Scott Horton Interviews Delphine Halgand

Scott Horton, March 20, 2012

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Delphine Halgand, Washington DC Director for Reporters Without Borders, discusses the RWB report “Beset by online surveillance and content filtering, netizens fight on;” the list of countries that are “enemies of the internet” or on the verge; the Obama administration’s persecution of WikiLeaks and whistleblowers in general; how social media helped spread the Arab Spring revolutions; why China won’t allow bloggers to use pseudonyms; and why internet filtering and censorship ultimately can’t stop the free flow of information.

MP3 here. (19:55)

Delphine Halgand has been working for Reporters Without Borders in Washington, DC since December 2011. She runs the US activities for the organization and advocates for journalists, bloggers and media rights worldwide. Previously, she worked for two years as a Press attaché in charge of the outreach at the French Embassy in Washington DC. Since graduating from Sciences Po Paris with a M.A. in Journalism, Delphine has been working as an economic journalist for various French media, focusing mainly on international politics and macroeconomic issues.

4 Responses to “Delphine Halgand”

  1. She was factually wrong concerning the situation in China. Words like "Jasmine" or Occupy[Chinese city] were not banned. A simple search will show that those terms were not banned The following is the search result with "occupy beijing" (in Chinese)
    http://www.baidu.com/s?bs=%D5%BC%BE%DD%BB%AA%B6%F

    She was also wrong on bloggers could not blog with nick names. They could but Chinese authorities did require all netters to register with their real name.

    I do want to ask a question about reporters without borders. When is a reporter a reporter?
    The following is written by NYT's Kristof bragging on his consorting with spys, http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/06/opinion/06KRIS….

    "I remember one spy who would call me up periodically for lunch when I
    lived in China. He would pass on amazing inside tidbits about China's
    top leaders — and then ask for copies of classified Chinese documents
    I had obtained.

    I kept putting him off because I wasn't going to share my documents —
    but I did want his scoops. Unfortunately, I could never confirm them,
    so they were unusable. Finally, it dawned on me that he was simply
    fabricating juicy tidbits so he would have something to trade."

    I have no reason to doubt Kristof. But what if he gave in to the temptation?

  2. “they” — The King-god rulers of Empire USA

    “The way they got to MasterCard, PayPal and Visa, to halt payments was to lean on their executive branch through back channels to sort of demand that they stop doing business with WikiLeaks.”

    But surely, “they” got to themselves” for the corporate rich who rule Empire USA, they own MasterCard, PayPal Visa and all the banks too big to fail.

  3. Interesting how the naive Horton tried to turn the conversation in its dying minutes to the topic of the NSA and US civil liberties but the woman was not having any and declined any comment. Also noteworthy how she stressed Syria as an Internet sinner. Now why would a Sarkozy national do that in March 2012?

    Scott, you should have googled prior:

    Reporters without Borders – Robert Menard – New Endowment for Democracy, NED- Otto Juan Reich.

    It would not have taken much for you to discover how e.g. the discussion forum of “Le nouvel observateur” ran hot already years ago with the topic of Halgand’s outfit as CIA front.

    Is Sibil Edmonds right to allege that Antiwar.com is a turncoat? looks like it.

  4. For the very same reasons you two talked about the constantly increasing control of American users of Internet by the NSA, China and other countries need to be very cautious about adapting it in their countries. How can those countries stay sovereign with NSA spying on everyone connected in their country? If NSA does it in America, to Americans, it´s a fair bet they are doing it tenfold in China, to the Chinese. All we hear about on the news is how closed China is for not opening up Internet and not the dangers to China by permitting an open Internet in their country. Just why is the US government so concerned about China adapting or not the Internet – why should they really care? It looks like China is actually acting sensibly in order to protect itself and its citizens from the same controls Americans are ever increasingly experiencing and complaining about. Good for China!

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