Fighting for Freedom: Reporters Without Borders


Marissa Robinson, Author

In today’s world, there are many problems that go unseen by the public eye. For countries like the United States, Sweden, New Zealand, and Ireland, freedom is generally thought to be a guarantee. 

All around the world, the right to publish individual opinions in the media is being tested. Reporters Without Borders is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Paris, France, that conducts political advocacy on issues relating to freedom of information and freedom of the press. 

This organization is spreading the word about real and recent news on the lives of journalists in other countries whose freedoms and safety are being threatened.  

The idea surrounding Reporters Without Borders is to promote the reinforcement of international regulations governing the safety and lives of reporters.  

Many journalists today use the internet and media as a source to share world news and opinions. Throughout the years, the internet has become an essential way for journalists to exercise their right to free speech, but this is a right that many governments internationally are trying to control. 

Reporters Without Borders are defending the position that the rights guaranteed offline should still apply online. This is a valid argument because for journalists and reporters, it’s their job to write and publish their opinions. What they say online shouldn’t have to affect them once they are offline. 

The Reporters Without Borders website shows an interactive map in which data from recent years is displayed. The data shows that most of the countries in the Middle East have the lowest rankings in terms of their level of freedom.  

North Korea is ranked 180 out of the 180 countries. If North Koreans are caught viewing or listening to any information from media sources outside of the country, they can still be sent to concentration camps.  

This type of control is one that shouldn’t exist. As a human, everyone is guaranteed the right to freedom of speech and the press. For journalists, their freedoms are being stripped from them because of new laws being enforced by the government. 

The United States is ranked 45 out of 180. This ranking has declined from previous years since Donald Trump’s presidency. Trump has declared the press an “enemy of the American people.” The misuse of the term “fake news” has also been a limiting factor in the decline of journalists right to report. 

Reporters Without Borders is making a change by giving a voice to those who have been imprisoned and killed. The safety of journalists is this organizations number one goal.