Reporters Without Borders

 

Holding a knife at the wrong end

Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

"There are times and places when being brave should not be a good sign. Take journalism, for instance. Unlike with, say the Nobel Prize, a country whose journalists are renowned for their courageous journalism should feel ashamed of itself," writes Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya.

A lesson from the Minister Mentor

Staff Reporter

The annual conference of the International Bar Association, the world's biggest meeting of lawyers, was officially opened in Singapore recently by Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew. Yew, Singapore's long-time ruler and a lawyer by training, was in no mind to soft-peddle his prescriptions for the island state's success. "If I had permitted freedom of expression," he confidently announced, "I would not be here tonight and neither would all of you."

Setting benchmarks for good governance

Staff Reporter

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation was launched in October 2006 to promote good governance in Africa with the support of world leaders, including Nelson Mandela, Alpha Konaré, Bill Clinton and Tony Blair. On October 22 2007, the foundation will announce the winner of the world's biggest prize, the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, to be awarded to a former African executive head of state.

Al-Jazeera cameraman returns from Guantánamo

Staff Reporter

A Sudanese cameraman with the al-Jazeera on Friday accused United States authorities of insulting Islamic symbols on his return home after six years of detention at Guantánamo Bay. There were "many violations -- [we were] deprived from praying and there were ... deliberate insults to God's holy book" said Sami al-Haj.