Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is greatly alarmed that a minister in your government has threatened journalists reporting in the flood-ravaged district of Satkhira, where two journalists were attacked recently for their coverage of the misuse of disaster relief funds.
Click here to read more about press freedom conditions in ANGOLA New York, October 30, 2000 — The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) today condemned the decision by the Supreme Court of Angola to impose harsh sentences on three journalists prosecuted for defaming government officials, including President José Eduardo Dos Santos.
Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is deeply disturbed by your government’s efforts to restrict the exchange of news and information over the Internet. A notice published in the October 26 edition of the Vientiane Times, a government newspaper, warned people “not to use the Internet in the wrong way” and included a number of rules governing online content. The guidelines had been circulated a few days earlier by the Khao Sane Pathet Lao (KPL) news agency, which stated that those who disregard the rules “will be warned, educated, fined, expelled, or prosecuted according to the law,” as reported by The Associated Press.
Read the OAS Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression [English] | [Spanish] New York, October 26, 2000 — The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) welcomes the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights’ strong statement of support for press freedom in the Americas.
Click here to read more about press freedom conditions in NIGER New York, October 27, 2000 — Niger authorities have arrested three local journalists for publishing an article on an ongoing border dispute between Niger and neighboring Benin, sources in the capital, Niamey, told CPJ. Tahirou Glos, editor of the independent Niamey weekly L’Enquêteur, and…
New York, October 25, 2000 — In an apparent move to limit television coverage of anti-government demonstrations in Lima, the Peruvian Air Force has imposed flight restrictions that effectively bar news stations from flying helicopters over the capital.
Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is alarmed by the recent harassment of three Radio Fiji journalists who had aired a controversial news item alleging divisions within the Fijian military concerning the composition of the interim government.
Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is gravely disturbed by the death of Italian radio journalist Antonio Russo, whose body was found on October 16 outside the capital, Tbilisi. Because of the highly suspicious circumstances surrounding his death, Russo’s colleagues in Tbilisi fear the journalist may have been murdered in reprisal for his coverage of the conflict in neighboring Chechnya, according to local media reports.
Click here to read more about press freedom conditions in IRAN New York, October 24, 2000 — Iran’s hard-line judiciary banned three reformist newspapers yesterday, bringing to at least 27 the total number of papers shut down since April, when the conservative Press Court launched a broad press crackdown.