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Archives 2005-1014: Features

June 10, 2009

Doubt about Afghanistan's desire for justice in case of BBC reporter killed a year ago

Afghan authorities failed to properly investigate the murder of Abdul Samad Rohani, the BBC World Service’s correspondent in the southern province of Helmand, whose body was found one year ago. His family and colleagues are still pressing for the truth about his death, especially for the identity of those who ordered it. “We will not give up demanding justice for journalists murdered in Afghanistan, including Rohani, whose murder terrified all the journalists in the Helmand region,” Paris-based... MORE
June 8, 2009

Two years after Zakia Zaki's murder: Masterminds remain free, investigation tardy

Radio journalist Zakia Zaki's murder two years ago is still unpunished and her husband is sure that the lack of progress with the investigation is almost certainly due to the influence of the murder's masterminds. The director of Sada-e-Solh (Peace Radio), Zaki was gunned down in her home in Jabalussaraj, in the northern province of Parwan, on June 6, 2007. "We have not forgotten Zaki, who was an exemplary woman and a symbol of the renaissance of independent media in Afghanistan," Paris-based... MORE
June 2, 2009

Investigation at standstill four years after Lebanese journalist Samir Kassir’s murder

It has been four years since the murder of Lebanese journalist Samir Kassir, but those behind the crime are still at large. Kassir, a prominent columnist for the daily Al-Nahar and an influential democracy advocate, was killed outside his home in East Beirut by a bomb placed in his car on June 2, 2005. His assassination occurred nearly six months before the murder, under similar circumstances, of Gebran Tueni, another outspoken columnist and managing director for the same leading Lebanese daily... MORE
June 1, 2009

As censorship continues, new repressive Sudanese press bill will make things worse

Sudanese media has suffered multiple blows in recent months as parliament considers a harshly repressive press bill and authorities impose an exceptional level of censorship. The press bill, introduced in the Sudanese National Assembly in April, falls far short of international standards for free expression, according to an analysis by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). The bill appears to contradict provisions in the 2005 Sudanese Interim Constitution which guarantee... MORE
June 1, 2009

By threatening private media with reprisals, Chávez continues to hurt democracy

President Hugo Chávez Frías is damaging Venezuelan democracy by continuing to threaten private media with reprisals and making unwarranted accusations against the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has alleged. On Thursday, Chávez demanded that Attorney-General Luisa Ortega Díaz, Minister of Public Works and Housing Diosdado Cabello, and the Supreme Tribunal of Justice take action against media that "poison" Venezuela, according to local press reports. If the officials do not,... MORE
May 21, 2009

Victory for Kenyan journalists as government deletes controversial clause in media law

The Kenyan government has finally published amendments to the Communications Act, which will delete a controversial clause that allows the government to raid broadcasting stations. The Kenya Communications (Amendment) Law 2008, which President Mwai Kibaki signed into law in January 2009, enables the state to raid broadcasting houses and destroy or confiscate equipment in the name of "public safety." The Statute (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill contains propositions to delete the disputed section... MORE
May 17, 2009

One year on, China stifles reporting on victims of devastating Sichuan earthquake

A year after the devastating May 12, 2008 earthquake in China's Sichuan province, journalists are still being persecuted. After the recent harassment of several foreign journalists and the arrest of least one local writer, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists has called on authorities in Sichuan province to allow journalists to report freely in the area on the one-year anniversary of the May 12, 2008, earthquake. The Foreign Correspondents Club of China (FCCC) logged at least... MORE
May 1, 2009

CPJ's 10 worst countries to be a blogger in; Myanmar is worst

With a military government that severely restricts Internet access and imprisons people for years for posting critical material, Burma is the worst place in the world to be a blogger, the Committee to Protect Journalists says in a new report. CPJ’s “10 Worst Countries to be a Blogger” also identifies a number of countries in the Middle East and Asia where Internet penetration has blossomed and government repression has grown in response. “Bloggers are at the vanguard of the information... MORE
May 1, 2009

Pakistani journalists face Taliban, military threats, as pressure mounts from all sides

Journalists in Pakistan have come under rapidly escalating pressure as the military confronts Taliban militants in the northwest region of the country. Threats and attacks from both sides have made reporting from Taliban-controlled areas more dangerous, according to Bob Dietz, Asia Prorgamme Coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). On Wednesday, the military harassed and fired on reporters covering its operations in the Buner Valley, about 65 miles (100 kilometers) northwest... MORE
April 30, 2009

Media caught in the middle of Thai conflict

The media have become part and parcel of Thailand's intensifying political conflict: Two privately held satellite television news stations are openly aligned with competing political street movements, and state-controlled outlets are under opposition fire for allegedly misrepresenting recent crucial news events, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). As the conflict escalates and the government reverts to crude censorship and veiled threats, all kinds of journalists here are... MORE