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October 31, 2014

Kosovo: Reporter stabbed three times inside TV station

A man armed with a knife entered the headquarters of Klan Kosova TV in Pristina on October 27 and repeatedly stabbed journalist Milot Hasimja , apparently in retaliation for a report about him by Hasimja. Police spokesman Baki Kelani said the attacker, identified as Sovran Syla, was immediately arrested. Klan Kosova editor in chief Gazmend Syla said Hasimja was at his desk when the attacker entered and stabbed him several times in the neck. According to local media reports, he was allowed into... MORE
October 31, 2014

Iran: Acid attacks on women - new grounds for harassing journalists

Embarrassed by a public outcry about a spate of acid attacks on women in the central city of Isfahan since the start of October, Iranian authorities have been threatening news media and arresting journalists and netizens. After at least seven women had been the victims of acid attacks, scores of demonstrators gathered outside the lawcourts in Isfahan and the parliament building in Tehran on October 22 to demand an “end to violence against women.” Several government officials and media outlets... MORE
October 31, 2014

Two Nepalese journalists assaulted in separate incidents

Kali Bahadur Malla , a journalist working in Kalikot, a remote mid western district, was attacked by local hotel owners over his reporting on the sale and distribution of liquor in the district headquarters. A hotelier woman named Tika Sahi called Malla to her hotel and then attacked him with homemade weapons. One of the hotel owner's relatives reportedly helped her assault the journalist. The women said that through his reporting, Malla had called on the local administration to ban the sale of... MORE
October 31, 2014

NGO coalition calls attention to Spain's free expression violations

The International Press Institute (IPI) has joined with eight other press freedom organisations to submit a letter to the UN Human Rights Committee listing concerns to be considered during Spain's sixth country review under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The review process is generally conducted every four years, when members of the UN Human Rights Committee analyse state parties' implementation of the International Covenant. Other partners to IPI's submission... MORE
October 31, 2014

Islamic State uses British hostage for shameful fake TV report

Reporters Without Borders has expressed outrage at the latest video of John Cantlie ­– a British journalist held hostage since November 2012 – that Islamic State released online on October 27. It shows him doing a “report” from the Syrian town of Kobani, giving the Jihadi group’s take on the state of its battle with Kurdish fighters supported by the US-led international coalition. John Cantlie is seen near Syria’s border with Turkey having to act as if he is a TV journalist delivering a news... MORE
October 31, 2014

DRC: TV cameraman badly hurt in targeted Goma shooting

Reporters Without Borders and its local partner Journalist in Danger (JED) have called for a thorough investigation into a shooting attack on a TV cameraman in the eastern city of Goma on October 25 Cameraman Philémon Gira of Radio Télévision Nationale Congolaise, was hospitalised in a serious condition with a gunshot injury to the thigh. The authorities must end impunity for crimes of violence against journalists in Democratic Republic of Congo, which is ranked 151st out of 180 countries in... MORE
October 28, 2014

IFEX launches 2014 campaign to end impunity

IFEX , the global network of 95 organisations defending and promoting free expression, has announced the launch of its 2014 End Impunity campaign in advance of the first-ever UN International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, on November 2. This date was chosen by the UN to coincide with the day in 2013 when French journalists Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon were executed by militants in Mali. Complementing numerous exciting campaign initiatives launched by individual IFEX... MORE
October 28, 2014

New report highlights “unsettled” legal situation on anonymous speech

Reflective of a lack of global legal consensus, media policies toward anonymous online reader comments remain in an “experimental” stage, a new report commissioned by the International Press Institute (IPI) has concluded. The report, released last week, examines law and media best practices from around the world on the question of anonymous speech online, an issue viewed with increasing concern by press freedom advocates. Most recently, the European Court of Human Rights upheld a civil sanction... MORE
October 28, 2014

Journalist killed in military custody in Burma

Burma's army shot dead freelance reporter Aung Kyaw Naing while the journalist was in military custody, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the journalist's killing, the first in Burma since 2007. On Thursday last, Burma's army sent a statement to the local Interim Press Council, a quasi-independent media group, that said Naing had been killed on the outskirts of Kyaikmayaw township in southeastern Mon State, according to news reports. The statement said... MORE
October 28, 2014

Cameroon: Three journalists held in several defamation cases

Reporters Without Borders has condemned the muzzling of the press in Cameroon, where three journalists are currently held on defamation charges, and calls on the government to decriminalize media offences. The latest to be detained is Guy Nsigué , a sports reporter for the Mboafootball.com website and Radio Sport Info, who was arrested on October 21 by men from the defence ministry, which is also the headquarters of Cameroon’s Gendarmerie. Zacharie Ndiomo , the editor of the bimonthly Le Zénith... MORE

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