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July 7, 2011

Azerbaijan: Foreign reporters denied entry as territorial dispute escalates

Both Armenia and Azerbaijan have been denying entry to foreign journalists amid an increase in tension between the two countries over Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed territory within Azerbaijan that has a mostly Armenian population. The media have become a hostage to this conflict, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). “We urge the Armenian and Azerbaijan authorities to leave the media out of their diplomatic dispute,” RSF said. “Journalists must be free to... MORE
July 1, 2011

Cuba: Authorities step up harassment of independent news centre

Cuban authorities are waging a campaign to intimidate Hablemos Press, a Havana-based independent news centre, presumably because of its criticism of the government. In the past three months, 14 of its correspondents have been threatened and 10 have been briefly detained on at least one occasion, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). According to Hablemos Press director Roberto Jesús Guerra Pérez, the situation began to deteriorate during the 6th Congress... MORE
June 29, 2011

France 24 journalist harassed by Hamas over report about Salafist group

Salama Atallah , the Gaza Strip correspondent of the French TV news station France 24’s Arabic service, was interrogated by Hamas security officials on June 26 for the fourth time in a month over a report he did for the service about a clandestine Salafist group operating in Gaza. Dubbed “Palestine’s Taliban,” the group is believed to have been responsible for the April 15 murder of Italian peace activist Vittorio Arrigoni in Gaza. Although Hamas has controlled the Gaza Strip’s government since... MORE
June 18, 2011

Sudan: Ten journalists hounded for covering rights violations

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has condemned the disgraceful way the authorities are harassing and prosecuting journalists in Khartoum and the north of the country in an attempt to silence them and stop embarrassing revelations about human rights violation by the security forces. “While the international community and media have their attention turned to South Sudan’s future independence and the fighting in Abyei and South Kurdufan, the human rights and media... MORE
June 17, 2011

Kyrgyz parliament orders blocking of news website of record

Kyrgyz parliament adopted a resolution June 16 issuing a legally binding instruction to the prosecutor-general’s office, culture ministry and justice ministry to block access to the independent online news agency Ferghana ( ) because of its coverage of last year’s violence in the south of the country. “Blocking access to Ferghana would constitute a very shocking attack on one of Kyrgyzstan’s leading independent news media,” Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans... MORE
June 3, 2011

Dominican Republic: TV host released after six days, but trial continues

TV presenter José Agustín “Gajo” Silvestre de los Santos , was released on bail of 100,000 pesos (2,600 euros) June 2 after six days in detention in the eastern city of La Romana on charges of insulting and defaming prosecutor José Polanco Ramírez by accusing him on the air of links to drug traffickers. He will have to present himself to the court every 30 days, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). When he appeared in court at the start of the trial on... MORE
May 27, 2011

Latvia: Anti-corruption police steal newspaper’s files

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has expressed “outrage” at the May 26 invasion by Latvia’s KNAB anti-corruption police of the offices of the daily paper Neatkarīgā Rīta Avīze (Independent Morning Press) and its parent firm SIA Mediju Nams and their theft (by copying) of all the data on its computers (including e-mails) and their refusal to allow any photographing or filming of the incident It was a “serious attack on the privacy of sources and data” and it called... MORE
May 25, 2011

Embattled reporter prevented from leaving Uzbekistan

Authorities in Uzbekistan have barred Abdumalik Boboyev , a stringer for the US government-funded broadcaster Voice of America, from traveling to Germany by denying him the exit visa required for travel outside Uzbekistan, according to the independent news website Uznews and the Uzbek service of the US government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Boboyev filed his application to travel on March 2 and was denied it in early April. He is barred from travelling because he was prosecuted last... MORE
May 25, 2011

Colombia: Seventh break-in at journalist’s home, intelligence agency suspected

Ignacio Gómez , the co-producer of the "Noticias Uno" news programme on state-owned TV station Canal Uno, believes that Colombia’s leading intelligence agency, the Administrative Department of Security (DAS), was responsible for the May 24 break-in at his Bogotá apartment, the seventh in the past decade. The break-in, which took place while Gómez was out, was executed by two men and a woman with sophisticated apparatus. They were in the process of forcing the front door but fled when they... MORE
May 20, 2011

India: Reporter arrested for story on weapons storage

New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has joined colleagues in India in condemning the arrest of Tarakant Dwivedi , who writes under the pen name Akela, under India's Official Secrets Act. According to local media reports, Dwivedi was arrested Tuesday by the Government Railway Police and charged with criminal trespass. He will be held in police custody until Saturday. Dwivedi had reported on June 28, 2010, on the poor storage conditions for what local media... MORE