When the world’s leaders get together next week in New York for the United Nations General Assembly debate, some of the world’s most notorious press freedom violators will take the podium and address their fellow heads of state and the global public, according to a draft speakers list obtained by the Committee to Protect Journalists. Leaders responsible for horrific records of impunity in journalist murders will also be strongly represented.
Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will speak.
Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo will speak.
In Iran, Ahmadinejad leads a government that uses mass imprisonment of journalists as a means of silencing dissent and quashing critical news coverage. Since 2009, a once-robust reformist media has been battered by a government onslaught that includes the banning of publications and the mass arrests and imprisonments of journalists on anti-state charges. Imprisoned journalists are subject to horrible conditions including solitary confinement, physical abuse, and torture, CPJ research shows.
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