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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 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 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

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

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

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
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 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

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 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