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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 5, 2011

El Salvador: Mining company urged to condemn death squad threats against journalists

Radio Victoria and the rural community that operates it, located in the northern Salvadorian department of Cabañas, have been the victim of threats and harassment for the past five years and it is time this stopped, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has said. A new wave of warnings and death threats were received by four of the community radio station’s journalists – Pablo Ayala , Oscar Beltrán , Manuel Navarrete and Marixela Ramos – in writing and by phone from... 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 22, 2011

Guinea Bissau: Stay of execution for newspaper

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has expressed mixed feelings over the Guinea Bissau government’s decision not to go ahead with a threat to suspend newspaper Última Hora as it seems to be no more than a stay of execution. At a news conference on April 20, presidency minister Maria Adiatu Djaló Nandigna issued a “vibrant appeal to the media, especially newspaper Última Hora , to bring their editorial policies into line with the higher interests” of Guinea-Bissau... MORE
April 22, 2011

Concern about threats against journalist investigating corruption in south Spain

Increasingly direct death threats have been made against Gorka Zamarreño , an investigative reporter for, since he began covering the “Malaya Affair” trial in the southern city of Malaga. The case involves an allegedly vast network of corruption centred on real estate operations in nearby Marbella. “We are concerned not only for Zamarreño’s safety but also because such threats sustain a climate that discourages investigative journalism and transparency in a matter of general... MORE
April 11, 2011

Journalist still being arrested, harassed and intimidated amid continuing protests

Threats and acts of intimidation against journalists are continuing in Iraqi Kurdistan as a wave of protests enters its 55th day in the autonomous region. “This situation is worrying,” Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) said. “Not a day goes by without a journalist being arrested, threatened or harassed. We reiterate our 25 March appeal to Iraqi Kurdistan’s authorities to accept that they have a responsibility to guarantee the safety of journalists and their right... MORE
April 10, 2011

Colombia: Paramilitaries threaten 11 journalists and 11 indigenous radio stations

Peasant, trade union and indigenous groups and affiliated news media are designated as “permanent military targets” in three leaflets apparently issued by paramilitary groups – the Black Eagles, “Rastrojos” and United Self-Defence Forces of Colombia (AUC) – that have been circulating in the southwestern city of Popayán and the surrounding Cauca region since late February. The latest leaflet, dated late March and signed by the AUC’s central column, names 11 journalists. The targets also include... MORE
March 24, 2011

Shooting attack on outspoken Rio blogger, reprisal suspected

A nearly fatal shooting attack was carried out Wednesday on blogger Ricardo Gama on a Rio de Janeiro street was linked to his blog, which is often very scathing about the local authorities. The police said they were not ruling it out, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). Gama, 40, was in the Rio neighbourhood of Copacabana when individuals in a black car shot him three times, in the head, neck and shoulder. Onlookers went to his aid and he was rushed to... MORE
March 22, 2011

Eynulla Fatullayev threatened in Azerbaijan prison

New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists has expressed alarm about reported threats in prison against embattled editor Eynulla Fatullayev . According to CPJ interviews and local press reports, Fatullayev has feared for his life since his recent transfer to a new jail, prompting him to request that he be isolated from other inmates. Now in solitary confinement, his health has deteriorated and he has not received medical treatment, according to CPJ research. According... MORE
March 21, 2011

Black Eagles step up threats against journalists and NGOs in Colombia

The Aguilas Negras (Black Eagles) paramilitary group has been threatening journalists, civil society figures and NGOs, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). Dated March 14 and sent from a Gmail account in the name of “fenixaguilasnegras,” a message obtained by RSF promises the “extermination” and “purge” of a wide range of organisations, including women’s groups, peasant and Afro-Colombian associations and human rights NGOs, many of whose representatives... MORE