2006

  

Rwandan journalist freed after 11 months in jail

New York, July 31, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the provisional release of journalist Jean-Léonard Rugambage, who had been jailed for nearly 11 months by a traditional court trying suspects in the 1994 genocide. Rugambage was freed on Friday on the orders of the national committee overseeing traditional or “gacaca” courts following an investigation…

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Philippines: Tabloid photojournalist shot dead

New York, July 31, 2006—Three gunmen killed a photographer for the tabloid Tanod, outside his Manila home early this morning, according to local and international news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists is investigating to determine whether Vic Melendrez was killed in relation to his work. The unidentified assailants shot Melendrez multiple times as he…

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Sri Lanka: Tamil newspapers curtail distribution after threats

New York, July 31, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by threats to distributors of two Tamil-language dailies, Sudar Oli and Thinakkural, in Batticaloa and Amparai districts of eastern Sri Lanka. Both newspapers stopped distributing in the area last week after they received threatening phone calls, their managing editors told CPJ. On July…

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Unnamed suspect arrested in slaying; police say robbery was motive

New York, July 31, 2006—Authorities in the southern city of Saratov arrested a 39-year-old homeless man on Sunday in the slaying of Yevgeny Gerasimenko, a correspondent for the independent weekly Saratovsky Rasklad whose body was found strangled in his apartment on July 26, local press reports said. The Department of Internal Affairs (GUVD), which is…

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Defamation suit filed against weekly opposition newspaper

July 31, 2006 Posted: August 25, 2006 Fakt i Kompromat HARASSED, LEGAL ACTION Seven federal prison guards filed a civil defamation suit against the weekly opposition newspaper Fakt i Kompromat in the southern Russian city of Astrakhan. The paper recently published two articles titled, “Who manages the prisons and jails of Astrakhan?” and “The truth…

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Photographer assaulted in court room

July 31, 2006 Posted: August 25, 2006 Ivan Kudryavtsev, Listok ATTACKED Kudryavtsev was attacked by Sergei Grechushnikov, head of the Ust-Koksinsky municipality, in Altai Republic, southern Siberia. Kudryavtsev, a photojournalist for the independent weekly newspaper Listok, started to photograph Grechushnikov as he entered the local courthouse, where Grechushnikov was to appear as the plaintiff in…

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Reporter wounded by shrapnel

JULY 30, 2006 Yuval Azoulay, Haaretz ATTACKED Yuval Azoulay, 29, a reporter for the Hebrew daily Haaretz, was injured by shrapnel from a Katyusha rocket that was fired by Hezbollah forces in Lebanon and landed in the northern Israeli border town of Kiryat Shmona.

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Tolo TV crew beaten

July 29, 2006 Posted: August 30, 2006 Noorullah Rahmani, Tolo TV Qais Ahmad, Tolo TV ATTACKED A news crew from the privately owned Tolo TV was beaten by unidentified gunmen while filing a report on a demonstration against Member of Parliament Abdorrab Rasul Sayyaf in Paghman district of Kabul Province, according to the director of…

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Peruvian court tosses convictions in journalist’s murder

New York, July 28, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by the Peruvian Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the murder convictions of three men, one a local mayor, in the 2004 slaying of journalist Antonio de la Torre Echeandía. The court, in a July 21 decision, freed the three defendants without immediate explanation.…

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Mob threatens photographer covering pre-election riot

New York, July 28, 2006—Journalist Emmanuel Makila was surrounded by rioters and threatened with death after an election rally by presidential candidate Jean-Pierre Bemba yesterday in Kinshasa. Makila, who works for private weeklies The Post and Révélateur, told the Committee to Protect Journalists he was saved by a few bystanders who pleaded with the mob…

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