It’s been 20 eventful years for the French NGO, Reporters Sans Borders.
Ami Vitale, a young Kashmiri looks through the wall of a cemetery to try to identify a body which has just been brought in. India, 2002.
The French organisation Reporters sans frontières [Reporters without borders] (RSF) is now twenty years old, an opportunity to remember the relevance of the fight for freedom of the press across the world — respected by less than half of the 191 member states of the UN — and its universal value. Twenty photographers, men and women, including Sebastião Salgado, Jane Evelyn Atwood, Don McCullin and Patrick Robert, have offered their testimony for the anniversary of this state-approved NGO, which works with a network of partner associations on all
continents and with over 110 correspondents across the world.
“These are not only testimonies of war: many are testimonies of life […] which show, beyond continents and regimes, similar men and women, who always end up, for the simple reason that they are human beings, reacting to oppression”, in the view of the President of the French Senate, Christian Poncelet*.
RSF intervenes several hundred times a year to denounce the banning of the media and the imprisonment or kidnapping of journalists, paying their medical costs or lawyer’s fees, or helping their families as well as taking in refugees.
*Exhibition at the French Senate on the railings of the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris, from 1 June to 31 August 2005.