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March 25, 2011

Yemen shuts Al-Jazeera offices; journalists beaten

Yemeni authorities on Thursday ordered Al-Jazeera's offices shut and its journalists stripped of accreditation, escalating a week-long series of reprisals against the station that has included beatings, expulsions, raids, and death threats. New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the government's decision to shut Al-Jazeera and urged authorities to reverse the order immediately. Saeed Thabit, Al-Jazeera's Yemen bureau chief, said a Ministry of Information... 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 20, 2011

Hamas attacks Gaza news bureaus; Yemen ousts reporters

Hamas security forces raided media bureaus, assaulted journalists, and confiscated journalistic materials in Gaza Saturday, punctuating another day of anti-press attacks in the restive region. In Yemen, authorities expelled two Al-Jazeera correspondents, continuing a pattern of ousting international reporters. New York-based pressfreedom grouo Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the attacks on journalists and the efforts of authorities to prevent the world from seeing and reading about... MORE
March 19, 2011

More harassment of journalists covering pro-democracy demonstrations, one killed in Yemen

Jamal Al-Sharaabi , a photographer working for the local daily Al-Masdar , was one of the fatal victims when government security forces opened fire Saturday on a peaceful demonstration in Change Square, outside Sana'a university, killing at least 30 people, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). Aged 35 and the father of four children, Sharaabi is the fourth journalist to be killed in the course of the wave of protests that have been rocking the Arab world... MORE
March 19, 2011

In Yemen, a journalist fatally shot, another injured

One journalist was fatally shot and another wounded in Sana'a Friday when Yemeni security forces used live ammunition to disperse demonstrators from a central protest area, killing dozens of people. The death of photographer Jamal al-Sharaabi is the first confirmed media fatality in Yemen since political unrest began in January, New York-based pressfreedom group Committee to Protect Journalists said. Al-Sharaabi, a photojournalist for the independent weekly Al-Masdar , was among 44 individuals... 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 15, 2011

As unrest bubbles, Bahrain and Yemen obstruct press

Authorities in Yemen and Bahrain are continuing to obstruct news coverage of ongoing political unrest, the Committee to Protect Journalists said on Monday as it called on the two government to allow journalists to work without reprisal. In Yemen, at least six international journalists were expelled since Saturday, according to news reports and CPJ interviews. In Bahrain, security forces and plainclothes men attacked an Al-Wasat photojournalist covering a demonstration in the capital, Manama... MORE
March 15, 2011

Authorities in Yemen begin to target foreign journalists, six deported

Four Sana'a-based foreign journalists – two American and two British – who were on Monday detained by police at the apartment they shared in Sana'a’s old quarter, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. The two Britons are Oliver Holmes , who strings for the Wall Street Journal and Time , and Portia Walker , who strings for the Washington Post . The Americans are Haley Sweetland Edwards , who writes for the Los Angeles Times and AOL News, and Joshua... MORE
March 8, 2011

Middle East: Overview of media freedom violations of past few days

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has collated an overview of the acts of violence against journalists and other media freedom violations that have taken place in the pasts few days in Northern Africa and the Middle East. The countries concerned are Libya, Algeria, three Gulf states (Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Qatar), Yemen, Iraq (including Iraqi Kurdistan) and Syria. LIBYA Jean-Marie Lemaire , a French journalist working for the 24-hour TV news station France 24,... MORE