Thousands of copies of the Terra Viva summit newspaper produced by the independent news agency IPS, InfoSud and AWCIS and one newspaper stand desappeared on Tuesday and Wednesday from various sites in Palexpo where the World Summit on the Information Society is taking place.
How: Case 1 (Tuesday): A woman who identified herself as an architect from Tunisia took an estimated 1,000 copies "for her friends" and responded angrily when questioned.
Case 2 (Wednesday): Two women stuffed plastic bags full of newspapers. They hurried away when questioned.
Case 3: (Wednesday): When two IPS journalists were distributing the newspaper at the Palexpo three people from Tunisia attacked them saying that in the newspaper there were lots of lies about their country. Then tried to steal about three hundreds of copies.
Why? Censorship in the information summit? Perhaps. Terra Viva has published articles about Tunisia in its two editions to date, and will continue to do so as news warrants.
What you can do: Tell WSIS officials that you are offended by this type of behaviour, particularly at a conference that should embrace freedom of expression. Help IPS staff to distribute the newspaper every morning from 9 in Palexpo entry.
Terra Viva is an independent free-press newspaper. You can also read it online: http://www.ipsnews.net/focus/tv_society/index.asp
Source: WE SEIZE! Delegate & Press Forwarding Service