2002

  

CPJ sends letter to Pentagon about detained journalist

Dear Secretary Rumsfeld: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to express concern about the reported detention without charge of Sami Muhieddine Muhammad al-Haj, a 33-year-old assistant cameraman for the Qatar-based satellite television network Al-Jazeera.

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Judge subpoenas journalist’s phone records

New York, September 27, 2002—An Argentine federal judge has subpoenaed the phone records of Thomas Catan, the Buenos Aires correspondent for the U.K.-based Financial Times. The records could potentially reveal the journalist’s sources. On August 20, 2002, Catan, citing unnamed bankers and diplomats he interviewed, reported that Argentine legislators had solicited bribes from foreign banks…

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CPJ condemns detention of writer

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns the detention of writer Nguyen Vu Binh. At about 8 p.m. on September 25, security officials searched Binh’s home in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, before arresting him, said CPJ sources. It is not known where Binh is being held.

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Cameraman killed during firefight in Ingushetia

New York, September 26, 2002—Roddy Scott, 31, a British free-lance cameraman working for Britain’s Frontline, a television news agency, was killed in the Russian republic of Ingushetia. Russian soldiers found his body earlier today in Ingushetia’s Galashki region, near the border with Chechnya, following clashes between Russian forces and a group of Chechen fighters. The…

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CPJ CONCERNED ABOUT JOURNALISTS’ SAFETY IN THE IVORY COAST

New York, September 25, 2002—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is gravely concerned about the safety of journalists covering the ongoing military crisis in the Ivory Coast. According to several sources in the capital, Abidjan, at least one local journalist was badly beaten by troops loyal to the government of President Laurent Gbagbo, who have…

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CPJ condemns arrest of Internet essayist

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns the recent arrest of Internet essayist Chen Shaowen. Chen was arrested on suspicion of “using the Internet to subvert state power,” according to a report in the official Hunan Daily.

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CPJ troubled by developments in journalist’s murder

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is deeply troubled by the latest developments in the case of Haitian journalist Brignolle Lindor, who was murdered on December 3, 2001, by members of a pro-government organization.

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Wave of violent attacks target journalists in Penza

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply troubled by a wave of violent attacks against journalists near the southern city of Penza. Most recently, Igor Salikov, director of information security at Propaganda publishing house, was killed soon after a newspaper printed by his employer published a series of articles alleging that local authorities were involved in corruption.

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Police arrest suspect in journalist’s murder

New York, September 20, 2002—Brazilian police yesterday captured a local drug trafficker who was the leading suspect in the disappearance and murder of prominent journalist Tim Lopes. Elias Pereira da Silva, also known as Elias the Madman, was apprehended in one of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas, or shantytowns, after a two-day search. In early August,…

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CPJ welcomes release of Wan Yanhai

New York, September 20, 2002—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) welcomes the release today of the prominent AIDS activist and Web publisher Wan Yanhai, who was detained for nearly a month on suspicion of “leaking state secrets.” China’s official news agency, Xinhua, as quoted by Agence France-Presse, said that Wan was released after “confessing to…

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