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June 1, 2011

Russian journalist deported from Belarus

Rodion Marinichev , a special correspondent for the Moscow-based online broadcaster Dozhd (The Rain), has been deported from from Belarus, according to New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Police in Minsk detained Marinichev on Monday, after he interviewed Irina Khalip, a prominent Belarusian journalist who had been handed a suspended two year prison term. Following his detention, Marinichev was deported from Belarus that same day, local and international... MORE
May 31, 2011

Belarus: Russian journalist deported, banned from returning for five years

Russian TV reporter Rodion Marinichev was given 24 hours to leave the country after his arrest May 30 in Minsk and was banned from returning for five years. His deportation came just days after President Alexander Lukashenko urged his government to rein in news media which, in his view, have been “creating the panic” that is the cause of the country’s current economic crisis. “We condemn the government’s tendency to blame the media for every crisis,” Paris-based press freedom group Reporters... MORE
April 10, 2011

Gaddafi regime decides to deport 26 foreign journalists

The Libyan government has decided to deport 26 foreign journalists on the grounds that their visas had expired. The names of journalists, who had all been invited to Tripoli by the government, were posted last night in the lobby of the hotel where they were staying. They were initially told they would have to leave today. But the authorities announced today that their “departure was postponed until April 8. The mass expulsion follows a series of individual arrests and deportations in recent... MORE
March 31, 2011

Syrian journalist missing, Reuters reporter deported

Syrian journalist Rana Akbani has been missing in the east of Libya since March 28. In an interview with her that was broadcast by Al-Libya TV, a presenter accused her of spying. A resident in Libya for the past 15 years or so, Akbani works for the arts and culture section of the Libyan newspaper Al-Shams . In the Al-Libya TV interview, which has been posted online, presenter Hala Misrati accused her of lacking objectivity and lying in her coverage of street demonstrations in Benghazi... 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 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

Iran: Human rights investigators needed to investigate crackdown on journalists

Iran has intensified its crackdown on media professionals. Agence France-Presse (AFP)’s bureau chief was expelled at the end of last week. In addition, accreditations for foreign media journalists have been revoked by the Iranian ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. Abdolreza Tajik , who was awarded the RSF-FNAC press freedom prize in 2010, was given a six-year jail term for his work with the Human Rights Defenders Centre. Several journalists and netizens have recently been summoned by... 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
February 15, 2011

Malaysian complicity in cyber-dissident’s arrest by Vietnam

Vietnamese cyber-dissident Vu Quang Thuan’s deportation by Malaysia and his arrest by the Vietnamese authorities on arrival at Ho Chi Minh City airport on February 2 has been condemned by Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). He is now facing a possible 20-year jail sentence of a charge of anti-state propaganda. No date has been set for his trial. Aged 44 and a leader of the Vietnam Progressive Democratic Movement, an opposition party founded in 2007, Thuan fled in... MORE