coverage of the release of Iraqi cameraman Omar Hisham, who was detained
Also this morning, The Associated Press is running
a story about the attempted bombing of an Arab TV correspondent's vehicle
New York, September 5, 2008--Dozens of journalists were arrested while covering demonstrations on the third day of the Republican National Convention. They included two Associated Press reporters who, along with other members of the media, were documenting a few hundred protesters trapped by police on both sides of bridge over an interstate highway. The protesters were also arrested.
New York, September 2, 2008—A camera crew, broadcast host, and photographer were arrested Monday while covering protests at the Republican National Convention in St Paul, Minn. Police in downtown St. Paul swept up the journalists while arresting more than 250 other people during an unruly end to an otherwise peaceful anti-war protest, according to news reports and CPJ interviews. All three were later released.
“I held up my press pass as I was filming,” said one of those arrested, Nicole Salazar, a producer and videographer for the nationally syndicated radio and television program, “Democracy Now!” Salazar suffered a bloody nose after being pushed by officers into a parked car, she told CPJ. Sound technician Sharif Abdel Kouddous was arrested as he was coming to her side and holding up a press pass, he told CPJ.
In August, as East Timor prepared to vote on whether to declare independence from Indonesia, military-backed, pro-Indonesia militias threatened, harassed and physically assaulted journalists covering the disputed territory. The attacks began shortly after the announcement in March of a United Nations-brokered agreement to hold an August 30 referendum on the independence issue.
The Indonesian military was bitterly opposed to the referendum, having occupied the former Portuguese colony in 1975 and fought a protracted war against independence. On April 17, following an escalating series of threats, rampaging militia members sacked the offices of Suara Timor Timur ("The Voice of East Timor"), the territory's only daily newspaper. The paper was shut down for more than two weeks, and many of its employees were driven into hiding. At about the same time, foreign journalists in East Timor began to face threats and beatings from the militias.
Your Excellency, The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is deeply concerned over reports that Indonesian authorities intend to prosecute American journalist Allan Nairn for entering the country in violation of immigration laws. Nairn's name appears on a "blacklist" compiled by the Indonesian armed forces, barring the journalist from reporting in Indonesia.
September 15, 1999 -- CPJ has learned that Indonesian military authorities flew American journalist Allan Nairn out of East Timor on a military jet today, having detained him for more than 24 hours in the capital city of Dili. He was taken to Kupang, West Timor.
Nairn is a freelance journalist who filed regular reports from East Timor for the American news organizations The Nation, a weekly political magazine, and Pacifica Radioís current affairs program "Democracy Now!" He was detained by Indonesian military officers at around 5:30 a.m. local time on September 14. Nairn says he has been interrogated by police and by military officers, including Maj. Gen. Kiki Syahnakri, head of the Indonesian military operation in East Timor.
Your Excellency, The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is deeply troubled by the recent deportation of American journalist Amy Goodman, who was stopped at Bali's Ngurah Rai international airport while en route to East Timor to cover the territory's August 30 vote on independence. Goodman's expulsion directly contradicts your administration's pledges to lift restrictions on foreign journalists, and to ensure that international observers, including media representatives, are allowed free access to East Timor during the historic referendum.
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