BLOGGERS, NEED AS MUCH PROTECTION, AS OTHER JOURNALISTS, AND AGAINST ATTACKS FOR REPORTING, ON A COUNTRY'S ACTIONS.
The whole purpose of any article that is written, by either a blogger, or a regular journalist, is to educate the public. At least that is what it should be about. But we know, also, that some countries also regulate, very stringently, what is written, or said, about its actions. The regular media also cooperate with the country's position, on such important issues, as the dissemination of information, which also reflected the "official" position of the government, it is reporting on. A blogger has no allegiance to any government, but only to the public. So bloggers will report on the actions of some governments, that they would rather that information, did not get out to the public. When a blogger does that, she will be persecuted and for most bloggers, they also do not have any protection from the kind of persecution, that a particular country, or government, is also willing to carry out against them, for exposing their actions.
In my opinion, it remains to be seen how much teeth, Article 19 actually has, as far as the protection of bloggers, in particular. Why?. Because it should also be challenged by Bloggers, everywhere. And I intend to follow up on the provisions, that are also supposed to be made available to bloggers and to all journalists, as far as the safety measures that are offered to them, under the UNESCO Convention, and Article 19. Including, contacting the UN, if any of those measures are also not being implemented, which are to protect my rights as a blogger. According to Article 19, civil society actors (meaning anyone), should be involved in the information process, as data producers and distributers. Article 19, also ties in with Article 9, on information sharing and transparency. And that is one of the most accurate description of a blogger, that exist.