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Archives 2005-1014: Features

April 18, 2009

Executions in Sudanese editor's murder trigger doubts, outrage

Sudan's execution this week of nine men found guilty of involvement in the 2006 assassination of editor Mohammed Taha Mohammed Ahmed is seen by many there as an outrageous miscarriage of justice, spurred by a thirst on the part of President Omar al-Bashir's regime for settling scores with the rebellious region of Darfur. All nine men were from this oppressed and poverty-stricken region of Sudan, which al-Bashir's power base holds responsible for the International Criminal Court's March... MORE
March 25, 2009

Journalists are killed, killers get away scot-free, India remains one of the worst of the lot

The already murderous conditions for the press in Sri Lanka and Pakistan deteriorated further in the past year, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has found in its newly updated Impunity Index, a list of countries where journalists are killed regularly and governments fail to solve the crimes. Colombia, historically one of the world’s deadliest nations for the press, improved as the rate of murders declined and prosecutors won important recent convictions. “We’re distressed to see... MORE
March 3, 2009

Pushed on the backfoot, Sudan launches trenchant campaign against Darfur film

The Sudanese embassy in Cairo is said to have launched an extensive media campaign in Egyptian and Arab mass media in the wake of the release and distribution of the documentary Darfur Destroyed . The documentary, which was created by Aegis Trust and released on February 10, featured credible and documented testimonies and confessions of perpetrators of war crimes committed in Darfur, particularly with regards to the planning, execution, financing as well as those to be held accountable for... MORE
February 20, 2009

Divisive new media law in Belarus increases barriers for independent media outlets

The new media law in Belarus contains several provisions that further deteriorate the media situation in the country. In particular, the law provides for regulation of online media by a governmental decree and re-registration of all the media outlets; it simplifies the procedure of closing down a media outlet and­ decreases the level of security of journalists and editorial boards, according to the Belarussian Association of Journalists (BAJ). Courts now can cl­ose down media after two warnings... MORE
February 20, 2009

Sudanese government is censoring media, cracking down on rights activists/journalists

The Sudanese government is censoring the media and cracking down on human rights activists and journalists who speak out on human rights and justice. Harassment, repression and censorship has worsened in the last year, particularly since the International Criminal Court's (ICC) request for an arrest warrant for President Omar al-Bashir in July 2008. A 21-page report by Human Rights Watch (HRW), 'It's an Everyday Battle: Censorship and Harassment of Journalists and Human Rights Defenders in... MORE
February 12, 2009

FLIP 2008 annual report reveals decrease in violations of press freedom in Colombia

Press freedom violations in Colombia have seen a substantial decline. In the past year, there were 130 violations of press freedom. This represents a decrease of approximately 20 per cent compared to 2007, when 162 violations were recorded. In 2008 there were no job-related murders of journalists. This is a fact worth emphasising in a country like Colombia, where more than 130 journalists have been killed in the past 30 years. However, despite this positive result, judicial investigations of... MORE
February 11, 2009

Journalists less docile now, but media repression unabated in W Asia - N Africa

Media freedom is nowhere on the agenda in the Middle-East, North Africa and the Gulf. The region remains generally opposed to the free flow of news despite some easing of press laws and a few signs of opening up and greater tolerance. The three sub-regions have very different national constitutions and press laws and a variety of regimes (that also often clash with each other, sometimes violently) but they all share a determination to control the news, says the Doha Centre for Media Freedom (... MORE
February 10, 2009

Press freedom in Nepal still under threat despite hopes for improvement on return to democracy

Press freedom in Nepal continues to face serious threats despite the hope that restoration of democratic rule would improve the situation. The Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) recorded a staggering 342 press freedom violations in 2008 alone, including a significant escalation in the number of physical attacks on journalists and media houses. Four journalists—Uma Singh, JP Joshi, Birendra Sah and Pushkar Bahadur Shrestha—have been killed since 2006. The International Press Freedom and... MORE
February 10, 2009

Asia eclipses Middle East in violence against journalists, according to IPI's 2008 review

Asia replaced the Middle-East as the deadliest region for journalists last year, with 26 reporters, photographers and editors losing their lives in retaliation for their work or in civil conflicts, according to the International Press Institute's annual World Press Freedom Review. Though more journalists were killed in Iraq than in any other country in 2008 for the sixth year in a row, Pakistan became the second deadliest place for journalists as chaos gripped the country's politics and... MORE
February 9, 2009

Resignation or resistance, Bulgaria’s embattled press hesitates

The press freedom situation in Bulgaria has worsened considerably in the past two years. The murder of columnist and author Georgy Stoev in the centre of Sofia in April 2008 and a savage attack on Ognyan Stefanov, the editor of the Frog News website, by men using hammers in September recall the dark days of 1990-95 when gangland “mutris” (thugs) made it clear to journalists they were not to attack the foundations of a system that had integrated organised crime into the market economy... MORE