June 18, 2010
Reporters Without Borders
Secrétariat International Middle East Bureau
47 rue Vivienne 75002 Paris – France
Re: “Reporters Without Limits” (Hezbollah’s version of RSF)
According to media reports, a Lebanese NGO named “Reporters Without Limits” is organizing another flotilla to Gaza, seeking a clash with Israel. It appears that this group and its name was chosen to appear legitimate, and to conceal Hezbollah’s role.
We are writing to ask whether you are aware of this situation, and whether you are concerned about the use of the name “Reporters Without Limits” by a Hezbollah front organization? We note that a number of bloggers initially accused Reporters Without Borders of collusion with Hezbollah. (See here, for an example of translating “Reporters Without Borders” as “Reporters Without Limits.”)
We are also asking whether Reporters Without Borders has or will make a public statement on this issue?
NGO Monitor (www.ngo-monitor.org) was founded to promote critical debate and accountability regarding the political activities of non-governmental organizations. We have over 11,000 subscribers, who receive our internet research reports, as well as in-depth monographs examining the funding, agendas and credibility of NGOs claiming human rights and humanitarian agendas that are active in the Arab-Israel conflict zone. NGO Monitor’s reports are quoted frequently in the press, academic publications, by NGO officials and donors, and in governmental and parliamentary discussions.