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May 2, 2011

Vietnam: Detained for winning “Freedom to Publish Prize”

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has condemned underground publisher and poet Bui Chat’s arrest at Tan Son Nhat airport on April 30. The founder of the Giay Vun publishing house, Chat had just returned from Buenos Aires, where he had received the “Freedom to Publish Prize” from the International Publishers Association (IPA). “The Vietnamese authorities gave no reason for Chat’s arrest but it seems directly linked to the prize he received,” RSF said. “Although... MORE
May 2, 2011

Thailand: Lèse-majesté charge used to crackdown on opposition media

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has expressed concern over the fate of Somyot Pruksakasemsuk , editor of the magazine Voice of Thaksin , who was arrested by the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) on April 30 and was placed in pre-trial custody Monday by a Bangkok criminal court on a charge of lèse-majesté. A request for release on bail was rejected. “This arrest confirms that a crackdown on the opposition media is under way,” RSF said. “Once again it is a... MORE
May 2, 2011

Syria silencing all critics; Al-jazeera journalist missing

Anyone who dares to speak out in Syria continues to be exposed to arbitrary arrest. One of the latest victims is Omar Koush , a writer and journalist from Aleppo, was arrested on arrival at Damascus airport Monday after participating in a conference in Turkey. He wrote an article on April 29 titled “Turkey: dual relations between Arab countries on the one hand and Islamist organizations on the other.” Al-Jazeera announced in a statement Monday that it has lost contact with one of its... MORE
April 27, 2011

Arrests of journalists continue in Bahrain

Haider Mohamed Al-Noaimi , a blogger and journalist who works for various media including the opposition newspaper Al-Wasat , was arrested by about 30 men who came to his home on the evening of April 24 and confiscated his computer and cameras before taking him away. They reportedly hit him during the raid. His Facebook profile, where he posted his articles, has been blocked since April 3. Another Al-Wasat journalist, Nada Al-Wadi , was detained and questioned for around 10 hours on April 20... MORE
April 27, 2011

Iran still targeting human rights lawyers and journalists

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has condemned the recent arrests of Mohammad Seifzadeh, a human rights lawyer who has defended several imprisoned journalists, and Alireza Rajai , a journalist who writes for several reformist newspapers. A founder member of Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi’s Centre for Human Rights Defenders, Seifzadeh managed to tell his family on April 22 that he had been arrested two weeks before by intelligence ministry officials in the... MORE
April 25, 2011

Bahrain detains columnist; 4 located in Libya

New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Bahraini authorities to disclose the whereabouts of Haidar Mohammed al-Nuaimi , a columnist for daily newspaper Al-Wasat . Roughly 30 uniformed and plainclothes police raided al-Nuaimi's family home in Manama April 25, dragging him into the street and beating him, local journalists told CPJ. Al-Nuaimi was then taken to an unknown location, according to the same accounts. A Facebook page in support of Al-... MORE
April 23, 2011

Journalists Hammerl, Morgana Gillis in Libyan custody

Anton Hammerl , a freelance South African photographer who was detained in early April, has appeared in government custody in Libya and is apparently in good health. Global Post told CPJ that the South African government has received information from Libyan authorities that Hammerl is well and will be permitted to speak to his family soon. Clare Morgana Gillis , an American freelancer for The Christian Science Monitor , The Atlantic , and USA Today , who was detained near Brega on April 5, was... MORE
April 20, 2011

Repression continues in Syria

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has obtained information about the charges brought against the journalist and writer Fayez Sara , who arrested on April 11 in Damascus, and the blogger Kamal Hussein Sheikhou, who was arrested during a demonstration outside the interior ministry on March 15. The press freedom organisation called for the withdrawal of the charges against them and all the others who have been arrested. They should be freed unconditionally at once... MORE
April 20, 2011

Repression continues in Yemen

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) continues to be very concerned about the repression to which journalists have been exposed in Yemen since the start of a wave of street protests. In the past few days, journalists have been arrested, media have been attacked and newspapers have been confiscated. Journalist Ali Salah Ahmed was arrested Tuesday evening at Sana'a airport on his return from a visit to Germany, and was forcibly taken away to an unknown location. His... MORE
April 14, 2011

Syria arrests freelance journalist reporting for France Culture

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has called on the Syrian government to free nearly a dozen journalists and netizens it has imprisoned as it battles protests against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. “The terror and arbitrary rule must end,” the media freedom organisation said, “and all those held, as well as prisoners of conscience, must be released.” Among journalists and netizens arrested are Algerian freelance reporter Khaled Sid Mohand , who was making... MORE

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