Attacks on the Press in 2006

Attacks on the Press   |   Afghanistan, China, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Russia, Turkmenistan

Attacks on the Press in 2006: Preface

By Anderson Cooper

Silence. When a journalist is killed, more often than not, there is silence. In Russia, someone followed Anna Politkovskaya home and quietly shot her to death in her apartment building. The killer muffled the sound of the gun with a silencer. Her murder made headlines around the world in October, but from the Kremlin there was nothing. No statement. No condolences. Silence.

February 5, 2007 12:00 PM ET

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Attacks on the Press   |   Argentina, China, Colombia, Cuba, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Russia, Rwanda

Attacks on the Press in 2006: Introduction

By Joel Simon

As Venezuelan elections approached in November, President Hugo Chávez accused news broadcasters of engaging in a "psychological war to divide, weaken, and destroy the nation." Their broadcast licenses, he said, could be pulled--no idle threat in a country where a vague 2004 media law allows the government to shut down stations for work deemed "contrary to the security of the nation."

February 5, 2007 12:00 PM ET

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Attacks on the Press   |   Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Cuba, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, USA, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam

Attacks on the Press 2006: Countries That Have Jailed Journalists

ALGERIA: 2

Djamel Eddine Fahassi,
Alger Chaîne III
IMPRISONED: May 6, 1995

Fahassi, a reporter for the state-run radio station Alger Chaîne III and a contributor to several Algerian newspapers, including the now-banned weekly of the Islamic Salvation Front, Al-Forqane, was abducted near his home in the al-Harrache suburb of the capital, Algiers, by four well-dressed men carrying walkie-talkies. According to eyewitnesses who later spoke with his wife, the men called out Fahassi's name and then pushed him into a waiting car. He has not been seen since, and Algerian authorities have denied any knowledge of his arrest.

Attacks on the Press   |   Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Zimbabwe

Attacks on the Press 2006: Africa Analysis

African Union fails to defend press freedom
By Julia Crawford

When African heads of state gathered in July in the Gambia's sleepy seaside capital, Banjul, their host had just shut down a leading private newspaper, jailed journalists, and halted a planned freedom of expression forum on the fringes of the summit. At the summit, the African Union swore in judges for a future pan-African court of justice and human rights, but said nothing about human rights abuses in the Gambia or the lack of due process for its detainees. In a declaration marking the 25th anniversary of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, AU leaders vowed to rededicate themselves "to ensuring respect for human and peoples' rights" as a prerequisite to their common vision of "a united and prosperous Africa." The charter, binding on all AU members, includes freedom of expression as a fundamental human right. Yet the heads of state failed to comment on the Gambia's vicious repression of the independent press and its lackluster effort to solve the 2004 assassination of a leading editor.
February 5, 2007 11:57 AM ET

Attacks on the Press   |   Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Uruguay, Venezuela

Attacks on the Press 2006: Americas Analysis

Leftists Lean on the Latin American Media
By Carlos Lauría

Latin America's new leftist leaders may try to portray themselves as good news for the press, using the rhetoric of liberal democracy. But political and media analysts say these recently installed left-wing administrations are deeply rooted in the region's longstanding culture of authoritarianism.
February 5, 2007 11:56 AM ET

Attacks on the Press   |   Central Asia, Iraq, Pakistan, Russia

Attacks on the Press 2006: Asia Analysis


 Afghan-Pakistani border off-limits to most journalists
By Bob Dietz

The Afghanistan-Pakistan border is a critical front in the most challenging news story in the world: the confrontation between U.S.-led Western countries and militant Islamists. Yet access to the border region has become increasingly restricted, and the Pakistani government continues to do everything in its power to dissuade outside journalists from entering. Few local journalists are left, most having fled or simply stopped working in what has become a high-risk profession, according to the Tribal Union of Journalists.
February 5, 2007 11:55 AM ET

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Attacks on the Press   |   Azerbaijan, Belarus, Central Asia, Georgia, Germany, Russia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine

Attacks on the Press 2006: Europe and Central Asia Analysis

Getting away with murder in the former Soviet states
By Nina Ognianova

The assassin in a baseball cap who gunned down Anna Politkovskaya outside her Moscow apartment used a silencer. But reverberations from the contract-style slaying of Russia's icon of investigative journalism were felt around the world.

Attacks on the Press   |   Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, Yemen

Attacks on the Press 2006: Middle East Analysis

As democracy falters, Arab press still pushes for freedom
By Joel Campagna

Across the Middle East, political reform gained momentum in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States and the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003. Egyptians and Lebanese clamored for democracy; elections in Iraq, Palestine, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia offered a more pluralistic future. In a number of Arab countries, the media seized the moment. Newspapers in Egypt and Yemen smashed long-held taboos by openly criticizing political leaders, while in Iraq the toppling of Saddam Hussein opened the way for a vibrant news media. Autocrats known for smothering dissent suddenly touted the virtues of democracy, a system of government that U.S. President George W. Bush, buoyed by initial military success in Iraq, vowed to spread across a region of princes and potentates.
February 5, 2007 11:53 AM ET

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Attacks on the Press   |   Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen

Attacks on the Press 2006: Analysis: As Democracy Falters, Arab Press Still Pushes for Freedom

Across the Middle East, political reform gained momentum in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States and the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003. Egyptians
and Lebanese clamored for democracy; elections in Iraq, Palestine, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia offered a more pluralistic future. In a number of Arab countries, the media seized the moment. Newspapers in Egypt and Yemen smashed long-held taboos by openly criticizing political leaders, while in Iraq the toppling of Saddam Hussein opened the way for a vibrant news media. Autocrats known for smothering dissent suddenly touted the virtues of democracy, a system of government that U.S. President George W. Bush, buoyed by initial military success in Iraq, vowed to spread across a region of princes and potentates.
February 5, 2007 11:53 AM ET

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