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April 15, 2011

Senegal: Another heavy fine and suspended jail sentence for investigative journalist

A Dakar court Thursday gave Abdou Latif Coulibaly , the editor of the weekly La Gazette , a three-month suspended jail sentenced and fined him 10 million CFA francs (15,267 euros) for allegedly defaming a Senegalese businessman close to President Wade by accusing him of acting fraudulently in his dealings with the government. Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) condemned the way the Senegalese authorities and several leading figures close to the government are... MORE
April 12, 2011

Haiti: State TV chief fires three journalists, brings criminal defamation suit against them

A criminal defamation case has been filed by Pradel Henriquez, the director-general of state-owned Télévision Nationale d’Haïti (TNH), in Port-au-Prince against three TNH journalists – Eddy Jackson Alexis , Josias Pierre and Jacques Innocent – who say they were fired for being critical of President-Elect Michel Martelly. Alexis was TNH’s news editor. Henriquez, who also heads state-owned Radio Nationale, accused the three journalists of waging a smear campaign against him. He fired them on... MORE
April 12, 2011

Belarus jails prominent journalist and adds new charge

Belarusian authorities must drop politicized libel and insult charges against Andrzej Poczobut , a Grodno-based correspondent for Poland's largest daily, Gazeta Wyborcza , and release him immediately, New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has demanded. Prosecutors in Grodno opened a criminal investigation against Poczobut on March 28 and charged him with insulting President Aleksandr Lukashenko of Belarus through articles he published in Gazeta Wyborcza and... MORE
April 10, 2011

US TV journalists accused of being FBI moles

Cuba's not the only one accusing journalists of being moles for U.S. intelligence. Investigations of FBI memos indicate journalists from ABC News and Fox News broke the sacred bonds of the reporter-confidential source relationship, acting as informants for the FBI in the 1990s. The Center for Public Integrity (CPI) revealed earlier this week that a senior ABC News journalist was treated as a "potential confidential informant" for the FBI during the investigation of the Oklahoma City bombing in... MORE
April 6, 2011

Palestinian security forces becoming notorious for assaulting and intimidating journalists

Severe harassment by Palestinian Authority and Hamas security forces targeting Palestinian journalists in the West Bank and Gaza has had a pronounced chilling effect on freedom of expression, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. In a new report, Human Rights Watch called on Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and Gaza to hold their security forces to account for systematic, severe abuses and urged foreign donors to the Palestinian Authority (PA) to condition aid to security forces on... MORE
April 6, 2011

SEEMO launches specialised website on press freedom in Hungary

The South and East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) has launched a specialised website dedicated to press freedom-related developments in Hungary. The website contains news, exclusive monthly reports, legal and political analyses, as well as expert opinions on the Hungarian Media Constitution and Media Act (Media Law) and its subsequent amendments. The website follows political events and debates in Hungary and includes links to information and analyses on Hungary... MORE
April 6, 2011

Cuba accuses Reuters journalist of collaborating with US intelligence

The Reuters news agency on Tuesday vehemently denied an accusation made on Cuban state television that one of its journalists helped arrange a meeting between an undercover Cuban agent and a US diplomat who the programme described as a CIA operative, Canadian Press has reported. The allegations against former Reuters bureau chief Anthony Boadle were made on a Monday evening program called "Cuba's Reasons," which featured a previously little-known dissident named Raul Capote who said he was in... MORE
April 6, 2011

Provincial radio station shut down in Ecuador

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the closure of a provincial Ecuadoran radio station and called on local regulators to allow the station to resume broadcasting. Voz de la Selva Esmeralda Oriental Canela radio, known for its critical coverage of local authorities, had appealed an order to close the station on bogus administrate violations, according to CPJ research. The appeal was still pending when police shut it down. Around 10 a.m. on Sunday, local police removed Voz... MORE
April 6, 2011

Vietnam: Two radio station operators to be tried for broadcasting to China

Beijing’s reach does not stop at China’s borders. The Chinese government successfully pressured the Vietnamese authorities to arrest two people, Vu Duc Trung and Le Van Thanh , for operating an unauthorised short-wave radio station that was broadcasting in Chinese from a farm outside Hanoi, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). The organisation is worried by this latest evidence of Chinese influence over its Asian neighbours in matters concerning media... MORE
April 6, 2011

Israel: New laws threaten discrimination; chill freedom of expression

Two new Israeli laws affecting Israel's Palestinian Arab residents would promote discrimination and stifle free expression, Human Rights Watch said today. One would authorize rural, Jewish-majority communities to reject Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel and other "unsuitable" applicants for residency, and the other would chill expression regarding a key moment in the history of Palestinian citizens, Human Rights Watch said. "These laws threaten Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel and others... MORE