to shoot at our troops; to be fair most were not involved in that but four of them were. This is an anti-American organization. They want anybody who CLAIMS to be a journalist into any country they choose. We choose to live, thank you very much. If you read the source story most of the French Journalists had no press visas at all.

Posted by: Howard Veit at May 21, 2003 11:43 AM

Same old shit, but it now worsens. Ambiguous law selectively enforced for protectionist reasons.
Would love to know if there were any other 'journalists' from other nations given this shabby, chilling, treatment.

I seem to notice lately that anyone that is critical of the US is called anti-American. If Reporters Without Borders has ranked The Us 17th in terms of press freedom I am sure there is merit to their rating.

Posted by: Warren Celli at May 21, 2003 04:18 PM

Maybe we would have let them in if they were willing to work for $5 a day or if Tyson Foods had recruited them to come here.

Posted by: Lonewacko at May 22, 2003 10:41 PM

BTW, a British journalist wrote me & said at least two of his colleagues had been sent home as well.

Howard -- You may be surprised that Reporters Without Borders is doing more than any organization I'm aware of to publicize & protest Castro's crackdown on journalists, and provide aid to the families of the victims. Also, the point is that journalists are suddenly being treated as a *special class* of humans not eligible for the Visa Waiver (whereas P.R. people who came through the border at the exact same time, saying that they were planning to work at the exact same event, were let through with a smile). This has been statutorily true for years, but never enforced, partially because A) it's ridiculous, and B) it would potentially restrict American journalists from reporting around the world.

Posted by: Matt Welch at May 22, 2003 10:57 PM
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