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February 25, 2011

Côte d’Ivoire: Ivorian media’s slow death

The climate for the media has been continuously deteriorating in Côte d’Ivoire. Harassed, threatened and exposed to physical violence, journalists are now finding it virtually impossible to work freely, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). It urged civil society and the two rival camps led by Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara to respect freedom of expression and the right to news and information. All journalists, without exception, are the victims of... MORE
February 23, 2011

Iran blocks Internet to black out protests

Several sources in Iran have told Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) that the authorities have again been blocking the Internet and mobile phone networks since the start of a big protest at 3 p.m. on February 20. Internet connections have been slowed right down or entirely disconnected in certain neighbourhoods in Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz and Mashad, making it hard or impossible to browse or send emails. SMS services have been cut since midday on February 20 in... MORE
February 22, 2011

Togo: Three radio stations closed for past three months over red tape

A campaign was launched Tuesday by the National Press Owners Committee (CONAPP), the Togo Union of Independent Journalists (UJIT) and the Togolese Media Monitoring Centre (OTM) to draw attention to the plight of three privately-owned radio stations which the government closed three months ago. The three stations – Providence, Métropolys and X-Solaire – were closed by the Posts and Telecommunications Regulation Agency on November 30 on the grounds that their papers were not in order. They have... MORE
February 19, 2011

Journalists arrested in Iran, relatives held hostage in new crackdown

Iran has launched a renewed crackdown of the past few days including a wave of arrests of journalists that began on February 14 and cases of harassment of journalists’ families. The authorities have stepped up cyber-attacks on news websites and disruption of the Internet in a sweeping form of censorship designed to stifle the protest movement and prevent information about demonstrations from circulating. The same methods were used after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed reelection in... MORE
February 15, 2011

Iran: Regime steps up censorship and online disruption to block protests

The authorities in Iran have increased censorship in a bid to prevent Monday’s anti-government protests, blocking independent or pro-opposition websites and other electronic media. Broadband speed has greatly slowed in major cities as in the run-up to previous anti-regime demonstrations or opposition events. Mobile phone and text-message traffic has been badly disrupted and the Persian calendar month “bahman” has been added to blocked keywords in an effort to reduce calls for Tuesday’s protests... MORE
February 12, 2011

IFJ condemns Internet censorship in Jordan

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on Wednesday accused the Jordanian government of stifling calls for democratic change after the country's intelligence service disabled a news website and removed a letter to the King demanding political reforms. IFJ backed protests by journalists' leaders and others who joined a protest after the country's biggest news website http://www.ammonnews.net/ was hacked into and a report over the letter was taken down. Leaders of the IFJ affiliate,... MORE
February 11, 2011

Côte d’Ivoire: Media freedom set back 20 years

Laurent Gbagbo’s government in Côte d’Ivoire has launched a crackdown on the media, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). The leadership of the National Press Council (CNP), which regulates the print media, has just been replaced by Gbagbo’s supporters. The UN radio station, Onuci FM, has had its permit withdrawn. And many journalists are still exposed to the threat of violence. “Laurent Gbagbo’s government has just taken over the CNP, a regulatory body... MORE
February 8, 2011
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No Chinese journalists allowed for Aero-India show

Amid its unease over China''s visapolicy towards Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh, India has ensured that Chinese journalists are not able to cover the ''Aero-India'' international defence show in Bangaloreas accreditations have been denied to them. The Defence Ministry did not keep any slot for China in the list of countries whose journalists could apply online onits website to make them eligible to cover the event February 9 to 13. Officials said China, along with Pakistan and Iran,... MORE
January 28, 2011

Chinese journalist fired for being too outspoken about Tibet, corruption

A Chinese journalist known for being critical of the government said Friday that he's been fired by one of the country's most daring media companies for refusing to tone down his writing, the latest sign of China's tightening grip on press freedom, Canadian Press has reported. Chang Ping, a former editor and columnist for publications owned by the Southern Media Group, said the dismissal wasn't linked to any single piece of writing but rather his consistently critical tone. The details: [ Link... MORE
January 28, 2011

Journalists targeted by police violence, arrests in Egypt

The police have been resorting to widespread violence against journalists covering Egypt’s street protests. It is hard to establish exactly how many journalists have been arrested or physically attacked by police officers in the past 48 hours. According to the latest information obtained by Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF), more than a dozen journalists have been arrested. "We urge the Egyptian authorities to allow journalists to work without fear of being... MORE

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