Boris Johnson announces £1m fund for worldwide freedom of the press
The Foreign Secretary has said that a free media underpins the “universal human right to freedom of expression” and has criticised governments which try and shut down debate.
The money will be available for press freedom projects in countries where journalists and their work are under pressure, but we can all assume this money is not available for the UK, which is quite clearly the pinnacle of respectable journalism (sarcasm).
The £1 million fund for the next year will go to projects which help journalists build international support networks to drive up standards and build their capacity to support and safeguard press freedom.
It will also go towards those which lobby governments to relax laws that put pressure on the media, and projects which monitor human rights violations and trial long-term advocacy on targeted impunity cases.
More than 900 journalists have been killed around the world over the past 11 years.
Whilst the Foreign Secretary may believe in free media, it is clear the mainstream media hasn’t quite received that message, and continue to attack and undermine all view points that are not left wing enough for them. The dilemma that we face in this country is an attack of the right, and we see startling examples every day of the utter contempt the mainstream media
If we had truly free and equal press in this country, we wouldn’t need sites such as this one, because the media would treat UKIP differently. Instead, we are in a position where sites such as this and others like it, are forced to spread our message, against the tirade of left wing defamation.