In my last blog post, I talked about how my strong belief in the freedom of information is a top reason that I wanted to work with political media one day.
You might be wondering, “What kind of organizations and news networks provide such a service? Everything affiliated with the media is always biased!”
Well, some attempt to unbias their information significantly more than others.
I could sit here and attempt to convince you of how CNN is superior to Fox News because of this exact reason, but there are organizations that make it their primary goal to use their freedom of information to present the media as explicit facts.
One of the these organizations is Reporters Without Borders.
Reporters Without Borders is a France-based international non-profit, non-governmental organization that promotes and defends freedom of information and freedom of the press. The organization has consultant status at the United Nations.
Reporters Without Borders has two primary spheres of activity: one is focused on internet censorship and the new media, and the other on providing material, financial and psychological assistance to journalists assigned to dangerous areas. Its missions are to:
- continuously monitor attacks on freedom of information worldwide;
- denounce any such attacks in the media;
- act in cooperation with governments to fight censorship and laws aimed at restricting freedom of information;
- morally and financially assist persecuted journalists, as well as their families; and
- offer material assistance to war correspondents in order to enhance their safety
Their head office is in Paris, but there are many other offices in Berlin, Brussels, Geneva, Madrid, Rome, Stockholm, Tunis, Vienna, and Washington, D.C.
In a sense, this organization is fighting for what they believe in. They attempt to fight censorship by attempting to create things like MIRROR SITES. Whilst scrolling through their SITE, one might come to the conclusion that their mirror site idea was their only successful one. With their site banner giving links to things like “Helping RWB journalists” and “Safety of RWB journalists,” Reporters Without Borders might lack some boundaries but they certainly do not lack exposure.
Labeling ambassadors, prime ministers, presidents and other respectable leaders of various countries as “predators” because of their apparent lack of internet freedom, this site earns a big thumbs down on my grading scale.
Claiming they “fight censorship,” this organization has achieved very little of what its initial purpose was:
After all, isn’t the point of preserving freedom of information so that things like this^^ do NOT happen, RWB?
But hey! Don’t you worry, if you feel as strongly about the real meaning of their organization as they do, they have a big bright yellow “donate” button at the very top of their site. Mostly because this non-profit is $400,000 in debt annually. That’s every year.
Yet they still claim they spend their donation money on:
In my opinion, the reporters from Reporters Without Borders should be reporting with more borders, perhaps with a less angry initiative.