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March 17, 2011

Mob damages press in Bahrain; Saudis oust reporter

Armed assailants stormed the Manama printing facility of the Bahraini independent daily Al-Wasat early Tuesday morning, damaging the press and hindering production of the day's edition. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the attack, which came just as military contingents from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were enlisted to help contain political unrest in the kingdom. In Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, the government withdrew the accreditation of Ulf Laessing , a senior Reuters... MORE
March 17, 2011

Police try to hush up shooting of Honduran radio station’s president

La Voz de Zacate Grande, a community radio station based on the southern island of Zacate Grande, has again been the target of persecution for siding with local peasant groups in their land disputes with biofuel manufacturer Miguel Facussé Barjum, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). In the latest aggression, Franklin Meléndez , the president of the board that oversees the station, was shot in the leg on March 13 by two critics of its editorial policies... MORE
March 15, 2011

As unrest bubbles, Bahrain and Yemen obstruct press

Authorities in Yemen and Bahrain are continuing to obstruct news coverage of ongoing political unrest, the Committee to Protect Journalists said on Monday as it called on the two government to allow journalists to work without reprisal. In Yemen, at least six international journalists were expelled since Saturday, according to news reports and CPJ interviews. In Bahrain, security forces and plainclothes men attacked an Al-Wasat photojournalist covering a demonstration in the capital, Manama... MORE
March 15, 2011

Pakistan: TV cameraman shot in the back, police blame “stray bullet”

Dunya News TV cameraman Fayyaz was shot in the back Monday while covering a meeting of the Punjab provincial assembly in Lahore. It was unclear who fired the shot but fellow journalists said they thought it was a targeted attack linked to his coverage of criticism of an important local party called Nawaz, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. Fayyaz was rushed to hospital after the shooting and was said to be out of danger. RSF urged the police to carry... MORE
March 15, 2011

Authorities in Yemen begin to target foreign journalists, six deported

Four Sana'a-based foreign journalists – two American and two British – who were on Monday detained by police at the apartment they shared in Sana'a’s old quarter, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. The two Britons are Oliver Holmes , who strings for the Wall Street Journal and Time , and Portia Walker , who strings for the Washington Post . The Americans are Haley Sweetland Edwards , who writes for the Los Angeles Times and AOL News, and Joshua... MORE
March 11, 2011

In Libya, 7 journalists unaccounted for, 3 others abused

Seven journalists covering the conflict in Libya are unaccounted for, according to research by the Committee to Protect Journalists, which expressed deep concern about their well-being. The most recent to go missing is Ghaith Abdul-Ahad , a correspondent for London's Guardian newspaper, whose disappearance was reported today. Also, on Wednesday, three BBC journalists recounted a harrowing 21 hours in the custody of Libyan military and security forces this week during which they were subjected... MORE
March 9, 2011

Radio station attacked in Iraqi Kurdistan

Nearly a dozen gunmen stormed an independent radio station in Sulaimaniya's Kalar district on Sunday, vandalising the office, breaking most of the equipment, and confiscating the rest, New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists has reported. It is the second armed assault on an independent radio station in Sulaimaniya in a less than a month, according to news reports. Radio Dang Executive Director Azad Osman said he believes the station's coverage of recent anti-... MORE
March 9, 2011

Peruvian news daily attacked; editor threatened

The Committee to Protect Journalists has condemned the attack on the Peruvian news daily Voces , which was hit with homemade explosive devices on Saturday. The daily's editor recently received threats following critical reporting on a national congressional candidate, he told CPJ. According to CPJ interviews and local press freedom groups, around 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, three unknown assailants on motorcycles hurled three improvised firebombs into the paper's offices in Tarapoto, in northern San... MORE
March 8, 2011

Middle East: Overview of media freedom violations of past few days

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has collated an overview of the acts of violence against journalists and other media freedom violations that have taken place in the pasts few days in Northern Africa and the Middle East. The countries concerned are Libya, Algeria, three Gulf states (Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Qatar), Yemen, Iraq (including Iraqi Kurdistan) and Syria. LIBYA Jean-Marie Lemaire , a French journalist working for the 24-hour TV news station France 24,... MORE
March 8, 2011

Cameraman attacked by police at Peshawar clash

Zahid Hussein , a cameraman working for Express News TV, was injured in the head and arms by police officers in Peshawar while filming a violent crackdown by security forces after a clash between two armed groups on Friday last, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. RSF said it was alarmed by the frequency with which the police are allowed to get out of control, as well as their tendency to stop journalists doing their jobs and place them in danger... MORE