2004

  

Council of Europe calls for sanctions against Belarus

New York, April 30, 2004—The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which is based in Strasbourg, France, on Wednesday passed a resolution seeking sanctions against the authoritarian government of Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko for failing to properly investigate a series of abductions, including the July 2000 abduction of journalist Dmitry Zavadsky. PACE called…

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CPJ Letter of Inquiry

Your Royal Highness: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is concerned about reports that Saudi journalist Fares bin Hizam, formerly with the daily newspapers Al-Watan and Asharq al-Awsat, has been detained by Saudi authorities.

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Journalist attacked

New York, April 29, 2004—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns Tuesday’s vicious attack on Sumi Khan, a crime reporter with the newsmagazine Weekly 2000, who was knifed during an apparent kidnapping attempt in the southeastern port city of Chittagong. Khan was on her way home on the evening of April 27 when three unidentified…

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TWO JOURNALISTS KILLED IN ONE WEEK

New York, April 29, 2004—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is alarmed that two Brazilian radio journalists known for their coverage of corruption and crime were killed last week in remote regions. On April 24, radio host José Carlos Araújo was killed in the town of Timbaúba, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) from the state…

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Two men sentenced to 20 years each for murder of U.S. journalist Philip True

New York, April 29, 2004—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) welcomes the ruling by a Mexican appeals court sentencing the two men accused of murdering U.S. journalist Philip True in December 1998 to 20 years in prison. On Tuesday, April 27, a three-judge panel of the Jalisco State Supreme Court convicted two Huichol Indians, Juan…

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CPJ condemns prolonged detention of journalists

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the prolonged detention of three people–Ahmed Didi, Fathimath Nisreen, and Mohamed Zaki–affiliated with the online publication Sandhaanu who were arrested in early 2002. A fourth person, Ibrahim Luthfee, was also arrested, but escaped in May 2003.

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TV station back on the air after a 40-day shutdown

New York, April 28, 2004—The independent television station Pyramida, based in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek, was returned to the air yesterday after being prevented from broadcasting for 40 days, according to local and international reports. The station stopped broadcasting on March 17 because of a technical problem with the transmission equipment it shares with…

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Journalist escapes assassination attempt

Bogotá, Colombia, April 27, 2004—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) strongly condemns the assassination attempt against radio journalist Jorge Elías Corredor Quintero that killed his 20-year-old stepdaughter, in northeastern Colombia. Corredor, who hosts the daily program “El Pregón del Norte” for La Voz del Norte radio station in the city of Cúcuta, Norte de Santander…

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Journalist’s prison sentence commuted

New York, April 27, 2004-The prison sentence of Kazakh journalist Vladimir Mikhailov, director of Rifma Ltd. media company and founder of the opposition weekly Diapazon, was commuted yesterday into 180 hours of community service, according to the Almaty-based media foundation Adil Soz.

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Journalist detained

New York, April 27, 2004–The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns the ongoing detention of Sami Yousafzai, a stringer for the magazine Newsweek who was arrested last week at a military checkpoint in Bannu, a town in the North West Frontier Province near the tribal areas in western Pakistan, according to local news reports. Yousafzai…

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