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Archives 2005-1014: News

June 16, 2011

Corrective: Journalist reported killed in Peshawar is alive

Pakistani journalist Shafiullah Khan is in critical condition after suffering extensive burns in a double bombing in Peshawar on Saturday. Many groups erroneously reported on Monday that Khan had died in the attack. Yousaf Ali, general secretary of the Khyber Union of Journalists, said Khan suffered burns over 70 per cent of his body and was being treated at a burn center near Rawalpindi. Thirty-six people died in the suicide attack, among them Asfandyar Khan, a journalist who worked for... MORE
June 16, 2011

Sierra Leone journalist murdered; suspects in custody

Police in Sierra Leone have arrested three suspects, including a police officer, for the killing of a reporter this Sunday during violent clashes over a land dispute on the outskirts of the capital, Freetown, according to local journalists. Ibrahim Foday , 38, a reporter at the private daily newspaper The Exclusive , was beaten and stabbed by assailants during an outbreak of violence between neighboring villages Kossoh and Grafton, 25 km southeast of the capital, Freetown, according to Sierra... MORE
June 15, 2011

Iranian authorities “responsible for journalist’s death”

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has deplored the death in prison of journalist and writer Hoda Saber and accused the Iranian regime of being responsible. He was taken to hospital with chest pains on June 10 and died of a heart attack a few hours later. The Evin prison authorities did not inform his family, who learned about his death two days later on the Internet. “We send our deepest condolences to his family and to all Iranian journalists,” said RSF secretary-... MORE
June 14, 2011

Somali journalists arrested for covering protests

New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned a growing number of detentions by the Somali government's security forces against journalists covering weeklong protests in the KM4 area of the capital, Mogadishu. On Monday morning, security agents arrested 20-year-old reporter Mohamed Amin , of the privately owned Radio Kulmiye. He had been covering ongoing protests that started last Friday. These protests had erupted in Mogadishu following the... MORE
June 14, 2011

In Belarus, Poczobut in closed trial for 'insulting' leader

Belarusian authorities must end the retaliatory prosecution of Andrzej Poczobut , a Grodno-based correspondent for the largest Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza , and release him immediately, New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has demanded. Authorities put Poczobut on trial today in the western city of Grodno, local and international press reported. The trial is a closed one. He is being prosecuted for allegedly insulting and libeling President Aleksandr... MORE
June 14, 2011

Mexico: Another journalist’s body found

Reporter Pablo Ruelas Barraza was found shot to death in Huatabampo (Sonora state, northwest Mexico) on June 13, apparently executed by two gunmen who tried first to abduct him. Ruelas, 38, worked for regional dailies Diario del Yaqui in Huatabampo and El Regional de Sonora in Hermosillo. The past month has been grim for the country’s journalists. Local media said Ruelas Barraza, a general reporter, had received death threats. Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF)... MORE
June 14, 2011

Morocco: Casablanca court sentences newspaper editor to a year in prison

A one-year jail sentence and a fine of 1000 dirhams (88 euros) has been imposed by a Casablanca court passed June 14 on Rachid Nini , the editor of Al-Massae , one of Morocco’s leading newspapers, at the end of a trial marked by judicial intransigence, repeated adjournments and a refusal to free him on bail. Held since April 28, the newspaper editor was tried on charges of disinformation and attacking state institutions, public figures and the “security and integrity of the nation and citizens... MORE
June 13, 2011

Second Philippines journalist killed from same radio station

Romeo Olea , a provincial radio commentator in the Philippines, was shot dead on his way to work Monday morning. Local and international media reports, quoting police sources, say Olea was shot twice in the back while riding his motorcycle to work in Iriga City in Camarines Sur province, about 300 km from Manila, according to New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Senior police Superintendent Victor Deona told Agence France Press "there is a very big... MORE
June 10, 2011

Pakistani journalists threatened after covering killings

Two Pakistani journalists who captured images of apparent military violence against unarmed foreigners and a local man are being threatened, their colleagues have told New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). The threats have come amid calls from high-ranking Pakistani military leaders to quell public criticism of their policies, made at a Thursday meeting of top level commanders. According to Pakistani journalists, Abdul Salam Soomro of the Sindhi-language... MORE
June 10, 2011

Mexico: Acapulco daily’s news editor missing for past three days

Marco Antonio López Ortiz , the news editor of Novedades Acapulco , a daily based in the resort city of Acapulco (in the southwestern state of Guerrero), has been missing since 11:30 p.m. on June 7, when he was abducted by several individuals as he went to meet a woman friend in a bar, according to reports June 9 on the websites of his newspaper and El Sur , another local paper. Colleagues from Novedades Acapulco found his car outside the bar. The staff of the two newspapers did not want to... MORE