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Archives 2005-1014: News

June 21, 2011

Tamil journalist bound, shot, during Sri Lankan civil war

Video footage of a Tamil journalist apparently executed in the final stages of Sri Lanka's bloody civil war underscores the need for an urgent international inquiry, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The UK's Channel 4 has screened amateur footage of the body of Tamil news presenter Shoba , indicating that she was shot and killed during the government's final military surge in the northeast. Shoba, who went by one name, also reported under the name Isaipriya or Isaippiriya for... MORE
June 21, 2011

In Kenya, hospital staff said to attack journalist

Four employees of the Wajir District Hospital attacked journalist Abdi Hassan Hussein at the hospital on Saturday, the reporter told New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Hassan, a reporter for the Wajir Community Radio Station in the far northeastern corner of the country, said he visited the hospital with three colleagues to investigate complaints from patients. Hassan said he had interviewed one patient, who complained of treatment at the hospital, when a... MORE
June 21, 2011

Mexico: Veracruz journalist shot dead in home with wife and son

Miguel Ángel López Velasco , an editor and columnist with the local online daily Notiver, was shot dead along with his wife and his son in their home in the east coast city of Veracruz early June 20, just seven days after a reporter was found murdered in the northwestern state of Sonora, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) said. “The violence against journalists in Mexico never ends,” RSF said. “We call on the authorities to ensure that López’s work as a journalist... MORE
June 21, 2011

Kyrgyzstan: Three TV journalists attacked in Osh

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has deplored the June 20 physical attack by demonstrators on three TV journalists who were covering a rally in support of the Kyrgyz nationalist party Ata-Zhurt in the southern city of Osh. It again highlighted the dangers to which journalists are exposed in Kyrgyzstan as well as police bias against the media. The violence occurred when NTS television reporters Chynara Sydykova and Ayzhan Ismaylova and cameraman Vladimir Bezborodov... MORE
June 21, 2011

Pakistan: Young reporter dies from bomb injuries

Shafiullah Khan , a young journalist who was badly wounded in a double bombing on June 11 in Peshawar, died June 21 morning from his injuries in a military hospital in Wah, a garrison town northwest of Islamabad, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. The double bombing at Khyber Market, in a military area of Peshawar, left a toll of at least 40 dead and 100 wounded. Another journalist, Abid Naveed , was among those killed outright by the blast while eight... MORE
June 20, 2011

Turkey: Two journalists complete 100th day in prison

As investigative journalists Ahmet Sik and Nedim Sener completed their 100th day in prison, hundreds of people marched down Istanbul’s Istiklal Avenue on June 18 to demand their release and the release of all the other journalists detained in Turkey. It was the third big march since their arrest on March 6. There is no sign of any weakening in support for Sik and Sener, whose fourth request for provisional release has just been rejected by the Istanbul prosecutor’s office. They have yet to be... MORE
June 18, 2011

Sudan: Ten journalists hounded for covering rights violations

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has condemned the disgraceful way the authorities are harassing and prosecuting journalists in Khartoum and the north of the country in an attempt to silence them and stop embarrassing revelations about human rights violation by the security forces. “While the international community and media have their attention turned to South Sudan’s future independence and the fighting in Abyei and South Kurdufan, the human rights and media... MORE
June 17, 2011

Equatorial Guinea deletes German TV crew's footage

New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the detention of a German television crew and the destruction of their footage by authorities in Equatorial Guinea. On Saturday, plainclothes state security agents led by Teobaldo Nchaso Matomba, the director of the state-controlled broadcaster TVGE, arrested reporter Jorg Brase, cameraman Michael Berger, camera assistant Stanley Oriaro, and their fixer (identified only as "Robert") while they were filming a... MORE
June 17, 2011

Tajikistan: BBC World Service reporter held in northwestern city

Urinboy Usmonov , a reporter for the BBC World Service’s Uzbek-language service, is being held in a detention centre in the northwestern city of Khujand for allegedly belonging to Hizb-ut-Tahrir, a non-violent Islamist movement that is banned throughout Central Asia, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). Usmonov’s family began looking for him when he went missing on the evening of June 13. They were surprised to see security service officers escort him to... MORE
June 17, 2011

Kyrgyz parliament orders blocking of news website of record

Kyrgyz parliament adopted a resolution June 16 issuing a legally binding instruction to the prosecutor-general’s office, culture ministry and justice ministry to block access to the independent online news agency Ferghana ( www.ferghananews.com ) because of its coverage of last year’s violence in the south of the country. “Blocking access to Ferghana would constitute a very shocking attack on one of Kyrgyzstan’s leading independent news media,” Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans... MORE

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