Should journalists have the freedom to report anywhere? Three UK journalists have been kicked out of Sri Lanka for reporting on the plight of civilians in a Tamil refugee camp. You can read the lead reporter’s account of what happened here. This got the World Have Your Say team talking yesterday about the rights of journalists to work freely and whether or not governments should control how the media in their country report.
We’ve also heard, yesterday, about the release of the US – Iranian journalist Roxana Saberi who was arrested in Iran on charges of ‘spying’ four months ago. The Iranian authorities have said they released Saberi because she had shown ‘remorse’ for her actions, but does she have anything to apologise for? This commentator says that examples of journalists, writes and bloggers being imprisoned for their work is common in Iran and needs to be stopped.
Does the media have freedom to report in your country? Do you think that journalists should have more rights to report the truth? Or should there be limits on how reporters can behave in warzones and trouble spots?
Another story which has had a big impact here in the UK has been the abuse of MP’s expenses. It’s caused fury amongst the media and the public, but this columnist thinks public outrage has been blown out of proportion.
How is this story been reported in your country? Are you interested in it? Are your politicians guilty of similar abuses of power? I’ve noticed this story about Indian politicians getting richer whilst in office, in one of the UK papers, do you have more examples?
Finally, do men do worse in a recession? This article suggests that males are having a tougher time of it during the credit crunch than women. But then again this article from Australia argues the opposite. What do you make of this? Does does your gender have any impact to the way that you cope in a recession?