2004

  

Japanese journalists, translator killed

New York, May 28, 2004—Two Japanese journalists and their Iraqi translator were killed on Thursday night when their car came under attack by gunmen in Mahmoudiya, 20 miles (30 kilometers) south of Baghdad, according to news reports. Bangkok-based freelancer Shinsuke Hashida and his nephew Kotaro Ogawa, also a freelancer, had been traveling to Baghdad from…

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Opposition newspaper editor shot dead

New York, May 28, 2004 – Dusko Jovanovic, the controversial publisher and editor-in-chief of the opposition daily Dan, was killed in a drive-by shooting early Friday morning as he was leaving his office in the Montenegrin capital of Podgorica, according to local and international news reports. Unidentified assailants used an automatic rifle to shoot Jovanovic…

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Former Hong Kong radio host says he quit over threats

May 27, 2004, New York, NY—Former Hong Kong radio host and delegate to the Chinese legislature Allen Lee told members of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council today that he quit both posts last week after being pressured by Beijing officials because of his support for democracy on-air. Lee announced his resignation from both posts on May…

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Journalist jailed for a week without charge

New York, May 27, 2004 – Lucien-Claude Ngongo, deputy editor of the weekly newspaper Fair Play, has been detained in the DRC capital Kinshasa for a week without charge, according to local press freedom group Journaliste en Danger (JED). Local journalists say Ngongo has been questioned about an article he wrote denouncing corrupt practices by…

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Imprisoned journalist ends hunger strike

New York, May 27, 2004—Nguyen Vu Binh, an imprisoned journalist who went on a hunger strike on May 5 after his conviction on espionage charges was upheld on appeal, has ended his strike and is suffering from ill health, according to CPJ sources and Agence France-Presse. Binh’s wife, Biu Thi Kim Ngan, was allowed to…

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CPJ APPOINTS TWO NEW BOARD MEMBERS

New York, May 19, 2004—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) today announced the appointment of two new board members: Andrew Alexander, Washington, D.C., bureau chief for Cox Newspapers, and Norman Pearlstine, editor-in-chief of Time Inc. “I am pleased to welcome Andy and Norman to CPJ’s board. They each bring extensive international experience, impressive management skills,…

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Police close radio station, detain journalists

New York, May 25, 2004—Three days after contested presidential elections in Malawi, police shuttered the community radio station MIJ 90.3 in the commercial capital of Blantyre, arrested four of its journalists, and accused two of them of inciting violence. On Sunday, May 23, armed police moved into the radio station at around noon after host…

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CPJ concerned about journalists’ detentions

Your Majesty: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is deeply concerned about the detentions of three journalists in western Nepal: Dhaniram Tharu and Maheshwar Pahari, who have been missing for several months; and Khadga Bahadur Swar, known as K.B. Jumli, whom local authorities arrested on April 4.

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Another imprisoned journalist starts hunger strike

New York, May 21, 2004—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has learned that imprisoned Cuban journalist Normando Hernández González, who is jailed at Kilo 5 1/2 Prison in western Pinar del Río Province, has started a hunger strike to protest prison conditions. Hernández González, who is serving a 25-year sentence, is one of 29 journalists…

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AL-JAZEERA JOURNALIST KILLED

New York, May 21, 2004— Rashid Hamid Wali, assistant cameraman and fixer for the Qatar-based satellite channel Al-Jazeera, was killed by gunfire early this morning in the Iraqi city of Karbala, the station reported. According to a statement on Al-Jazeera’s Web site, Wali was killed by a single gunshot wound to the head when he…

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