Freely To Be Expressed

by
Abby Zimet

In honor of World Press Freedom Day, the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders has issued its annual list of international Predators of Press Freedom. The report names political, military, religious and criminal figures in 40 countries, including Russia, China, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Rwanda, Iran and Libya.

"The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public
opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed." –
Thomas Jefferson 

 Abdallah ibn Al-Saud -<br />
Saudi Arabia

Alexander Lukashenko -<br />
Belarus

Ali Abdallah Saleh -<br />
Yemen

Ali Khamenei - Iran

Bashar Al-Assad -<br />
Syria

Choummaly Sayasone -<br />
Laos

ETA - Spain

Executive Force -<br />
Palestinian territories

FARC - Colombia

Gotabhaya Rajapakse -<br />
Sri Lanka

Gurbanguly<br />
Berdymukhamedov - Turkmenistan

Hu Jintao - China

Ilham Aliev -<br />
Azerbaijan

Islam Karimov -<br />
Uzbekistan

Islamist militias -<br />
Somalia

Israel Defence Forces -<br />
Israel

Issaias Afeworki -<br />
Eritrea

Kim Jong-il - North<br />
Korea

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad -<br />
Iran

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Mswati III - Swaziland

Muammar Gaddafi -<br />
Libya

Mullah Mohammad Omar -<br />
Afghanistan

Nepalese armed groups -<br />
Nepal

Nong Duc Manh - Vietnam

Nursultan Nazarbayev -<br />
Kazakhstan

Ogbonna Onovo - Nigeria

Organised crime - Italy

Paul Kagame - Rwanda

Private militias -<br />
Philippines

Ramzan Kadyrov -<br />
Russia

Raúl Castro - Cuba

Robert Mugabe -<br />
Zimbabwe

Sinaloa, Gulf and<br />
Juárez cartels - Mexico

Teodoro Obiang Nguema -<br />
Equatorial Guinea

Than Shwe - Burma

The Palestinian<br />
Authority's security forces - Palestinian territories

Vladimir Putin - Russia

Yahya Jammeh - Gambia

Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali<br />
 - Tunisia

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