2000

  

Journalists leave Jolo as hostage crisis continues

Click here to read more about press freedom conditions in the PHILIPPINES New York, July 31, 2000 — Citing security concerns, foreign news agencies pulled out their teams yesterday from the southern Philippine island of Jolo, where 16 journalists have been kidnapped over the past two months by various factions of the militant Islamic rebel…

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Government blocks air coverage of anti-Fujimori protests; U.S. reporter injured in street battles between police and demonstrators in Lima

Click here to read more about press freedom conditions in PERU New York, July 28, 2000 — In a highly unusual move, the Peruvian government has imposed flight restrictions over Lima that prevented the media from using helicopters to monitor opposition demonstrations protesting today’s swearing-in ceremony for President Alberto Fujimori.

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Radio station owner murdered

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is deeply saddened by yesterday’s killing of Sergey Novikov, owner of the independent radio station Vesna in the city of Smolensk. Novikov, 36, was shot and killed in the stairwell of his apartment building at around 9 p.m. on July 26. The killer, who remains at large, shot him four times and then escaped through a back door.

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Rebel group frees German reporter; five other journalists still held hostage

Click here to read more about press freedom conditions in the PHILIPPINES New York, July 27, 2000 — Andreas Lorenz, the Der Spiegel reporter who was captured by armed rebels on the southern island of Jolo on July 2, was released today. He is currently en route to Hamburg with his wife, Jutta, and Der…

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Cameroon: Three journalists convicted of criminal libel for reporting on corruption at local trade union

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is outraged at the prison sentences recently imposed on three journalists from the private biweekly publication Dikalo in retaliation for their coverage of alleged corruption and mismanagement at a local trade union.

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Judiciary suspends weekly newspaper; 21st pro-reform publication banned this year

Click here to read more about press freedom conditions in IRAN New York, July 25, 2000 — The reformist weekly Gunagoun was suspended by Branch 1410 of Tehran’s Public Court yesterday, bringing the total number of newspapers banned since January to 21. According to the state news agency IRNA, the closure came a day after…

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Journalist Faces Jail for Reporting Sexual Allegations against Attorney General

Click here to read more about press freedom conditions in PANAMA New York, July 26, 2000 — In a much-delayed ruling made public yesterday, Panama’s Supreme Court rejected the writ of habeas corpus filed by journalist Carlos Singares, who had appealed to the high court on June 23 after he was sentenced to eight days…

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Cuba: Jailed journalists held in deplorable conditions

Your Excellency, The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is writing to condemn the continued imprisonment of independent journalists in Cuba, in clear violation of international law. CPJ is also deeply troubled by reports that these unjustly jailed prisoners are being denied medical care and other basic services. We urge Your Excellency to order the immediate release of the following three Cuban journalists:

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CPJ urges thorough investigation of Domnikov killing

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is gravely disturbed by the killing of journalist Igor Domnikov, a reporter and special-projects editor at the twice-weekly Moscow paper Novaya Gazeta, who died after suffering a violent assault in Moscow on the evening of May 12. We reiterate our demand for a thorough investigation of this case, as requested in our May 22 letter to Your Excellency.

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Muslim militants abduct two Filipino journalists; four kidnapped foreign journalists still in captivity

Click here to read more about press freedom conditions in the PHILIPPINES New York, July 24, 2000 — Two journalists from ABS-CBN, the largest television network in the Philippines, were kidnapped today near the town of Patikul on the island of Jolo. Cameraman Val Cuenca and researcher/writer Maan Macapagal were abducted by four armed men…

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