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December 16, 2008

Fiji diplomatic stand-off escalates as New Zealand TV journalist gets deported

Tensions between New Zealand and Fiji have heightened further after the latter deported ONE News Pacific Correspondent Barbara Dreaver and threatened to expel New Zealand's top diplomat there in the developing row over travel sanctions. Dreaver landed in Auckland Tuesday afternoon after being detained at Fiji's Nadi Airport Monday night. Dreaver had flown in Monday night to cover the escalating diplomatic row between New Zealand and the government, led by self-appointed prime minister Frank... MORE
September 19, 2008

CPJ condemns ongoing TV suspension and detention of journalists in Nigeria

The Nigerian government should immediately lift its suspension of Channels TV and release four staff members being held by State Security Services, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Security agents closed the Lagos and Abuja offices of Channels TV on Tuesday after the station mistakenly aired a fabricated report that President Umaru Yar’Adua might step down for health reasons, according to Channels TV Chairman John Momoh and the Lagos International Press Centre. Security... MORE
September 4, 2008

Al Arabiya news channel's Tehran bureau chief expelled

Iranian authorities expelled Hassan Fahs, the chief of Al Arabiya news television station's Tehran bureau Tuesday after revoking his media accreditation, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) has reported. According to Al Arabiya's website, a documentary film about Iran aired under the title "The Road to The Revolution" may be the motive behind this decision. The new Iranian measures against Al Arabiya news channel, among many other procedures undertaken by the Iranian... MORE
August 21, 2008

British journalist deported from Yemen, two fixers held by security forces

Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has written to Yemeni interior minister Mutahar Rashad Al-Masri calling for the immediate release of two brothers, Ali Nasser Kaid Al-Bokheiti and Mohammed Ahmed Hassan Al-Bokheiti, who were arrested on July 21 at a military roadblock with a British freelance journalist for whom they working as fixers. The British journalist was deported the same day. They have been held ever since at the headquarters of the political security police in Sana’a. They have not been... MORE
July 18, 2008

Deputy managing editor of independent weekly deported from Rwanda

Fuhara Mugisha, the deputy managing editor of Rwanda's leading independent weekly, Umuseso has been deported from the country. Despite having a Rwandan mother, Mugisha is a citizen of neighbouring Tanzania. "This is an unacceptable act of intimidation that yet again highlights the Rwandan government's inability to tolerate the few independent publications," Paris-based Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) said. "In the run-up to legislative elections, we remind the government that media diversity is... MORE
June 26, 2008

Burmese authorities deport South Korean freelance journalist

Burmese authorities on Sunday deported South Korean freelance journalist Lee Yu Kyong and confiscated four compact discs containing photos she had taken of damage caused by Cyclone Nargis. Lee was met in the early morning of June 22 by five police officials at her guesthouse in Rangoon and told she must leave the country that same day because she had entered on a tourist rather than journalist visa, according to Mizzima, a New Delhi-based, Burmese exile-run news agency. Police arranged for her... MORE
June 24, 2008

Burma: South Korean journalist deported, her photographs confiscated

A South Korean journalist was deported from Burma by the ruling military junta on June 22 for visiting the office of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD). Lee Yu Kyong, a freelance journalist from South Korea, was deported to Thailand, according to Mizzima News. "At about 7:00 am, five policemen from Special Branch (a police unit in Rangoon) arrived at my hotel. They asked me where I was on the 18th and 19th of June," Lee was quoted by SEAPA partner "They told me that... MORE
May 7, 2008

Cyclone-hit Burma bars foreign journalists from entering country, expels BBC reporter

The Burmese junta, which has appealed for international aid to cope with the impact of Cyclone Nargis, has barred foreign journalists from entering the country and expelled one BBC reporter, news agencies have reported quoting state media. BBC Asia correspondent Andrew William Harding was stopped by Myanmar (Burma) immigration officials at Yangon International Airport from entering the country May 5 and sent back to Thailand, the state-run MRTV reported, according to Deutsche Presse-Agentur (... MORE
May 3, 2008

Fiji deports Murdoch newspaper publisher

Fiji's military government deported the Australian publisher of Rupert Murdoch's Fiji Times newspaper on Friday, after declaring him a threat to national security, according to Reuters. The move is the latest crackdown on the media in Fiji since military commander Frank Bainimarama seized power in a bloodless coup in late 2006, and comes amid growing international criticism of the slow progress in returning the island chain to democracy. The Reuters report had more: Australian Foreign Minister... MORE
May 2, 2008

Fiji deports second newspaper publisher

Fiji's military government defied a High Court order and deported the Australian publisher of the South Pacific country's leading newspaper Friday, continuing a campaign of media intimidation it began within days of seizing power, the Associated Press (AP) has reported. The coup-installed government said Fiji Times publisher Evan Hannah was a threat to national security who breached his work permit conditions, and put him on a Korean Air flight Friday to the South Korean capital, Seoul. Hannah... MORE