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July 7, 2011

Azerbaijan: Foreign reporters denied entry as territorial dispute escalates

Both Armenia and Azerbaijan have been denying entry to foreign journalists amid an increase in tension between the two countries over Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed territory within Azerbaijan that has a mostly Armenian population. The media have become a hostage to this conflict, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). “We urge the Armenian and Azerbaijan authorities to leave the media out of their diplomatic dispute,” RSF said. “Journalists must be free to... MORE
July 6, 2011

Colombia: One journalist murdered, two others threatened after covering sensitive stories

Colombian journalist Luis Eduardo Gómez in Arboletes, was murdered last week in the northwestern department of Antioquia. Threats have also been issued against two journalists, Medellín-based Mary Luz Avendaño and Bogotá-based Gonzalo Guillén, in unrelated cases, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. It urged the authorities to implement strong protective measures that guarantee the safety of journalists. Gómez, 70, who worked for two newspapers, El... MORE
July 6, 2011

Swedish journalists arrested in Ethiopia after leaving Somalia

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has condemned the apparent complicity between the Ethiopian authorities and those in Somalia’s semi-autonomous northeastern region of Puntland in arresting journalists and trying to gag the media. Two Swedish journalists, reporter Martin Schibbye and photographer Johan Persson, were arrested after crossing from Puntland into Ethiopia’s troubled Ogaden region and covering rebel activity there, while a Somali journalist originally... MORE
July 5, 2011

Argentina: Death threats and attacks on Neuquén radio journalist

Mario Sánchez, a radio journalist based in the town of Centenario, in the southwestern province of Neuquén, has been the target of repeated attacks and threats that began on June 19, when unidentified intruders set fire to his home after taking his computer and travel documents. The press freedom organization calls on the authorities to intervene and organize protection for Sánchez, a reporter and presenter for municipal radio Sayhueque 88.7 FM and a correspondent for radio LU5 AM, according to... MORE
July 4, 2011

Twitter launches tool to help journalists

Twitter is trying to encourage journalists, with the company publishing guidelines designed to help journalists — traditional, new media, professional, citizen — to use the platform effectively, The Australian has reported. Twitter for Newsrooms, which went live last week at, is split into four main categories, starting with "Report", which shows how to use Twitter's advanced search functions and includes case studies on how reporters have used it to find and verify... MORE
July 3, 2011

Hong Kong journalists say freedom under threat

A Hong Kong journalists' group warned Sunday freedom of expression in the city had deteriorated, saying it had become intolerant of dissent as Beijing strengthened its grip on the territory, Agence-France-Presse (AFP) has reported. The former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997 but retains a semi-autonomous status under the "one country, two systems" model with civil liberties including freedom of speech not enjoyed in mainland China. "There are now growing, and disturbing signs,... MORE
July 2, 2011

Guardian to scrap international print editions

Guardian News and Media will scrap its international print editions later this year as part of its new “digital first” strategy, according to Press Gazette. In an announcement made July 1 the company said the last international editions of The Guardian and The Observer – which are printed at five sites in New York, Frankfurt, Madrid, Malta and Cyprus – will be published on 1 October 2011. Some details: [ Link ] GNM executive director (commercial) Adam Freeman said: "Our international print... MORE
July 2, 2011

Australian editor convicted, released in Burma

Ross Dunkley , founder and editor of the Myanmar Times newspaper, was convicted of assault and set free for time already spent in detention by a Burmese court on Thursday. The verdict, which carried a 30-day jail term, acquitted Dunkley of other charges viewed by many journalists as trumped up by authorities to put pressure on his news operation. The conviction represented an automatic breach of Burmese immigration laws that carried a possible six months in prison or 100,000 kyat (US$120) fine... MORE
July 2, 2011

Zimbabwe: Standard journalists released on bail, investigation continues

Nevanji Madanhire , the editor of independent weekly The Standard , was released on bail of 100 dollars (69 euros) on the evening of June 30, 24 hours after the release of his reporter, Patience Nyangove . Their release on bail was confirmed when they appeared in court July 1. The two journalists and Loud Ramakgopola, a senior employee of the company that owns The Standard , were arrested during a raid on the newspaper on June 29, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans... MORE
July 1, 2011

Times boasts more than 100,000 digital subscribers

There are now more than 100,000 digital subscribers to The Times and The Sunday Times one year after it introduced its paywall, owners News International claimed, according to Press Gazette. Some details: [ Link ] At the end of June The Times and The Sunday Times had 101,036 monthly digital subscribers– a 28 per cent increase from 79,000 in February 2011. The figures include subscribers to all digital channels such as the websites, iPad and the Kindle. The Times is now downloaded onto an... MORE