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AP Chief Urges Arab Govts To Support Free Press

From an irony proof Associated Press:

AP chief urges governments to support free press

By Aya Batrawy | February 24, 2014

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Associated Press’ executive editor called on governments around the world to support an independent press, warning Monday that efforts to silence the media through intimidation and violence are "in effect an attack on a nation’s people."

Kathleen Carroll said the media can be a proxy for questions and concerns by citizens and the role of independent journalists is to ask questions on behalf of the people and bear witness.

It’s weird. A Google search of "Kathleen Carroll" and "FCC study" gets no results. Maybe no one at the Associated Press knows about the FCC’s efforts to monitor news rooms.

"Governments may not always enjoy the work of an independent press, but an independent press is a vital part of the dialogue that governments around the world have with their citizens," she said in an address to representatives of state media, independent news organizations and government officials at the Sharjah International Government Communication Forum.

How many conservative websites have gotten IRS audits under Clinton and Obama? How many times has Obama attacked Fox News? But, don’t worry. Ms. Carroll isn’t talking about Obama.

Governments throughout the Middle East have a spotty record on freedom of the press. In Egypt, journalists and employees of the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera network are among 20 defendants being tried on charges of belonging to and aiding a terrorist organization and threatening national security for their coverage of the Muslim Brotherhood…

So the head of the AP only weighs in on press freedom when it comes to protecting Al Jazeera. Who gave us the ‘Arab Spring’ in order to put the Muslim Brotherhood in power. At the behest of their owner in Qatar.

"Efforts to silence an independent press through indifference, inaction, intimidation and sometimes physical attack are in effect an attack on a nation’s people and their right to information about their communities and institutions," Carroll said.

Here we go. "'[T]heir right to information about their communities" is right out of the new FCC playbook.

Carroll… also urged the U.S. government to follow through on promises of transparency with the media instead of falling back on the use of "national security" reasons to block information…

"Today President Obama’s record on transparency might be considered mixed," she said at the forum…

Ms. Carroll says Obama’s record for transparency is "mixed"? When his administration has stonewalled on Fast & Furious, Benghazi, the IRS and a hundred other scandals. When his DOJ has targeted the AP and Fox News. When his thugs have even gone after specific reporters like James Rosen and probably even Sharyl Attikisson.

When Obama has been conducting a one man jihad against Fox News and a certain talk radio host.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “AP Chief Urges Arab Govts To Support Free Press”

  1. I thought the AP a headless monster so there’s no one to call to account ..?


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