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May 20, 2011

Kyrgyzstan: Disturbing spate of physical attacks on journalists

There has been a new wave of threats and physical attacks on journalists during the past few weeks in both Bishkek, the capital, and the southern city of Osh, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). “Harassment and self-censorship are growing, in an explosive atmosphere of ethnic tension,” RSF said. “No serious investigation has been carried out into any of these attacks on journalists. We remind the authorities that they have a duty to ensure the safety of... MORE
May 13, 2011

Peru: Amid witch-hunt before second round, candidates urged to keep press freedom promises

There is no clear front-runner in the presidential election run-off between Ollanta Humala and Keiko Fujimori that is due to take place on June 5 but, with three weeks still to go, the campaign is already having a devastating impact on Peru’s media, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). The most serious case concerns César Levano , editor of the daily La Primera , and Arturo Belaúnde , the president of its board. Wreaths for both were delivered to the... MORE
May 13, 2011

Uganda: Ten reporters injured by security forces while covering opposition leader’s return

Ten Ugandan and foreign journalists were physically attacked by soldiers on May 12 while covering opposition leader Kizza Besigye’s return to Uganda from Kenya, where he was treated for injuries received when the security forces used force to disperse an opposition demonstration in Kampala in April, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). The violence, which took place as President Yoweri Museveni was being sworn in for a fourth term, was the latest round... MORE
May 13, 2011

Zimbabwe: Journalist arrested, independent dailies harassed in return to bad old ways

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has expressed concern over Mzwandile Ndlovu , a journalist held by the police in the western town of Hwange since his arrest on May 10, and about the constant harassment of employees of two independent newspapers, The Daily News and NewsDay , by police, intelligence officials and members of President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party. “We condemn Zanu-PF’s continuing use of such outdated methods as intimidation, physical attacks and... MORE
May 5, 2011

Vietnam: Independent publisher freed, but questioned again

Bui Chat , the head of the independent publishing house Giay Vun (“Recycled Paper), was released on May 2 after being held for three days on his return from Argentina but was briefly detained again on May 3 for more questioning, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). The authorities have also kept the “Freedom to Publish Prize” which he received from the International Publishers Association (IPA) during his visit to Buenos Aires and which was confiscated... MORE
April 28, 2011

Belarus: Two leading independent newspapers threatened with closure

The Belarus Information ministry on April 25 requested the Supreme Economic Court to shut down two prominent weekly newspapers, Nasha Niva and Narodnaya Volya , under article 51, subsection 2.2, of the mass media law. This article says that any media organization can be closed after receiving two warnings from the information ministry in a single year. “The closure of Nasha Niva and Narodnaya Volya would be an extremely grave decision,” Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières... MORE
April 27, 2011

Thailand: Police close a dozen community radio stations, carry out arrests

A dozen community radio stations linked to the opposition “Red Shirts” were shut down in a major police operation on April 26 in Bangkok and the surrounding provinces, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). An exact list of the radio stations raided by the police is not yet available. “Coming just a few months before general elections, this crackdown is very disturbing,” RSF said. “If opposition media are no longer allowed to operate, coverage of the... MORE
April 27, 2011

After deadly metro blast, Belarus cracks down on press

Belarusian authorities must immediately stop harassing independent media outlets in retaliation for their critical reporting on the recent lethal bombing on the Minsk subway, New York-based press freedom group Community to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has demanded. Following the blast, authorities--including the Information Ministry, the general prosecutor's office, and the Belarusian security service (KGB)—launched a campaign of intimidation against independent and pro-opposition media outlets... MORE
April 27, 2011

Seizures of newspapers, smear campaigns against journalists in Yemen

Security forces surrounded the home of Akhbar Al-Youm reporter Mohammed Al-Louzi for three hours on April 25 because of his coverage of current events in Yemen. Members of the Republican Guard stopped Abdel Aziz Al-Majidi , the editor of the newspaper Al-Shahid , at a checkpoint the same day, preventing him from entering Taiz province. Copies of his newspaper were seized at the same checkpoint the day before. These were not isolated incidents. Several regional newspapers have not been... MORE
April 27, 2011

11 hard drives, editor’s laptop stolen from independent daily critical of Zimbabwe president

An independent daily newspaper critical of Zimbabwe’s president said Wednesday thieves raided its offices and stole computer hard drives and the editor’s laptop, the Associated Press has reported. Raphael Khumalo, chief executive at NewsDay said components and hard drives from 11 reporters’ computers were removed in the raid Monday night, along with the editor’s laptop used to write a weekly column “critical of political injustices and social ills.” No other items were stolen. In large page... MORE