One of the reasons the 60th anniversary of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights has spawned so many events this month may have
something to do with the venue. The declaration was signed in Paris--who
wouldn't want to commemorate the cornerstone of international freedoms in the
For CPJ and its partners in the Global Network Initiative (GNI),
the event in question took place in the shadow of a blue-lit
Representatives from the four main groups that compose the GNI--companies, investors, human rights organizations, and universities--answered questions from the business leaders about how the initiative would work.
As a fitting backdrop to the discussion, the forum coincided with the publication of CPJ's annual imprisoned census, which showed that online journalists have overtaken print to become that largest group behind bars. The Internet and new mobile communications technologies have opened infinite possibilities to journalists and commentators in countries that were once informational black holes. But repressive governments have not been slow to harness those same technologies for the filtering, censoring, and surveillance of Internet users. CPJ showed that of the 125 journalists in jail worldwide, 45 percent had worked online.
Introducing the speakers, Mary Robinson, former president of
There have been talks with telecommunications companies such