2005

  

VIETNAM

DECEMBER 29, 2005 Posted: January 17, 2006 Tieng Noi Dan Chu CENSORED, HARASSED Hackers shut down the Tieng Noi Dan Chu (Democratic Voices) Web site 19 days after it launched on International Human Rights Day, the U.S.-funded broadcaster Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported. Tieng Noi Dan Chu was founded by dissident writer Tran Khue and…

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CHINA

DECEMBER 28, 2005 Posted January 4, 2006 Yang Bin, Beijing NewsSun Xuedong, Beijing News Li Duoyu, Beijing News HARASSED The Propaganda Department removed Yang from his post as chief editor after the daily Beijing News reported aggressively on rural protests and other sensitive topics, according to international news reports. The newspaper broke the story of…

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NGO bill is ‘deeply troubling’

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply troubled by a bill before you that seeks to dramatically expand state control over nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), including those dedicated to promoting press freedom and supporting independent media. The bill emerges at a politically sensitive time, as the Kremlin prepares for the 2007 parliamentary election and the 2008 presidential election. The proposed restrictions appear to attack political pluralism and public dissent in Russia.

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Chinese court upholds prison term for Internet writer

New York, December 28, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Thursday’s court decision upholding the conviction of Internet writer Zheng Yichun on charges of “inciting subversion” for his articles criticizing the government. The Liaoning Supreme People’s Court rejected Zheng’s appeal, making it more likely that he will serve a prison term of seven years. “Zheng…

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In China, Hong Kong reporter’s case heads to prosecutors

New York, December 28, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists is disturbed that a criminal case against veteran Hong Kong reporter Ching Cheong could be handed over to prosecutors in mainland China by the end of next week. Ching, a correspondent for the Singapore-based daily The Straits Times, was detained in the mainland on April 22…

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IRAQ

DECEMBER 26, 2005 Posted: January 20, 2006 Phil Sands, freelancer ABDUCTED British freelance journalist Sands, 28, was freed on January 1, 2006 by U.S. soldiers who happened upon him by chance during a routine hunt for insurgents. Sands, who contributed to the San Francisco Chronicle and The Scotsman, was abducted by gunmen while on his…

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Two journalists jailed for airing “false information”

New York, December 23, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the indictment of two Nigerian radio journalists for airing an erroneous report of a bridge collapse, which their station retracted. Klem Ofuokwu and Cleopatra Taiwo, journalists for the private radio station Rhythm 93.7 FM in the southeastern city of Port Harcourt, were remanded…

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NIGERIA

DECEMBER 23, 2005 Updated: January 19, 2006 Klem Ofuokwu, Rhythm 93.7 FM Cleopatra Taiwo, Rhythm 93.7 FM IMPRISONED, LEGAL ACTION On January 3, two radio journalists were released from prison after paying bail in the southern city of Port Harcourt. Ofuokwu and Taiwo, both of whom work for the private radio station Rhythm 93.7 FM,…

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PAKISTAN

DECEMBER 23, 2005 Posted January 4, 2006 KhabroonATTACKED Armed men threw a gasoline bomb into the offices of the Sindhi-language daily Khabroon in the southern city of Sukkur, setting the reception area on fire, according to local news reports. The attackers threatened the newspaper staff, including journalists, and fired shots into the office.

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