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July 14, 2011

Lawsuits and violence by security forces become daily events for Iraqi journalists

Iraqi journalists are now often sued by politicians and public figures and, at the same time, are often the targets of physical attacks which, in many cases are carried out by members of the security forces, including the bodyguards of leading politicians. “These practices, which are designed to intimidate journalists and censor the media, constitute serious violations of freedom of expression and must stop at once,” Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) said. In one... MORE
July 12, 2011

Molotov cocktail attack on news agency’s Gaza City bureau

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has condemed the attack on the Gaza City bureau of the independent Palestinian news agency Ma’an on July 10. Eye-witnesses said unidentified assailants threw three Molotov cocktails at its offices, starting a fire that caused little damage and no injuries. Police and security agents rushed quickly to the scene and began an investigation. But sources told RSF that nothing conclusive had been established. A Ma’an representative told... MORE
July 1, 2011

Belarus police detain and beat a dozen reporters

In a new crackdown against the independent press, Belarusian police briefly detained and beat more than a dozen reporters, and broke their equipment at a Wednesday protest rally in Minsk and Brest, according to news reports and CPJ sources in Belarus. According to the Minsk-based Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ), among the reporters and photojournalists detained and beaten by police and possible security agents in plainclothes in Minsk were Oleg Boldyrev and Maksim Lomakin (BBC... MORE
June 21, 2011

In Kenya, hospital staff said to attack journalist

Four employees of the Wajir District Hospital attacked journalist Abdi Hassan Hussein at the hospital on Saturday, the reporter told New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Hassan, a reporter for the Wajir Community Radio Station in the far northeastern corner of the country, said he visited the hospital with three colleagues to investigate complaints from patients. Hassan said he had interviewed one patient, who complained of treatment at the hospital, when a... 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 21, 2011

Pakistan reporter beaten for reporting on earlier attack

Waqar Kiani , a Pakistani journalist who was assaulted Saturday night by men in police uniforms, told New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) that he fears for his safety and the safety of his wife and two young children. The attack came five days after Kiani, 32, had written a story the UK Guardian newspaper about being abducted and tortured in 2008. On Saturday evening in Islamabad, men stopped the Guardian journalist and ordered him from his car. Kiani said... 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 17, 2011

Photographer deliberately shot by Israeli soldier during Nakba Day clashes

Palestinian news photographer Mohammed Othman was badly injured by a shot fired by an Israeli soldier while covering clashes between young Palestinians and Israeli troops at the Beit Hanoun (Erez) border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel on May 15, the anniversary of Israel’s creation, marked as “Nakba Day” (Day of Disaster) by Palestinians. He was taken to Shifa hospital where he underwent surgery for a gunshot injury to the chest yesterday. Doctors described his condition as stable... MORE
May 13, 2011

Peru: Amid witch-hunt before second round, candidates urged to keep press freedom promises

There is no clear front-runner in the presidential election run-off between Ollanta Humala and Keiko Fujimori that is due to take place on June 5 but, with three weeks still to go, the campaign is already having a devastating impact on Peru’s media, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). The most serious case concerns César Levano , editor of the daily La Primera , and Arturo Belaúnde , the president of its board. Wreaths for both were delivered to the... MORE
May 13, 2011

Uganda: Arsonists burn journalist's home

Investigators in Kabale must thoroughly investigate an arson attack May 13 on the home of Goodluck Musinguzi , contributor to the state-owned daily, New Vision , New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Someone poured gasoline on the house and set it on fire while Musinguzi, his wife, and his newborn child were inside, he told CPJ. Musinguzi, a correspondent for the daily in the southwest border town Kabale, escaped the 2 a.m. blaze with his family but... MORE