2004

  

CPJ concerned about draft legislation

Dear Senator Abdykarimov: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an independent, nonpartisan organization dedicated to defending press freedom worldwide, is very concerned about deteriorating press freedom conditions in Kazakhstan and government efforts to strengthen legal restrictions over the independent media ahead of parliamentary elections due later this year.

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Journalist murdered

New York, January 29, 2004—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns the murder of Sajid Tanoli, a reporter with the regional Urdu-language daily Shumal, who was shot and killed today in the town of Manshera in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province Police filed murder charges today against Manshera’s local government head, Khalid Javed. The police…

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CPJ concerned about journalist convicted of criminal defamation

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a New York-based nonprofit organization that works to safeguard press freedom worldwide, is concerned about Ecuadorian journalist Rodrigo Fierro Benítez, who was convicted of criminal defamation in 2003 and whose sentence was recently upheld.

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O CPJ preocupado com jornalista condenado pelo delito de injúria

Excelencia: Pela presente, o Comitê para a Proteção dos Jornalistas (CPJ), uma organização sem fins lucrativos radicada em Nova York que se dedica a defender a liberdade de imprensa em todo o mundo, manifesta sua preocupação com o jornalista equatoriano Rodrigo Fierro Benítez, que foi condenado pelo delito de injúria em 2003 e cuja sentença foi ratificada recentemente.

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CPJ calls for imprisoned journalist’s release

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns the prolonged detention of journalist Jiang Weiping, who is currently serving a six-year prison sentence in Dalian, Liaoning Province. As of last month, Jiang had served half his sentence and is now eligible for parole under Chinese law. He should be released immediately.

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CNN PRODUCER AND DRIVER KILLED IN AMBUSH

New York, January 27, 2003—A television producer working for the U.S. cable news network CNN and his driver were killed in an ambush today on the outskirts of Baghdad, CNN has reported. The network said that producer Duraid Isa Mohammed, who also acts as a translator, and driver Yasser Khatab died of multiple gunshot wounds…

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Journalist charged with sedition

New York, January 26, 2004—After authorities denied holding freelance journalist Khawar Mehdi Rizvi for weeks, on Saturday, January 24, Pakistan police formally charged him with sedition, conspiracy, and impersonation, senior police officials told Agence France-Presse (AFP). The maximum penalty for the charges is life imprisonment. Two other individuals were also charged with Rizvi, Allah Noor…

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Military court sentences French journalist’s killer to 17 years in prison

New York, January 23, 2004—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) welcomes the verdict delivered yesterday by a military court in Ivory Coast’s commercial capital, Abidjan, sentencing an Ivoirian police officer to 17 years in prison for the October 2003 murder of Radio France Internationale (RFI) correspondent Jean Hélène. The court found Sgt. Théodore Séry Dago…

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Daily News reopens

New York, January 22, 2004—The Daily News, Zimbabwe’s only independent daily, resumed publication today after police closed it on September 12, 2003, following a Supreme Court declaration that the newspaper was operating illegally. Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ), the company that owns the Daily News, had refused to register the newspaper with the government’s Media…

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CPJ condemns police raids on home and officeof Ottawa Citizen reporter

New York, January 22, 2004—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns yesterday’s raid by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on the home and newspaper office of Juliet O’Neill, a reporter for the daily Ottawa Citizen, in Canada’s capital, Ottawa. Police authorities, who were operating with a search warrant, attempted to locate the source of…

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