Tuesday, November 06, 2018
SAFENEWSROOMS.ORG SHORTLISTED FOR PRIZE FOR INDEPENDENCE AWARD BY RSF
Safenewsrooms.org has been shortlisted for a press freedom award in the category of ‘The Prize for Independence’ by the Reporters Without Borders (RSF), a global journalists support network. The Prize for Independence is awarded to journalists, media or NGOs for resisting pressure (including financial, political, economic or religious pressure) or because of the values and rules that enable them to resist.
Safenewsrooms.org was launched this World Press Freedom Day on 3rd May 2018 by Pakistani journalist Taha Siddiqui who lives in exile in Paris. The digital media platform documents censorship and gives a voice to journalists, editors, and publishers who are forced to self-censor and brings censored stories from communities that face a media blackout. The platform focuses on Pakistan but is expanding its coverage to many other Asian countries, including India, Bangladesh, China and Saudi Arabia.
“Today, the world is witnessing the worst kind of oppression in terms of rights’ abuse, especially when it comes to freedom of expression, but the only way to beat the oppressors is to continue speaking up against them, as we try to do on safenewsrooms.org,” says Taha Siddiqui, the founder of the NGO, registered in France.
According to a recent study, media freedom around the world has fallen to the lowest level for at least a decade. It further found how journalists are mainly threatened by government censorship, organized crime and commercial pressures.
“We are thankful to RSF and others who have supported us. We have received an overwhelming response. We launched only five months ago and since then we have done over thirty investigative pieces, interviews and opinion pieces focusing on censorship. With newsrooms around the world being forced into silence, we must act before it is too late,” Siddiqui added.
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