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November 7, 2014

Two journalists back in France after 11 weeks in Indonesian jails

French journalists Thomas Dandois and Valentine Bourrat returned Thursday last to France after being detained for 11 weeks in the Indonesian province of Papua, where a court in Papua’s capital, Jayapura, convicted them the previous week of misusing tourist visas to work as journalists. They arrived in Paris in the morning and, along with their families, were received in the evening at Reporters Without Borders headquarters by RWB staff, their support committee, the Memento TV production company... MORE
November 7, 2014

Freelancer dies in Burmese army custody

Journalist Aung Kyaw Naing , also known by the pseudonym Par Gyi , had been arrested while reporting on growing tensions between the regular Burmese army and the Democratic Buddhist Karen Army in southern Mon state. The army suspected Aung Kyaw Naing of being a member of the rebel secessionist movement in Karen state, which borders Mon. False information had been circulating online for several days, including photos of members of the DBKA who falsely identified the journalist as an active... MORE
November 7, 2014

FBI impersonation of news media online called "inexcusable"

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 25 news organisations in a letter to US Attorney General Eric H Holder Jr and FBI Director James B Comey Jr have asked for full disclosure of the facts surrounding the FBI’s utilisation of a fake Associated Press article online that delivered tracking software to a suspect’s computer, enabling the FBI to locate him. As the Reporters Committee letter pointed out, the warrant for such action apparently did not mention that the tracker was... MORE
November 7, 2014

IAPA protests censorship, repression of Mexican journalists

The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has condemned acts of censorship, discrimination and repression by members of the Querétaro state government in Mexico taken against local journalists, and called on the federal government for guarantees for the safety of reporters. Some 75 journalists in Querétaro complained in a public statement of threats, discrimination and repression on the part of state officials in the administration of Governor Antonio Calzada. The journalists condemned the... MORE
November 7, 2014

Ethiopian government's witchhunt against privately-owned media

At least six publications have had to close in recent months and around 30 journalists have fled abroad since the start of the year as a result of the biggest crackdown on the privately-owned press since 2005, one reflecting a government desire to make a clean sweep of independent media before parliamentary elections next May, local analysts say. In the latest development, Reporters Without Borders learned on November 1 that magazine editor Temesgen Desalegn has been transferred to a prison in... MORE
November 7, 2014

Zimbabwe's first lady lashes out at privately-owned media

MISA-Zimbabwe has noted with very grave concern recent attacks and threats against the privately owned media, by Zanu PF and government officials, including the First Lady Grace Mugabe, which pose serious risks to the safety and security of journalists. While the media is not immune to criticism, the First Lady's inciting statements particularly against journalists working for the Daily News at a Zanu PF rally in Marondera on October 17, were indeed frightening, as experienced and recounted by... MORE
November 7, 2014

South East Asian media unite to combat impunity, censorship and wage insecurity

The South East Asian Journalists Unions (SEAJU) have taken a united stand to combat the rampant state of impunity for journalist attacks in the region and to bring their unions together to advocate on the common issues central to the craft of journalism and a free and vibrant independent media. The second annual SEAJU networking meeting, convened by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), brought together the network of IFJ affiliates included journalists, human rights activists and... MORE
November 7, 2014

Bicycle taxi driver arrested over assault on journalist in Uganda

Police in Kampala arrested a bodaboda taxi cyclist on charges of assaulting Vision Group journalist Ismail Ddamba , back in April 2014. He is being detained at Kitebi police station in Rubaga division, Kampala district, according to the Human Rights Network for Journalists - Uganda. The suspect, identified as Buyondo Huzair, aged 35 years, a resident of Sserwadda zone in Kabowa, Rubaga division, was arrested on 28 October 2014 at about 7:00pm local time at the Kibage bodaboda center, while four... MORE
November 7, 2014

Azerbaijan pressures press freedom advocate's family, raids apartment

The Committee to Protect Journalists has condemned the harassment by Azerbaijani officials of the family of Gulnara Akhundova , a regional expert with the Denmark-based press freedom group International Media Support (IMS). Akhundova's 67-year-old mother was interrogated on Wednesday by prosecutors in Baku who raided her apartment the same day, according to local press reports. Akhundova, who lives in Copenhagen, told CPJ by Skype, that prosecutors telephoned her mother, Dzhavakhir Akhundova,... MORE
November 7, 2014

Ecuador court paves way for media regulation under constitution

The Committee to Protect Journalists has expressed alarm at a decision by Ecuador's highest court that has paved the way for a constitutional amendment that would categorize the news media as a "public service" subject to government regulation. The Constitutional Court announced on October 31 that the proposed amendment should be decided by the National Assembly rather than by referendum, which the opposition had pushed for, according to news reports. The legislature is dominated by President... MORE