Press Freedom Day Turns Into Propagandists’ Ball

On Friday May 3rd, journalists and supporters of freedom of expression across the world celebrated International Press Freedom Day.

In France, the NGO Reporters without Borders celebrated the event with a risque campaign of billboards featuring the world’s worst offenders of press freedom.  In New York, the famous author Salman Rushdie and many others rallied in support of writers who had been exiled from their home countries for the ideas they expressed.  The Committee to Protect Journalists even called on the African Union (AU) to provide greater protections for journalists facing threats because of their work.

In Zambia of all places, there was also a carefully stage-managed government-sponsored event “celebrating” press freedom.