2003

  

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is deeply concerned about the Algerian state printers’ refusal to print a number of private newspapers in recent weeks. On August 14, state printers issued an ultimatum to six privately owned dailies—El-Khabar, Errai, Le Soir d’Algérie, Le Matin, L’Expression, and Liberté—stating that if they did not pay…

Read More ›

South Korean journalists released, deported from China

New York, August 28, 2003—South Korean journalists Kim Seung Jin and Geum Myeong Seok were released and deported from China to South Korea after three weeks in detention, according to international news reports. On August 7, free-lance cameraman Kim and photographer Geum were arrested in Shanghai while accompanying North Korean refugees who were attempting to…

Read More ›

Journalist assaulted by policemen

New York, August 28, 2003—Policemen in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, assaulted Désiré-Israél Kazadi, a reporter working for the daily newspaper Le Phare (The Lighthouse), yesterday during a confrontation with supporters of the opposition Union for Democracy and Social Progress (known by its French acronym UDPS). According to the journalist and…

Read More ›

CPJ requests information on 29 murdered journalists

Dear Mr. Imomov: Joel Simon, Josh Friedman, and I appreciated the opportunity to meet with you on July 21 to discuss the Committee to Protect Journalists’ (CPJ) list of 29 journalists who were murdered during and after Tajikistan’s civil war.

Read More ›

CPJ concerned about criminal defamation and access to information

Dear Mr. Ubaydulloyev: Joel Simon, Josh Friedman, and I appreciated the opportunity to meet with you on July 22 to discuss press freedom conditions in Tajikistan. We also appreciate your willingness to review a letter from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) outlining our specific concerns about the country’s criminal defamation laws and problems regarding journalists’ access to government information.

Read More ›

CPJ condemns harassment of journalist

New York, August 27, 2003— The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns recent attempts by the House of Assembly in Nigeria’s Akwa Ibom state to expel journalist Haruna Acheneje from the state, which is located on the country’s southern coast. Acheneje is a correspondent based in Uyo, Akwa Ibom’s capital, for the national daily The…

Read More ›

CPJ sends letters to authorities Asks for details about 29 murdered journalists and outlines concerns about criminal defamation and access to information

New York, August 27, 2003— Following a two-week mission to Tajikistan, the Committee to Protect Journalists sent letters today to Azizmat Imomov, Tajikistan’s deputy prosecutor general, and Mahmadsaid Ubaidulloyev, parliamentary chairman and mayor of the capital, Dushanbe. The letters were based on three-days of intensive meetings with government officials in which the CPJ delegation expressed…

Read More ›

Journalist brutally attacked and imprisoned

New York, August 26, 2003—Earlier this month, Hiramon Mondol, a correspondent for the daily Dainik Prabarttan, in Khulna, a town in southwestern Bangladesh was brutally assaulted by the police before being taken into custody, and jailed on theft charges. Fearing reprisal from an August 3 article he wrote that accused police and security forces of…

Read More ›

U.S. officials raise concern about jailed Internet journalist

New York, August 26, 2003— In an August 14 letter to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs William J. Burns said that U.S. officials have repeatedly expressed their concern about the ongoing imprisonment of Internet journalist Zouhair Yahyaoui. “In the last week both Acting Assistant Secretary…

Read More ›

Journalist’s sentence reduced on appeal

New York, August 26, 2003—In an appeal trial heard today, the Hanoi Supreme Court reduced the prison sentence of journalist Pham Hong Son from 13 years to five years. Son is still required to serve three years of administrative detention, or house arrest, upon release. Son’s wife, Vu Thuy Ha, was the only witness allowed…

Read More ›