THURSDAY NIGHT LIVE!!!
It's World Press Freedom Day and we're on air discussing just how much journalists need protection? We'll be crossing several time zones and we've guests from the Blogosphere, the MSM and BBC 'Royalty' as well as you, the folks that matter, our callers. We trust you'll find it enjoyable.
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Here Max will be blogging your messages about what press freedom means:
Hi guys, Iraqi government has the worst record of protecting journalists, Reem Zaid and Marwan Khazal, journalists of al-sumeria tv have been kidnapped of more than a year. Beloved iraqi journalist Amal Al- Mudares was badly wounded four days ago, Ali Jaffar,a sport journalist was killed a year ago, and there are so many other examples of iraqi and foreign journalists who have been killed or kidnapped in iraq. Freedom of the press in irap is a blessing but sometimes it could be a curse sometimes, Allan , you're not alone.
Jason, Oregon, US
Its naive 2 think journalists could be able 2 do their jobs w/t threat from others. Perhaps they should be trained & armed 2 protect themselves.
Somalia is one of the dangerous place in the world, 6 journalist deid, more then 19 foreyn deid, since 90, the last one was swedish jourmalist.
Are jounalist above the law?because i have never heard where they accept the are wrong.
Journalist in this part of our world is like having a spoonful of honey in ur mouth and a bitter pills at the same time. The biter pil u dont want to swallowed honey u dont want to spit out.
HI BBC I think freedom of press gets better only if a country becomes more democratised.
Obasanjo will leave power with his head bow in shame for disgracing democracy. The press in my country is so free that Most members of the Press feel that they are above the law.
MANSOUR OF MONROVIA
HERE THERE IS NO PRESS FREEDOM JOURNALIST HAVE BEEN SUBJECTED TO ALL FORMS OF MOLESTATION. JOURNALIST IN AFRICA ARE THEY DILUTE THE TRUTH WHAT KIND OF RIGHT ARE THEY EXPECTING?
Timilehin ABAYOMI birnin kebbi
Alan Johnston is a simple man telling simple truths in a complicated world and should be freed to continue his vital work.
MOENN SAD, Nairobi
When U R in Nair obi U should talk about whether to leave Afrika in the lurch or not with all its malethics&evil docterines resul tant from black politicians obses sed with money & power.
The continued detention of Alan Johnstone causes more public relations problems to the Palestines cause than his kidnap was meant to solve.
P. CHINTHULIJournalism is about communication and everyone is a communicator and those choosing it as a profession need to craft their own security. Period.
Bhikhu Shah in kenya
ps... Genetics a cause of many illnesses eg.. Diabetes , heart etc problems , obesity .. Blindness as in retin it i s disorders
I think Alan is safe.He'll be back.
First of all I'd like to thank you for the useful work and I hope ALAN will be soon back !
ALAN. I hope you know what a great celebrity you've become. Life will never be the same for you once you are released. Come back soon and bask in the lielight.
On our programme:
CNN's Christiane Amanpour:
What's happening now is probably we are in the trail of some political ideology. That's why some have no respect for the press whatsoever.
CubaNet online's Hugo A. Landa:
Many of my fellow journalists are in prison/under surveillance in Cuba.
Egyptian SANDMONKEY is now trying to form a coalition to protect bloggers.
ERIC COULSON, US Officer in Ramadi, Al Anbar, Iraq:
I am very concerned that Army milblogs may not be long for this internet.
RUBA, SAUDI ARABIA:
In Saudi a lot of people still don't know what blogging is. I write about what I think what I believe. I used to write about politics but not now. I had some people, fellow Saudi bloggers, against me. I do censor myself.