2005

  

IRAQ

AUGUST 28, 2005 Posted October 17, 2005 Haidar Kadhem, Reuters IMPRISONED The U.S. military in Iraq detained a Reuters cameraman for three days without charge in Baghdad. Reuters said Haidar Kadhem was freed on August 31; he was detained after coming under fire by U.S. troops.

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IRAQ

AUGUST 27, 2005 Posted: September 29, 2005 Rafed Mahmoud Said al-Anbagy, Diyala TV and Radio KILLED—CONFIRMED Al-Anbagy, a 36-year-old news anchor and director at Diyala, part of the U.S.-backed Iraq Media Network, was shot dead in Za’toun neighborhood in the city of Baaquba, east of Baghdad, while covering a football match, sources at the broadcaster…

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CPJ alarmed by planned legal action against Kantipur

New York, August 26, 2005 ­ The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by Minister for Information and Communication Tanka Dhakal’s confirmation yesterday that the government has initiated legal action against Kantipur Publications following the publication of an allegedly “objectionable” cartoon. Dhakal told a news conference in Kathmandu “The government action has begun. You will…

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Security service agents raid private newspaper

New York, August 26, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed outrage at a raid by the State Security Service (SSS) on the Lagos-based weekly The Exclusive. Fourteen SSS agents raided the tabloid’s offices on August 19 and confiscated over 200 copies of its latest edition. They also detained and harassed vendors of the newspaper, local…

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NEPAL

AUGUST 25, 2005 Posted September 2, 2005 Kantipur Publications Legal Action Information and Communication Minister Tanka Dhakal confirmed that the government had initiated legal action against Kantipur Publications following the publication of an allegedly “objectionable” cartoon.

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TAJIKISTAN

AUGUST 25, 2005 Posted: August 29, 2005 Mukhtor Bokizoda, Nerui Sukhan LEGAL ACTION A judge in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, convicted the editor of the shuttered opposition newspaper on theft charges, sentencing him to two years of “corrective” labor, fining him, and garnishing part of his wages.

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CPJ urges justice in editor’s abduction, assault

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the shocking abduction and assault of a Yemeni newspaper editor this week in the capital, Sanaa. Four men seized Jamal Amer, editor of the weekly Al-Wasat, as he returned home from his office at 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Amer told CPJ that the men bundled him into a waiting car, blindfolded and bound him, and, after changing cars, drove him to a desolate area outside of the city. Amer said the men beat him with their fists and accused him of getting funding from the U.S. and Kuwaiti embassies, Amer said. One of the men warned him about defaming unspecified “officials.”

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Imprisoned journalist Shi Tao’s family files for review of appeal

New York, August 25, 2005—The mother of a journalist serving a 10-year prison sentence on charges of “illegally leaking state secrets abroad” is seeking a review of her son’s court appeal. Gao Qinsheng, mother of imprisoned journalist Shi Tao, has alleged “serious procedural defects” in the proceeding, the human rights group Human Rights in China…

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Second independent journalist jailed in less than a month

New York, August 25, 2005 – Cuba has jailed a second independent journalist who covered an unprecedented opposition meeting in May. Albert Santiago Du Bouchet Hernández, was arrested on August 6, tried three days later and handed a one-year jail term without the knowledge of his family who found out about his detention only after…

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Army head threatens closure of newspapers

New York, August 25, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by a threat by the head of Ivory Coast’s armed forces to ban newspapers that fail to work “in the interests of the nation.” General Philippe Mangou summoned local journalists on Wednesday and told them to check their sources and avoid hate speech. He…

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