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May 13, 2011

Uganda: Ten reporters injured by security forces while covering opposition leader’s return

Ten Ugandan and foreign journalists were physically attacked by soldiers on May 12 while covering opposition leader Kizza Besigye’s return to Uganda from Kenya, where he was treated for injuries received when the security forces used force to disperse an opposition demonstration in Kampala in April, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). The violence, which took place as President Yoweri Museveni was being sworn in for a fourth term, was the latest round... MORE
May 10, 2011

Tunisia: Journalists demonstrate against last week’s police violence

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has condemned the police violence to which 15 journalists were subjected while covering the three days of demonstrations in the capital that began on May 5. Making no attempt to distinguish between protesters and media personnel, the police roughed up reporters, carried out arrests and confiscated or smashed equipment. “The use violence against journalists by the police in recent days is like a bad memory,” RSF secretary-general... MORE
May 6, 2011

Journalists beaten by police in central Tunis

Reporter Abdelfattah Belaid was brutally attacked in Tunis Friday by police officers who pursued him into the headquarters of his newspaper, the French-language daily La Presse , after spotting him taking pictures of them dispersing protesters in the street outside. He was the second journalist to be beaten by police in Tunis in the past 24 hours. Belaid was photographing police officers using force to disperse demonstrators on Bourguiba Avenue when three police noticed him and set off in... MORE
April 29, 2011

Honduras: Another attempted attack on opposition radio station journalist

Arnulfo Aguilar , the director of Radio Uno, an educational radio station based in San Pedro Sula, narrowly escaped an armed ambush outside his home on the outskirts of the city on the night of April 27 which he blames on the army. A station that supports the opposition National Front for Popular Resistance, Radio Uno has often been targeted by the security forces since the June 2009 coup d’état . Ten masked gunmen were waiting for Aguilar as he arrived home after leaving the station. After... MORE
April 27, 2011

Haitian radio station destroyed in arson attack

New York-based press freedom group Community to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned Thursday's arson attack on Haitian community radio station Tèt Ansanm Karis and called on local authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice. The blaze destroyed the station's offices and all equipment and left the northeastern city of Carice without a local radio station. According to news reports and CPJ interviews, armed men identified as supporters of a legislative candidate raided Tèt Ansanm Karis... MORE
April 27, 2011

Seizures of newspapers, smear campaigns against journalists in Yemen

Security forces surrounded the home of Akhbar Al-Youm reporter Mohammed Al-Louzi for three hours on April 25 because of his coverage of current events in Yemen. Members of the Republican Guard stopped Abdel Aziz Al-Majidi , the editor of the newspaper Al-Shahid , at a checkpoint the same day, preventing him from entering Taiz province. Copies of his newspaper were seized at the same checkpoint the day before. These were not isolated incidents. Several regional newspapers have not been... MORE
April 23, 2011

Pakistan: Another reporter attacked by gunmen

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has deplored an attack on Pakistani journalist Naveed Kamal , of Metro One TV, who is in a coma after two motorcyclists shot him in the jaw as he was going home from work in Karachi on April 20. The attack was a shock and had put all journalists under pressure, said Pervaiz Shaukat, secretary-general of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists, giving the authorities 48 hours to find the culprits before the union called a... MORE
April 21, 2011

International community urged asked to press Kurdistan to end abuses against journalists

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has expressed shock at the spate of arbitrary arrests in Iraqi Kurdistan as it prepares to celebrate the 113th anniversary of the creation of the first Kurdish news media on Friday. Media freedom and security, which seemed better in Kurdistan than in neighbouring regions during the darkest years of the war in Iraq, have worsened a great deal in the past two months. We urge the international community to press the Kurdistan Regional... MORE
April 21, 2011

Pakistan: Radio station bombed, reporter shot in separate attacks in north

Explosives placed outside the building that houses FM 93 Radio Dilbar, a radio station in Charsadda (in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), were detonated in the early hours of Wednesday, damaging the two rooms, the studio and equipment. The station was able to resume broadcasting later Thursday, after a nine-hour break in service. “We are concerned by this attack’s method and how vulnerable it shows journalists to be,” Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (... MORE
April 13, 2011

Swaziland security forces target journalists

Authorities in the kingdom of Swaziland should allow the news media to report freely on anti-government protests, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today after security forces harassed at least 10 local and international journalists covering a mass demonstration demanding political and economic reform after more than two decades of rule by King Mswati III. Police stopped reporter Niren Tolsi and photographer Lisa Skinner of the South African daily Mail & Guardian, confiscated their... MORE

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