RWB Criticized Some Leader on Paris Unity Rally

RWB Criticized Some Leader on Paris Unity Rally
Mon Jan 12, 2015 14:27:58

Reporters Without Borders criticized on Sunday the participation of leaders from certain countries, including Egypt, Turkey, Algeria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The group said those leaders are responsible for suppressing press freedom.

On the other hand, Moroccan FM refuses to attend in Paris and Netanyahu presence condemned.

Morocco's Foreign Minister Salahuddin Mizwar refused to take part in the mass unity rally in Paris as some of the participants in the rally carried cartoons insulting Islam’s Holy Prophet (PBUH).

Mizwar had previously said he would join the march on behalf of Moroccans but not if the insulting cartoons are carried by participants.

The rally was held to in a show of unity and solidarity following the killing of 17 people, including 12 from satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, in 3 days of terrorist attacks in France.

Some 40 world leaders joined the Sunday march, including EU leaders, French President François Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron German, Chancellor Angela Merkel as well as Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Lebanese Health Minister Wael Abu Faour condemned the presence of Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu in the march.

The Lebanese minister expressed wonder in his twitter that Netanyahu, known as the killer of Gaza children, was also in front of the marchers.

Condemning presence of Zionist regime's Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu in Paris march against terrorism, Lebanese Health Minister Wael Abu Faour said there was something missing in the march: Ariel Sharon should have been summoned from Hell, too!

Netanyahu is a supporter of the terrorist groups: ISIL, al-Nusrah, and the so-called Syrian Free Army. Zionist regime provides terrorists with inteeligence, logistical help and hospitals in the occupied Palestine treat wounded terrorists.

Online activists also expressed wonder and disgust that the killer of 447 Palestinian children in the 51-day war against Gaza was in the march.

Meanwhile press freedom campaigners have condemned the presence at the rally of certain world leaders who hold poor human rights and free press records in their own countries.

Reporters Without Borders criticized on Sunday the participation of leaders from certain countries, including Egypt, Turkey, Algeria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The group said those leaders are responsible for suppressing press freedom.

According to the latest ranking by the campaign group of 180 countries’ press freedom levels, Egypt was placed 159, Turkey 154, Algeria 121 and the United Arab Emirates 118.

For Turkey, there had been controversy on social media over Davutoglu’s attendance at the rally in Paris, with critics saying Turkey’srecord on press freedom meant his attendance was far from welcome.

The presence of Davutoglu, one of the top Muslim leaders to attend the rally, was seen in Turkey as hugely symbolic given that Charlie Hebdo had often lampooned the Prophet Mohammed.

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