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February 15, 2011

Iran: Regime steps up censorship and online disruption to block protests

The authorities in Iran have increased censorship in a bid to prevent Monday’s anti-government protests, blocking independent or pro-opposition websites and other electronic media. Broadband speed has greatly slowed in major cities as in the run-up to previous anti-regime demonstrations or opposition events. Mobile phone and text-message traffic has been badly disrupted and the Persian calendar month “bahman” has been added to blocked keywords in an effort to reduce calls for Tuesday’s protests... MORE
February 15, 2011

Journalists attacked while covering anti-government protests in Sana'a

Security agents, police officers and plainclothes men have carrying out attacks against journalists covering street protests in Sana'a during the past three days. The attacks took place during demonstrations hailing the fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and calling for Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s departure, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). On Sunday, reporter Khalil Al-Berh was held by force in a security services car for 30 minutes... MORE
February 12, 2011

IFJ condemns Internet censorship in Jordan

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on Wednesday accused the Jordanian government of stifling calls for democratic change after the country's intelligence service disabled a news website and removed a letter to the King demanding political reforms. IFJ backed protests by journalists' leaders and others who joined a protest after the country's biggest news website was hacked into and a report over the letter was taken down. Leaders of the IFJ affiliate,... MORE
February 11, 2011

Côte d’Ivoire: Media freedom set back 20 years

Laurent Gbagbo’s government in Côte d’Ivoire has launched a crackdown on the media, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). The leadership of the National Press Council (CNP), which regulates the print media, has just been replaced by Gbagbo’s supporters. The UN radio station, Onuci FM, has had its permit withdrawn. And many journalists are still exposed to the threat of violence. “Laurent Gbagbo’s government has just taken over the CNP, a regulatory body... MORE
February 7, 2011

Arrests continue as foreign journalists start leaving Egypt

Military police reportedly detained Abdul Kareem Suleiman Amer , the blogger better known as Kareem Amer, together with the filmmaker Samir Eshra on Cairo’s Kasr El-Nil bridge February 6 evening as they were leaving Tahrir Square. Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) called for their immediate release. “Kareem Amer owes his prominence to his virulent criticism of the regime,” RSF said. “We fear the authorities will use this opportunity to send him back to prison for a... MORE
February 5, 2011

Unprecedented violence against journalists – protest outside Egyptian embassy in Paris

Members and supporters of the international press freedom NGO Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) demonstrated outside the Egyptian embassy in Paris at midday today to express their outrage at the systematic use of violence against journalists in Egypt since February 2. Chanting “The news is being killed” and “Egypt, stop violence against journalists,” the RSF activists brandished posters showing journalists who have been physically attacked. “We have come to the Egyptian embassy to denounce the... MORE
February 4, 2011

Tally of cases of abuses against journalists in Egypt

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has posted a provisional tally of cases of abuses against journalists and media since the start of the violence on February 2, above all in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. The tally is far from final or definitive. Additional cases keep on being reported and it is very difficult to compile a comprehensive inventory of the situation. It will be updated as information is received. Nonetheless, the tally already gives a picture of the... MORE
February 3, 2011

Ecuador interrupts news show to air official rebuttals

Ecuadoran authorities interrupted a news program critical of the Ecuadoran government on Monday to air an official rebuttal, a practice that has become standard in the administration of President Rafael Correa, according to research by the Committee to Protect Journalists. CPJ called on Ecuadoran authorities to stop this practice, which has a chilling effect on public discourse. Last week during the political news program "Los Desayunos" on the private Teleamazonas network, host María Josefa... MORE
February 1, 2011

Belarus: Two journalists released shortly before EU imposes sanctions

The European Union’s foreign ministers on Monday banned Ukrainian President Alexander Lukashenko and 157 other Belarusian officials from visiting the EU and extended an existing asset freeze in response to the detention of 37 opposition figures and government critics since a disputed presidential election on December 19, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). The Belarusian authorities had been expecting the sanctions and, in an apparent attempt to head... MORE
January 29, 2011

Egypt instigates media blackout, police target journalists

Egyptian authorities have taken unprecedented measures to block media coverage of widespread protests against the government, which are on their fourth day. Cairo's news blackout has been widely condemned and authorities have been urged to immediately restore Internet and mobile phone services, end the targeting of the press, and allow media to conduct their work freely. Since Tuesday, Egypt has witnessed widespread protests against poverty and corruption, and calls for democratic changes... MORE