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September 22, 2009

Peru maintains ban on Amazonian radio station silenced since June

Peru's Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) has maintained its arbitrary ban on Radio La Voz de Bagua, a station based in the country's northern Amazonas region, refusing on September 15 to allow it to resume broadcasting. The station has been stripped of its licence since June 6. Radio La Voz de Bagua was accused of inciting violence in June during an outbreak of protests and rioting by local indigenous groups and clashes with the security forces. Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF)... MORE
September 22, 2009

Eritrea: World’s biggest prison for journalists since September 2001 round-ups

Eritrea now has at least 30 journalists and two media workers behind bars, which means that, exactly eight years after the round-ups of September 18, 2001 that put an end to free expression, it has achieved parity with China and Iran in terms of the number of journalists detained. The three most important waves of arrests of the past eight years were in September 2001, November 2006 and February 2009. Thirty journalists and two media workers are currently detained, without trial. “Eritrea’s... MORE
September 22, 2009

Nigerian journalist shot dead after opening door to killers

The assistant news editor of Nigerian daily Guardian , Bayo Ohu, was shot dead at home by a group of up to five gunmen on Sunday morning as he was preparing to go to a church service. The killers fired at least eight bullets into him, after he opened the door to them, the International Press Institute (IPI) has reported quoting news reports.. The journalist’s wife had already left the house to attend church, and he was to follow shortly with their children when he was attacked. Eyewitnesses... MORE
September 22, 2009

Philippines court grants trial venue change in Esperat case

The Committee to Protect Journalists has welcomed a Supreme Court ruling in the Philippines granting a change of trial venue in the case against two suspects charged with ordering the March 2005 murder of investigative reporter Marlene Garcia-Esperat. The Supreme Court handed down the ruling on August 26 and Manila-based press freedom group Centre for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) received a copy of the order last week. The change of venue request in the trial of Osmeña Montañer and... MORE
September 22, 2009

Russian journalist faces forgery charges in Georgia

Georgian authorities have pressed criminal charges against the Tbilisi bureau chief for the Russian news agency RIA Novosti. According to RIA Novosti, Besik Pipia is facing up to three years in prison if convicted on a criminal charge of document forgery. Georgian police opened a criminal probe against Pipia on September 3, claiming he had forged his Georgian driver’s licence, which they issued to him in 1991. Pipia told the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) that his license had been... MORE
September 22, 2009

Kazakh authorities seize embattled weekly’s print run

Press freedom groups have condemned the seizure of the print run of one of the few remaining independent newspapers in Kazakhstan, which is set to take control of a leading security and human rights organization. The country will become chair of the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe in 2010. On Friday last, court officers in the financial capital Almaty confiscated the entire print run of Almaty-based independent weekly Respublika-Delovoye Obozreniye , the Committee to... MORE
September 17, 2009

Journalists in Kandahar live in fear of retribution for their reporting

Long destabilised by efforts to defeat the Taliban, the southern Afghanistan province of Kandahar has become even more dangerous since the recent presidential elections. Besides the daily threat of being caught up in an attack by insurgent groups, several local journalists say they fear beatings, detentions, or worse in retribution for their reporting. Journalists say they are particularly concerned about threats from officials connected with the provincial council, which is headed by your... MORE
September 17, 2009

Risky return by Colombian TV programme after eight-month interruption

Contravía, a TV current affairs programme that was forced off the air by threats eight months ago, resumed broadcasting on the Canal Uno public TV channel Thursday. Produced by freelance journalist Hollman Morris, Contravía has long occupied an important place in the Colombian media, above all because of its coverage of the country’s nearly half-century-old civil war. Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) hailed the programme’s return to Colombian TV screens while voicing concern for the safety of... MORE
September 17, 2009

Gas contracts abound, but there's no press freedom in Turkmenistan

Ogulsapar Muradova, the Turkmenistan correspondent of Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, died three years ago, on September 12, 2006, after being severely beaten by guards in Ovodan Depe high security prison, to the north of the capital Ashgabat. Today, the Turkmen government is waging an all-out charm offensive while still holding two other journalists, Sapardurdy Khadjiyev and Annakurban Amanklychev, who were arrested and convicted at the same time as Muradova. Dependent on its income from... MORE
September 17, 2009

In DRC, three journalists report death threats

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo must aggressively investigate threats made against three radio reporters in the eastern city of Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Delphie Namuto and Caddy Adzuba of UN-sponsored broadcasting network Radio Okapi and Jolly Kamuntu of local station Radio Maendeleo were named in an anonymous text message sent on Tuesday to Namuto, “You have a bad habit of interfering in what does not... MORE