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10 June 2009

United States/North Korea

U.S. journalists sentenced to 12 years hard labour

Euna Lee, left, and Laura Ling U.S. journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling have been sentenced to 12 years of hard labour in North Korea after a closed-door trial from 4 to 8 June, report the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the International Press Institute (IPI) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
3 June 2009


Authorities don't see death threats as crimes

Lydia Cacho Lydia Cacho, an investigative journalist in Mexico who exposed a paedophilia network involving businessmen and government officials in her book, is facing a new round of death threats and surveillance.
27 May 2009


Crime reporter found dead in Durango

Eliseo Barrón Hernández The body of a journalist who covered the police beat in northern Mexico was found on 26 May, a day after he was abducted from his home, report Centro Nacional de Comunicación (CENCOS), the Center of Journalism and Public Ethics (CEPET), the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) and other IFEX members.
13 May 2009

United States/Iran

Roxana Saberi freed

Roxana Saberi leaving Iran IFEX members welcomed the release of U.S. Iranian journalist Roxana Saberi, whose eight-year jail term for spying for the U.S. was this week reduced to a suspended two-year sentence and a five-year ban on reporting from Iran.
6 May 2009

Mexico/World Press Freedom Day

Reporter under threat killed on World Press Freedom Day

A Mexican journalist who was critical of local authorities in the northern state of Durango was assassinated on 3 May, World Press Freedom Day, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of International PEN.
22 April 2009

United States/Iran

Freelancer Roxana Saberi convicted of spying

Roxana Saberi Iran convicted an American-Iranian journalist of spying for the United States and sentenced her to eight years in prison, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the International Press Institute (IPI).

Campaigns and Advocacy

25 June 2009


CJFE calls on government to make killing a journalist a federal offence

In a letter to the Ambassador of the Republic of Mexico for Canada, CJFE calls on the Mexican government to make killing a journalist a federal offence and to ensure that the murderers of journalists are prosecuted.
2 June 2009

Middle East and North Africa/United States

CPJ urges President Obama to reaffirm U.S. leadership on press freedom when he speaks in Cairo

In a letter to President Obama, CPJ suggests steps that his administration can take to bring U.S. policy in the Arab and Muslim worlds in line with the U.S.'s commitment to freedom of expression.
21 May 2009


ARTICLE 19 calls for a federal policy to prevent aggressions against journalists

ARTICLE 19 calls on the Government of Mexico and President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa to establish a committee to protect journalists and implement a comprehensive strategy to stop attacks on journalists and media workers.
29 April 2009


IAPA conference calls on government for transparency in its war on drugs

Calling on the government of Mexico to carry out its battle with drug traffickers openly and with respect for the press's duty to inform the public, the Inter American Press Association-organized conference "The Press, the Government and Organized Crime," wound up here today.
19 March 2009


Three IFEX members and Mexican organisations denounce criminal prosecution of community radio station Tierra y Libertad

(AMARC/IFEX) - The following is a 16 March 2009 joint statement by AMARC, ARTICLE 19, Reporters without Borders and four other organisations:
18 February 2009

United States/China

Three IFEX members and four other organisations urge U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to make censorship, human rights abuses key issues in state visit to China

(RSF/IFEX) - The following is a 12 February 2009 joint letter by Human Rights Watch, Freedom House, Reporters Without Borders and four other organisations:


MEXICO/BRAZIL: IAPA hails repeal of university degree requirement in Brazil, welcomes Mexico Supreme Court decision to overturn special safeguards for public officials 22 June 2009 MEXICO: Mayoral candidate launches lawsuit against magazine editor after publication of article linking him to drug traffickers 22 June 2009 MEXICO: Defence Secretariat sanctions military personnel for assault on journalists 19 June 2009 MEXICO: Security force actions against journalists on the rise in Chihuahua 19 June 2009 MEXICO: Armed men steal vehicle with 1000 copies of "La Jornada Guerrero" newspaper 19 June 2009 MEXICO: YouTube blocks "El Universal" from its site following allegations of plagiarism 19 June 2009 MEXICO: Five suspects detained in connection with journalist's murder, one admits to firing fatal shot 17 June 2009 SOMALIA: CPJ urges Canada, Australia to step up efforts to free Somalia captives 15 June 2009 UNITED STATES: "Journalism in hell": Mumia Abu-Jamal relates his experience as a journalist from his prison cell on death row 12 June 2009 MEXICO: IAPA asks Zacatecas state government to cease discrimination against local newspaper 12 June 2009 CANADA: CJFE urges broadcast regulator to allow Al Jazeera English broadcasts 10 June 2009 MEXICO: Supreme Court to review case involving writer and former first lady 9 June 2009 MEXICO: Newspaper's staff members receive death threat after reporting on drug traffickers; military personnel assault journalists 8 June 2009 MEXICO: Journalist's alleged assassin sentenced following judicial process plagued with irregularities 8 June 2009 MEXICO: Member of community radio station faces legal action 5 June 2009 MEXICO: More journalists receive death threats following reporter's assassination in Durango 1 June 2009 MEXICO: Fears for safety of author Lydia Cacho 28 May 2009 MEXICO: Police officer assaults, threatens journalist in Chihuahua 27 May 2009 MEXICO: Body of assassinated journalist found in Durango 27 May 2009 CANADA: CJFE welcomes Supreme Court decision in Daniel Leblanc case 26 May 2009 UNITED STATES: Trial of suspected perpetrator of Chauncey Bailey's murder begins 26 May 2009 MEXICO: Academic threatened and censored in Sinaloa 26 May 2009 MEXICO: Reporter's assailants issue apology 26 May 2009 MEXICO: Government delays granting of licences to community media outlets as a form of control, says senator 25 May 2009 MEXICO: Local legislature calls for harassment of journalists who cover federal public security secretary's actions to stop 25 May 2009 UNITED STATES: Obama opposes release of torture photos 21 May 2009 MEXICO: "La Jornada" journalist granted protective measures after being threatened 21 May 2009 MEXICO: CNDH investigates anomaly in allocation of federal government advertising contracts 19 May 2009 MEXICO: Newspaper vendor detained, accused of defaming mayoral candidate 19 May 2009 MEXICO: Journalist detained after insulting mayor 15 May 2009 UNITED STATES: New York State legislator faces felony charge in attack on photographer 14 May 2009 UNITED STATES: New York State legislator faces felony charge in attack on photographer 14 May 2009 MEXICO: Journalist dismissed from Radio Zacatecas 12 May 2009 MEXICO: Reporter injured after reporting on allegations of irregularities in municipal administration 11 May 2009 MEXICO: Reporter who criticised local officials gunned down in Durango state 6 May 2009 MEXICO: Photographer illegally detained 4 May 2009 MEXICO: IAPA conference calls on government for transparency in its war on drugs 29 April 2009 MEXICO: Political cartoonist receives death threat, assaulted in Oaxaca 28 April 2009 MEXICO: Megamedia Group employees threatened, attacked in Campeche 28 April 2009 MEXICO: Supreme Court to review appeal launched by former first lady in case against magazine and Argentine writer 27 April 2009 UNITED STATES: Ruling recognises "Detroit Free Press" reporter's right to protect his sources 24 April 2009 MEXICO: Journalist Ricardo García Jiménez threatened, harassed 24 April 2009 MEXICO: Sinaloa university authorities introduce restrictive measures after being criticised by professor 24 April 2009 MEXICO: Federal Penal Code reform falls short in protecting right to freedom of expression, says ARTICLE 19 21 April 2009 MEXICO: Journalist Andrés Guardiola García-Gómez harassed by local officials in León 20 April 2009 MEXICO: Tribunal issues decision aimed at avoiding "prior censorship" during election campaigns 20 April 2009 MEXICO: Radio presenter Julio Ricardo Blanchet Cruz stages hunger strike after dismissal for refusing to censor himself 17 April 2009 MEXICO: CEPET concerned over spate of attacks on journalists in Oaxaca State 13 April 2009