2003

  

CPJ calls on government to investigate journalist’s murder

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns the recent murder of Bonifacio Gregorio, a reporter and columnist for the weekly Dyaryo Banat, in La Paz, Tarlac Province. On the evening of July 8, an unidentified gunman approached Gregorio while he was talking to a colleague on a cell phone in front of his house and shot him in the head three times at close range. According to news reports, the gunman was likely a professional killer who fled the scene on foot. Gregorio was rushed to La Paz District Hospital, before being transferred to Ramos General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

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New York, July 30, 2003—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns the Saudi Arabian Information Ministry’s decision to ban Saudi writer Hussein Shobokshi from writing his weekly newspaper column. According to a July 29 Reuters report, Shobokshi received a call from his editors at Okaz, the Saudi daily that published his weekly columns. “I got…

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CPJ condemns Supreme Court ruling

New York, July 30, 2003—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns a recent ruling by Venezuela’s Supreme Court upholding several desacato (contempt) and criminal defamation provisions in the country’s Penal Code. In the current political climate, which remains tense despite a recent decrease in violence and an agreement between the government and the opposition to…

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O CPJ condena sentença do Tribunal Supremo

Nova York, 30 de julho de 2003 — O Comitê para a Proteção dos Jornalistas (CPJ) condena a recente sentença do Tribunal Supremo de Justiça venezuelano que ratificou várias disposições do Código Penal relativas ao desacato e aos delitos de difamação e injúria. No atual clima político, que permanece tenso apesar da diminuição da violência…

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SUSPECTS CONVICTED OF MURDERING TWO JOURNALISTS DURING TAJIKISTAN’S CIVIL WAR

New York, July 29, 2003—Tajikistan’s Supreme Court today convicted two suspects in the murders of Muhiddin Olimpur, head of the BBC’s Persian Service bureau, and Viktor Nikulin, a correspondent with the Russian television network ORT, both of whom were killed during the country’s civil war in the mid-1990s. Narzibek Davlatov and Akhtam Toirov were sentenced…

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CPJ calls on U.S. for more information about detained Iranian journalists

Dear Mr. Bremer: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is concerned about the fact that U.S. forces have detained Said Abu Taleb and Soheil Kareemi, two journalists with Iranian State Television, since July 1.

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Court bans broadcast of news program

New York, July 29, 2003—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns last week’s decision by a Chilean court temporarily barring a television station from airing a program about a high-profile murder case. On Wednesday, July 23, a panel of judges of the Santiago Court of Appeals, in Chile’s capital, ordered Televisión Nacional de Chile (TVN)…

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Tribunal proíbe transmissão de programa televisivo

Nova York, 29de julho de 2003— O Comitê para a Proteção dos Jornalistas (CPJ) condena a decisão de um tribunal de justiça chileno que, na semana passada proibiu, temporariamente, que uma estação de TV transmitisse um programa sobre um relevante assassinato. Na quarta-feira, 23 de julho, um grupo de juízes da Corte de Apelações de…

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Security agents detained in connection with journalist’s death

July 28, 2003, New York—Five Iranian security agents have been detained in connection with the death of Canadian-Iranian free-lance journalist Zahra Kazemi, who died in government custody on July 10 after being arrested for taking photographs outside a prison in the capital, Tehran, according to press reports and an Iranian source. Sources cited a state…

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Newspaper’s license suspended

July 25, 2003, New York—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns the July 12 decision by a Khartoum criminal court to cancel the license of the Khartoum Monitor, ceasing publication of the English-language daily. According to Nhial Bol, editor of the Khartoum Monitor, the court canceled the paper’s license because of an interview it published…

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