2003

  

Zanzibari government bans newspaper

New York, November 25, 2003—The government of Zanzibar, a semiautonomous island off the coast of Tanzania, has ordered the indefinite suspension of the independent weekly Dira, according to local journalists and international press reports. Dira, the island’s most popular newspaper, has been highly critical of the government. Editor Ali Nabwa told CPJ that Dira received…

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CPJ condemns closure of Arab news channel

November 24, 2003—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns today’s closure of the Iraq offices of the Dubai-based satellite news channel Al-Arabiyya. The U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council announced today that the station’s Baghdad-based news operations were banned from working in Iraq for an indefinite period, according to press reports. The move came after the station…

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Police seize newspaper’s equipment

New York, November 24, 2003—Heavily armed police this morning confiscated all equipment belonging to the independent For Di People newspaper, in connection with a hefty damages award in a civil libel case. Editor Paul Kamara, who is also facing seditious libel charges in another case, was appearing in court at the time of the raid.…

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CPJ concerned about detention of journalists and seizure of newspaper

New York, November 21, 2003—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is concerned about the two-day detention of six journalists from the independent Rwandan newspaper Umuseso and the confiscation of the latest edition of the weekly. Editor Robert Sebufirira said he was arrested at about 9:30 a.m. on November 19 near the Rwanda-Uganda border as he…

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CPJ PRESENTS PRESS FREEDOM AWARD WINNERS IN WASHINGTON

New York, November 20, 2003—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) today presented the recipients of the 2003 International Press Freedom Awards at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The recipients include: Abdul Samay Hamed, an independent writer, publisher, political cartoonist, and poet from Afghanistan; Aboubakr Jamai, who publishes two of…

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JOURNALIST RELEASED FROM PRISON

New York, November 19, 2003—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) welcomes the release yesterday of Tunisian Internet journalist Zouhair Yahyaoui, who had been imprisoned since his June 4, 2002, arrest. Yahyaoui, editor of the online publication TUNEZINE.com, was sentenced to 28 months in prison on June 20, 2002, after a Tunis court convicted him of…

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CUBAN JOURNALIST RELEASED AFTER SIX YEARS IN PRISON

New York, November 18, 2003—Imprisoned Cuban journalist Bernardo Rogelio Arévalo Padrón was released last week after serving his six-year sentence on “disrespect” charges. In a phone interview with the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), he described physical and psychological torture at the hands of prison authorities. “The allegations of torture are extremely troubling and warrant…

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JORNALISTA CUBANO É LIBERTADO DEPOIS DE SEIS ANOS NA PRISÃOe relata ao CPJ a tortura física e psicológica

Nova York, 18 de novembro de 2003 —O jornalista cubano, Bernardo Rogelio Arévalo Padrón, foi libertado na semana passada depois de cumprir sua sentença de seis anos, por acusação de “desrespeito”. Em uma entrevista por telefone ao Comitê de Proteção aos Jornalistas (CPJ) ele descreveu a tortura física e psicológica que sofreu nas mãos das…

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REPORTER ABDUCTED, JOURNALIST SHOT

November 14, 2003—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is alarmed that unidentified Iraqi gunmen opened fire on a convoy of Portuguese journalists and abducted one reporter today in southern Iraq. According to news reports and Portuguese editors who spoke with CPJ, the gunmen—who were armed with Kalashnikov rifles and other small arms—attempted to intercept a…

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Court releases imprisoned journalist

New York, November 13, 2003—The Chelyabinsk Regional Court today amended the sentence of imprisoned journalist German Galkin from one year in jail to one year of probation, according to local press reports. Authorities immediately released Galkin from prison in the Urals city of Chelyabinsk. Galkin, publisher of Rabochaya Gazeta and deputy chief editor of Vecherny…

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