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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 22, 2011

DRC: Community radio journalist gunned down in eastern town

Kambale Musonia , a journalist working for Radio Communautaire de Lubero Sud in Kirumba, was murdered June 21 in the eastern province of Nord-Kivu. Aged 29, Musonia was shot three times in the chest at close range at around 7:30 p.m. by three unidentified men who were waiting for him outside his home as he returned from work, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) reported. RSF supported the request by Journalist in Danger, its partner organization in the Democratic... 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 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
June 8, 2011

Link to victim’s work ignored in trial of Kyrgyz journalist’s accused murderers

The trial of three people accused of killing Kyrgyz journalist Gennady Pavlyuk in the Kazakh capital of Almaty in December 2009 by throwing him from the 6th floor of a building opened two days ago in Almaty. At the time of his death, Pavlyuk had been given the job of creating a news website and a weekly newspaper for the Kyrgyz opposition party Ata-Meken . “The decision to hold an open trial at the request of the victim’s family is a significant advance,” Paris-based press freedom group... 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

Nepal journalist's killers sentenced to life

The two men who murdered journalist Birendra Shah have been awarded life imprisonment. A judge in the central Bara district sentenced Mainejar Giri and Ram Ekwal Sahini to life terms and confiscated their property on May 30, according to local news reports. The two abducted and killed Shah, a local correspondent for the Nepal FM radio station, Dristi Weekly, and Avenues TV, on October 4, 2007. Maoist leaders have said publicly that renegade party member Lal Bahadur Chaudhary, and two associates... MORE
June 1, 2011

Russia: Suspected Politkovskaya hit-man arrested in Chechnya

Rustam Makhmudov, the suspected hit-man in the October 2006 murder of Novaya Gazeta reporter Anna Politkovskaya , was arrested May 31 in Chechnya, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). “The arrest of the man suspected of carrying out the Politkovskaya shooting is a major advance but many questions remain unanswered,” RSF said. “Nearly five years have gone by and further investigation was ordered in September 2009, but her family and her newspaper are... MORE
May 24, 2011

Danish embassy urged to react after guards assault photographer

At the request of journalists’ organisations, press photographers and reporters are due to demonstrate outside the Danish embassy in Buenos Aires May 24 in protest against a brutal attack by two members of the embassy’s security staff four days ago on Julian Herr , an 18-year-old photographer employed by the magazine El Guardián . “We urge the Danish ambassador, Henrik Bramsen Hahn, to publicly condemn this assault and to review the embassy’s contract with the private security company that... MORE
May 20, 2011

Kyrgyzstan: Disturbing spate of physical attacks on journalists

There has been a new wave of threats and physical attacks on journalists during the past few weeks in both Bishkek, the capital, and the southern city of Osh, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). “Harassment and self-censorship are growing, in an explosive atmosphere of ethnic tension,” RSF said. “No serious investigation has been carried out into any of these attacks on journalists. We remind the authorities that they have a duty to ensure the safety of... MORE