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December 11, 2009

One month after journalist’s Mexican disappearance, investigation seems to go nowhere

No ransom demand. No news at all. The official investigation has not progressed in the month since María Esther Aguilar Cansimbe, a young journalist employed by the Diario de Zamora and Cambio de Michoacán newspapers in the southwestern state of Michoacán, disappeared on November 11. Nonetheless, there are reasons for thinking her disappearance was linked to her reporting and that drug traffickers were involved, Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) has erported. “It is vital that the Special Federal... MORE
November 20, 2009

Mexican crime reporter vanishes in western Michoacán

A Mexican reporter who had recently covered corruption and organized crime was reported missing this week in the western state of Michoacán, The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported quoting local news reports. María Esther Aguilar Cansimbe, was last seen on November 11 near her home in Zamora. CPJ called on state and federal authorities to do everything in their power to immediately bring her to safety. Aguilar, a reporter for the Zamora-based daily El Diario de... MORE
September 30, 2009

Two foreign reporters in Guinea go into hiding after getting death threats

Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) has expressed concern over the safety of Mouctar Bah, the Conakry correspondent of Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Radio France Internationale (RFI), and Amadou Diallo, the BBC’s correspondent. After being threatened and roughed up by soldiers while covering the violent dispersal of an opposition demonstration two days ago in which hundreds died, they are now reportedly wanted by the military authorities. “Journalists have been playing a vital role in informing... MORE
July 12, 2008

RFE/RL unable to reach reporter in Turkmenistan

A contributing reporter for the Turkmen Service of the U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) who was forcibly held for two weeks in two different psychiatric facilities has now had his phone disabled, according to RFE/RL. Bowing to international pressure, authorities freed Sazak Durdymuradov on July 3. A security officer warned him to "go and tell the truth" about his treatment in detention, and not to "slander" in his broadcasts, he said. Reports of Durdymuradov's unlawful... MORE
July 8, 2008

Pakistani journalist goes missing in Islamabad

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has expressed concern over the reported disappearance of Wiqar Kiyani, a journalist working for the Guardian newspaper of the United Kingdom, shortly after he returned to Islamabad from a reporting assignment in Karachi. According to reports received from the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), an IFJ affiliate, Kiyani's home was raided in his absence by unidentified persons. Soon after he returned home, his newspaper informed the PFUJ... MORE
March 6, 2008

Two journalists abducted in Balochistan, a third missing since November

Two journalists employed by Urdu-language Baloch daily Azadi went missing in the Pakistan province of Balochistan within three days of each other, on February 29 and March 3, according to delayed reports received by Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). The two are feared to have been abducted. “The current deterioration in press freedom in Balochistan has become quite intolerable," Paris-based RSF said in a statement. “These abductions —of Hameed Baloch and Khalil Khosa — coming on the heels of the... MORE
September 19, 2007

Mexico: Two journalists of TV Azteca still missing

The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) expressed again today its concern for the May 10 disappearance of journalists Gamaliel López and Gerardo Paredes of TV Azteca Noroeste and at the lack of progress in the investigations into their whereabouts. López is a reporter and Paredes a cameraman for the TV station located in Monterrey, in the northern Mexico state of Nuevo León. According to information gathered by the IAPA, López was preparing reports on urban problems in Monterrey and had... MORE
August 8, 2007

Iraq: AP photographer kidnapped, reporter of state-run daily goes missing

An Iraqi photographer working for the Associated Press (AP) was kidnapped in Diyala province on Tuesday, while another journalist working for state-run al-Sabah newspaper has been reported missing, acording to reports. An armed group intercepted the car of AP photographer Talal Ahmed Abdullah in central Baquba, 60 kilometres north of Baghdad, and took him to an unknown location, the independent Voices of Iraq (VOI) news agency reported, citing an official Iraqi police source. US soldiers on... MORE