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UN2.12.2003

Reporters Without Borders says its voice will be heard despite exclusion from world information summit

Secretary-general Robert Ménard said plans for an original and news-worthy form of protest would be announced at a press conference in Geneva on 9 December.

"Despite our being banned from the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), we will ensure that our voice is heard loud and clear there," Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said. "An original and news-worthy form of protest will be announced at the news conference," he added.

Ménard will take part in the news conference, as will former Agence France-Presse director Claude Moisy, who is a member of the Reporters Without Borders board. The city of Geneva will support Reporters Without Borders with the presence of Patrice Mugny, who will speak on behalf of the city council.

Reporters Without Borders was told it was being banned from the 10-12 December summit in Geneva in a letter from WSIS executive director Pierre Gagné on 3 September. This grotesque decision followed the organisation’s suspension for a year from the UN Commission on human rights at the request of regimes that are the worst press freedom violators because it energetically condemned the absurd choice of a Libyan representative as the commission’s chairperson.

News conference on 9 December at 3:30 pm. Club de la Presse, "La Pastorale". Route de Fernay 106, Geneva.