21 October 2011

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21 October 2011

Iran

Journalist, poet and activist Faranak Farid released on bail

While WiPC welcomes the journalist's release, it continues to call for any charges against her to be dropped, in accordance with Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a signatory.
21 October 2011

China

Beijing court throws out appeal by jailed cyber-dissident Wang Lihong

Wang Lihong's trial is a worrying signal from the government, which is stepping up its control of the Internet, and in particular micro-blogging sites such as Sina Weibo.
21 October 2011

Philippines

Reporter alleges harassment by former anti-drugs chief

Rey Pasaporte reportedly received threats over a report about the former director's alleged involvement in the release of a suspected drug lord.
21 October 2011

United States

Journalist in legal fight with Obama administration over sources

US District Court Judge Leonie Brinkema quashed the latest subpoena submitted by the Obama administration in a bid to force James Risen to testify about his confidential sources; the administration has appealed the ruling.
21 October 2011

Senegal

Activist sentenced to two years in prison for defaming president

Malick Noel Seck was sentenced to two years imprisonment over his protest letter to the Constitutional Council asking it to reject the third term candidacy of the incumbent President Abdoulaye Wade.
21 October 2011

Iraq

Series of new attacks and acts of intimidation against journalists

In one of the latest cases, unidentified gunmen fired on Al-Iraqiya TV reporter Abd Al-Hasan Al-Rukaabi as he was driving between the southern city of Nasriyah and the nearby town of Al-Refai on 19 October.
21 October 2011

Mexico

Assailants break into journalist's home in Durango

The break in appears to have been orchestrated to intimidate Betsy Hidalgo Rosales who had recently tweeted some critical articles.
21 October 2011

Mauritius

Journalist jailed, others fined for contempt of Supreme Court

The convictions stem from press coverage of a disbarred lawyer who represented a car leasing company in a fraud lawsuit against the local subsidiary of Barclays.
21 October 2011

Syria

ANHRI condemns censorship of novel by Arab Writers Union

Charging the novel of being "seditious" and "glorif[ying] the Persian race and belittl[ing] other races," the Arab Writers Union banned the distribution of the novel "Sayed Al-Hawma", written by Abdul-Nasser Al-Ayed.
21 October 2011

Azerbaijan

Authorities confiscate newspaper's equipment

IRFS objected to the confiscation of computers and other equipment from the "Khural" newspaper office, some of which did not belong to the paper.
20 October 2011

Canada

Supreme Court's hyperlink decision a victory for freedom of expression on the Internet

The Court recognized that the Internet cannot provide access to information without hyperlinks and observed that the potential "chill" effect could be devastating if authors or publishers were held responsible for the content on the page the hyperlink leads to.
20 October 2011

Ukraine

Unidentified assailant shoots journalist in Mykolayiv

The editor -in-chief of the newspaper where Oleksandr Vlashenko works said the attack may be linked to the journalist's reporting on corruption involving local authorities.
20 October 2011

Egypt

Civil society organisations condemn acts of violence, extrajudicial killings in Maspero incident

Peaceful protesters demanding rights for Coptic citizens were attacked, resulting in at least 25 deaths and 300 injuries, some critical.
20 October 2011

Sri Lanka

Access to anti-government website blocked

A journalist told CPJ the shutdown may stem from Lanka eNews' coverage of a shootout involving parliamentarians close to Defence Secretary Gothabaya Rajapaksa.
20 October 2011

The Gambia

Jailed lawyer pardoned

Moses Richards was serving a two-year prison sentence for sedition and another six months for "giving false information" to the office of President Jammeh.
20 October 2011

Thailand

Government acknowledges effect of lèse-majesté on free expression

During a recent Universal Periodic Review (UPR) session in Geneva, the Thai delegation stated that it was keen to prevent further abuse of the law and and had set up a committee to advise the government on the use of lèse-majesté.
20 October 2011

Indonesia

Police arrest 300 protesters in Papua

After Papuan Peoples' Congress members read a declaration of independence from Indonesia, security forces shut down the gathering, beating and arresting protesters.
20 October 2011

Venezuela

US$2 million dollar fine could bankrupt Globovisión

The National Telecommunications Commission announced that it will fine Globovisión for its coverage of riots that took place in the El Rodeo prison in July.
20 October 2011

Ukraine

Draft law proposes closure of media outlets for broadcast of violent images

IMI is concerned that the vagueness of the bill's wording could result in increased pressure on the independent media.
19 October 2011

Ecuador

Investigative journalist sued by president receives threat from unidentified individual

Investigative journalist Juan Carlos Calderón received a threatening telephone call from an unidentified individual who warned him that he "will be next."
19 October 2011

Chile

More media freedom violations feared as protests continue

The concern is justified by the many cases of abuses committed by security force personnel at previous demonstrations, says RSF.
19 October 2011

Senegal

Opposition activist charged for libeling President Wade

Malick Noel Seck had earlier petitioned the constitutional court not to accept the candidacy of incumbent President Wade for the 2012 presidential election.
19 October 2011

Somalia

NUSOJ condemns bombing of radio station

Radio Galkayo staff who were on the premises during the bomb attack said no one was injured but the building suffered damage.
19 October 2011

Malawi

Journalists must be allowed to investigate death of activist, says RSF

Robert Chasowa was found dead on the campus of Malawi University Polytechnic on 24 September in circumstances that are far from clear.
19 October 2011

Brazil

Favela reporters censored by army, wave of attacks on regional journalists

Three serious cases of violence against journalists in different regions were reported within a few days of each other in early October.
19 October 2011

Ecuador

Former columnist faces second lawsuit for slander

The Guayas Third Criminal Division has accepted a lawsuit for slander filed by the state-controlled TV station Ecuador TV against Emilio Palacio, accused of having committed slander against the station when calling it a "fascist media outlet".
19 October 2011

Philippines

Broadcaster shot dead

Datu Roy Bagtikan Gallego, who often criticised mining operations and spoke in defence of tribal rights, was shot dead in an ambush on a highway.
18 October 2011

Serbia

Radio-Television Prima's studio vandalised

ANEM condemns economic pressure and open threats against media outlets in the run-up to local and parliamentary elections.
18 October 2011

Saudi Arabia

ANHRI condemns ongoing stifling of freedom of expression by authorities

The team of "Mal3ob 3lena" is detained for airing an episode on poverty, while the trial of activist Waleed Aboul-Khair is ongoing.
18 October 2011

Liberia

Journalist attacked in Monrovia

Smith Toby of Truth FM believes he was targeted because his broadcasts angered members of the opposition parties.
18 October 2011

Serbia

IPI condemns renewed pressure on journalists

A local politician allegedly threatened Vojkan Ristic for publishing a story linking the former's political party to a major corruption scandal.
18 October 2011

Peru

Drunken congressman attacks journalists

After the incident, Congressman Rubén Coa Aguilar fled through the back door with two women who were accompanying him.
18 October 2011

Cambodia

Human rights defenders and journalist summoned to court to answer two-year-old "incitement" charges

The charges against Ratha Visal arise from his journalistic work covering a land dispute in Patang village for Radio Free Asia.
18 October 2011

Kazakhstan / Kyrgyzstan

Three men found guilty in journalist's death

Gennady Pavlyuk, who wrote under the pseudonym Ibrahim Rustambek, died after he was bound in tape and pushed out of the window of an apartment building in Almaty.
18 October 2011

Democratic Republic of Congo

Headquarters of private media outlet attacked

Some of the damage to the headquarters of Infos Lingala. Armed individuals entered the premises of Info Lingala on the night of 13 October, destroying a part of the building's roof and damaging equipment.
18 October 2011

Nepal

Journalist receives death threat after reporting on business malpractice

Arjun Shrestha said two Sitaram Milk employees arrived at his home in Koteshwor, Kathmandu and said, "We will finish you off because your news about Sitaram Milk will ruin our business."
18 October 2011

Yemen

Another journalist killed as Saleh regime steps up violence against protesters

Abd Al-Ghani Al-Bureihi was fatally shot when security forces opened fired on protesters during a massive demonstration in Sanaa.
18 October 2011

Liberia

Pro-opposition media attacked

Love FM and Love TV stations are off the air after an arson attack destroyed a room where an old transmitter was kept.
18 October 2011

Paraguay

Politicians accused of masterminding journalist's murder still at large

The important political posts held by the suspected masterminds behind the killing of Merardo Romero seem to account for the lack of progress in the investigation, says RSF.
17 October 2011

Ukraine

Parliament urged to reject bill that would censor information about homosexuality

The bill is incompatible with Ukraine's international obligations and could deny people information they need for their health and safety, Human Rights Watch said.
17 October 2011

Singapore

Activist filmmaker under investigation for organising event

Martyn See was questioned by the police for possibly having contravened the Public Order Act by organising a public assembly without a permit.
17 October 2011

Niger

Two newspaper journalists detained over report on judicial corruption

Zakari Alzouma and Ayouba Karimou were arrested and detained for about six hours on 7 October 2011.
17 October 2011

United States

Reporters arrested, roughed up while covering Occupy Wall Street protests

Many journalists have found themselves being prevented from covering the movement's activities.
17 October 2011

Azerbaijan

Court proceedings against journalists' attackers continue

The four defendants have been charged under the Criminal Code with "hooliganism committed by a group of persons and inflicting intentional minor bodily harm".
17 October 2011

Indonesia

Parliament passes controversial intelligence bill

Civil society organisations say the bill poses a serious threat to journalistic freedoms and civil liberties while contradicting existing legislation.
17 October 2011

Burma

Three writers released under amnesty

(Mizzima/IFEX) - Two writers and one journal office administrator were included among political prisoners released on 12 October 2011 under Burma's presidential amnesty.
17 October 2011

Ghana

Newspaper reporter receives death threats

Thugs threatened to "shoot and kill" Fred Tettey Alarti-Amoako, "anytime, anywhere they meet him," following the publication of an article critical of the paramount chief Nana Bosomprah.
17 October 2011

Nigeria

Police release "The Nation" newspaper editors

"The Nation" newspaper editors Lawal Ogienagbon, Dapo Olufade, Yomi Odunuga and Yusuf Alli were released without having been charged with any offence.
14 October 2011

Bulgaria

IPI condemns attack on journalist

An explosive device was detonated underneath a car belonging to Sasho Dikov, a sports journalist and political commentator who has been critical of the government.
14 October 2011

Tajikistan

Journalists convicted, released from prison

CPJ is relieved by the release of Urinboy Usmonov and Makhmadyusuf Ismoilov, but condemns their convictions on extremism and insult, among other charges.
14 October 2011

France

IFJ concerned by threats against journalists after television report on Palestine

A broadcast on the question "Is a Palestinian state possible?" drew a hostile reaction from some viewers, including verbal attacks on the programme's presenters.
14 October 2011

Guyana

TV station suspension delayed

IPI welcomed news that the suspension of CNS TV6 would not prevent the station from broadcasting in the run up to the 28 November elections, but the group maintained its call on President Jagdeo to lift the ban entirely.
14 October 2011

Brazil

Unidentified individual fires shots at journalist's car

Sérgio Ricardo Almeida da Luz has been investigating an allegedly illicit increase in the assets of a federal public official.
14 October 2011

Palestine

IFJ accuses Hamas of political interference after takeover of Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate office in Gaza

A group of journalists believed to be close to Hamas took over the office of the journalist's union under the watchful eye of police.
14 October 2011

United States

Old law used in controversial new way to get information for WikiLeaks investigation

The US government tops the list of countries that request information about users, with 4,601 requests received by Google in the second half of 2010.
14 October 2011

Colombia

Journalist given 20-month suspended prison sentence on defamation charge

Luis Agustín González was sued by politician Leonor Serrano de Camargo over an editorial that questioned her bid for election to Congress.
14 October 2011

Peru

Thugs assault, threaten investigative journalist

Carlos Camacho Sánchez believes the assault is related to a series of reports he prepared that included corruption allegations against the mayor of the district of Jesús María.
14 October 2011

Bahrain

ANHRI condemns court decision to fine four journalists

The Supreme Criminal Court fined Mansour Al-Jamry, editor-in-chief of the newspaper "Al-Wasat," and three of his colleagues $US2650 for "publishing news that defamed the image of Bahrain abroad" during last February's protests.
14 October 2011

Morocco

ANHRI condemns attack on headquarters of newspaper

Thirty female protesters and children, backed by 3 figures known for their hostility to the 20 February movement, tried to storm the headquarters of the independent daily newspaper "Akhbar Al-Youm."
14 October 2011

International

BlackBerry gives way to pressure from governments

RIM recently reached secret agreements with several countries, including the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, after their governments threatened to suspend its mobile phone services.
13 October 2011

Tibet (China)

Heavy-handed security exacerbates grievances, desperation in Tibetan monasteries

According to Human Rights Watch, "Security measures designed to curtail the right to free expression, association, and religious belief in Tibetan monasteries are not legitimate".
13 October 2011

Peru

Journalists receive death threat after investigating local councilor

Luis García Heras and Sandro Malca Baca produced journalistic reports showing how councilor Estrella Pizarro had allegedly favored a particular events promoter that received a contract to organize a dance.
13 October 2011

Angola

Journalist fined and given one-year suspended prison sentence

William Tonet was convicted of criminal libel despite the public prosecutor withdrawing the charges and demanding the acquittal of the journalist, a request that the judge ignored.
13 October 2011

Ecuador

SUPERTEL dismisses charges against seven radio stations

The head of SUPERTEL, Fabién Jaramillo, said the case was dropped after it was verified that the stations had done nothing illegal.
13 October 2011

Russia

Southern Urals media community concerned over dismissal of editors

Some journalists believe the purpose of the dismissals was to appoint persons loyal to the current administration prior to upcoming state Duma elections.
12 October 2011

Burma

Comedian Zargana and at least 120 other political prisoners released

The release of the political prisoners should be followed by reforms to ensure respect for fundamental rights and freedoms, says Human Rights Watch.
12 October 2011

Nigeria

Four newspaper editors arrested

The raid and arrests are believed to be over a story that appeared on the cover page of "The Nation" newspaper.
12 October 2011

Tunisia

Authorities shut down TV station, extremists try to burn down another

A judge called for Tunisia TV's closure after it aired an interview with a Tunisian Communist Labor Party leader, in violation of election regulations.
12 October 2011

Lebanon

Iranian film director denied entry

Security services considered Nader Daoudi's film about the Iranian revolution to be "hostile" and banned it from the official competition in the Beirut International Film Festival.
12 October 2011

Turkey

Politician facing 10 years in jail for "pro-Kurdish propaganda"

Hatip Dicle from the Labour, Peace and Democracy Block is facing prison sentences of a total of 10 years on charges related to a book he wrote in 2008 and a speech he made in 2009.
12 October 2011

Italy

Investigative reporters, websites threatened once again by proposed "gag law"

The bill aims to curb the publication of police wiretaps in news media and would force websites to publish corrections.
12 October 2011

Ghana

Police arrest two demonstrators

Arrested for allegedly organising a demonstration without police permission, Hajia Sherifatu Sulley and Hajia Fati Alhassan were granted bail.
12 October 2011

United States

IAPA criticises boycott of Univisión debate by US presidential candidates

IAPA president says that "what deeply concerns us is not only the decision to boycott a news media outlet but that the decision has been made by people who in the future could assume the same attitude from a seat in the White House."
12 October 2011

Egypt

Journalist, activist killed in clashes, private television stations raided

Reporter Wael Yunna and activist Mina Daniel were killed during clashes between the military and protestors speaking out against perceived religious discrimination.
12 October 2011

Bulgaria

IPI condemns use of hate speech and "online lynching" to target award-winning journalist

Mirolyuba Benatova has come under a barrage of verbal abuse and has been bombarded with ethnic and political insults on Facebook after reporting on ethnic violence in the village of Katunitsa.
12 October 2011

Turkey

Kurdish singer sentenced to one year in prison

Folk singer Raziye Kizil has been subjected to ongoing judicial harassment for singing Kurdish folk songs; she currently faces a total of 10 years in prison on related charges.
11 October 2011

Egypt

Human Rights Watch calls on judicial authorities to investigate violence against Coptic Christians

The organisation called for the investigation to specifically address the killing of at least 17 demonstrators who appear to have been run over by military vehicles.
11 October 2011

Uzbekistan

UN Human Rights Committee decision advances free expression

ARTICLE 19 welcomes the committee's conclusion that the procedure for registering the NGO Democracy and Rights violated freedom of expression and association rights.
11 October 2011

Somalia

Journalist killed in Mogadishu suicide bomb attack

Radio reporter Abdiaziz Ahmed Aden had been sent to the capital to report on ongoing military operations against Al-Shabaab militants.
11 October 2011

Azerbaijan

Deputy defence minister sues newspaper over criticism of army

Chingiz Mamedov has filed a defamation lawsuit against "Yeni Musavat" newspaper and has called for the authors of the critical articles to be prosecuted.
11 October 2011

Singapore

Opposition party under investigation for organising video conference with former detainees

The police allege that the Singapore Democratic Party allowed "fugitives from justice" to interfere with domestic politics because former detainees Francis Seow and Tang Fong Har participated in a political discussion via video conference.
11 October 2011

Cuba

Hablemos Press journalist to be expelled from Havana yet again in new crackdown

Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias is awaiting deportation from the capital for the ninth time in less than two years, to his hometown of Camagüey.
11 October 2011

Chile

Bill would criminalise protests, turn journalists into police informers

The bill, which emerged following a wave of protests by students and others, would violate basic rights by criminalising the expression of opinions in public.
11 October 2011

Pakistan

Journalist killed in Lahore

According to one of his brothers, Faisal Qureshi had received death threats from men claiming to be from the Muttahida Qaumi Movement political party.
11 October 2011

Philippines

Newspaper editor gunned down

Johnson Pascual, editor-in-chief of "Prime News" newspaper, was driving in his van when he was shot twice by two men on a motorcycle.
7 October 2011

Zambia

Journalist concerned over false reports of his arrest

The Zambian Watchdog news website, for which reporter George Zula works, is under investigation for allegedly leaking an e-mail that had serious political consequences.
7 October 2011

Mexico

Women journalists were killed in robbery, says prosecutor

Two suspects arrested for the killing of Ana María Marcela Yarce Viveros and Rocío González Trápaga reportedly confessed they attacked the women as part of a robbery scheme.
7 October 2011

Burundi

Government urged to strengthen support for national human rights commission

The support is especially crucial because the UN Human Rights Council has ended the mandate of its independent expert on the human rights situation, says Human Rights Watch.
7 October 2011

Kenya

Freedom of expression standards should guide the fight against "counterfeit" mobile phones, says ARTICLE 19

In a country where mobile phones have enabled Kenyans to track the price of commodities, plan farming around the weather, or uncover corruption, a denial of service to as many as 20 per cent of mobile phones in the country would be a disproportionate response to the problem of counterfeit phones, argues ARTICLE 19.
7 October 2011

Uganda

Radio station succumbs to pressure, suspends political talk show

Kitara FM radio station has reportedly suspended its political talk show after it sparked controversy by discussing the manner in which an army deserter was arrested.
7 October 2011

Kazakhstan

Media organisations concerned about draft broadcasting law

Adil Soz and seven other media organisations say that parts of the proposed "Law on Television and Radio Broadcasting" do not conform with international access to information standards.
7 October 2011

Palestine

CORRECTION: Hamas restricts foreign journalists' access to Gaza Strip

Henceforth, every foreigner, including journalists, wanting to enter the Gaza Strip via the Rafah and Erez crossings will have to apply in an advance to the interior ministry in Gaza.
7 October 2011

Peru

Journalist assaulted by mayor

Silvana Núñez was assaulted by the mayor of Chala, Agustín Condori, after she videotaped him drinking in a restaurant during working hours.
7 October 2011

Ukraine

TVi channel receives official warning, could lose licence

IMI noted that TVi's suspension would have a serious impact on pluralism in TV broadcasting in the country.
6 October 2011

Iran

More arrests of journalists and intellectuals, families threatened

Relatives and friends of at least 10 Iranians who work for BBC Persian Television in London have been harassed by authorities following the broadcast of a documentary about the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
6 October 2011

Turkey

Translator and publisher indicted, facing up to three years in jail

Funda Uncu and Hasan Basri Ciplak are facing charges of "publishing obscenities" for translating and publishing the book "Olum Pornosu"; the work is the Turkish translation of American author Chuck Palahniuk's book "Snuff".
6 October 2011

Cambodia

Community activists in two provinces subjected to judicial harassment

Six Boeung Kak Lake community members who have represented residents in a land dispute have received summonses for allegedly "insulting" a commune chief.
6 October 2011

French Polynesia (France)

PFF calls on government to reconsider media shutdown

Closing down state media outlets is a short-sighted reaction to cost cutting pressures, says PFF.
6 October 2011

United States

New rules with limited protection for Net neutrality about to take effect

RSF considers some initiatives covered in the rules on Net neutrality published in the Federal Register to be encouraging, but feels there are also several shortcomings.
6 October 2011

Argentina

Radio and TV station's antenna vandalised, knocked down

Norte Visión owner Daniel Longarela said he is very concerned over the incident since it forms part of a trend of attacks that have become more serious in nature over time.
6 October 2011

Yemen

Two more journalists killed in Saleh regime violence

Abdel Hakim Al-Nour was killed during a military offensive in Taiz province while Abdel Majid Al-Samawi died in a Sanaa hospital from a gunshot wound he received more than a week ago.
6 October 2011

India

IFJ calls for full inquiry into death of investigative journalist

The police appear to be treating Ramesh Singla's death as accidental, but IFJ is calling for them to consider possible links to his work, especially as he reported on the topic of illegal mining.
6 October 2011

Turkmenistan

Reporter Dovletmurad Yazguliyev sentenced to five years in prison

The journalist was charged with inciting a relative to commit suicide but colleagues believe he is being punished for his work, including reports on arms storage explosions.
6 October 2011

Palestine

Hamas restricts foreign journalists' access to Gaza Strip

Henceforth, every foreign journalist wanting to visit the Gaza Strip will have to apply in advance to the interior ministry in Gaza.
5 October 2011

Ecuador

Official telecast used to discredit TV journalist, interrupt her programme

A government telecast interrupted the "La Mañana 24 Horas" programme, hosted by Janet Hinostroza.
5 October 2011

Liberia

Director of state-owned broadcaster suspended

Ambrose Nmah was suspended indefinitely over the broadcasting of a press conference in which the leader of the main opposition party allegedly verbally assaulted President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
5 October 2011

Colombia

Valledupar journalist warned of plan to attack her

Journalist Ana Maria Ferrer had reported on irregularities in the mining industry and royalty payments; she is also a correspondent for FLIP.
5 October 2011

Guyana

President orders TV station off the air ahead of elections

President Jagdeo suspended CNS Channel Six for a four-month period following a comment made by an opposition parliamentarian during a programme.
5 October 2011

Algeria

New media bill needs further improvement, says ANHRI

While the penalty of imprisonment has been abolished in the case of media crimes, several articles of the bill still restrict freedom of expression and opinion.
4 October 2011

Saudi Arabia

Authorities detain rights activists, protesters' family members

In an effort to pressure their sons to turn themselves in to authorities, security forces detained Hassan Al Zayed and Said Abdul-Aal.
4 October 2011

Bangladesh

Media freedom threatened by wave of violence and harassment

"By allowing harassment and violence to become so widespread, the government is directly contributing to the decline in media freedom," says RSF.
4 October 2011

Egypt

Protesters detained, face military trial

ANHRI calls for an end to the practices of detaining activists and referring them to military prosecution.
4 October 2011

Serbia

IPI condemns continuing political pressure on Hungarian minority media

According to IPI, the National Council of the Hungarian Ethnic Minority, created to protect the interests of the biggest national minority in Vojvodina, appears to represent the interests of one political party.
4 October 2011

Ukraine

IPI urges authorities to allow ATN TV to transmit again

Political pressure and administrative decisions in Kharkov region have resulted in the independent channel going off the air.
4 October 2011

China

Activist under house arrest regularly beaten by police; famous human rights lawyer still missing

Forced disappearance and mistreatment have become common in China; the authorities have now drafted legislation that would legalise the practice.
3 October 2011

Argentina

Arson attack destroys radio station in Buenos Aires province

The owner of 93.3 FM in Zarate says that security cameras show a masked man pouring liquid outside the building and then setting it on fire.
3 October 2011

Kazakhstan

Authorities harass independent online TV station, close studio

Harassment of Stan TV and the independent news agency Namystan intensified after they covered an unprecedented strike by oil workers in the western province of Mangystau that was violently suppressed by the authorities.
3 October 2011

Solomon Islands

"Island Sun" newspaper faces compensation demand

The newspaper says the compensation demand for US$10,000 is a form of harassment against journalists and the media.
30 September 2011

Serbia

IPI condemns physical attack on TV Tutin crew

A two-member TV crew was filming the construction of a local cultural center when four individuals approached and started beating them.
30 September 2011

Tajikistan

Journalist faces 16 years in jail if convicted on defamation charges

CPJ condemns the ongoing imprisonment of journalist Makhmadyusuf Ismoilov and is dismayed by prosecutors' call for a hefty prison term on defamation and other charges.
30 September 2011

Egypt

Police raid Al-Jazeera offices again

Some 25 plainclothes police entered the new office of Al-Jazeera Mubasher Misr, roughed up staff members and detained journalist Mohamed Suleiman.
30 September 2011

Spain

WPFC-FH applauds court decision declaring lawsuit against "Leer" magazine null and void

The plaintiff invoked the repressive 1966 Press Law, a relic from the Franco dictatorship.
30 September 2011

Bahrain

Photographers brought to trial

Mohamed Al-Aradi and Zuhair Aoun Al-Shama'a are to be tried for covering an authorised demonstration and for "inciting hatred of the government by posting photos on the Internet."
30 September 2011

International

Countries start signing anti-counterfeiting accord that was negotiated secretly

RSF condemns elements of the accord that have the effect of banning censorship circumvention resources that are indispensable tools for ensuring the flow of news and information in countries such as Iran and China.
30 September 2011

Ecuador

"El Universo" threatened with two more lawsuits

President Rafael Correa announced that the newspaper may face legal action for having published a letter written by a member of parliament for the Madera de Guerrero movement.
30 September 2011

Cuba

IAPA condemns increased harassment of dissidents

IAPA laments the absence of solidarity of Latin American governments with the Cuban people.
30 September 2011

Democratic Republic of Congo

Cameraman attacked while filming opposition demonstration

John Kinkendu was severely beaten and had his camera confiscated by a group of youths while covering an opposition rally that was dispersed by police.
30 September 2011

Iran

More arrests, threats and sentences for journalists

Arrested while filming a street protest shortly after President Ahmadinedjad's disputed re-election in June 2009, Chari Mohammad Moradof has been sentenced to 21 years in prison on charges of spying and anti-government propaganda.
30 September 2011

Senegal

Three "La Tribune" journalists detained over story on police violence

Félix Zalé, Ahmet Bachir Ndiáye and Mamadou Diowere were accused of "discrediting the police" in a front-page story that accused them of using violence to quell a demonstration.
29 September 2011

Vietnam

Dissident writers amnestied

Tran Duc Thach and Nguyen Van Tinh were included in an amnesty celebrating Vietnamese National Day.
29 September 2011

Sudan

A newspaper closed, others suspended or seized, journalists physically attacked

Despite President Omar al-Bashir's announcement more than a month ago that he would release all imprisoned journalists, Abdelrahman Adam, a Radio Dabanga journalist detained since 30 October 2010, has not been freed.
29 September 2011

Bahrain

Sentences upheld against jailed human rights defenders, writers and bloggers

Empty Chair dedicated to Abduljalil Al-Singace at the PEN Congress in Belgrade, 12-16 September 2011 WiPC supported a trial observation mission to the country for the verdict, in partnership with IFEX, and calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all those currently detained for the peaceful exercise of their opinions.
28 September 2011

China

State secrecy laws used to intimidate journalists

After Ji Xuguang published a story about a civil servant charged with imprisoning six women, the journalist said he was threatened and interrogated by two unidentified men.
28 September 2011

China

Authorities arrest South Korean journalists near North Korean border

Press visas are hard to get and, when journalists lack them, the authorities often use this as grounds for preventing them from working in this sensitive border area, said RSF.
28 September 2011

Uganda

Journalist harassed over political talk show

Samuel Kajumba has been harassed since discussing on his show the manner in which the army arrested an alleged deserter.
28 September 2011

Malaysia

Broadcast ban placed on video aimed at increasing voter registration

The video was banned just days after Prime Minister Najib Razak promised renewed efforts toward creating a more democratic and liberal Malaysia.
28 September 2011

Peru

Journalists receive death threats via leaflets left at their homes

Segundo Alvines and Braulio Rojas received the threats after reporting on corruption allegations involving the municipality of Bagua.
28 September 2011

Malawi

Journalist threatened after allegedly publicising conversation involving presidential candidate

One of the threatening text messages received by Joseph Mwale said, "How dare you shame our next president? . . . We will make you a villain because you will soon die."
28 September 2011

Middle East and North Africa

Bloodbath in Yemen, violence throughout the region

RSF is very concerned about the surge in violence against journalists in Yemen since President Ali Abdallah Saleh's return from Saudi Arabia on 23 September.
28 September 2011

The Gambia

Lawyer jailed for defending his client

Moses Richards was sentenced to a total of two years and six months' imprisonment for a letter written on behalf of his client which mentioned the Office of the President.
28 September 2011

Jordan

Parliament criminalises reporting on corruption

ANHRI is concerned that the new law will protect corrupt officials and penalise journalists who try to uncover it.
27 September 2011

Eritrea / Sweden

Journalists face threats in covering Dawit Isaac's imprisonment

Journalist Meron Estefanos, an activist in the campaign to release Isaac, was threatened by the imprisoned journalist's brother, who is a strong supporter of Eritrea's president.
27 September 2011

Egypt

ANHRI concerned over sharp decline in freedom of expression

A well known writer was briefly detained at the Cairo airport, while a French journalist was deported and an edition of the "Sawt Al-Ummah" newspaper was seized.
27 September 2011

Palestine

One journalist detained; security forces storm another journalist's home in Nablus

"Al-Hal" newspaper journalist Mohamed Mona was summoned for an investigation by intelligence services on 22 September 2011 and remains detained.
27 September 2011

Somalia

AU forces say four soldiers responsible for journalist's death

The African Union soldiers deployed in Somalia have been suspended and returned to their home country of Burundi for potential trial after an internal investigation found them responsible for the shooting death of a Malaysian journalist.
27 September 2011

Thailand

Journalist dies from bomb blast injuries

Phamon Phonphanit, a reporter with the local "Sue Samut Atyakam" newspaper, died from severe burns he suffered while covering a series of bomb blasts in Sungai Kolok town.
27 September 2011

Bahrain

Human Rights Watch calls for reinstatement of expelled students, faculty

Earlier in 2011, universities dismissed faculty and staff and expelled students for expressing critical opinions or attending overwhelmingly peaceful demonstrations.
27 September 2011

Venezuela

Hackers use Twitter to intimidate reporters

Journalist Berenice Gómez noted that the hackers now "know who gives me information. They could take advantage of that and intimidate, prosecute or even kill my sources."
27 September 2011

Burundi

Authorities urged to lift news blackout imposed after Gatumba massacre

The authorities have banned all live broadcasts of a political nature for one month and forbidden the media from covering the official inquiry launched into the massacre.
27 September 2011

Mexico

IAPA highlights absence of government action following assassination of yet another journalist

The body of María Elizabeth Macías Castro was found along with a note saying, "I am here because of my reports . . . this happened to me because of my actions."
27 September 2011

Mexico

Journalist reported missing in Veracruz

Reporter Gabriel Manuel Fonseca Hernández, who covers the police beat for "El Mañanero" newspaper, went missing on 18 September.
26 September 2011

Yemen

Sniper fire claims life of cameraman

Hassan al-Wadhaf died in a Sana'a hospital five days after being struck by sniper fire while covering an anti-government protest in the capital.
26 September 2011

Israel / Palestine

French journalist wounded in grenade attack while covering march

Chris Hoby told MADA that he had gone to cover a march northwest of Ramallah and was standing approximately 50-60 meters from the Israeli forces when a soldier threw a metal grenade to the ground beside him, causing severe contusions on his right leg.
26 September 2011

Zambia

Injunction on private media houses lifted

As election results are expected, IPI calls on future government to respect press freedom.
26 September 2011

Peru

Newspaper editor, correspondent given two-year suspended prison sentences

Fritz Du Bois and Gessler Ojeda Mercado of the newspaper "Perú 21" were charged with defamation for publishing allegations linking a politician's family to the prostitution business.
26 September 2011

Egypt

Jailed blogger's brother harassed for supporting him

After visiting his brother in prison on 20 September, Mark Sanad says he was threatened with detention if he did not keep quiet and stop defending him. The authorities also allegedly hid drugs in his bag with the apparent aim of charging him with drug trafficking.
26 September 2011

Rwanda

Rugambage murder trial verdict raises more questions than it answers, says RSF

Just before his death, the journalist published an article blaming the Rwandan authorities for the attempted murder of exiled army general Kayumba Nyamwasa on 19 June 2010 in Johannesburg.
26 September 2011

Honduras

Armed men threaten journalist, steal his laptop

Two heavily armed men stopped Edgardo Antonio Escoto Amador in the early morning hours, threatened him and stole his bag, which contained important information of national interest.
26 September 2011

Turkey

RSF alarmed over premature closure of prosecution case in Dink murder trial

The family and lawyers of slain journalist Hrant Dink walked out of the Istanbul courtroom in protest when the prosecutor began reading his closing speech during the 20th hearing of the case on 19 September.
26 September 2011

Lebanon

Two lawyers face disciplinary measures for publishing article

The lawyers' syndicate in Beirut is investigating two lawyers who criticised a proposed project that would restrict its members from speaking to the media about human rights cases.
26 September 2011

Zambia

"Zambia Daily Mail" crew attacked

The three-person news crew and driver were violently assaulted as they were covering elections in the Kanyama constituency.
23 September 2011

Afghanistan

Iranian journalist dies of injuries sustained in Kabul attack

Farhad Taqaddosi is the 21st journalist to be killed in Afghanistan since the 2001 U.S. invasion, CPJ research shows.
23 September 2011

Colombia

Journalist informed of plan to attack her, asks president to intervene to ensure her safety

The authorities have been silent since Claudia Duque sent a letter to the president requesting his intervention and the journalist has every reason to be worried, says RSF.
23 September 2011

Pakistan

Journalist attacked, seriously injured in tribal area

Khalil Khan Afridi, a senior journalist and former president of the Tribal Union of Journalists, was attacked with a hand grenade as he was returning home in Landikotal.
23 September 2011

Oman

ANHRI condemns suspension of "Al Zaman", imprisonment of its editorial team

Ibrahim Al Moamari and Yusuf Al Haj were convicted fpr publishing a grievance from an employee at the Ministry of Justice.
23 September 2011

Thailand

RSF calls into question responsibility of army in fatal shooting of cameraman

The Department of Special Investigation chief told Agence France Presse that the army was responsible for the fatal shooting of Japanese cameraman Hiroyuki Muramoto.
23 September 2011

Democratic Republic of Congo

Journalist held in police detention for 17 days

Dédé Ilunga was accused of "inciting rebellion" and working for the opposition after he criticised President Joseph Kabila's public works programme on his radio programme.
23 September 2011

Somalia

Radio journalist shot, critically wounded

Radio Voice of Peace journalist Hassan Mohamed, better known as Anteno, was shot by unidentified gunmen in the coastal town of Bosasso.
22 September 2011

Zimbabwe

Freedom House condemns crackdown on peaceful WOZA protest

The organisation was distributing leaflets and flowers to commemorate the International Day of Peace when they were interrupted by nearly 50 riot police, who rounded up the group and beat them with batons, claiming they had "no permission" to march.
22 September 2011

Nicaragua

Journalist flees country after death threats

Soon after the publication of a series of articles on a former guerrilla member, Silvia González began receiving anonymous threatening phone calls.
22 September 2011

Russia

Editor attacked in his home over anti-corruption reports

Alexander Singurov believes the attack was aimed at killing him. He links the incident to stories published in his newspaper just two days prior to the attack.
22 September 2011

Palestine

MADA welcomes acquittal of journalist Alaa Al-Titi

A Hebron judge acquitted journalist Alaa Al-Titi on all charges of "breaching the peace" and "inciting sectarian violence" via his work at Aqsa TV.
22 September 2011

Uzbekistan

Human rights activist attacked over critical online publications

Gulbakhor Turayeva was taking a walk near her house with her children when she was approached by two women, accompanied by two men. One of the women asked her if her name was Gulbakhor; when the journalist said yes, the woman attacked her.
22 September 2011

Ecuador

Tribunal upholds sentencing of newspaper, its directors and former feature writer on defamation charge

The sentence issued previously by provisional judge Juan Paredes in a defamation case filed by President Rafael Correa was upheld in its entirety.
22 September 2011

Sudan

Human Rights Watch calls for end to clampdown on opposition party members, government critics

The authorities have reportedly arrested more than 100 real or perceived opponents of the government, including well-known writer, artist and activist Abdelmoniem Rahma.
21 September 2011

Uganda

Author arrested for publishing book that called for president to step down

Vincent Nzaramba is being detained at the Rapid Response Unit headquarters in Kampala and has reportedly gone on a hunger strike to protest his treatment.
21 September 2011

Vietnam

Activist and Internet writer sentenced to four years in prison

Lu Van Bay, a prominent pro-democracy activist, wrote and published articles online calling for the end of one-party rule and the introduction of a multiparty political system.
21 September 2011

Middle East and North Africa

Journalists continue to be targeted while covering Arab Spring

Hassan Al-Wadhaf sustained a serious eye injury while covering attacks by security forces and militiamen on demonstrators in Sanaa; he is reported to be on life-support equipment with no chance of recovery.
21 September 2011

South Africa

Ruling ANC pulls secrecy bill

Critics of the Protection of Information Bill note that its repressive clauses criminalise investigative journalism and allow officials to classify any information in the name of "national interest".
21 September 2011

Philippines

Broadcaster's daughter abducted

Journalist Louie Larroza of dyEC radio said his daughter's abduction may have been a warning to stop his broadcasts on corruption and other illegal activities in the province.
21 September 2011

United Kingdom

IFJ joins protest against threat to confidentiality of sources from police

The Metropolitan Police are considering invoking the Official Secrets Acts to force journalists to reveal their sources.
21 September 2011

Oman

Two activists detained after participating in peaceful protest

ANHRI was informed that Ammar Al-Hanai and Ibrahim Al-Balushi have been tortured and kept in solitary confinement; their health is deteriorating as a result.
20 September 2011

China

TV journalist killed; IFJ worried by recent spate of attacks

Questions have been raised by Li Xiang's colleagues about a possible connection between his reporting and his death.
20 September 2011

Burma

Many news websites unblocked; 17 journalists and three netizens still held

With the Democratic Voice of Burma and "Irrawaddy" now accessible, RSF calls for the release of their imprisoned reporters.

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