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Free Press Isn't So Free Anymore

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posted on Jun, 8 2004 @ 06:55 PM
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Not only are the press not allowed to provide live coverage of the conference, but they have to pay to report from 80 miles away. So we can add this to the lack of freedom to peacefully assemble. Some might see the protest as controversial (I don't, should be allowed no matter what), but the lack of Press' rights, this is getting out of hand...

posted on Jun, 8 2004 @ 09:54 PM
Here are two other related items reguarding free press and recent events.

Italy Radio Stations Lose Power Prior to Bush Protests
In Italy, the country's largest electric company cut off power to two left-wing radio stations just as they were preparing to broadcast coverage of the protests against President Bush on Friday. This according to a report by MediaChannel. The electric company, which is partly state owned, claimed the power outage was due to maintenance work but it forced the two stations Radio Cittą Aperta and Radio Onda Rossa off the air for four hours. Green Party ministers have called for a parliamentary inquiry into the power outage. Protesters estimate 250,000 took to the streets against Bush in Italy.

Qatar Not Invited to G8 Summit Because of Al Jazeera
The New York Times reports most Arab nations with the exception of Qatar have been invited to attend the G8 summit in Sea Island, Georgia. The Qatar snub is the latest chapter in an ongoing battle over the Qatar-based satellite news channel Al Jazeera which the US claims incites anti-American violence in Iraq. One diplomat said QUOTE "It's strange, having a summit declaration on democratic reforms and not inviting a country because it has a free press."

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