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UNESCO withdraw patronage to Reporters Without Border

Posted: 2008-03-13
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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ''UNESCO'' withdrew this Wednesday the patronage to the group Reporters Without Borders ''RSF, for French'' on the occasion of the International day for freedom of expression on the internet, because they consider that this group keeps a ''reiterated lack of ethics on their purposes of discrediting a certain number of countries.''


Paris, March 12 ABN.- According to diplomatic sources from the United Nations Organization, the performance of Reporters Without Borders does not fit to the profile nor the purposes of the UNESCO, and shows one more time its gutter press interest due to the fact of acting like inquisitive court of developing nations, reported Prensa Latina.

Likewise, some media reported that for this reason and other records, the UN definitely finishes the relation it has with RSF and excludes any kind of collaboration in the future.

In order to show the denominated Nations with cyber-censorship, the French association, charged several times due to its tie bonds to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), launched this Wednesday its campaign.

Oddly, on the RSF blacklist do not appear any of the Western countries and the fire is focused on the so called Third World, recalled the diplomats who talked to Prensa Latina.

Canadian journalist Jean-Guy Allard denounced in several articles and in a book the fact that Reporters Without Borders is partly financed by the US National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

Besides, Allard expressed the RSF links to self-confessed agents from the CIA and the financial support that it also receives from the European Union. In 2005, the latter handed over more than a million euros to RSF.

Faced to the withdrawal of the patronage on behalf of the UNESCO for the celebration of this day, Reporters Without Borders, through a communique spread this Tuesday in the night, said that “the UNESCO has withdrawn its support to the promotion of this campaign because several of the Nations which are part of the list of Internet Enemies published by the nongovernmental organization have directly put pressure to achieve it.”

This Wednesday will be celebrated this first International day for freedom of expression on the internet, a commemoration fostered by Reporters Without Borders in order to denounce that there are 63 cyber-dissidents imprisoned by using this right on the Net, in accordance to the web page of El Pais.

On the occasion of this first International day for freedom of expression on the internet, Reporters Without Borders published a list of Internet Enemies, which collects 15 States, among them Saudi Arabia, Belarus, North Korea, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Uzbekistan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
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