- Title: Reporters Without Borders contender for Nobel Peace Prize
- Date: 28th September 2019
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (FILE - SEPTEMBER 3, 2018) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** LOGO OF THE REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS (RSF) NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATION WORLD MAP DEPICTING LEVELS OF PRESS FREEDOM YANGON, MYANMAR (FILE - SEPTEMBER 3, 2018) (REUTERS) JAILED REUTERS JOURNALIST WA LONE BEING ESCORTED OUT OF COURT AFTER SENTENCING, STOPPING TO SPEAK TO MEDIA WA LONE GETTING INTO BACK OF VEHICLE; SECOND JAILED REUTERS JOURNALIST KYAW SOE OO WAVING TO MEDIA AS HE IS PUSHED INTO BACK OF VEHICLE PARIS, FRANCE (FILE - SEPTEMBER 3, 2018) (REUTERS) RSF LOGO ON MAP HEAD OF ASIA AND PACIFIC DESK FOR REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS, DANIEL BASTARD (SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD OF ASIA AND PACIFIC DESK FOR REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS, DANIEL BASTARD, SPEAKING ABOUT THE JAILED REUTERS JOURNALISTS, SAYING: "Well this verdict, this very heavy sentence of seven years against the two journalists is a clear and sad sign that the transition, the democratic transition in Myanmar is going to an end." MAP SHOWING MYANMAR (CALLED BIRMANIE IN FRENCH) AND REGION AROUND IT (SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD OF ASIA AND PACIFIC DESK FOR REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS, DANIEL BASTARD, SAYING: "We call for their immediate and unconditional release. Obviously, the judiciary system in Myanmar is not independent, this verdict clearly proves it and what we can call for is for (Myanmar leader) Aung Saan Suu Kyi to step up. She's been overwhelmingly silent for now eight months since their arrest." NAYPYITAW, MYANMAR (FILE - OCTOBER 15, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF MYANMAR LEADER AUNG SAN SUU KYI VARIOUS OF MYANMAR MILITARY OFFICIALS PARIS, FRANCE (FILE - SEPTEMBER 3, 2018) (REUTERS) MAP SHOWING MYANMAR PARIS, FRANCE (FILE - APRIL 24, 2018) (REUTERS) OFFICE AT THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS (RSF) NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATION RSF SECRETARY-GENERAL CHRISTOPHE DELOIRE TALKING WITH STAFF POSTER READING (French) 'REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS IS 20 YEARS OLD' (SOUNDBITE) (French) RSF SECRETARY-GENERAL, CHRISTOPHE DELOIRE, SAYING: "The main conclusion of this report is the negative effect of a hatred of journalists on the freedom of the press. That hatred has been unleashed, particularly by comments by political leaders themselves. If we look at the entire world: in the Philippines, it's the president who's threatening journalists with murder; in the United States, the president uses Stalin-era expressions talking about "the enemy of the people"; in India, hate campaigns are waged against journalists, and are led by political parties. In Europe too, political leaders insult journalists, weaken journalism and we end up with murdered journalists." HONG KONG, CHINA (FILE - APRIL 12, 2018) (REUTERS) PHILIPPINES PRESIDENT RODRIGO DUTERTE SITTING DOWN DUTERTE SPEAKING
- Embargoed: 12th October 2019 09:05
- Keywords: Nobel Peace Prize contender nominee Reporters Without Borders journalism RSF Reuters
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE / YANGON AND NAYPYITAW, MYANMAR / HONG KONG, CHINA / JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES / INTERNET / BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA / VALLETTA AND BIDNIJA, MALTA / BERLIN, GERMANY / SINGAPORE /
- City: PARIS, FRANCE / YANGON AND NAYPYITAW, MYANMAR / HONG KONG, CHINA / JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES / INTERNET / BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA / VALLETTA AND BIDNIJA, MALTA / BERLIN, GERMANY / SINGAPORE /
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- Topics: Society/Social Issues
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- Story Text:Rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is tipped to be a contender for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.
RSF promotes freedom of information and is the world's biggest NGO "specializing in the defense of media freedom, which we regard as the basic human right to be informed and to inform others," according to its website.
The groups says it defends journalists who may hold opposing views in an "independent manner" and has been vocal in calling for press freedom in various countries including Myanmar, the United States and Turkey.
The Nobel Peace Prize, worth 9 million Swedish crowns (9,300,000 million USD), will be announced in Oslo on Friday October 11, at 11:00 a.m. (0900 GMT) and presented on December 10, 2019.
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