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Reporters Without Borders thinks ISIS in Africa and al-Qaeda in Syria are less dangerous to free speech than Putin and Xi

The integrity of Reporters Without Borders has been called into question by the editor-in-chief of RT Margarita Simonyan.

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A row has erupted between the French based group Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières–RSF) and RT’s editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan.

The incident began when RSF referred to individuals at RT as “enemies of journalism”. Simonyan fired back saying that the group should ‘self-dissolve’.

READ MORE: RT Chief slams Reporters Without Borders–says organisation should “self-dissolve”

Now, Simonyan has fired back with an open letter to RSF, demanding a clarification of their insulting position.

The letter is reproduced in its entireity below.

One look at both the financiers of as well as the targets of RSF, paints a picture of a group with a clear ideological bent that is miles away from their supposed ethos of promoting free speech and honest journalism.

In 2016, in particular, RSF dropped a list of individuals and entities from their list of free speech offenders in spite the fact that such groups and individuals are still very much a danger to free speech. 

Here are some of the most staggering examples of groups and individuals dropped from RSF’s ‘predators against free speech’ list in 2016

–Boko Haram (an ISIS affiliate in Nigeria)

–Illegal Baloch terrorist groups operating in Pakistan 

–The Israel Defence Force 

–Italian mafia 

–Al-Nusra Front (the primary al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria)

–The Muslim Brotherhood (a radical group whose members commit numerous terrorist atrocities against Egyptian Christians)

–Anti-government militias in Philippines including radical Salafists and Maoists 

By contrast, those still on the RSF list of free speech violators include 

–Vladimir Putin (the President of Russia) 

–Xi Jinping (the President of China) 

–Bashar al-Assad (the President of Syria)

–Nguyen Phu Trong (Secretary General of the Communist Party of Vietnam)

–Nicolas Maduro (President of Venezuela)

–Houthi Rebels (a poorly armed and poorly funded Shi’a resistance group fighting Saudi Arabia in Yemen). 

In summary, the Presidents of Russia and China are, according to RSF, bigger enemies of free speech than al-Qaeda in Syria and ISIS in Nigeria. 

If that wasn’t enough to make one ‘question more’ about the ideological bent of RSF, one of the groups primary financiers is none other than George Soros.

So much for the integrity and independence of RSF.

 

 

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Voltaire
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Voltaire

RSF is just a cheap annex of the CIA and vermin US necon deep State…who have commmitted and continue to commit the greatest war crimes of the last 20 years and lmore in Serbia, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen and other countries where the US bombs and kills obscenely while daring to tell others how to behave…

Denounce the criminal Americans every day….

TravelAbout
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TravelAbout

Should be renamed Reporters Without Morals.

Mr. Costelol
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Mr. Costelol

Narrative control agents, “Thought police”.

Constantine
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Constantine

Or Propagandists Without Borders.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Who set up Sans Frontieres? Who is the PR Media Management Company behind White Helmets aka IS IS/Al Qaeda or whatever they are called today? Mathew Rycroft – UK Envoy in the UN, who once upon a time was Tony Blair’s Private Secretary during the time when Blair was lying to Parliament with regards the Iraq War. Who gave Blair and Rycroft a lending hand? Was it not Bell Pottinger? The US military gave Bell Pottinger $540m to run ‘covert’ Iraq war PR propoganda campaign… http://www.thedrum.com/news/2016/10/02/the-us-military-gave-bell-pottinger-540m-run-covert-iraq-war-pr-propoganda-campaign Media Propaganda Campaign – White Helmets Receive $ 100 million from the US and… Read more »

Mr. Costelol
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Mr. Costelol

The guy in the picture is James Le Mesurier, a British ex-mercenary, who founded the White Helmets
in 2013. The group has been lauded for its “humanitarian” efforts in
Syria, but they have actually functioned more as a logistics and
propaganda arm of Syria’s al-Qaeda branch, complete with training from
Le Mesurier.This Sandhurst graduate was very active in Yugoslavia against Serbs in Bosnia and Kosovo.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Thanks for recognising him. The UK version of Erik Prince. Also, look who funds The White Helmets, no doubt you already know. What I find interesting is the Jo Cox Memorial Fund donating over £2 million. That was the MP, whose husband was on the Thames, cheering on Team Brexit, with his two young children, when Geldof was ranting at Nigel Farage. The day the UK fishermen were protesting against EU quotas on the Thames. The following day Jo Cox was allegedly taken out. Massive publicity and fund raising for the two young boys, that she left behind. So why… Read more »

Mr. Costelol
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Mr. Costelol

Very interesting observation. I have noticed British intelligence frequently uses humanitarian sentiment and donations to fund nefarious activities , specifically Care Canada and Care Australia financed mercenary and intelligence gathering operations in “the former Yugoslavia.” They often use vile propaganda to promote donations.

Mr. Costelol
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Mr. Costelol

You’ve mentioned Bob Geldof, what’s interesting was the campaign “We are the world” to help Ethiopia during the famine – there are claims that little money was ever delivered for the stated purpose.

plamenpetkov
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plamenpetkov

what do you expect, Geldoff is from the chosen people tribe, didn’t he also urged the Arabs and all 3rd world people to not have so many kids?

Mr. Costelol
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Mr. Costelol

Had no idea, I thought Geldof was Scottish. I saw the other day a new batch of peace corps volunteers/humanitarians coming to Kiev – pretty old looking “peace corps” volunteers – calling them spies would better describe them.

Seán Murphy
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Seán Murphy

No, he’s not. He is from a Christian family in Dublin, who are of Belgian origin. Listen to his accent: he has a south Dublin accent, the so called Blackrock College accent, where he attended.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Cannot stand Geldof and can believe what you said. Midge Ure, who partnered him, never got the recognition he deserved.

Seán Murphy
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Seán Murphy

How do you think “Sir Bob” became a millionaire?

AM Hants
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AM Hants

So true and if you look further you no bout will see the same old crowd involved with them all and with links back to Yugoslavia. Clinton and Blair, weren’t they behind what happened in Yugoslavia and then Blair and Bush moved the teams to Iraq etc, etc, etc.

Mr. Costelol
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Mr. Costelol

Clinton was old man Bush’s project, and since the fall of the Berlin wall they’ve be working diligently to take down all states that weren’t completely under their control, with similar games as well. The roles of US ambassadors April Glaspie in Iraq and Warren Zimmermann in Yugoslavia were similar in making sure war would break out. It’s a disgusting bunch.

plamenpetkov
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plamenpetkov

I read a story by Mick White he did about the assassination of John Lennon and how the guy who killed Lennon worked for a CIA funded refugee center in South East Asia. SO this has been going on for decades.

DarkEyes
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DarkEyes

Do we remember the times Mr. John Lennon was in the USA with his Yoko Ono?. Man, had he a lot of troubles with all these “friendly establishment gentlemen” who got worried about their income from the Bonds in war and the Shares in MIC.
Mr. Lennon was preacing PEACE and NO WAR. That was no good in USA at that time. CIA it is said, allegedly finished it.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Beware of virtue and value ‘signaling’. It is a sign of talmudo-satanist lies and illusions.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Superb takedown. Thank you. Taking out my willy to pee on the corporate corpses.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

LOL, I would not waste my urine on them. Weird how so few can do so much damage and in so many nations. Not forgetting, Brother’s Bell, and what old Tim’s brother David is involved in. Common Purpose, who just happen to have serious control of the media. COMMON PURPOSE AND BELL POTTINGER Common Purpose + Bell-Pottinger – Leading Beyond Authority … http://www.stopcp.com/cpbellpottinger.php Who’s Who of Common Purpose (interesting what they have to say) Cur David ‘Boss’ Bell. Julia ‘Boss’ Middleton. Peter Mandelson. Caroline Duckworth. Suzy Leather Robert Preston (BBC) Mark Thomson (BBC and NYT) Gordon Brown David Cameron Cur… Read more »

DarkEyes
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DarkEyes

An act of bravery, I’d say?

DarkEyes
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DarkEyes

Alwasy back to the source, then.
Well done, AM.

Brian De Paolo
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Brian De Paolo

Amazing…Americans talking about bombing other countries that don’t mean shit to them…but all it is is talk…fuck its your country doing this….who runs things there anymore…not you the people..

Ro Nom
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Ro Nom

Reporters without Brains. Orwell predicted the future of the Worst (west) perfectly. A future with a boot endless on one’s face. Faceboot. Surely one gets your brains damaged with a boot endlessly on your face. So Reporters without Brains would be the best title for them.

plamenpetkov
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plamenpetkov

oh they got brains all right. They got brains enough to know how to collect their 30 silver dinars from CIA.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

‘Shekels,’ surely.

Win
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Win

How about: Reporters with free condos in Florida.

JPH
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JPH

https://rsf.org/en/our-supporters The usual suspects apart from banks: “The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) supports RSF’s reporting of media freedom violations throughout the world and especially in Asia.” “The European Commission’s European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) supports journalists in difficulty by means of the ProtectDefenders.eu project.” “The French foreign ministry supports our work in countries it regards as priorities. The French defence ministry provides us with bulletproof vests, which we lend to journalists who are travelling to dangerous areas for work reasons. The French interior ministry provides us with bulletproof vests, which we lend to journalists who are… Read more »

Антония Симеонова
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Антония Симеонова

These RWB are mercenary morons, I’ve already noticed it.

dago dingo
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dago dingo

They should be called “Journalists Sans Cogliones” Translation Journo’s with no balls.

seby
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seby

acronym is CIA right? It seems a lot of these SF’s are that way. Also includes HRW and AI. U$ imperialism just prints more money to pay them all off.

plamenpetkov
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plamenpetkov

RT should make an expose type report, reporting on Reporters without Borders and point out where their funding comes from.

Dot
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Dot

Putin would never flip the bird in public because he rises above this kind of behaviour. Why these sites choose to suggest Putin has no more class than a common street ogre is beyond me. It’s not cute or appropriate.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

You must admit though that Putin is too polite in real life. I for instance, in his place, would preemptively nuke Washington tomorrow. He seems not to want to do that.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

The RSF list of good guys is strangely reminiscent of who the CIA and AngloZionist Empire are supporting this week.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Fuck the CIA and their bastard offspring the RSF.

VeeNarian (Yerevan)
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VeeNarian (Yerevan)

RSF? Same old rubbish from people who are bought and sold as agents of the US/EU/NATO gang. Millions aren’t fooled by your jokes. Get your act together, RSF, before you end up in the dustbin of history.
Hope you guys don’t meet up with ISIS/Al-Quaeda/Boko Haram head-choppers. Who will protect you then???

Adreng
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Adreng

That is really absurd. While certainly not everything is perfect in Venezuela and Russia, both are countries where there are relatively strong opposition media. In Venezuela, some of the biggest newspapers are on the side of the opposition. In contrast, many of the enemies of a free press the organization does not mention any more do not tolerate any dissent.

Seán Murphy
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Seán Murphy

Financed by Soros, the international terrorist enabler; what could one expert?

rosewood11
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rosewood11

There is something about the picture with the header that just kind of says it all !!!

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

I always suspected Reporters without Borders and never cared for them. Just another American front.

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In the hope of a waining of the Russophobia in America, let’s look at the US’s recent war history by starting with the 20th anniversary this month of the NATO war on Serbia in 1999 which amounted to almost 100 days of bombing of historic cities and infrastructure.

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To compound these overall problems, the US Military and Israeli Defence Forces collaborate on these US regime change policies on all continents evidenced most recently by the arrival of crack Israeli troops last month in Brazil, prepared to support an attack potentially by Brazil and Columbia on Venezuela.

As, has now come to be expected, America pursues its Venezuelan regime change with full main stream media (MSM) cooperation, using well proven sophisticated propaganda techniques along with a variety of pretexts.

From Serbia to Iraq to Libya, where does it end? Observe that Trump is now seeking a ‘NATO alliance’ offering NATO status, to President Bolsonaro of Brazil to back the invasion of Venezuela.

So it is important to remember, as an example, that after a long war of economic and financial destabilization ended with the bombing of Serbia.

Serbia was previously a part of Yugoslavia, a country which had successfully evolved after 1945 to solve the old rivalries of the 19th and early 20th Century Balkan ethnic animosities which was, prior to the advent of power of President Tito, its past history.

The United Nations, instead of supporting, in effect, so called ‘humanitarian wars’ and ‘regime change wars’ by the US, using NATO, helped and relentlessly driven home by MSM outlets like CNN and FOX NEWS into people’s heads, must finally take a stand.

So too, Yugoslavia, once the envy of many in the world, given its then ‘non-aligned’ status under President Tito, was destroyed and broken up; ‘Balkanized’ in the early 1990s.

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This ‘Balkanization’ strategy similarly applies to Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria et al. It serves US Neocon interests to dismember States in the world and create smaller more ‘manageable’ countries.

‘Regime change’ runs against the intent, the very words contained in the US Constitution. No one in MSM ever reminds us of that fact. Nevertheless America’s ambition to overthrow other States continues, which they arrogantly now make no secret of. The next States will probably be Nicaragua then Iran to name but two.

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A total estimated 20m people around the world have died since the end of WW11 at the hands of US Forces. Think about that for a moment.

One of the most famous sayings attributed to America’s great President Abraham Lincoln is about deception: “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

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