Friday, October 27, 2006

Calling a spade a spade

As you may have guessed, this blog is a big fan of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the Paris-based organisation that routinely infuriates dictators and their apologists the world over.

The latest missive came yesterday in Madrid when the organisation received the prestigious Antonio Asensio Prize for Journalism from King Juan Carlos.

The general secretary of RSF, Robert Menard, used the opportunity to launch a thinly-veiled attack on the government of Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero - for getting into bed with the Cuban dictator and his repressive regime.

Mr Menard said the Spanish authorities correctly criticised the murder of journalists in places like Colombia or Mexico. But they
effectively turned a blind eye to what was going on in Cuba, where the Castro regime has imprisoned at least 24 journalists “just for doing their job”.


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