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July 9, 2011

Questions raised by detention of four photographers on spying charges in Georgia

Four well-known photo-journalists were arrested on July 7 in Tbilisi on spying charges and calls on the authorities to explain these serious accusations and to provide regular information on the situation of the detainees, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. “The authorities obviously have a duty to protect national interests but the current fear of spies in Georgia must not be allowed to fuel a climate of intimidation in the media, and security... MORE
July 6, 2011

Swedish journalists arrested in Ethiopia after leaving Somalia

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has condemned the apparent complicity between the Ethiopian authorities and those in Somalia’s semi-autonomous northeastern region of Puntland in arresting journalists and trying to gag the media. Two Swedish journalists, reporter Martin Schibbye and photographer Johan Persson, were arrested after crossing from Puntland into Ethiopia’s troubled Ogaden region and covering rebel activity there, while a Somali journalist originally... MORE
July 2, 2011

Zimbabwe: Standard journalists released on bail, investigation continues

Nevanji Madanhire , the editor of independent weekly The Standard , was released on bail of 100 dollars (69 euros) on the evening of June 30, 24 hours after the release of his reporter, Patience Nyangove . Their release on bail was confirmed when they appeared in court July 1. The two journalists and Loud Ramakgopola, a senior employee of the company that owns The Standard , were arrested during a raid on the newspaper on June 29, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans... MORE
June 29, 2011

Haiti: Two Petit-Goâve radio journalists arbitrarily detained

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has called for the immediate and unconditional release of Ernst Joseph and Wolf “Duralph” François , hosts of the programme “They said it” on Radio Prévention in the southwestern town of Petit-Goâve, who have been detained ever since their arrest during an appearance at the public prosecutor’s office on June 22. According to Petit-Goâve public prosecutor Alix Civil, they are charged with defamation, disturbing public order and... MORE
June 28, 2011

Ethiopia: Two journalists arrested as pressure mounts on private media

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has condemned the arrests of two journalists working for privately-owned newspapers in the past few days. The latest victim is Reyot Alemu , a young woman reporter for the Amharic-language weekly Fitih , who was arrested on June 21, two days after the arrest of Woubeshet Taye , the deputy editor of the Amharic-language Awramba Times . Both are now the subject of a judicial investigation and are being held at the Addis Ababa centre... MORE
June 27, 2011

Uzbekistan: Former TV journalists start hunger strike after conviction over protest

Journalists Saodat Omonova and Malohat Eshonkulova were arrested five minutes after they began protesting and brandishing posters outside the presidential administration building in Tashkent June 27, officially celebrated as Day of the Journalist in Uzbekistan. They were taken to a local police station and then to a municipal court, where they were immediately tried and convicted of staging an unauthorised demonstration under article of 201 of the civil code. The two women, who were fired from... MORE
June 17, 2011

Tajikistan: BBC World Service reporter held in northwestern city

Urinboy Usmonov , a reporter for the BBC World Service’s Uzbek-language service, is being held in a detention centre in the northwestern city of Khujand for allegedly belonging to Hizb-ut-Tahrir, a non-violent Islamist movement that is banned throughout Central Asia, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). Usmonov’s family began looking for him when he went missing on the evening of June 13. They were surprised to see security service officers escort him to... 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
May 20, 2011

Guatemala: News presenter killed after reported threats, reporter held

Local TV presenter Yensi Roberto Ordoñez Galdámez was found murdered May 19 in Nueva Concepción, in the southern department of Escuintla, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). The motive is not yet known but he had reportedly been threatened and harassed in connection with his work as journalist. Relatives said unidentified individuals recently extorted 25,000 quetzals (200 euros) from him. Aged 24, Ordoñez presented a news programme on municipal TV... MORE
May 13, 2011

Zimbabwe: Journalist arrested, independent dailies harassed in return to bad old ways

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has expressed concern over Mzwandile Ndlovu , a journalist held by the police in the western town of Hwange since his arrest on May 10, and about the constant harassment of employees of two independent newspapers, The Daily News and NewsDay , by police, intelligence officials and members of President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party. “We condemn Zanu-PF’s continuing use of such outdated methods as intimidation, physical attacks and... MORE

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