2000

  

Belarus: Missing journalist feared dead; official investigation stalled

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is deeply disturbed by the lack of progress in the investigation into the disappearance of Dmitry Zavadsky, a cameraman with the Russian public television network ORT who has been missing since July 7. Because no group has come forward to take responsibility for Zavadsky’s disappearance over the past six months, we now fear that the journalist may have been killed. The official investigation, which has been carried out in secret, now appears to be stalled.

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BBC translator detained in Kabul

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is deeply concerned about the safety of Abdul Saboor Salehzai, a translator for the BBC in Kabul who has been detained incommunicado since December 16.

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CPJ calls for prompt independent investigation of Gongadze disappearance

Click here to read more about press freedom conditions in UKRAINE New York, December 15, 2000 — In the wake of allegations linking President Leonid Kuchma and two top aides to the September 16 disappearance of independent journalist Georgy Gongadze, CPJ urges President Kuchma and his government to avoid the appearance of impropriety by appointing…

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Swiss journalist released

Click here to read more about press freedom conditions in INDONESIA Click here to read CPJ’s Protest Letter New York, December 14, 2000 — CPJ welcomes the release of Swiss journalist Oswald Iten, who had been imprisoned in Jayapura, Irian Jaya, since December 2 on suspicion that he violated Indonesian immigration laws by reporting without…

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Two journalists murdered

Bogotá, December 14, 2000 — Early yesterday morning, two men on a motorcycle killed radio journalist Alfredo Abad López as he was saying goodbye to his wife outside their home in the southern Colombian city of Florencia.

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Angola: Rafael Marques forbidden to travel

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) strongly protests your government’s continued harassment of journalist Rafael Marques, who was refused the right to leave the country this morning despite official assurances, and a signed court order, stating clearly that all travel restrictions against him had been lifted.

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Slovakia: Journalist sentenced for defaming his country

Your Excellency, The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is writing to express its dismay over recent defamation charges brought against Vladimir Mohorita, a journalist with the Slovak weekly Zmena. On March 16, Mohorita received a registered letter from the Bratislava 2 Regional Court informing him that unspecified, undated criminal charges had been filed against him. Mohorita received another registered letter two days later, explaining that the charges had in fact been filed two weeks earlier. The letter added that, having reached a decision on March 7, the court was sentencing him to four months in prison under Article 102 of the Slovak Penal Code for “publicly defaming the country and its officials.”

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Ukraine: Editor assaulted by public official

Your Excellency, The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns the recent beating of Oleg Liachko, editor-in-chief of the weekly newspaper Svoboda. We demand that the attack be investigated immediately and that the assailant — a prominent public official–be held accountable for his actions.

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Two journalists convicted of defaming official; two others begin trial

Click here to read more about press freedom conditions in ANGOLA. New York, April 12, 2000 — On April 11, a Luanda court convicted two journalists of defaming a senior government official and gave them suspended sentences, sources in Angola told CPJ. Graca Campos, a news editor at the Luanda-based weekly Angolense, was sentenced to…

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Radio journalist killed in student demonstration

Click here to read more about press freedom conditions in THE GAMBIA. New York, April 12, 2000 — Popular Gambian journalist Omar Barrow, a news editor with the privately-owned Senegalese radio station SUD FM, which broadcasts in the Gambia, was shot dead on April 10 by a uniformed member of the Gambian army’s anti-riot unit,…

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