Each week we recap the posts we have had on social media. This is November 25 – December 1.
International Media Support
“For the individual (Libyan) journalist and the media sector as a whole, the general lack of rule of law represents the main obstacle. It leaves media workers facing threats and violent attacks from a multitude of militant and political groups in their scramble for power”, writes Morten Toustrup from International Media Support. IMS is supporting the founding of the Libyan Media Institute (LMI), a local non-governmental organization that focuses on capacity building, journalistic trainings and mapping the Libyan media landscape, among others. Read more here.
Reporters Without Borders
Yesterday the UN adopted its first resolution on the safety of journalists and issue of impunity. As of now, November 2 will be the International Day to End Impunity for crimes against journalists. “By choosing this date, the United Nations is sending a strong message to those who persecute journalists. It is vital that all UN bodies continue to proclaim the importance of combatting impunity for those responsible for physical attacks against journalists”, says Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire. Read more here.
Human Rights Watch
Egypt’s new law restricting public assemblies is sparking controversy. It e.g. bans meetings of “public nature” of more than 10 people and gives security officials discretion to ban any protest on very vague grounds, writes Human Rights Watch. Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at HRW, assesses the law as follows: “This law will reverse the freedom to demonstrate that Egyptians seized in January 2011, and risks putting that freedom, which brought about momentous change, into reverse.” Read more here.