2002

  

CPJ condemns beating of independent journalist

New York, August 29, 2002—A prominent Kazakh journalist was seriously beaten by unknown assailants on the evening of August 28, according to sources in Almaty, a southern city in Kazakhstan. Sergei Duvanov, who writes for opposition-financed Web sites, returned to his home in Almaty at around 9:45 p.m. yesterday after attending an English class. He…

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CPJ calls on agency to respect confidentiality of journalistic sources

New York, August 29, 2002—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) urges the U.K. Financial Services Authority (FSA), a banking and investment watchdog agency, to respect the confidentiality of sources in its discussions with news organizations over leaked documents pertaining to Interbrew, the Belgium-based brewing group. The discussions follow Interbrew’s July 26 decision to stop legal…

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Offices of news production company are destroyed

New York, August 29, 2002—Unknown persons bombed the offices of the Voice of the People (VOP) Communications Trust yesterday morning. The private news production company, which has been producing shows since June 2000, was housed in a suburb of the capital city, Harare. The explosion is the fourth such attack on the independent media in…

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Editor and family harassed by authorities

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is writing to draw your attention to recent harassment of the well-known journalist Shaheen Sehbai, who is living in the United States, and his family members who are living in Pakistan.

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CPJ concerned about proposed amendment to press laws

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is gravely concerned that Togo continues its slide toward becoming West Africa’s worst press freedom abuser. We are particularly alarmed at recently proposed legislation to amend Togo’s already repressive press laws.

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Journalist syndicate proposes restrictions on photographers

New York, August 27, 2002—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) protests yesterday’s statement by the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate, a professional press association based in the Gaza Strip, barring Palestinian and foreign journalists from photographing images of Palestinian children wearing military uniforms or carrying weapons. It is unclear how this ban will be enforced and whether…

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CPJ demands inquiry into murder of journalist

San Pablo, Philippines, August 27, 2002—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is deeply concerned about the murder of journalist and broadcaster Sonny Alcantara in the city of San Pablo, south of Manila, and calls on the government of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to ensure a thorough and impartial investigation into the slaying. Alcantara, 51, was…

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CPJ mourns loss of New Zealand journalist killed in car crash

New York, August 26, 2002—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) mourns the death of our colleague Alistair McLeod, 41, a freelance reporter on assignment in Afghanistan for The Australian newspaper. McLeod, a New Zealand citizen, was killed over the weekend in a car accident outside Kabul. Luis Alvarez, a reporter for the Spanish news agency…

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CPJ CONDEMNS MURDER OF JOURNALIST BY MAOIST REBELS

New York, August 26, 2002—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns the brutal murder by Maoist rebels of Nava Raj Sharma, editor of the Nepali-language weekly Kadam, published from Kalikot District in Nepal’s remote Midwestern region. News of Sharma’s murder earlier this summer surfaced only last week, after a team of journalists and human rights…

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The Great Firewall of China

Xiao Qiang, a 2001 MacArthur Fellow, is executive director of Human Rights in China, a monitoring and advocacy organization based in New York and Hong Kong. Sophie Beach is Asia research associate at the Committee to Protect Journalists. NEW YORK — Last month, the Chinese government announced that some 45.8 million of its citizens had…

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