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Archives 2005-1014: News

July 1, 2011

Belarus police detain and beat a dozen reporters

In a new crackdown against the independent press, Belarusian police briefly detained and beat more than a dozen reporters, and broke their equipment at a Wednesday protest rally in Minsk and Brest, according to news reports and CPJ sources in Belarus. According to the Minsk-based Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ), among the reporters and photojournalists detained and beaten by police and possible security agents in plainclothes in Minsk were Oleg Boldyrev and Maksim Lomakin (BBC... MORE
July 1, 2011

Uzbekistan: Dictator’s daughter loses libel suit against French news website

A Paris court has rejected the libel suit that Uzbek President Islam Karimov’s daughter, Lola Karimova, brought against the French news website Rue89 over an article describing her as a “dictator’s daughter” who used charity events to try to “whitewash her country’s image.” Karimova had demanded 30,000 euros in damages for the article by Augustin Scalbert, which was posted on the website in May 2010. In the ruling on July 1, the court described the article as “entirely true to reality”. Two... MORE
July 1, 2011

Cuba: Authorities step up harassment of independent news centre

Cuban authorities are waging a campaign to intimidate Hablemos Press, a Havana-based independent news centre, presumably because of its criticism of the government. In the past three months, 14 of its correspondents have been threatened and 10 have been briefly detained on at least one occasion, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). According to Hablemos Press director Roberto Jesús Guerra Pérez, the situation began to deteriorate during the 6th Congress... MORE
June 30, 2011

Mexico: Death threats against Lydia Cacho

Mexican federal authorities must fully investigate renewed anonymous death threats against prominent journalist and human rights activist Lydia Cacho and bring those responsible to justice, New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has demanded. "Mexican authorities must put an end to the continuous intimidation against one of Mexico's leading journalists, immediately investigate the threats, and bring the perpetrators to justice," said Carlos Lauría, CPJ's... MORE
June 30, 2011

Moroccan information minister has two Dubai TV journalists fired

Moroccan information minister Khalid Naciri obtained the dismissal of Dubai TV chief editor Omar Makhfi and his brother, Jalal , the station’s Morocco correspondent, on June 21 because Jalal referred on the air to opposition calls for protests against tomorrow’s referendum in Morocco on a proposed constitutional reform. The journalists were fired two days after the minister gave a televised address about King Mohammed’s June 17 speech announcing the referendum, according to Paris-based press... MORE
June 29, 2011

Tajikistan: Worldwide call for BBC correspondent’s release

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has joined a renewed call by BBC staff worldwide for the immediate and unconditional release of the BBC’s correspondent in Tajikistan, Urinboy Usmonov , who has been held since June 13 in the northwestern town of Kujand and said it was very concerned about his plight. “The apparent dropping of the charge of belonging to an illegal political party, Hizb-ut-Tahrir, shows how very flimsy the accusations against him are,” the... MORE
June 29, 2011

Haiti: Two Petit-Goâve radio journalists arbitrarily detained

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has called for the immediate and unconditional release of Ernst Joseph and Wolf “Duralph” François , hosts of the programme “They said it” on Radio Prévention in the southwestern town of Petit-Goâve, who have been detained ever since their arrest during an appearance at the public prosecutor’s office on June 22. According to Petit-Goâve public prosecutor Alix Civil, they are charged with defamation, disturbing public order and... MORE
June 29, 2011

Afghanistan: French journalists released after 18 months

French journalists Hervé Ghesquière and Stéphane Taponier and their Afghan interpreter Reza , who were abducted by a Taliban group on December 29, 2009 in the northeastern province of Kapisa while doing a report for the French TV station France 3, were released June 29. Kapisa governor Abdol Hakim Akhonzadeh, who was reached in the town of Tagab, told Reporters Without Borders that the journalists were freed at around 5 p.m. The Elysée Palace immediately notified their families, who were... MORE
June 29, 2011

France 24 journalist harassed by Hamas over report about Salafist group

Salama Atallah , the Gaza Strip correspondent of the French TV news station France 24’s Arabic service, was interrogated by Hamas security officials on June 26 for the fourth time in a month over a report he did for the service about a clandestine Salafist group operating in Gaza. Dubbed “Palestine’s Taliban,” the group is believed to have been responsible for the April 15 murder of Italian peace activist Vittorio Arrigoni in Gaza. Although Hamas has controlled the Gaza Strip’s government since... MORE
June 28, 2011

Sudan: Jailed editor facing possible death penalty or life imprisonment

The Sudanese justice system has decided to keep Abuzar Ali Al-Amin , the deputy editor of the opposition daily Rai Al-Shaab , in prison and to bring new charges against him based on complaints made by the security services, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). Arrested in May 2010, Al-Amin was given a five-year jail sentence in July 2010 which the supreme court reduced to one year on May 2011. As a result, he had been due to be released on July 3. Now he... MORE