1999

  

Opposition media under siege in Cote d’Ivoire

Your Excellency, The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is gravely concerned by the continued deterioration of the press freedom situation in Cote d’Ivoire. While we welcome the release from prison today of Le Populaire publisher Raphael Lakpe, threats and attacks against opposition media have intensified alarmingly in recent weeks. In a September 10 letter to Your Excellency, CPJ expressed its deep concern that the prolonged detention of Lakpe and Le Populaire editor Jean Khalil Sylla (who remains in prison) would negatively affect press freedom in Cote d’Ivoire.

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COLOMBIAN PHOTOGRAPHER KIDNAPPED BY GUERRILLAS

New York, October 29, 1999– Leftist guerrillas who kidnapped a Colombian journalist on October 26 say they will only release him if a rebel communiqué is made public. But local journalists have rejected the demand, saying they only broadcast the rebel’s message once the kidnapped journalist is set free. Henry Romero, a freelance photographer who…

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Ukranian Government censors four opposition newspapers as presidential election nears

Your Excellency, The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is greatly troubled by your government’s recent attempts to censor four opposition newspapers prior to the October 31 presidential elections.

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Twelve journalists charged with espionage in Zambia

Your Excellency, The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is dismayed to learn that twelve journalists with the independent daily newspaperThe Post have been summoned to appear in the High Court in Lusaka on November 1 on charges of espionage.

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NORTHERN IRISH JOURNALIST WINS APPEAL

New York, October 27, 1999 — A Northern Irish journalist does not have to hand over his notes on the 1989 murder of a Belfast lawyer, the province’s senior judge ruled today. Ed Moloney, the Northern Ireland editor of the Dublin-based Sunday Tribune, had faced up to five years in jail and unlimited fines for…

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Police pummel photographers at protest

Your Excellency, The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is deeply disturbed by the latest brutal assault on photojournalists committed by the Dhaka police. On Friday, October 22, riot police were dispatched to subdue a demonstration held in the capital by Islamic activists. The police turned their batons on two newspaper photographers who were documenting their treatment of the protesters. Babul Talukder, a photographer for Dainik Dinkal,and Mintu, who works for Dainik Janata, were both badly beaten.

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Powerful Panamanians Conspire to Smear Local Editor

October 26, 1999 — CPJ is alarmed about a defamation campaign being waged against Gustavo Gorriti, the Peruvian-born associate editor of the leading Panama City daily La Prensa. Earlier this month, a mysterious organization called the “Committee for Freedom of Expression in Panama” put up posters all around Panama City that showed Gorriti’s face with…

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Bosnia-Hercegovina: Independent Serb journalist loses legs in car bomb attack

Your Excellencies, The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is deeply disturbed by today’s violent attack against Zeljko Kopanja, the founder and chief editor of Nezavisne Novine,the largest independent Serb daily in Bosnia-Hercegovina.

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Colombia: Radio journalist murdered

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is writing to express its profound indignation about yesterday’s brutal murder of radio journalist Rodolfo Julio Torres in the town of San Onofre, Sucre Department. We are urging you in the strongest possible terms to launch an exhaustive investigation into this lethal attack on press freedom, the third to have taken place in Colombia in less than three months.

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Hong Kong: State broadcasting chief transferred after angering Beijing

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is concerned about the implications of this week’s abrupt transfer of Cheung Man-yee from her post as director of Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK). Cheung has been a staunch defender of press freedom during her 13-year tenure as director of RTHK, a publicly funded broadcast agency with a long tradition of editorial autonomy.

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