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Archives 2005-1014: Press Freedom

November 12, 2014

Media groups call on Indonesian president to tackle impunity record

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the South East Asian Journalist Unions (SEAJU) have urg d Indonesia's government to push for justice for journalists killed in the line of duty. The new government under President Joko Widodo must commence serious investigations into the eight unresolved murder cases against journalists in the country and ensure Indonesia rids itself of its impunity record, SEAJU said. As the key forum for journalist unions in Southeast Asia, SEAJU remains... MORE
November 12, 2014

Journalist gunned down in Peru

The Committee to Protect Journalists has condemned Sunday's murder of Peruvian journalist Fernando Raymondi and called on authorities to fully investigate the crime and establish a motive. The journalist was investigating a story on local gangs for Peru's leading newsmagazine Caretas, according to news reports. Raymondi was at his father's grocery store in San Vicente de Cañete, a town just south of the capital city of Lima, when two gunmen burst in, according to news reports. Hilario Raymondi... MORE
November 12, 2014

Demonstrations held against newspaper in Afghanistan

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate Afghanistan Independent Journalists Association (AIJA) have expressed concern over recent incidents surrounding the publication of an article in the Afghanistan Express daily. The English daily published an article on 'Islam of Taliban and ISIS' last week. According to reports, extremist Islamic scholars and Afghan Jihadi groups strongly criticised some parts of the article and subsequently there have been a number of... MORE
November 10, 2014

Impunity condemned while another Pakistan assassination takes toll to 14

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) have deplore the brutal murder of a journalist in Sindh province November 5, and demanded the immediate arrest and persecution of the murderers. IFJ said Pakistan leads its global death toll as the most dangerous country for journalists and media workers, outranking Syria and Iraq in journalist killings for 2014. Jewan Arain , a journalist of Dharti TV, was killed in Ghambat... MORE
November 10, 2014

Rwanda's media self-regulator subjected to intimidation campaign

Reporters Without Borders has called on the Rwandan authorities to defend the Rwanda Media Commission (RMC), the media self -regulatory body, against all the attacks it has received for objecting to the suspension of the BBC’s Kinyarwanda-language broadcasts on October 25. The attacks began in earnest November 6, with dozen of tweets in the space of a few hours lambasting the RMC, the legality of its mandate, and its president, Fred Muvunyi. Muvunyi dared argue that, as a broadcast frequency... MORE
November 10, 2014

Egypt: Journalists object to unconditional media support for regime

More than 500 journalists used online social media to proclaim their opposition to a joint statement by the editors of 17 state and privately-owned media in support of the anti-terrorism policies of a government that exploits security threats to persecute journalists with Al-Jazeera and other independent media. The joint statement by the editors was posted on the newspaper Al-Wafd’s website on October 26, two days after more 30 soldiers were killed in two militant attacks in North Sinai – the... MORE
November 10, 2014

Verdict postponed again in trial of 2012 RWB Prize winner Mazen Darwish

As the 2014 Reporters Without Borders - TV5Monde Prize for Press Freedom was being presented at a ceremony in Strasbourg last week, a Damascus court again postponed its verdict in the case of the Syrian jailed journalist and activist Mazen Darwish , the recipient of the 2012 award. Reporters Without Borders deplored the umpteenth adjournment by the court, which had been due to give its verdict on November 5 in the trial of Darwish and two of his colleagues. The trial of Darwish, the head of the... MORE
November 10, 2014

CPJ welcomes release of Juliet Michelena Díaz in Cuba

The Committee to Protect Journalists has welcomed the release Friday in Cuba of Juliet Michelena Díaz , who had been imprisoned since April after photographing a police operation in Havana. "We are relieved that Juliet Michelena Díaz has been released after spending seven months in jail on baseless accusations," said Carlos Lauría, CPJ's Americas senior programme coordinator. "Cuba must dismantle its obsolete legal framework, which punishes independent reporting with jail. Freedom of expression... MORE
November 10, 2014

CPJ condemns FBI agent posing as AP journalist in criminal investigation

The Committee to Protect Journalists has expressed deep concern over the revelation that a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent pretended to be an Associated Press reporter as part of a criminal investigation and calls on authorities to halt use of the tactic. The New York Times published online Thursday last a letter to the editor dated Wednesday from FBI Director James Comey, in which the director revealed that an unidentified FBI agent posed as an AP reporter to a suspect. The letter was in... MORE
November 7, 2014

India: RWB condemns hunt for French journalists' confidential sources

Reporters Without Borders has expressed outrage at Indian authorities’ brutal search, aimed at members of the Karen community in the Andaman Islands, for those who helped two French documentarians gain access to the prohibited lands of the Jarawa tribe. Journalists Alexandre Dereims and Claire Beilvert entered the reserve of the aboriginal tribe in order to report on a largely unknown people who are facing extinction. In October, a trailer for the documentary went up on the web, along with... MORE

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