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February 28, 2007

Israeli forces detain TV director, attack journalists during Nablus raid

Israel Defence Forces (IDF) arrested a local television director and harassed several journalists during a military operation in the West Bank city of Nablus on Monday, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported. An Israeli soldier gestures towards the camera during an Israeli military operation in the West Bank City of Nablus February 26, 2007. Israeli forces continued the operation, which began on Sunday, putting 30,000 Palestinians under curfew as soldiers... MORE
February 10, 2007

SC stays Assam Govt’s gag order on NE TV

The Supreme Court has stayed an Assam government order cancelling accreditation to the North East Television (NETV) correspondents to cover the 33rd National Games in Guwahati which began Friday, news agencies reported. A bench of Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan and Justice DK Jain stayed the February 6 order of the state government's Media Accreditation Committee after hearing NETV's counsel and issued notice to the parties concerned for their reply. NETV, in its petition, alleged that the gag... MORE
February 1, 2007

Sudan: Paper banned for reporting on murdered editor

The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the indefinite closure today of an independent Sudanese daily for publishing an article about the beheading of an editor last September. A state prosecutor imposed an immediate ban on the prominent Arabic-language Al-Sudani which carried an article on January 31 discussing the murder of Mohammed Taha Mohammed Ahmed, editor-in-chief of the private daily Al-Wifaq, in violation of an official ban on writing about the case. “This absurd act of... MORE
September 12, 2006

Iran shuts down four reformist publications

The Iranian government has shut down four publications, including a major reformist newspaper, according to reports. The reformist daily, Shargh, or East, was shut down Monday indefinitely because it had refused to replace its managing director apart from publishing a cartoon in a recent edition that was considered insulting to the government, state television said, citing a statement from the press monitoring agency. CARTOON FLAP: The back page of September 7, 2006, edition of Iranian daily... MORE
August 6, 2006

India bans Arab TV channels under pressure from Israel

In a country widely referred to as the world’s largest democracy, the Indian government has succumbed to mounting Israeli pressure and ordered a nationwide ban on the broadcast of Arab television channels. The Indian government’s ban on Arab television stations is in complete contrast to the friendship that Arab countries imagine exists with their neighbor across the Arabian Sea. It seems the ban is a move to ensure that Indians do not get to see the atrocities that are presently being... MORE
July 17, 2006

Al-Jazeera reporters detained in northern Israel

New York, July 17, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the detention of Al-Jazeera television crews covering Hezbollah rocket attacks on northern Israel amid allegations that they were “assisting the enemy.” Walid al-Omary, Jerusalem-based bureau chief for the Arab satellite TV station, told CPJ that he had been detained by Israeli police three times in two days for his reporting on the location of rocket attacks. Al-Omary said he was detained yesterday evening with his... MORE
June 19, 2006

Journalist expelled from Guantanamo Bay prison tells her story

One of several journalists sent packing by U.S. military authorities at Guantanamo Naval Base last week has come out with her story of what happened when she and others were forced to leave. Carol J. Williams of The Los Angeles Times wrote in Sunday morning’s edition of the newspaper. The reporter complained of what she called “a Pentagon power play that muzzles already reluctant sources and an unceremonious expulsion to Miami on a military plane, safety-belted onto whatever seat is available... MORE
March 4, 1997

Pakistani journalists detained at Delhi airport

On 28 February 1997, senior journalists from Pakistan were detained for over three hours upon arriving at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi Airport. Among them were prominent journalists Mahmud Sham, editor of Pakistan's largest circulated daily "Jang", and Rehana Hakim (f), editor of the monthly "Newsline". According to Sham, for three hours, immigration authorities would not allow the journalists to exit the airport. When the journalists protested to the authorities and demanded permission to fly... MORE
May 16, 1995

Reporters banned from covering seige in Kashmir

The Indian government has placed restrictions on reporting in Kashmir during and after the siege, and subsequent burning, of the shrine at Charar-e-Sharief. Authorities banned reporters in mid-March from visiting Charar-e-Sharief, where Indian troops had laid siege to a 15th-century Sufi shrine occupied by militant separatists. The siege ended last week, when fires of undetermined origin gutted the shrine and most of the surrounding town. Because of the ban on reporting in the area, no... MORE