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UNESCO Bangkok: UNESCO News and Events
BANGKOK, May 2006 - In his 10th May address to UNESCO staff in Bangkok, Philippe Latour, South-East Asia Representative of Reporters Sans Frontières, reminded the public that so far this year, the world has witnessed the deaths of 63 journalists and 5 media assistants.
Seven journalists "were murdered by ...
Seven journalists "were murdered by contract killers", said Philippe Latour, the Southeast Asia representative for Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF), the Paris-based international media watchdog.
That brings to 44 the number of journalists who have been murdered in the Philippines since 1986, the year democracy returned to the country after the Marcos dictatorship."Impunity (has) encouraged the violence against the press," added Latour
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Philippe Latour represents Rapporteurs sans Frontieres.He is a French national , with a long history of experience in South East Asia.He was the former Indo-China correspondent for Le Point and France Culture radio.While in Cambodia , M. Latour worked with the American Cambodia Daily and Phnom_Penh Post.In May 1995 he founded the French Daily Cambodge Soir.Currently , M. Latour works as the Deputy Editor of the French monthly magazine Gavorche.
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Bangkok Post News
Philippe Latour, Southeast Asia representative of the Paris-based Reporters without Borders (RSF), said he was deeply concerned about the lost of freedom in the Thai media, which had ranked as one of the most independent in the region.
RSF had observed that several sectors, such as the judicial system and civil society, had been more active in protecting freedom of expression.
But the Thaksin government had yet to show it was willing to support media freedom, and was often criticised for suppressing it, Mr Latour
Majesty the King's
birthday speech in December last year, where he
was happy to be criticised in a constructive fashion, had also led to a sharp drop in criminal charges against media activists and newspapers, which was a good thing. Mr Latour
said Burma was one country in this region with "absolutely no press freedom," which forced Burmese journalists to flee to refugee camps and work illegally in neighbouring countries. He
also urged the Thai government and Unesco to consider giving special status and official press cards to more than 100 Burmese journalists living in Thailand.
"They deserve protection and respect.No dictatorship is eternal; nobody can kill the messenger forever," he
According to RSF's report, 63 journalists and five media assistants were killed worldwide last year.
Information as an Agent of ...
Information as an Agent of Democratic Change by Mr. Philippe Latour