2005

  

SENEGAL

SEPTEMBER 30, 2005 Posted October 13, 2005 Radio Télévision Sénégalaise Disso Hizbut Tarqiyah CENSORED In a recorded statement broadcast by local radio stations, chief caliph Serigne Saliou Mbacké ordered all three FM radio stations based in the Muslim holy city of Touba to vacate within three days. Touba is the center of the Senegalese Muslim…

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CHINA

SEPTEMBER 30, 2005 Posted October 17, 2005 Yannan CENSORED The Beijing-based Yannan bulletin board system, a popular Web forum, was closed after providing coverage and debate on a turbulent recall campaign in a village in Guangdong province.

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THAILAND

SEPTEMBER 30, 2005 Posted October 11, 2005 Sondhi Limthongkul, Sarocha Porn-udomsak, Channel 9 LEGAL ACTION Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra filed two lawsuits over a September 9 commentary by political talk show hosts Sondhi Limthongkul and Sarocha Porn-udomsak on state-owned Channel 9. The commentary cited an article that implied that Thaksin was disloyal to King…

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Imprisoned journalist’s health said to deteriorate

New York, September 30, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists is very concerned about the health of imprisoned Tunisian journalist Hamadi Jebali, who is in the 16th day of a hunger strike protesting 14 years of unjust imprisonment. The journalist did not feel well enough to leave his cell when his wife, Wahida Jebali, went to…

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Release a relief, but CPJ troubled by U.S. message in Miller case

New York, September 30, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists is relieved that New York Times reporter Judith Miller has been freed after spending 85 days in a U.S. prison for refusing to disclose a confidential source. But CPJ is deeply troubled by the long-term damage that the federal prosecutor’s investigation has had on the free…

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Jail for reporting on corruption in famine aid distribution

New York, September 29, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the jail sentence given to a magazine journalist who reported on alleged corruption in the distribution of food aid during this year’s famine in Niger. On Tuesday, a court in the northern town of Agadez convicted Abdoulaye Harouna, publication director of the monthly Echos…

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U.S. military to address concerns for safety of Iraqi journalists

New York, September 29, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomed today a request by U.S. Senator John Warner, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, for the Pentagon to address concerns about the safety of journalists in Iraq. Warner raised the issue at a hearing in Washington with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and senior commanders.…

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Iraqi journalists routinely jailed by U.S. forces

Dear Secretary Rumsfeld: The Committee to Protect Journalists wishes to express its grave concern about the continuing detention of Iraqi journalists by the U.S. military in Iraq. U.S. forces have routinely detained Iraqi reporters or photojournalists since the March 2003 invasion of Iraq. In several cases, individual journalists have been held for weeks or months without charge or due process.

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Journalist released after serving criminal libel sentence

New York, September 28, 2005 – Eduard Abrosimov was released from prison two weeks early on Wednesday after a court in the southern Russian city of Saratov upheld his criminal libel conviction and reduced his sentence from seven months to time served. Abrosimov, a journalist and adviser to former regional governor Dmitry Ayatskov, was convicted…

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NIGER

SEPTEMBER 27, 2005 Posted October 11, 2005 Abdoulaye Harouna, Echos Express LEGAL ACTION A court in the northern town of Agadez convicted Abdoulaye Harouna, publication director of the monthly Echos Express, of defaming the local governor, Yahaya Yendaka. The court sentenced him to four months in jail and fined him 520,000 CFA francs (US$950). Harouna…

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