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April 13, 2011

IFJ raises concerns over arrest of journalist amid media clampdown in Syria

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has called on Syrian authorities to release journalist Mohamad Zaid Mastou , who was arrested on April 6 in Damascus by security agents and taken to an undisclosed location. "The manner of his arrest and the lack of information about his whereabouts raise concerns for his safety and wellbeing," said Jim Boumelha, IFJ President. "The Syrian regime must be in no doubt that the world is watching and this latest case of repression of press freedom... MORE
April 10, 2011

Belarus: Gazeta Wyborcza correspondent Andrey Pachobut arrested again

Andrey Pachobut , the correspondent of the Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza , has been detained since April 6, when he was arrested as he was trying to leave the western city of Hrodna to take part in a videoconference in Minsk with Members of the European Parliament about the persecution of journalists in Belarus. It seems that the government’s conciliatory gestures in recent days were designed solely to woo the international community and persuade countries to resume their aid to Belarus, which... MORE
April 5, 2011

Cameroonian reporter detained after questioning arrests

Using a vague criminal code provision allowing authorities to detain individuals deemed a threat to public order, a provincial governor in Cameroon threw a journalist in prison on Wednesday last for inquiring about the arrests of two employees of a state-run palm oil company, according to local journalists. In a statement, the local press union Network of Journalists of The North said Adamawa Gov Enow Abraham Egbe ordered a five-day detention for reporter Lamissia Adoularc , a correspondent for... MORE
April 5, 2011

Provincial police spokesman arrested in Iraq for criticising government as journalist

Murtadha Al-Shahtur , the police spokesman in the governorate Dhi Qar who also writes as a journalist for the local newspaper Al-Zaman and other newspapers and websites, was arrested in the provincial capital of Nasariyah (370 km southeast of Baghdad) on April 3 by the central government’s special security forces, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. “This arbitrary arrest is a flagrant violation of Iraq’s laws and constitution, as well as the... MORE
March 31, 2011

Journalists detained in Bahrain, Egypt

A CNN crew was detained Wednesday in Manama while interviewing a prominent Bahraini human rights defender, according to a Twitter posting by the network and a CPJ interview. The detentions come amid a recent series of repressive actions by the Bahraini government, which included Wednesday's arrest of a well-known blogger. Anti-press actions were also reported in Egypt, Syria, and Libya, CPJ research shows. CNN tweeted this evening from Bahrain that a crew had been detained at the home of Nabeel... MORE
March 31, 2011

Journalists continue to be harassed in different ways throughout Middle East

Reuters television producer Ayat Basma and cameraman Ezzat Baltaji were released on March 28 after being held for two days but Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has meanwhile learnt that two other journalists were arrested on March 27. The London-based Syrian Human Rights Monitoring Centre identified them as Doha Hassan , who works for Orient TV and several websites, and Zaher Omareen . RSF has been told they are being held at the General Directorate for State... MORE
March 31, 2011

Somalia arrests 2 Shabelle staffers over insecurity report

Security agents with Somalia's Interim Transitional Government arrested the director and news editor of Radio Shabelle on Sunday after the independent station aired a report saying the president was unable to visit areas recently captured by government and AU forces due to security concerns, according to news reports and CPJ interviews. The Ministry of Information deemed the March 22 report "factually incorrect and aiding the terrorists." News Editor Abdi Mohammed Ismail and Director Abdirashid... MORE
March 29, 2011

Journalists harassed, arrested in Mogadishu, Somaliland and Puntland

Two members of privately-owned Radio Shabelle were arrested Sunday in Mogadishu, while two other journalists have been held in the northeastern region of Puntland and the northwestern region of Somaliland for more than a week, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. RSF called for the immediately release of all four journalists and a halt to their persecution. “The transitional federal government is doing nothing to encourage the work of the media in a... MORE
March 21, 2011

Uganda: Journalist detained for 48 hours after exposing wave of break-ins

Police in Buwama, Mpigi district (80 km south of Kampala), have arrested and detained Central Broadcasting Service (CBS FM) correspondent Yoweri Musisi over a story which alleged increased lawlessness in the area. CBS FM is owned by the Buganda Kingdom. Musisi was arrested on March 19 by armed policemen at Buwama trading centre on the orders of the officer in charge of the station, Abbey Ngaho. Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) has learned that Musisi had filed a number... MORE
January 12, 2011

Yemen: News website editor arrested arbitrarily in eastern city

Yemeni journalist Fouad Rashid has been arbitrarily arrested in Al-Mukalla, a city 500 km east of Sanaa that is the capital of Hadramaut provinceaccording to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). The editor of the Arabic-language news website Al-Mukalla Press, Rashid was arrested on the street on the morning of January 10 and was taken to the headquarters of the city’s plain-clothes police. RSF has learnt that the head of the Al-Mukalla journalists’ union was able to... MORE

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