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July 12, 2011

Molotov cocktail attack on news agency’s Gaza City bureau

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has condemed the attack on the Gaza City bureau of the independent Palestinian news agency Ma’an on July 10. Eye-witnesses said unidentified assailants threw three Molotov cocktails at its offices, starting a fire that caused little damage and no injuries. Police and security agents rushed quickly to the scene and began an investigation. But sources told RSF that nothing conclusive had been established. A Ma’an representative told... MORE
July 9, 2011

Questions raised by detention of four photographers on spying charges in Georgia

Four well-known photo-journalists were arrested on July 7 in Tbilisi on spying charges and calls on the authorities to explain these serious accusations and to provide regular information on the situation of the detainees, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. “The authorities obviously have a duty to protect national interests but the current fear of spies in Georgia must not be allowed to fuel a climate of intimidation in the media, and security... MORE
July 8, 2011

La Ceiba TV reporter is second journalist murdered in Honduras in 2 months

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has condemned local TV reporter Adan Benítez’s murder in the northern port city of La Ceiba (the capital of Atlántida department) on July 4. Employed by two local stations, 45TV and Teleceiba Canal 7, he was the second journalist to be murdered in Honduras in the past two months. “Investigators should not rule out the possibility that Adan Benítez was killed in connection with his work,” RSF said. “The Honduran authorities must do... MORE
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 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
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 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 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 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