Reporters Without Borders issues Press Freedom Predators list

Nicolás Maduro, Raúl Castro and Mexican drug cartel Los Zetas listed as 'Predators of Press Freedom'

Photo: taken from RSF's official website
English 02/11/2016 12:31 Newsroom Actualizada 13:48

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) today published a list of “35 predators” to mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.

RSF listed President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro, President of Cuba Raúl Castro and Mexican drug cartel Los Zetas.

“Their predatory techniques vary. Some use enforcers to torture and murder. Some use mass arrests and arbitrary imprisonment. Others employ more sophisticated methods such as terrorism laws, lèse-majesté charges or financial asphyxiation. The list is not exhaustive, naming only those who have distinguished themselves the most in the past year.” the publication reads.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, President of Equatorial Guinea Teodoro Obiang, Chinese President Xi Jinping, President of Egypt Abdelfatah Al Sissi and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan also make the list.

RSF also included a portrait gallery of the 35 presidents, politicians, religious leaders, militias and criminal organizations, with "hunting permits" for each, detailing how and to what extent they "prey" on the media.

Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontiers) was founded in 1985 by four journalists in the southern French city Montpellier, now is one of the world’s leading NGOs in the defence and promotion of freedom of information.

Here the Predators Gallery