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August 2, 2011

Sri Lanka: President personally phones newspaper’s chairman to threaten him

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa made a threat in a phone call to the chairman of The Sunday Leader , Lal Wickrematunge, on July 19 because of an article reporting that China had given the president and his son, parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa, money to be used “at their discretion.” “We are extremely shocked that the president personally phones journalists in order to threaten them.” Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) said. “It is unacceptable that The Sunday... MORE
July 28, 2011

Jordan: Renewed threats against AFP bureau in Amman

There has been a series of attacks, threats and demonstrations since mid-June targeting the Agence France-Presse bureau in Amman and its chief, Randa Habib, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). “The protests against AFP in Amman have taken a disturbing turn, with the demonstrators using threats and violence,” RSF said. “Intimidation attempts of this kind, which hamper the work of journalists, are unacceptable. We call on Yehya Saud, the parliamentarian... MORE
July 6, 2011

Colombia: One journalist murdered, two others threatened after covering sensitive stories

Colombian journalist Luis Eduardo Gómez in Arboletes, was murdered last week in the northwestern department of Antioquia. Threats have also been issued against two journalists, Medellín-based Mary Luz Avendaño and Bogotá-based Gonzalo Guillén, in unrelated cases, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. It urged the authorities to implement strong protective measures that guarantee the safety of journalists. Gómez, 70, who worked for two newspapers, El... MORE
July 5, 2011

Argentina: Death threats and attacks on Neuquén radio journalist

Mario Sánchez, a radio journalist based in the town of Centenario, in the southwestern province of Neuquén, has been the target of repeated attacks and threats that began on June 19, when unidentified intruders set fire to his home after taking his computer and travel documents. The press freedom organization calls on the authorities to intervene and organize protection for Sánchez, a reporter and presenter for municipal radio Sayhueque 88.7 FM and a correspondent for radio LU5 AM, according to... MORE
June 30, 2011

Mexico: Death threats against Lydia Cacho

Mexican federal authorities must fully investigate renewed anonymous death threats against prominent journalist and human rights activist Lydia Cacho and bring those responsible to justice, New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has demanded. "Mexican authorities must put an end to the continuous intimidation against one of Mexico's leading journalists, immediately investigate the threats, and bring the perpetrators to justice," said Carlos Lauría, CPJ's... MORE
June 27, 2011

Israel openly threatens journalists planning to sail with Gaza flotilla

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has condemned the Israeli government’s attempts to intimidate journalists who plan to travel with a flotilla of ships that will set sail in the next few days in an attempt to break Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip. In a message sent to journalists June 26, Israeli Government Press Office director Oren Helman said media personnel sailing with the flotilla would be deliberately violating Israeli law and could be denied entry to... MORE
June 24, 2011

Somali militias shut two radio stations

Gunmen from pro- and anti-government militias raided and shuttered two radio stations in Somalia in separate attacks on Wednesday, according to New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). An armed group with links to the hardline insurgency Al-Shabaab stormed the private Voice of Hiran on Wednesday morning in the central town of Beledweyne, ordering all staff to leave the premises, local journalists told CPJ. According to a source who spoke on condition of... MORE
June 10, 2011

Colombia: Days after gasoline attack, TV station owner told to leave town

Mario Estebán López , the owner and director of regional TV station Canal 22 RAV Televisión, could be executed if he does not leave the city of Ipiales, in the southwestern department of Nariño, by June 11, according to a warning he received on the night of June 8, nine days after he was nearly killed by three unidentified attackers armed with gasoline. In the attack with gasoline, which took place on May 31, he was ambushed in his car near his home and came close to being strangled and burned... MORE
June 10, 2011

Pakistani journalists threatened after covering killings

Two Pakistani journalists who captured images of apparent military violence against unarmed foreigners and a local man are being threatened, their colleagues have told New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). The threats have come amid calls from high-ranking Pakistani military leaders to quell public criticism of their policies, made at a Thursday meeting of top level commanders. According to Pakistani journalists, Abdul Salam Soomro of the Sindhi-language... MORE
May 17, 2011

Kazakhistan: Prosecutor ignores threats against journalist

A regional prosecutor in Uralsk, western Kazakhstan, has refused to investigate a threatening call against Alla Zlobina , a regional correspondent for the embattled independent weekly Golos Respubliki . Zlobina's daughter was also intimidated. New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) called upon regional authorities to thoroughly probe the incidents and bring those responsible to justice. At around 7 a.m. on April 29, an anonymous caller phoned Zlobina at home... MORE