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March 25, 2011

Syrian authorities impose news blackout on crackdown in Deraa

Syrian authorities have imposed censorship on national and foreign news media seeking to cover events in the southern city of Deraa. The security forces have blocked access to the city so that there is no one to witness their ruthless crackdown on the protests that have been taking place there during the past few days, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). Ahmed Hadifa , a 28-year old blogger better known by the blog name of Ahmad Abu Al-Kheir, was... MORE
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 15, 2011

Gbagbo forces block pro-Ouattara papers in Ivory Coast

Security forces loyal to Ivorian ruler Laurent Gbagbo blocked distribution on Friday of pro-opposition newspapers reporting on the African Union's decision to confirm its recognition of rival Alassane Ouattara as president. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the obstruction and called on authorities to halt further censorship. Before dawn on Friday morning, agents loyal to Ggabgo raided the facilities of the country's sole newspaper distributor, a local affiliate of France-based... MORE
March 11, 2011

BBC programme banned in Swaziland for being critical of government

The government of Swaziland has banned the daily live transmission of the BBC Focus on Africa programme after one of the news clips, broadcast on the English channel of the state radio, Swaziland Broadcasting and Information Services (SBIS), was critical of the government. The programme, broadcast daily in the mornings, mid-day and evenings, has been off air for the past week. The state radio has been running apologies to listeners of the programme for its absence, stating that it is due to... 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

CPJ calls on China to stop inhibiting international press

New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has rejected statements by a Chinese government official that international reporters are not being detained, attacked, and harassed in China. CPJ called on the police to end their anti-media attempts to stop foreign journalists from reporting on possible anti-government demonstrations in what has become known as the "Jasmine Revolution." Instead, they should act in accordance with Chinese government regulations which... MORE
March 8, 2011

Turkey cracks down on Ergenekon coverage; 12 journalists detained so far

There has been a wave of journalist arrests in Turkey in connection with an alleged plot to overthrow the government known as "Ergenekon." Twelve journalists have been detained in less than a month; and nine are currently in custody. On Sunday, Zekeriya Öz, the chief prosecutor overseeing the probe into Ergenekon, said in a statement that the investigation of the journalists is not a result of their work but based on evidence that cannot be publicised because of the confidentiality of the... MORE
March 6, 2011

Independent Afghan newspaper shuts down after attack on Hamid Karzai

Kabul Weekly claims it has been put out of business after daring to criticise President Hamid Karzai. On Wednesday staff met with their editor, Mohammad Faheem Dashty, for the final time after producing the last edition of a newspaper that has been a regular sight on the streets of the capital since 2002, according to a report in the Guardian . Dashty said he had no choice but to shut down after more than a year of losses in a media market where most publications are simply bankrolled by... MORE
March 6, 2011

In wave of censorship, Equatorial Guinea suspends state radio broadcasts, journalist

There has been a wave of government censorship in the past few days at Radio-Télévision Nationale de Guinée Équatoriale (RTVGE), a state-owned broadcaster that is kept under very close surveillance by information minister Jeronimo Osa Osa. On Thursday, the state radio’s French-language broadcasts were “temporarily suspended on the orders of a higher authority,” the head of the station, José Esono Bacale, said in a statement that gave no explanation for the decision. His communiqué added that... MORE
March 1, 2011

Yemeni Journalists Syndicate stormed; Baghdad apologises

Attempts of governments in the Middle East to censor news coverage of protests remains unabated. In Yemen, men stormed the Journalists' Syndicate on Saturday, and in Iraq, journalists demanded apologies from the military after a crackdown on the press on Friday, and Baghdad Operations Command offered the apologies on Sunday, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). On Saturday at around 11 a.m., three men in plainclothes arrived in a marked police vehicle and... MORE