Reporters without borders is a Paris-based international non-governmental organization preaching freedom of the press. It was created in 1985 by Rony Brauman, Robert Menard and journalist Jean-Claude Guillebaud.
The organization draws its inspiration from Article 19 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Article states that everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression in addition to the right to seek, receive and impart information and ideas regardless of frontiers.
Reporters Without Borders is a founding member of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange, a virtual network of non-governmental organisations monitoring free expression violations worldwide and defending journalists, writers and others who are persecuted for exercising their right to freedom of expression.
Over the years, RWB has published several books to raise public awareness of threats to press freedom around the world.
The organization created this website in the same order. The site provides information on press freedom, country by country. Each one of them is classified in a list, depending on where in the world it is located: Africa, America, Asia, Europe and ex URSS, Middle East and North Africa. In addition, the site links to useful sites like the United Nation’s etc. It also provides a link to “Events”: where reports of all the latest important events are listed. People can also buy items through the site to support the organization. Most of all it has a “Press Freedom Barometer” for the year, giving viewers the latest information on how many journalists were killed for example. The way the site was designed is very sober, very few colors, and user-friendly.