If journalists across the world heed the advice of the Global Editors Network (GEN), media practitioners may embark on mass protest against the clampdown on their colleagues by the Argentine government.
GEN yesterday in a statement asked the world’s media to focus attention on a press freedom crisis in Argentina where independent journalism is facing a major threat on December 7, 2012 – the day announced by the government for the break-up of the Clarin Group, the country’s main independent media outfit.
A member of GEN’s Network Board from Peru, Alejandro Miro Quesada said: “December 7 is a deadline day for press freedom. Media should speak with one voice against this intolerable threat to independent journalism.” The official, who spoke after a meeting of the board in Buenos Aires, declared that “the attack on Clarinas symbolic.
The Board Members of the Global Editors Network are David Cohn, Circa (USA), François Dufour, L’Actu, Frederic Filloux, Les Echos (France), Dan Gillmor, Author, Mediactive & Arizona State University (USA), Azubuike Ishiekwene, Leadership Newspapers (Nigeria), Sylvie Kauffmann, Le Monde (France) and WadahKhanfar, former Director-General, Al Jazeera Network, Qatar.
Others are Alejandro Miro-Quesada, Cosas (Peru), AroonPurie, Today Group (India), Jim Roberts , New York Times (USA), WilfriedRuetten, European Journalism Centre (The Netherlands), Nadia Salah, L’Economiste, Morocco, HaraldStanghelle, Aftenposten, Norway, Martha Stone, World Newsmedia Network, USA, Xavier Vidal-Folch, El Pais, Spain, Amanda Wilson, Former Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald, Australia.
GEN board members represent themselves and not the organisations they are working for. The Global Editors Network (GEN was established in Paris in March 2011, in response to the increasing risks quality journalism faces. It is a nonprofit, non-governmental association, committed to the principles of quality journalism, innovation and information sharing in the newsroom.