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March 25, 2011

Yemen shuts Al-Jazeera offices; journalists beaten

Yemeni authorities on Thursday ordered Al-Jazeera's offices shut and its journalists stripped of accreditation, escalating a week-long series of reprisals against the station that has included beatings, expulsions, raids, and death threats. New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the government's decision to shut Al-Jazeera and urged authorities to reverse the order immediately. Saeed Thabit, Al-Jazeera's Yemen bureau chief, said a Ministry of Information... MORE
March 24, 2011

New spate of threats and attacks on journalists in Honduras

There has been an alarming increase in threats and violence against journalists in Honduras. There have been seven cases in the space of 10 days and all the media involved are ones that spoke out against the June 2009 coup d’état, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). The first in the latest spate of cases was the March 13 shooting of Franklin Meléndez , the head of the community radio station La Voz de Zacate Grande. According to the Committee for Free... MORE
March 21, 2011

Middle East protests: Two journalists killed, many missing, arrested or deported

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) is very worried about the fate of Stéphane Lehr , an experienced French freelance photographer working for Polaris Images, who went missing early Sunday afternoon shortly after arriving in Benghazi with a French TV crew. The head of Polaris Images, Jean-Pierre Pappis, said the last contact with Lehr was a message received at 7 a.m. New York time (1 p.m. in Libya). “He sent us an email saying: ‘I have just arrived in Benghazi. I am... MORE
March 21, 2011

Black Eagles step up threats against journalists and NGOs in Colombia

The Aguilas Negras (Black Eagles) paramilitary group has been threatening journalists, civil society figures and NGOs, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). Dated March 14 and sent from a Gmail account in the name of “fenixaguilasnegras,” a message obtained by RSF promises the “extermination” and “purge” of a wide range of organisations, including women’s groups, peasant and Afro-Colombian associations and human rights NGOs, many of whose representatives... MORE
March 21, 2011

In Libya, 4 journalists detained, 3 missing, one killed

Al-Jazeera said Sunday that Libyan authorities have been holding four of its journalists in Tripoli for several days, while Agence-France Presse reported that two of its journalists and a third journalist are missing in eastern Libya. On Saturday, the founder and manager of a Libyan online broadcaster was killed by gunfire while reporting from a battle outside Benghazi. New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the ongoing attacks on the press in Libya, and... MORE
March 20, 2011

Hamas attacks Gaza news bureaus; Yemen ousts reporters

Hamas security forces raided media bureaus, assaulted journalists, and confiscated journalistic materials in Gaza Saturday, punctuating another day of anti-press attacks in the restive region. In Yemen, authorities expelled two Al-Jazeera correspondents, continuing a pattern of ousting international reporters. New York-based pressfreedom grouo Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the attacks on journalists and the efforts of authorities to prevent the world from seeing and reading about... MORE
March 19, 2011

Ugandan police beat up journalists at protest rally

An attack was carried out against the press covering an event recently organised by opposition party candidates in Uganda. The forces attacked about a dozen journalists covering a protest rally in Jinja, eastern Uganda, organised by three opposition parties on March 11, New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported quoting local journalists. The police and security agents lobbed teargas canisters at 13 journalists at the Jinja demonstration, which was... MORE
March 19, 2011

More harassment of journalists covering pro-democracy demonstrations, one killed in Yemen

Jamal Al-Sharaabi , a photographer working for the local daily Al-Masdar , was one of the fatal victims when government security forces opened fire Saturday on a peaceful demonstration in Change Square, outside Sana'a university, killing at least 30 people, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). Aged 35 and the father of four children, Sharaabi is the fourth journalist to be killed in the course of the wave of protests that have been rocking the Arab world... MORE
March 18, 2011

Bahrain expels CNN reporter, detains WSJ correspondent

Bahraini authorities expelled a CNN reporter and briefly detained another international reporter on Wednesday amid an intensified crackdown on political unrest. New York-based pressfreedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemned the Bahraini government's ongoing obstruction of news media and called for authorities to allow journalists to cover this story of international import. Elsewhere in the region, anti-press attacks and harassment continued to be reported in Morocco, Yemen... MORE
March 17, 2011

Hamas forces attack journalists covering Gaza protest calling for Palestinian unity

Hamas security forces attacked local journalists covering a peaceful demonstration calling for Palestinian national unity on Tuesday. At least one journalist was taken to the hospital after being beaten, according to CPJ research. New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemned the violence used against the press and calls on the authorities in Gaza to allow journalists to report freely. "We are alarmed by reports that Hamas has resorted to violence against... MORE

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