Vests and libel
Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) news editor Jef Julliard took the opportunity of World Press Freedom Day (May 2) to remind freelances that his organisation lends out bullet proof vests for free to those who otherwise couldn't afford them. "Journalists who work for powerful media organisations get a lot of protection and support. Freelances have nobody", he added. Vests, lent out for up to three weeks, have proved so popular that RSF are buying more vests to cope with demand. See www.rsf.org - and we repeat: don't go without training!
- Council of Europe Secretary General Terry Davis attacked libel laws in his Press Freedom Day statement, describing them as an " insidious form of intimidation" of free expression. The Council of Europe is the
44-member body that administers the European Convention on Human Rights.