[Marxism] Reporters without Borders exposed

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue May 17 09:51:20 MDT 2005


Counterpunch, May 17, 2005
Its Secret Deal with Otto Reich to Wreck Cuba's Economy
Reporters Without Borders Unmasked

By DIANA BARAHONA

When Robert Menard founded Reporters Without Borders twenty years ago, he 
gave his group a name which evokes another French organization respected 
worldwide for its humanitarian work and which maintains a strict neutrality 
in political conflicts ­ Doctors Without Borders. But RSF (French acronym) 
has been anything but nonpartisan and objective in its approach to Latin 
America and to Cuba in particular.

 From the beginning, RSF has made Cuba its No. 1 target. Allegedly founded 
to advocate freedom of the press around the world and to help journalists 
under attack, the organization has called Cuba "the world's biggest prison 
for journalists." It even gives the country a lower ranking on its press 
freedom index than countries where journalists routinely have been killed, 
such as Colombia, Peru and Mexico. RSF has waged campaigns aimed at 
discouraging Europeans from vacationing in Cuba and the European Union from 
doing business there ­ its only campaigns worldwide intended to damage a 
country's economy.

The above is not a matter of chance because it turns out that RSF is on the 
payroll of the U.S. State Department and has close ties to 
Helms-Burton-funded Cuban exile groups.

full: http://www.counterpunch.org/

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