2006

  

Bomb explodes outside journalist’s home

SEPTEMBER 30, 2006 Posted October 5, 2006 Elías Navarro Palomino, La República ATTACKED Unidentified assailants hurled a bomb in front of Navarro’s home in the southern city of Ayacucho, according to press reports. No one was hurt in the early morning attack, but a sign threatening Navarro’s children with death was found on the sidewalk.

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Charges against three journalists dropped by prosecutors

September 29, 2006 Original Alert: May 12, 2006 Chaacha Mwita, The Standard Dennis Onyango, The Standard Ayub Savula, The Standard IMPRISONED, LEGAL ACTION

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In Argentina, death threats against two critical journalists raise alarm

New York, September 29, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by death threats against a media company owner and a prominent columnist, both harsh critics of President Néstor Kirchner’s administration. CPJ today called on Argentine authorities to immediately denounce the threats and to launch a thorough investigation. Joaquín Morales Solá, columnist for the daily…

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Islamist militia closes private radio station

New York, September 29, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed alarm today at the closure by Islamist militiamen of a radio station in southern Somalia and the questioning of three journalists. The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) said two other journalists had gone into hiding. The militias closed HornAfrik Radio, a prominent private radio…

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Tunisia, Egypt ban newspaper editions on controversy over pope’s comments

New York, September 27, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by Tunisian and Egyptian government decisions to ban recent issues of European newspapers addressing the controversy caused by remarks about Islam made by Pope Benedict XVI. “Banning newspapers is unacceptable, and it is no solution in furthering the cause of mutual understanding and…

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Government harassment forces radio chief into hiding

New York, September 28, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the government of Burundi for a campaign of harassment and intimidation which has forced Alexis Sinduhije, the head of Radio Publique Africaine (RPA) into hiding. Communications Minister Karenga Ramadhani likened RPA to Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines, the radio station that incited genocide in…

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CPJ urges examination of Kazakhstan’s press freedom record

New York, September 28, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on U.S. President George W. Bush to raise concerns about Kazakhstan’s deteriorating press freedom record when he meets with his Kazakh counterpart, Nursultan Nazarbayev, at the White House on Friday. White House spokesman Tony Snow called Kazakhstan “an important strategic partner in Central Asia” at…

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One Uzbek reporter confined in hospital, another in prison

New York, September 26, 2006–The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by news that Uzbek journalist Dzhamshid Karimov, nephew of the president, has been forced into psychiatric hospitalization. CPJ is also gravely concerned by reports that raise disturbing questions about the treatment of jailed reporter Ulugbek Khaidarov. “We’re shocked at the brutal methods used against…

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Uruguayan high court reinstates criminal libel verdict

New York, September 26, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed that the Uruguayan Supreme Court of Justice has reinstated the criminal defamation conviction of journalist Carlos Dogliani Staricco for stories describing a local mayor’s handling of a constituent’s property tax debt. The court appeared to disregard a growing number of legal opinions in the…

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Kinshasa editor released on bail

 UPDATE  September 25, 2006 Original Alert: September 20, 2006 Feu d’Or Bosange, Tapis Rouge IMPRISONED Bosange, editor of the private, Kinshasa-based newspaper, was released on bail after nearly two weeks in detention, according to local press freedom group Journaliste en Danger (JED). He was jailed over an article alleging corruption by a top tax official.…

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