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December 08, 2003Stop the press. So, we know how many people each government is sending to the World Summit, but how many of their citizens know they are going? Daily Summit has compiled a league table of journalists accredited to each country.
Does it say something about the Malaysian government's attitude to free speech that it is sending 137 government officials but not one journalist (according to offical lists)?
Scroll down for table.
Switzerland is unsurprisingly top of the table with an army of 300 journalists (are there any Swiss hacks not going?), but it is the French, British and American results that are some of the most intriguing.
France has got a weasel up its trouser leg over the English language's supremacy on the internet and is clearly planning something.
Meanwhile the UK, a country whose government has so little interest in WSIS that it is only sending a junior minister, has a surprisingly high number of journalists attending. You certainly wouldn't have guessed from the advance coverage WSIS has received in the British press.
And the US? For somewhere that has more journalists than any country on the planet 20 doesn't seem that many...
Perhaps more interesting still is the absence of any journalists from Malaysia, despite having the largest government delegation with 137 officials. The only other country to have such a discrepancy between its government and press delegates is Gabon, where civil servants outnumber journos by 33 to 1.
And on a more quizzical note: who would have thought that Bangladesh had such a strong interest in the information society?
300 Switzerland (compared to 48 government officials)
70 France (108 gov't officials)
40 United Kingdom (34 gov't officials)
33 Bangladesh (61 gov't officials)
27 Tunisia (21 gov't officials)
26 Italy (36 gov't officials)
23 Germany (58 gov't officials)
20 United States (66 gov't officials)
16 South Africa
7 Sri Lanka
4 Russian Federation
3 Costa Rica
3 Dem. Rep. of the Congo
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina
1 Czech Rep.
1 Serbia and Montenegro
1 Sierra Leone
1 Solomon Islands
1 Trinidad and Tobago