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April 11, 2009

Authorities in Moldova urged to stop violence against journalists

Moldovan authorities have been arresting journalists and even using violence against them amid angry protests and rioting about the results of last weekend’s parliamentary elections, Paris-based Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. Both Moldovan and Romanian journalists have been affected. “We appeal to the authorities to act with care and restraint,” RSF said. “They have a duty to ensure that the detained journalists are released without delay and that media are able to work freely... MORE
April 11, 2009

Republic of Congo TV station suspended for political footage

Authorities in Republic of Congo should immediately lift their ban on private TV station Canal Bénédiction Plus (CB Plus), the Committee to Protect Journalists has said. The ban was enacted in February in response to political coverage in the lead-up to presidential elections in July. CB Plus was forced off the air on February 12 shortly after it aired footage of a 1991 national political convention that marked a transition from the one-party rule of President Denis Sassou-Nguesso to a... MORE
April 10, 2009

Martial arts fighter charged with assaulting US food critic

On April 2, 2009, a professional mixed-martial arts fighter and boxer was charged with assaulting a food critic for the Times Union newspaper in Albany, New York. Police are investigating whether the assault was a premeditated attack in retaliation for a critical review of an area restaurant the year before. The professional fighter, Jerry Spiegel, was arraigned on two counts of misdemeanour assault, reported the Times Union , which further reported that authorities were investigating alleged... MORE
April 9, 2009

Two imprisoned journalists released in Azerbaijan

Following Thursday's release of independent journalists Sakit Zakhidov and Asif Marzili in Azerbaijan, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has urged Azerbaijani authorities to free the remaining journalists serving jail terms on trumped-up criminal charges. Zakhidov, a prominent satirist and commentator for the pro-opposition daily Azadlyg in Baku, was released early Thuesady morning under the Pardon Act passed by parliament in March, the Baku-based news agency Trend reported. Zakhidov... MORE
April 9, 2009

RSF concerned about conditions in which journalists Iranian and cyber-dissidents are being held

Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has condemned the conditions in which journalists and cyber-dissidents are being held in Iran and the arbitrary nature of their detention, and has called for their release. The organisation issued its appeal after the US-based parents of a detained American-Iranian journalist were able to visit her in Tehran's Evin prison on April 6, 2009. "It is very good news that Roxana Saberi, who has been imprisoned since January, was finally able to see her parents but we... MORE
April 9, 2009

Current issues of three French publications banned in Algeria on eve of presidential election

The Algerian government has decided to ban the distribution of the current issues of three French publications – L'Express , Marianne and Journal du Dimanche – on the eve of the April 9, 2009 election (where the President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is running for the third term), Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported.. "This censorship is disgraceful," Paris-based RSF said, expressing outrage at the incident. "It constitutes a denial of press freedom and therefore a denial of democracy. Such... MORE
April 9, 2009

CPJ concerned about crackdown on websites and blogs in Bahrain

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has written to the king of Bahrain to protest the recent deterioration of press freedom in the country and his government's ongoing campaign against critical or opposition websites and blogs. The crackdown against those sites has resulted in dozens of them being blocked inside the kingdom, according to local and international human rights and press freedom watchdogs. CPJ is concerned about a campaign targeting independent or critical websites that... MORE
April 9, 2009

Journalists barred from entering Chinese city affected by 2008 quake

China's inconsistency in applying its own new rules and regulations for non-mainland journalists amounts to obstacle-setting in which bureaucrats continue to restrict reporting regardless of government edicts, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has said. According to local media reports, officers of the Sichuan provincial government sought to bar journalists from entering Dujiangyuan city, which was affected by the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan and is where the Ching Ming festival... MORE
April 8, 2009

Ivorian editors fined on charges of offending President Gbagbo

On March 31, in the commercial city of Abidjan, Judge Aissata Koné convicted Op-Ed Editor Nanankoua Gnamenteh and Managing Editor Eddy Péhé of private weekly Le Repère of charges of "offending the head of state" over an article in early March that was critical of President Laurent Gbagbo, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported quoting local media reports. Koné sentenced Gnamanteh and Péhé to fines of 20 million CFA francs (US$40,500 dollars) each. Le Repère was also suspended... MORE
April 8, 2009

In Iran, Roxana Saberi charged with espionage

Detained Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi has been with espionage by the Iranian government. Hassan Haddad, deputy public prosecutor, told the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) that Saberi "without press credentials and under the name of being a reporter, was carrying out espionage activities." In its report, published Wednesday, ISNA quoted the prosecutor as saying that "she has been arrested under the laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran." Saberi has been notified of the charges,... MORE