2005

  

Journalist sentenced to two years in prison

New York, July 29, 2005—A judge in northern Tajikistan yesterday sentenced independent journalist Jumaboy Tolibov to two years in a prison colony on charges of hooliganism, illegally entering a residence, and abusing his office as a local government administrator, according to local and international reports. The defense intends to appeal the verdict. Nuriddin Karshiboyev, head…

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Journalist detained by judicial police

New York, July 29, 2005—The managing director of the small private newspaper La Tolérance was arrested yesterday by judicial police, who have accused him of “discrediting” a state prosecutor in an article published in his newspaper. Jean Pierre Phambu Lutette has been jailed in a cell at the public prosecutor’s department in the capital, Kinshasa,…

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Journalists injured in Kashmir gun battle

New York, July 29, 2005—As many as eight journalists were injured today in Srinagar, the major city of Indian Kashmir, after a grenade attack triggered gunfire between militants and security forces in the area, according to international news reports and local reporters. At least one journalist, Muzzafar Ahmad Bhat, a cameraman for the Indian news…

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Foreign Ministry summons U.S. diplomat after ABC report

New York, July 29, 2005—The Russian Foreign Ministry today issued a formal complaint to a U.S. diplomat, a day after the ABC News program “Nightline” aired an interview with Chechen rebel leader Shamil Basayev, according to international news reports. Already this year, Russian authorities have pressured both Britain and Sweden after independent media in those…

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On Refusing to Forget Samir Qassir

As legal proceedings begin in France to shed light on the murder of Lebanese journalist and academic Samir Qassir on June 2, hundreds of his friends, students and journalists refuse to forget.

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State broadcaster told to stop opposition coverage

New York, July 28, 2005—A group of armed, uniformed soldiers yesterday stormed the Abidjan offices of state broadcaster Radiodiffusion Télévision Ivoirienne (RTI) and instructed directors not to broadcast footage of opposition members, according to CPJ sources and local news reports. The soldiers identified themselves as members of the Republican Guard but refused to give their…

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Company seeks massive damages in defamation cases

Bangkok, Thailand, July 28, 2005—A Thai company with ties to a former government official has filed criminal defamation complaints seeking massive damages from two daily newspapers owned by the Matichon media company. The Committee to Protect Journalists said today it is deeply concerned about the cases, part of a troubling trend toward litigation against the…

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Steiger, Brokaw visit Miller in prison, present message from CPJ

Alexandria, Va., July 28, 2005—A delegation from the Committee to Protect Journalists met with jailed New York Times reporter Judith Miller in the Alexandria Detention Center tonight to deliver a message of support and call for an immediate end to her imprisonment. Paul Steiger, CPJ chairman and Wall Street Journal managing editor, headed the delegation,…

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CAMEROON

JULY 6, 2005 Updated: July 28, 2005 Joseph Bessala Ahanda, Le Front IMPRISONED CPJ sources said a prosecutor ordered Ahanda, editor-in-chief of the private weekly Le Front, jailed during a judicial investigation into defamation allegations against him.

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IVORY COAST

JULY 25, 2005 Posted: July 28, 2005 Le Patriote, 24 Heures, Le Jour Plus, Le Front, Nord-Sud Quotidien, Dernières Nouvelles d’Abidjan, Le Nouveau Réveil, and Dernière Heure. HARASSED, CENSORED, THREATENED

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