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June 10, 2011

Mexico: Acapulco daily’s news editor missing for past three days

Marco Antonio López Ortiz , the news editor of Novedades Acapulco , a daily based in the resort city of Acapulco (in the southwestern state of Guerrero), has been missing since 11:30 p.m. on June 7, when he was abducted by several individuals as he went to meet a woman friend in a bar, according to reports June 9 on the websites of his newspaper and El Sur , another local paper. Colleagues from Novedades Acapulco found his car outside the bar. The staff of the two newspapers did not want to... MORE
May 5, 2011

Two Chinese journalists missing, feared detained

Chinese authorities should clarify the whereabouts of two Chinese journalists who reported on detained artist and social commentator Ai Weiwei, New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has demanded. Family and colleagues have been unable to reach Caijing magazine journalist Zhang Jialong since the evening of April 28, according to Radio France Internationale. He was believed to have gone for a "talk" with Beijing police, but no notice of formal detention has... MORE
May 2, 2011

Syria silencing all critics; Al-jazeera journalist missing

Anyone who dares to speak out in Syria continues to be exposed to arbitrary arrest. One of the latest victims is Omar Koush , a writer and journalist from Aleppo, was arrested on arrival at Damascus airport Monday after participating in a conference in Turkey. He wrote an article on April 29 titled “Turkey: dual relations between Arab countries on the one hand and Islamist organizations on the other.” Al-Jazeera announced in a statement Monday that it has lost contact with one of its... MORE
April 5, 2011

After attack, Kazakhstan publisher goes missing

New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called called on Kazakh authorities to immediately investigate the whereabouts of Daniyar Moldashev , director of ADP Ltd, publisher of the independent Almaty newspaper Respublika . Colleagues said Thursday that Moldashev had disappeared, days after being assaulted and shortly before the country's presidential election. "We are gravely concerned about the health and well-being of Daniyar Moldashev and call on Kazakh... MORE
March 31, 2011

Syrian journalist missing, Reuters reporter deported

Syrian journalist Rana Akbani has been missing in the east of Libya since March 28. In an interview with her that was broadcast by Al-Libya TV, a presenter accused her of spying. A resident in Libya for the past 15 years or so, Akbani works for the arts and culture section of the Libyan newspaper Al-Shams . In the Al-Libya TV interview, which has been posted online, presenter Hala Misrati accused her of lacking objectivity and lying in her coverage of street demonstrations in Benghazi... MORE
March 29, 2011

Reuters news agency targeted by Syrian authorities, two journalists missing

Two Beirut-based Lebanese journalists working for Reuters television have been missing in Syria since the evening of March 26. The Syrian government also withdrew the accreditation of the Reuters correspondent in Damascus the previous day. Syrian authorities have been tightening security in recent days in order to enforce a news blackout on anti-government demonstrations and on the violence being used by the police to disperse the protests. Physical attacks, arrests, bans on visiting certain... MORE
March 25, 2011

Mexico: Newspaper reporter missing in Veracruz state

Noel López Olguín , a journalist based in Mexico's eastern state of Veracruz, has been missing for the past two and a half weeks., according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). López works for local weeklies Horizonte and Noticias de Acayucan and the daily La Verdad . Gerardo Perdomo, the head of the Veracruz State Commission for the Defence of Journalists, told the press freedom organisation that no one has heard from López since March 8, when he set off for... MORE
March 22, 2011

AFP confirms that three foreign journalists were arrested near Ajdabiya

Two Agence France-Presse journalists and a US photographer, according to information newly obtained by AFP, were arrested by pro-Gaddafi forces near Ajdabiya on March 19. AFP had not heard from its two reporters since the evening of March 18. The two AFP journalists are Dave Clark , 38, who is British, and Roberto Schmidt , 45, who has German and Colombian dual nationality. The US photographer who was travelling with them is Joe Raedle , 45, of Getty Images. In a press release Tuesday, AFP said... MORE
March 17, 2011

Foreign reporters still hounded, four New York Times journalists missing

Four New York Times journalists – Beirut bureau chief Anthony Shadid , reporter and videographer Stephen Farrell and photographers Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario – went missing on March 15 while reporting in the Libyan port city of Ajdabiya. In a report posted on its website Wednesday, the New York Times said it had received no news of the four since the previous day. It added that it was in contact with the Libyan authorities and hoped they would be freed soon. Shadid is a two-time winner of... MORE
March 11, 2011

In Libya, 7 journalists unaccounted for, 3 others abused

Seven journalists covering the conflict in Libya are unaccounted for, according to research by the Committee to Protect Journalists, which expressed deep concern about their well-being. The most recent to go missing is Ghaith Abdul-Ahad , a correspondent for London's Guardian newspaper, whose disappearance was reported today. Also, on Wednesday, three BBC journalists recounted a harrowing 21 hours in the custody of Libyan military and security forces this week during which they were subjected... MORE