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February 8, 2011

IFJ condemns return to state censorship after journalist's expulsion from Russia

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on Tuesday accused Russia of stepping back into the shadows of censorship and political intolerance after The Guardian's Moscow correspondent Luke Harding was expelled from the country, apparently in retaliation for writing a story linked to material provided by the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks. Harding was refused entry at Moscow airport when he returned to the city Monday. Immigration officials put him on the next flight back to London... MORE
January 14, 2011

Journalist summarily deported after residing in Northern Cyprus since 1991

Journalist Necmettin Çapa was expelled Tuesday by the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (a de facto state recognised only by Turkey). A Turkish citizen of Kurdish origin who has lived in Northern Cyprus since 1991, Çapa was deported to Turkey together with his entire family, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). The Turkish Cypriot police began by raiding Çapa’s home Tuesday morning and threatening to deport his wife and their two children on their own... MORE
June 18, 2010

Ethiopia expels American journalist reporting in rebel area

Authorities in Ethiopia expelled an American journalist on Thursday who had been reporting near a rebel area in the east of the Horn of Africa country, according to local journalists. Heather Murdock had been reporting with the US international broadcaster Voice of America (VOA) in the eastern region of Harar, near an area where there was reported skirmishes between the army and rebels of the separatist Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), according to the same sources. The Ethiopian... MORE
February 1, 2010

Dissident journalist arrested in Cuba as freedom to inform is stalled

Cuba’s National Revolutionary Police (PNR) arrested Juan Carlos Reyes Ocaña, journalist on the small news agency Holguín Press on January 29 then took him to a police barracks to face charges of “insult”, “disobedience” and “illegal economic activity”. He was released the following day, but has started a hunger strike as he awaits his trial which could mean a prison sentence, Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. The government continues to harass bloggers, deal out unfair detentions... MORE
January 20, 2010

Lack of transparency on Israel’s expulsion of US journalist

US journalist, Jared Malsin, editor for the English service of the Palestinian press agency Ma’an, was expelled from Israel under suspicious circumstances, Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has said. “The journalist was expelled after giving up his right of appeal. This decision was taken in dubious circumstances in that the journalist’s lawyer was not present,” Paris-based RSF said. "Did the journalist come under pressure?” it asked, “It is reasonable to question the legality of this expulsion... MORE
November 19, 2009

Singapore refuses to renew foreign journalist’s visa

The Singapore government has refused to renew British freelance journalist Benjamin Bland’s work visa, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported. The government rejected his application to cover the recently concluded Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit meeting. Bland had planned to report on the summit for the UK’s Daily Telegraph newspaper. Bland’s visa renewal application was rejected without explanation by the Manpower Ministry on October 1,... MORE
November 18, 2009

Indonesia deports two foreign journalists

The Indonesian governmen has decided to deport Raimondo Bultrini, a reporter with Italy’s weekly L’Espresso , and Kumkum Dasgupta, an assistant editor with India’s Hindustan Times , for lacking accreditation, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported. The two reporters were arrested and interrogated for several hours by police on Tuesday and later handed over to immigration authorities in Riau province in the center of Sumatra, according to local news reports. They... MORE
October 17, 2009

Chad expels Cameroonian journalist after Nobel story

Chadian authorities summarily expelled a Cameroonian-born journalist from the country on Wednesday, a day after he wrote an op-ed in response to a government official’s suggestion that the Nobel Peace Prize should have been awarded to Chad President Idriss Deby, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported. Chadian security service agents took Innocent Ebodé, who arrived in N’djamena in June to become editor-in-chief of the fledgling weekly La Voix du Tchad , to the... MORE
October 15, 2009

Cameroon journalist expelled from Chad for bogus reasons

Innocent Ebodé, editor of the privately-owned weekly La Voix published in the capital N’Djamena was expelled from Chad Thursday after the authorities accused the Cameroon national of “staying illegally” in the country, Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. Ebodé was Thursday taken by Chadian officials to the Cameroon side of the border city of Kousseri, after being summoned in the morning by state security officials in N’Djamena, and taken from there to counter intelligence, where after... MORE
September 30, 2009

Swedish blogger detained at Cairo airport, due to be expelled

Per Bjorklund, a Cairo-based Swedish freelance journalist and blogger who covered a recent wave of factory strikes in Egypt, was denied entry on returning to the country Tuesday and his passport was confiscated, apparently because his name appeared on a blacklist, Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. As he arrived in Cairo on a flight from Prague, he is reportedly to be expelled on the next flight back to Prague, which is not until Thursday morning. Meanwhile, neither the Swedish... MORE