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Eva Bartlett: London’s ‘media freedom’ conference smacks of irony – RT-Sputnik barred, mum on Assange and Vyshinsky

Eva Bartlett: London’s ‘media freedom’ conference smacks of irony – RT-Sputnik barred, mum on Assange and Vyshinsky

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Irony is the word which comes to mind at the mention of the “Global Conference for Media Freedom” co-hosted by the UK and Canadian foreign ministers. Everything about this twilight zone gathering smacked of irony: Irony that governments which support terrorists in Syria and whitewash Israeli murders of Palestinian journalists have the gall to hold a conference feigning concern for journalists’ rights and media freedom. Irony that journalists actually suffering persecution and unjust imprisonment -like Kirill Vyshinsky and Julian Assange – were not the focus of the conference, with Assange only mentioned in passing, and Vyshinsky, presumably, not at all. Irony most of all that a conference — according to Global Affairs Canada, an “international campaign to shine a global spotlight on media freedom…”- refused participation of two major and sought-out media outlets, both Russian: RT and Sputnik. Organizers apparently tried to claim the reason for the exclusion was simply that they’d…
Source: Eva Bartlett: London’s ‘media freedom’ conference smacks of irony – RT-Sputnik barred, mum on Assange and Vyshinsky

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