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March 31, 2011

Journalists continue to be harassed in different ways throughout Middle East

Reuters television producer Ayat Basma and cameraman Ezzat Baltaji were released on March 28 after being held for two days but Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has meanwhile learnt that two other journalists were arrested on March 27. The London-based Syrian Human Rights Monitoring Centre identified them as Doha Hassan , who works for Orient TV and several websites, and Zaher Omareen . RSF has been told they are being held at the General Directorate for State... 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 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 22, 2011

Times reporters freed in Libya; 13 still missing, detained

Four New York Times journalists have been freed in Libya but 13 other journalists are either missing or reported in Libyan government custody, according to New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). "Four journalists from Al-Jazeera, two from Agence France-Presse, and one from Getty Images are either being detained by Libyan authorities or are missing," said CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon. "Six Libyan journalists are also missing and unaccounted for. We call... MORE
March 21, 2011

Middle East protests: Two journalists killed, many missing, arrested or deported

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) is very worried about the fate of Stéphane Lehr , an experienced French freelance photographer working for Polaris Images, who went missing early Sunday afternoon shortly after arriving in Benghazi with a French TV crew. The head of Polaris Images, Jean-Pierre Pappis, said the last contact with Lehr was a message received at 7 a.m. New York time (1 p.m. in Libya). “He sent us an email saying: ‘I have just arrived in Benghazi. I am... MORE
March 21, 2011

In Libya, 4 journalists detained, 3 missing, one killed

Al-Jazeera said Sunday that Libyan authorities have been holding four of its journalists in Tripoli for several days, while Agence-France Presse reported that two of its journalists and a third journalist are missing in eastern Libya. On Saturday, the founder and manager of a Libyan online broadcaster was killed by gunfire while reporting from a battle outside Benghazi. New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the ongoing attacks on the press in Libya, and... MORE
March 18, 2011

Bahrain expels CNN reporter, detains WSJ correspondent

Bahraini authorities expelled a CNN reporter and briefly detained another international reporter on Wednesday amid an intensified crackdown on political unrest. New York-based pressfreedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemned the Bahraini government's ongoing obstruction of news media and called for authorities to allow journalists to cover this story of international import. Elsewhere in the region, anti-press attacks and harassment continued to be reported in Morocco, Yemen... 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 15, 2011

Libyan rebels arrest 'Gaddafi death squad' that killed journalist

Four men have been arrested for the murder of an Al Jazeera journalist, and rebel officials claim evidence has emerged that Muammar Gaddafi's regime is sending undercover squads to carry out assassinations, the Independent has reported. The Independent was told that four men were caught in the city of Ajdabiya with evidence linking them to the death of Ali Hassan Al Jaber , who was killed near Benghazi on Saturday. Under questioning, the suspects allegedly confessed that they had been ordered... MORE
March 13, 2011

In Libya, Al-Jazeera journalist killed and another wounded

Unidentified gunmen killed Al-Jazeera cameraman Ali Hassan al-Jaber and wounded his colleague near the eastern rebel-held city of Benghazi in an ambush on Saturday, according to the Qatar-based satellite station. This is the first confirmed death reported in the Libyan conflict, New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said. The Al-Jazeera crew was returning from covering an opposition demonstration in Suluq, 50km southwest of Benghazi, when unidentified gunmen... MORE