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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 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 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 8, 2011

Sri Lankan journalist missing for 500 days

It has been exactly 500 days since Sri Lankan journalist Prageeth Eknelygoda disappeared. He has not been seen by his wife Sandhya Eknelygoda or by the couple's two teenage sons, Sanjay and Harith, since he left for work around 7:30 a.m., on the morning of January 24, 2010. Sandhya filed a complaint with the local police office at 11:30 a.m. the next day but so far no government official has given her information about her husband's whereabouts. His family and colleagues at the Lanka eNews... MORE
June 6, 2011

Sudan journalists who report on rape charged with crimes

Sudan has pressed criminal charges against 10 journalists who have reported on the alleged rape and torture of a youth activist, according to New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). The activist said she was raped after participating in a demonstration in January. "Rather than address the systematic failures that enable torture and rape, the Sudanese government has chosen to subject journalists who cover them to politicised legal proceedings," said CPJ Middle... MORE
May 20, 2011

Russia: Court acquits Dagestan’s leading independent newspaper

A court in Makhachkala, the capital of the southern republic of Dagestan, has ended a three-year legal battle by acquitting the weekly Chernovik on charges of extremism, inciting hatred and defaming the security forces, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. The charges were brought against editor Nadira Isayeva and four of her journalists – Biakay Magomedov , Artur Mamayev , Magomed Magomedov and Timur Mustafayev – in 2008 over a series of articles... MORE
May 20, 2011

Libya: Release body of South African photojournalist

The Libyan government should immediately release the body of South African photographer Anton Hammerl , and investigate the role of the armed forces in his death, Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Hammerl, 41, was shot and killed by government forces near Brega in eastern Libya on April 5. Three journalists traveling with him were detained by Libyan authorities until May 18 and announced Hammerl's death after their release. For more than six weeks the... MORE
May 10, 2011

Tunisia: Journalists demonstrate against last week’s police violence

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has condemned the police violence to which 15 journalists were subjected while covering the three days of demonstrations in the capital that began on May 5. Making no attempt to distinguish between protesters and media personnel, the police roughed up reporters, carried out arrests and confiscated or smashed equipment. “The use violence against journalists by the police in recent days is like a bad memory,” RSF secretary-general... MORE
May 8, 2011

Pakistan must allow live foreign broadcasts

Pakistan's decision on May 8 to not allow foreign broadcasters to continue to do live transmissions from Abbottabad must be rescinded immediately, New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has demanded. "It is reckless for Pakistan to interfere with the flow of information from the site of what is one of the world's most important news stories. Falling back on regulatory controls to stifle the flow of news is short sighted and does a disservice to the entire... MORE
May 6, 2011

Journalists beaten by police in central Tunis

Reporter Abdelfattah Belaid was brutally attacked in Tunis Friday by police officers who pursued him into the headquarters of his newspaper, the French-language daily La Presse , after spotting him taking pictures of them dispersing protesters in the street outside. He was the second journalist to be beaten by police in Tunis in the past 24 hours. Belaid was photographing police officers using force to disperse demonstrators on Bourguiba Avenue when three police noticed him and set off in... MORE