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November 26, 2007

Brazil: New murder attempt against journalist probing gaming machines racket

Reporters Without Borders today condemned a murder attempt against João Alckmin, presenter of the programme “Showtime” on Rádio Piratininga, who was hurt when an unknown assailant opened fire on him in São José dos Campos, São Paulo state in the southeast. His injuries are not life-threatening. Alckmin, aged 55, came under fire as he walked his dog in the city centre on 22 November. His dog attacked the gunmen who fled on a motorbike, leaving the journalist with neck, arm and back injuries... MORE
November 26, 2007

Jang correspondant gunned down in Sindh province

Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the murder of Zubair Ahmed Mujahid, a correspondent of the national daily Jang, on 23 November in Mirpur Khas, in the southern province of Sindh. His elder brother told the press freedom organisation he was "killed because of his articles criticising the situation of the poor" in the area. "We call on the federal and provincial authorities to quickly appoint a team of investigators to arrest the killers and identify those who ordered the murder,"... MORE
November 26, 2007

Radio commentator shot and wounded in Brazil

New York, November 26, 2007—Brazilian radio host João Alckmin, who reports on corruption in eastern São Paulo state, was shot twice on Thursday; he is in stable condition. The Committee to Protect Journalists today calls on Brazilian authorities to investigate the attack. Alckmin, host of the weekly talk show “Showtime” onlocal Rádio Piratininga, was walking his dog at around 6:30 p.m. in the city of São José dos Campos, 50 miles (80 kilometers) from the state capital of São Paulo, when a man... MORE
November 26, 2007

Television crew attacked in Ingushetia

New York, November 26, 2007—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the southern Russian republic of Ingushetia to immediately launch an investigation to find all those responsible for a vicious attack on three television journalists and a prominent human rights advocate in the early hours on Saturday. Artyom Vysotsky, Stanislav Goryachikh, and Karen Sakhinov of the Moscow-based channel REN-TV and Oleg Orlov, head of the rights defense group Memorial, were in Ingushetia’s... MORE
November 26, 2007

Egypt editor gets jail term over 'indecent' photo

CAIRO, Nov 26 (Reuters) - An Egyptian newspaper editor was sentenced to a year in jail on Monday for publishing a front-page photograph of an Egyptian television and film actress that was found to be indecent, court sources said. The verdict against editor Hatem Mamdouh Mahran was the latest in a string of rulings that have handed jail terms to at least 12 journalists since September on charges ranging from defaming President Hosni Mubarak to misquoting the minister of justice. The sources said... MORE
November 23, 2007

Serbia: Two female journalists subjected to verbal attack after interviewing politician

(ANEM/IFEX) - BELGRADE, November 23, 2007 - The Association of Independent Electronic Media (ANEM) joins all parties that have already condemned the verbal assaults and insults that Petar Lukovic wrote against journalists, associates and employees of B92, an ANEM member station in Serbia. In the text he wrote for the Croatian weekly "Feral tribjun", which is also published on the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) of Serbia website, Petar Lukovic launched into frenzied insults of Olja Beckovic,... MORE
November 23, 2007

Haiti: Two suspects arrested for Gonaïves radio station manager's murder

(RSF/IFEX) - Another gang member, Bernard Joseph, was arrested on 20 November 2007 in connection with the 16 May murder of Alix Joseph, manager and programme host of Radio-Télé Provinciale, in the northwestern city of Gonaïves. Bernard Joseph was arrested in Port-au-Prince, "where he sought refuge in the hope of escaping prosecution," Gonaïves police commissioner Ernst Bouquet Dorfeuille said. He is alleged to be a member of the "Cannibal Army," a feared Gonaïves-based gang that became an... MORE
November 23, 2007

Owner of website avoids prison on appeal

(RSF/IFEX) - RSF welcomes an appeal court decision overturning a 17-month jail sentence imposed in November 2006 on Mohammed Rashed Shehhi, owner of the website ( ) for allegedly defamatory comments. On 19 November 2007, the Ras Al Khaimah appeal court ruled in favour of Rashed Shehhi, who had been sentenced in a lawsuit brought by a health ministry official, Dr Yasser Al Nuaimi. The case stems from comments on the website about a corruption case within the ministry... MORE
November 23, 2007

Malaysia orders media not to cover rally supporting lawsuit against British government

(SEAPA/IFEX) - Malaysian's Internal Security Ministry has instructed the local press to refrain from reporting about a banned rally in the capital Kuala Lumpur on 25 November 2007, which is seeking the Queen of England's help in a class-action suit against Her Majesty's government. At least one newsroom received the order from a ministry official by telephone on 22 November, an industry source, who requested anonymity for fear of reprisal, told the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ), a... MORE
November 22, 2007

Niger: Magistrate rejects illegally-obtained evidence against RFI journalist

(IFJ/IFEX) - The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today urged President Mamadou Tandja of Niger to take strong action for the release of two journalists accused of criminal offences following their coverage of the Tuareg rebellion in Niger. "We are very worried about the continued detention of our colleagues and the serious charges they face stemming from their professional work," wrote Gabriel Baglo, Director of the IFJ Africa office in a letter to President Tandja. Moussa Kaka,... MORE