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January 20, 2011

Palestinian journalist goes missing in Damascus while doing research on Hamas

Muheeb Al-Nawathy , a Palestinian journalist, has gone missing for two weeks in Syria. His family has had no word from him since January 5, nine days after he arrived in Damascus to do research for a book he is writing about Hamas, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). Nawathy was due to have returned on January 9 to Norway, where he has resided as a political refugee since 2007. His family reported his disappearance to the Norwegian police on January 11... MORE
November 15, 2010

Pakistan: A reporter jailed without trial, another abducted by suspected security agents

Two incidents in recent weeks have again highlighted the dangers for journalists in Pakistan. One is the detention of Ghulam Rasool Khan in the eastern province of Punjab without due process since November 3. The other is the disappearance of Abdul Hameed Hayatan, also known as Lala Hameed, in the southwestern province of Balochistan, where his colleagues think he was abducted by security officials. Pakistani journalists are caught in a vice between terrorists who use threats and abductions,... MORE
August 28, 2010

News agency journalists missing for past week in Dagestan

The head of a news agency and his deputy have been missing for a week in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, a republic in the Russian Caucasus. Khuda-Media director Abubark Rizvanov and his deputy, Timur Kurbanmagomedov, went missing after leaving their office at 4 p.m. on August 20 to buy a printer cartridge. After they failed to return, their colleagues tried to call them on their mobile phones without success. The authorities have denied any involvement in their disappearance but... MORE
August 19, 2010

Journalist goes missing in eastern Ukraine

Vasyl Klymentyev, chief editor and reporter for the Kharkiv-based weekly newspaper Novyi Stil (New Style) has been missing for a week, New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported. According to local news reports, on August 11, Klymentyev was seen leaving his home in the city of Kharkiv, in eastern Ukraine, with an unknown man in a BMW. The reports did not specify who saw Klymentyev that day. He has not been seen or heard from since. The journalist's... MORE
April 29, 2010

Mexican journalists missing after convoy ambushed

Two journalists accompanying a caravan of human rights activists in a tense and often violent indigenous area of Oaxaca state in southern Mexico were reported missing Tuesday after the convoy came under gunfire and two people were killed, press reports said. Érika Ramírez and David Cilia are the two missing reporters from the national newsweekly Contralínea , Zósimo Camacho, a senior editor with the publication, told the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Mexican newspapers... MORE
April 9, 2010

Journalist missing in western Mexico

Mexican journalist Ramón Ángeles Zalpa, has been missing since Tuesday, according to his family and reports in the local press. Ángeles, a part-time correspondent for the newspaper Cambio de Michoacán in the municipality of Paracho, in western Michoacán, left home in his car around 1 p.m. on Tuesday, his son Romel Ángeles told the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). The journalist was on his way the National University of Pedagogy, but never reached the school’s facilities,... MORE
February 24, 2010

Somalia: Radio reporter held by Al-Shabaab militia for past three days

Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) and the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) have expressed grave concern over the fate of Ali Yusuf Adan, a journalist who was arrested on February 21 in an area controlled by the Islamist militia Al-Shabaab. “Al-Shabaab, which we have already classified as a ‘Predator of Press Freedom,’ has added yet another misdeed to the long list of violations of free expression that it has already committed,” RSF/NUSOJ said. “We condemn this arrest and call for the... MORE
February 11, 2010

Two journalists missing in Sri Lanka

Two journalists have disappeared in Sri Lanka, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Chandana Sirimalwatte, chief editor of the Sri Lankan weekly newspaper Lanka , was detained by police around noon on January 30, according to his wife, Hemali Abeyratne, and staffers at the paper. Lanka e News journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda has been missing since January 24. Lanka , the weekly Sirimalwatte edited, was closed down by the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) for several days... MORE
January 26, 2010

As Sri Lanka election nears, pro-opposition writer vanishes

The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by the reported disappearance of Prageeth Eknelygoda, a political reporter for the Sri Lankan news website Lanka eNews. Lanka eNews Editor Sandurwan Senadeera told news organisations that Eknelygoda was last seen leaving the office on Sunday evening. He told news outlets that he fears the reporter may have been abducted. In its own account, Lanka eNews described Eknelygoda as a political analyst who has supported opposition presidential... MORE
January 25, 2010

Sri Lanka: Political reporter and cartoonist missing in Colombo on eve of election

Sri Lankan journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda went missing Sunday night in Colombo. A senior police official told Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) he was too busy with Tuesday's presidential election to make the case a priority. Eknaligoda, who writes political analyses for the Lankaenews website, left work at about 9 p.m. but did not arrive home and has not contacted any family members or friends. He had told a close friend he thought he had been followed for the past few days. “Given the current... MORE