Secretary-General of NATO, who are yet to be held to account for deliberately bombing and killing 16 Serbian journalists 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 years 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 party.
– Prime Minister Cameron of the UK, where authorities destroyed documents obtained by The Guardian and threatened prosecution.
– Prime Minister Orbán of Hungary, the autocrat of who Amnesty says has “put an end to the free press in Hungary.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

adonis49

adonis49

adonis49

January 2015
M T W T F S S
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031  

Blog Stats

  • 1,405,835 hits

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.adonisbouh@gmail.com

Join 756 other followers

%d bloggers like this: