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Archives 2005-1014: News

June 28, 2011

Ethiopia: Two journalists arrested as pressure mounts on private media

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has condemned the arrests of two journalists working for privately-owned newspapers in the past few days. The latest victim is Reyot Alemu , a young woman reporter for the Amharic-language weekly Fitih , who was arrested on June 21, two days after the arrest of Woubeshet Taye , the deputy editor of the Amharic-language Awramba Times . Both are now the subject of a judicial investigation and are being held at the Addis Ababa centre... MORE
June 27, 2011

Uzbekistan: Former TV journalists start hunger strike after conviction over protest

Journalists Saodat Omonova and Malohat Eshonkulova were arrested five minutes after they began protesting and brandishing posters outside the presidential administration building in Tashkent June 27, officially celebrated as Day of the Journalist in Uzbekistan. They were taken to a local police station and then to a municipal court, where they were immediately tried and convicted of staging an unauthorised demonstration under article of 201 of the civil code. The two women, who were fired from... MORE
June 27, 2011

Israel openly threatens journalists planning to sail with Gaza flotilla

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has condemned the Israeli government’s attempts to intimidate journalists who plan to travel with a flotilla of ships that will set sail in the next few days in an attempt to break Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip. In a message sent to journalists June 26, Israeli Government Press Office director Oren Helman said media personnel sailing with the flotilla would be deliberately violating Israeli law and could be denied entry to... MORE
June 27, 2011

Tunisia: New authorities fail to issue broadcast media licences

Tunisia’s new authorities have failed to to issue any broadcast licences in the six months since President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali’s ouster. They are supposed to be building a new, free and democratic Tunisia, but no democracy will be possible without truly independent media, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) reacted. The Tunisian broadcast media landscape has not been renewed. No licences have been awarded, either to media that already operated clandestinely under... MORE
June 24, 2011

Somali militias shut two radio stations

Gunmen from pro- and anti-government militias raided and shuttered two radio stations in Somalia in separate attacks on Wednesday, according to New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). An armed group with links to the hardline insurgency Al-Shabaab stormed the private Voice of Hiran on Wednesday morning in the central town of Beledweyne, ordering all staff to leave the premises, local journalists told CPJ. According to a source who spoke on condition of... MORE
June 24, 2011

Indonesia: Former Playboy editor freed after eight months in prison

Erwin Arnada, the former editor of the Indonesian version of Playboy magazine, was released June 24 after the supreme court accepted his appeal against a two-year jail sentence on a charge of indecency, overturning its own decision. He began serving the sentence last October. “Now it is proved, I am not guilty, journalism is not a crime,” Arnada said in his first Tweet after being freed from Cipinang high-security prison in Jakarta, where he spent eight months. He was jailed as a result of... MORE
June 24, 2011

Djibouti: Six radio station contributors freed after four months in prison

Six contributors to opposition radio station La Voix de Djibouti – Farah Abadid Hildid, Houssein Ahmed Farah, Houssein Robleh Dabar, Abdillahi Aden Ali, Moustapha Abdourahman Houssein and Mohamed Ibrahim Waïss – were finally released June 23 evening after more than four months in Djibouti’s Gabode prison. After several appeals to Djibouti’s supreme court, an appeal court ruled on June 22 that they should be released conditionally and placed under judicial control pending trial. Hildid was... MORE
June 22, 2011

DRC: Community radio journalist gunned down in eastern town

Kambale Musonia , a journalist working for Radio Communautaire de Lubero Sud in Kirumba, was murdered June 21 in the eastern province of Nord-Kivu. Aged 29, Musonia was shot three times in the chest at close range at around 7:30 p.m. by three unidentified men who were waiting for him outside his home as he returned from work, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) reported. RSF supported the request by Journalist in Danger, its partner organization in the Democratic... MORE
June 22, 2011

Iraq: Cameraman killed by car bomb in southern city

Afaq TV cameraman Salem Alwan Al-Gharabi killed in a double suicide bombing in the southern city of Diwaniya June 21. His death brought the number of media personnel killed in Iraq since the start of the year to six, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). According to a preliminary report by the Iraqi security services, 20 people were killed and 30 were wounded by two car bombs that were detonated outside a government compound in Diwaniya (275 km south of... MORE
June 21, 2011

Pakistan reporter beaten for reporting on earlier attack

Waqar Kiani , a Pakistani journalist who was assaulted Saturday night by men in police uniforms, told New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) that he fears for his safety and the safety of his wife and two young children. The attack came five days after Kiani, 32, had written a story the UK Guardian newspaper about being abducted and tortured in 2008. On Saturday evening in Islamabad, men stopped the Guardian journalist and ordered him from his car. Kiani said... MORE