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Archives 2005-1014: Features

December 19, 2008

For sixth straight year Iraq is the deadliest nation for journalists, says CPJ annual report

For the sixth consecutive year, Iraq is the deadliest country in the world for the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has found in its end-of-year analysis. The 11 deaths recorded in Iraq in 2008, while a sharp drop from prior years, remained among the highest annual tolls in CPJ history. Worldwide, CPJ found that 41 journalists were killed in direct connection to their work in 2008, down from 65 last year. It is investigating another 22 deaths to determine whether they were work... MORE
December 18, 2008

Despite advances in press freedom, Jordan's negative attitude towards media hasn't changed

Fear might be holding Jordanians from exploiting the margin of freedoms they have. On several occasions, the Jordanian regime, in the words of King Abdullah, reiterated the need for a free press. Jordan promulgated the only law in the Arab countries that allows access to information. However, journalists are still repressed, laws and regulations have not changed and the executive authority has not changed its negative attitude towards the media. In the summer of this year, the government ran an... MORE
December 16, 2008

New Mexico campaign to protect journalists addresses public, seeks end to impunity

A veteran crime reporter José Armando Rodríguez’s murder has been instrumental in the launch of a nationwide campaign to protect journalists in Mexico. In November 2008, Rodríguez was shot dead at his home in Ciudad Juárez on the Texas border. With the government doing little to protect journalists, ARTICLE 19 and National Centre for Social Communication (CENCOS) have launched their own campaign against the brutal and targeted killings of their colleagues. “Te hace dano no saber” (“What you don... MORE
December 13, 2008

Impunity plummets to a new low as Ingushetia court says custodial death is not murder

If state impunity itself over the scores of unsolved murder cases of journalists in Russia was not enough, press freedom groups now have to even prove that the killings were indeed murders. The death of Magomed Yevloyev, who succumbed to injuries in hospital after being shot on the temple while in police custody on August 31, had evoked criticism against the government and the police from opposition parties and human rights groups around the world. Yevloyev’s family did not buy the explanation... MORE
December 13, 2008

Seven years after Haitian radio journalist’s murder, seven convicted killers still at large

Justice still eludes Radio Echo 2000 journalist, Brignol Lindor, who was murdered in the southwestern town of Petit-Goâve, Haiti in 2001. Two men implicated in the murder were given life sentences in December 2007. Seven others, convicted in absentia of Linder’s murder on January 23 this year, are still on the run. Paris-based Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) hopes the appointment of Lindor’s family lawyer Jean Joseph Exumé as Justice Minister on November 7 will bring complete closure to a case... MORE
December 13, 2008

Majority of African journalists are detained without charge

A total of 23 journalists remained jailed in connection with their work in Sub-Saharan Africa, two-thirds held without charge, according to the annual report released of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Thirteen journalists were held in Eritrea, which was the fourth jailer of journalists worldwide behind China, Cuba and Burma. The survey found more Internet journalists jailed worldwide today than journalists working in any other medium. CPJ's survey found 125 journalists in all... MORE
December 13, 2008

As slowdown goes Down Under, heads begin to roll in Australian newspaper industry

Heads have begun to roll in the Australian media industry with the chief executive of FairFax Media Limited, David Kirk, putting in his papers last week. Kirk left the 120-year old media giant after serving three years in the organisation that is currently facing a shrinking advertising revenue and a collapsing share price in the face of a severe economic meltdown. Kirk’s resignation came as a rude blow to the Australia’s oldest newspaper company that has already witnessed the exit of Alan... MORE
December 8, 2008

As anger rises over journalist's arrest and humiliation, Sarkozy talks of changing libel laws

The public outcry over the arrest and humiliation of the former managing editor of leftwing daily Libération , Vittorio de Filippis, may lead to the modification of libel laws in France. French President Nicolas Sarkozy, giving in to the simmering discontent, over the journalist’s arrest, has said that he wants to change the law and decriminalise defamation, thereby removing the threat of arrest and imprisonment. “The president understands the emotions caused by the execution of a judicial... MORE
December 8, 2008

Council of Europe criticised for adopting "second-rate" treaty on access to information

The Council of Europe’s decision to adopt a treaty on access to information has created more ire than evoking support because of its "incomplete" and "unsupportive" status. Without discussing issues pointed out by members of parliament, over 250 civil society groups, a dozen European information commissioners and several governments—the secretive approach of Council of Europe (CoE) has raised suspicion about its transparency. The treaty, the Convention on Access to Official Documents, was... MORE
December 8, 2008

If anything, 'war on terror' has only adversely affected freedom of expression in Europe

The ‘war on terror’ in Europe has seriously affected freedom of expression while providing little benefit in fighting terrorism. The last seven years have seen many policy and legislative changes in several nations which have threatened journalists' ability to gather and disseminate information. Since 2001, nearly all European countries have revised their legislation and policies relating to fighting terrorism. However, journalists are increasingly under pressure with detentions, shutting down... MORE

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