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July 22, 2009

Moroccan reporter turned back on arrival in Algeria

Moroccan journalist Yahya Bentahar was deported last week, shortly after he landed at Algiers airport, according to Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). Bentahar, who works for the Rabat-based weekly Assahrae Al Ousbouiya , had planned to do a report on the political situation in Algeria in the wake of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's reelection. The Algerian embassy in Rabat had told Assahrae Al Ousbouiya editor Mohamed Reda Taoujni prior to the trip that he could send a reporter. "This is the... MORE
July 22, 2009

Associated Press correspondent forced to leave Sri Lanka for coverage of real war toll

The Sri Lankan government has refused to renew the press visa of the Associated Press (AP) bureau chief in the country, Ravi Nessman. Nessman, an American national who has been based in Sri Lanka since 2007, was forced to leave the country on July 20 after his visa was not renewed. Advisor to the head of state, Lucien Rajakarunanayake, said the refusal was because foreign correspondents were not allowed to stay in the country for more than two years, but one international media correspondent... MORE
June 26, 2009

Sri Lanka, Iraq and Somalia rank high among countries from where journalists have fled

Eleven Sri Lankan journalists were driven into exile in the past 12 months amid an intensive government crackdown on critical reporters and editors, the Committee to Protect Journalists says in a new survey. The surge from Sri Lanka accounted for more than a quarter of the journalists worldwide who fled their native countries in the past year after being attacked, harassed, or threatened with violence or imprisonment. Nearly 400 journalists have been forced into exile worldwide since 2001, when... MORE
May 11, 2009

Three foreign journalists expelled from Sri Lanka

Channel 4’s Asian correspondent Nick Paton-Walsh, producer Bessie Du, and cameraman Matt Jasper were briefly detained by police in Trincomalee in the east of the country before their expulsion. They are now in Bangkok with their journalist visas cancelled and banned from further visits to Sri Lanka, according to Paris-based Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). The report broadcast on May 5 showed both the atrocious living conditions for civilians and ill-treatment they have suffered. ITN News,... MORE
March 4, 2009

Sudan expels British-tunisian journalist over Darfur crisis and arms industry

Sudan has deported Tunisian journalist Zouhir Latif. Latif, who has political refugee status in Britain, was put on a flight bound for London on Sunday, according to Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). A freelance journalist who works for France 24’s Arabic-language service and the pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat, Latif was arrested at his home by intelligence agents on February 27 and was held for 48 hours before being expelled. RSF has condemned the decision. “We call on the Sudanese authorities to... MORE
February 10, 2009

Sudan expels Canadian-Egyptian reporter over Darfur crisis and arms industry

Sudan has expelled a foreign journalist for reporting on the country's Darfur crisis and arms industry. Canadian-Egyptian reporter Heba Aly, who wrote for US news agency Bloomberg, Boston-based Christian Science Monitor newspaper and the United Nations news service IRIN, left the country last week. She told colleagues that officers from Sudan's security service contacted her and ordered her to leave days after she made enquiries about a Khartoum-based arms manufacturer, according to a Reuters... MORE
February 9, 2009

Al-Arabiyya journalist expelled from Gaza by Hamas

A journalist from the pan-Arab satellite channel Al-Arabiyya has been expelled from the Gaza Strip to Egypt, allegedly because of his coverage of Israel’s military operation in Gaza, and its aftermath, Media Line website has reported. Police belonging to the Interior Ministry in the Hamas’ Gaza-based deposed government ordered Al-Arabiyya correspondent, Wa'il Issam, to leave the Gaza Strip immediately. Issam said plainclothes police forces turned up at his office in Gaza and told him to gather... MORE
January 29, 2009

Fiji regime deports publisher of Fiji Times

Fiji deported Fiji Times publisher Rex Gardner on January 27, five days after he and the newspaper were fined 100,000 Fiji dollars (40,000 euros) for publishing a reader’s letter criticising a court decision. Gardner is the third newspaper publisher with Australian nationality to be expelled by Fiji’s military-backed government in the past year. His predecessor at the Fiji Times , Evan Hannah, was expelled last May. Fiji Sun publisher Russell Hunter was expelled in February. Paris-based... MORE
December 21, 2008

Kyrgyz editor seeks political asylum in Europe, the ninth journalist to do so in two years

Cholpon Orozobekova, editor-in-chief of leading Kyrgyzstan newspaper De Facto , is seeking political asylum in a European country. She was forced to emigrate with her husband—also a well-known journalist in Kyrgyzstan—and their two small children because of several criminal charges against her, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) has reported. Orozobekova, 33, worked as a freelancer for RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service from 2002-2007, often writing touchingly about the lives of ordinary people in... MORE
December 17, 2008

ANHRI's executive director denied entry to Jordan, detained and deported

Jordanian intelligence prevented Gamal Eid, executive director of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), from entering Jordan on the night of December 15 and detained him for six hours at Amman's Alia airport before deporting him to Cairo. Gamal Eid was heading to Amman on his way back from Beirut after participating in the celebrations honouring Ibrahim Eissa, editor of the Al-Dustour newspaper, who was awarded the annual prize of the World Association of Newspapers (WAN)... MORE