RSF urges for suspension of Tunisia, Equatorial Guinea

Paris- France (PANA) -- France-based Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF), a world media watchdog, has appealed to members of the Francophonie to suspend Equatorial Guinea and Tunisia from the organisation for violating press freedom.
The Francophonie summit opened in Beirut in Lebanon Friday.
RSF said it was basing its appeal on the Bamako declaration according to which member states were to be sanctioned "in case of a breach of democracy or mass violation of human rights.
" The media watchdog demanded the "suspension of the four most repressive countries when it comes to freedom of the press: Laos, Equatorial Guinea, Tunisia and Vietnam" from the Francophonie.
According to the RSF, "20 countries among those that are participating in the ninth Francophonie summit violate the freedom of the press with impunity.
" The RSF named these countries as Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Haiti, Laos, Lebanon, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, the Seychelles, Togo, Tunisia and Vietnam.
The organisation declared that three years after the Canada summit, the commitments made by the Francophonie authorities as regard human rights have not been respected and freedom of the press has deteriorated.
RSF deplored the fact that "the freedom of the press in French speaking countries is violated more now than during the last summit held in 1999.
" According to the organisation, "failing to take measures during the Beirut summit would be tantamount to recognising that the commitment was nothing but mere talk.

18 Outubro 2002 23:52:00

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