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July 26, 2011

Journalist gunned down in Brazil

Auro Ida, a renowned political journalist in the west-central state of Mato Grosso and editor of the Midianews website, was gunned down in Cuiabá, the state capital, on July 22, becoming the fourth journalist to be murdered in Brazil since the start of the year. Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) offered its condolences to his family and colleagues, and called on the police and judicial authorities, who are working on the theory of a crime of passion, not to rule... MORE
July 25, 2011

Montenegro: Another arson attack on car owned by leading daily

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has condemned the latest arson attack on a car displaying the colours of the Podgorica-based daily Vijesti on the night of July 23. It was the third such attack on a Vijesti vehicle in the space of a week . In the latest incident, an unidentified individual tried to set fire to a Vijesti car parked on the street but a policeman who happened to be nearby intervened and managed to put out the fire. The attacker was able to escape... MORE
July 22, 2011

Malawi: Journalists beaten and detained to prevent them covering protests

At least seven journalists covering protests that took place in several cities during the past two days have been attacked by the police in Malawi. Some of the journalists were briefly detained. The government expressly banned radio stations from covering the demonstrations, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. “We are very disturbed by the particularly brutal reaction of the authorities to demonstrators and to the journalists who went to cover their... MORE
July 22, 2011

China: Were business newspaper’s investigative reporters fired or given other jobs?

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has condemned the closure of the investigations unit at the daily China Economic Times at the behest of the newspaper’s management on July 18 and is concerned about the fate of Wang Keqin, the respected journalist who had run the unit for years, and the five other people in his team. The unit’s closure, which defies all editorial logic, comes at a particularly repressive time for those who defend fundamental rights and for... MORE
July 20, 2011

Azerbaijan: Journalist hounded in autonomous republic, two colleagues attacked

Hakimeldostu Mehdiyev, a correspondent of the Institute for Reporters Freedom and Safety (IRFS) in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, has repeatedly been harassed by officials for the past week. It is the latest example of the intolerance that the local authorities show towards the media in Nakhchivan, an Azerbaijani exclave between Armenia and Iran, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has said. “This harassment of Mehdiyev on the most ridiculous pretexts must stop... MORE
July 20, 2011

Police attack journalists during Tunis demonstrations

While hailing Tunisia’s progress in respect for civil liberties, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) is disturbed by the violence that the security forces deliberately used against journalists during a demonstration in central Tunis on July 15 and by the fact that the Prime Minister Béji Caïd Essebsi held the media partly responsible July 18 for the current social and political unrest. When around 100 people tried to demonstrate outside the Kasbah Palace in Tunis on... MORE
July 20, 2011

Senegal: Walfadjri media group hounded as President Wade resists pressure to go

There has been a sharp decline in relations between the government and the media in Senegal amid a wave of protests against President Abdoulaye Wade, who announced on July 14 in Dakar that he planned to “keep hold of the helm come hell or high water.” Harassment of the Walfadjri media group has intensified in the past month or so. Four journalists with the daily Walfadjri l’Aurore were summoned to the Department of Criminal Investigations (DIC) on July 13 over a long article critical of the... MORE
July 19, 2011

Iraq: Resumption of physical attacks on reporters

Many journalists have been the target of deliberate physical attacks in the past week as police officers and members of the security forces of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), one of the two main parties that form the government in Iraqi Kurdistan, looked on without intervening. In one incident, reporters were attacked by gunmen in civilian dress while covering a fire in a building near the Family Mall, a leading shopping centre, in Erbil on July 13. Police made no attempt to help the... MORE
July 16, 2011

Honduras: Young radio station manager gunned down on eve of community radio station meeting

Nery Jeremías Orellana, 26, the manager of Radio Joconguera in the town of Candelaria, in the western department of Lempira, was gunned down July 14 morning, bringing the number of Honduran journalists killed since the start of the year to three. A total of 12 journalists have been killed in the past 18 months in Honduras without any of their murders being solved, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). “Orellana headed a commercial radio station that works... MORE
July 15, 2011

Tajikistan: Authorities free BBC correspondent but put him under judicial control

Authorities in Tajikistan have released BBC correspondent Urinboy Usmonov, although they have placed him under judicial control. He had been held since June 13. His release was announced yesterday by prosecutor general Sherkhan Salimzade. “We are pleased that Usmonov has been freed and is now back with his family after a month in detention, but we reiterate our call for the withdrawal of all the charges against him,” Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) said. His... MORE