October 2006

China: Beijing court denies open hearing in Ching Cheong appeal

October 30, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 30, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Chinese authorities’ denial of an open appeal hearing in the espionage case of Ching Cheong, a Hong Kong reporter for The Straits Times sentenced to five years in prison in August. Instead, the court will review documents behind closed doors...

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Lima editor barred from reporting on former official

October 30, 2006 12:00 PM ET

OCTOBER 30, 2006 POSTED: November 16, 2006 Luis García Miró, Expreso LEGAL ACTION García Miró, editor of the Lima-based daily Expreso, was ordered by judge Mercedes Gómez Marchisio of Lima’s 35th Penal Court to “refrain from publishing any news or journalistic report” related to former Minister of Justice Diego García...

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Iraqi presenter, driver murdered in Baghdad

October 30, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 30, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Sunday’s murder in central Baghdad of a presenter and a driver for the Iraqi state television channel Atyaf. Unidentified gunmen killed Naqshin Hamma Rashid, 30, and her driver Anis Qassem as the two were driving to work near Haifa Street...

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Police beat journalists covering opposition protest

October 30, 2006 12:00 PM ET

OCTOBER 30, 2006 Posted: November 3, 2006 Amran Hossain, The Daily Star Shawkat Jamil, The Daily Star Farzana Godhuli, AFP Pintu, ATN Bangla Milu, NTV Mir Ahmed, Miru Janakantha Akhter Hossain, Bangladesh Today...

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BURUNDI: Journalist freed after five months in jail

October 30, 2006 12:00 PM ET

UPDATE  October 30, 2006 Original Alert: September 19, 2006 Aloys Kabura, Agence Burundaise de Presse (ABP) IMPRISONED, LEGAL ACTION...

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CPJ calls for federal probe into killing of U.S. journalist in Mexico

October 30, 2006 12:00 PM ET

Dear Mr. Cabeza de Vaca: The Committee to Protect Journalists is shocked and outraged by the shooting death of U.S. journalist Bradley Roland Will in Oaxaca, and calls upon the federal authorities in Mexico to fully investigate this killing and bring those responsible to justice.

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Journalist held and pressured to reveal sources

October 27, 2006 12:00 PM ET

October 27, 2006 Posted: December 8, 2006 Evariste Ngaralbaye, Notre Temps IMPRISONED Ngaralbaye, a journalist for the private weekly Notre Temps, was arrested when he answered a police summons in the capital N’djamena. He told CPJ that he was held incommunicado in a cell 12 feet by 9 feet (four...

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CPJ condemns two-year sentence of online journalist Li Jianping

October 26, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 26, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the two-year prison sentence given to Internet writer Li Jianping on Wednesday, more than six months after he was tried on charges of “inciting subversion of state authority.” Li, who was initially accused of defaming national leaders through his writings,...

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In Somalia, transitional government detains three radio journalists.

October 25, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 25, 2006—Security agents for Somalia’s transitional federal government arrested three radio journalists on Tuesday near the southern city of Baidoa, where the government is based. Transitional government security services were still holding Fahad Mohammed Abukar of Baidoa-based Warsan Radio, Mohammed Adawe Adam of Mogadishu-based Radio Shabelle, and...

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Who will be Russia's conscience?

October 24, 2006 9:15 PM ET

Anna Politkovskaya was one of Russia's greatest investigative reporters and one of the world's leading experts on the conflict in Chechnya. At the time of her death, she was preparing to publish a story alleging that Chechnya's Kremlin-backed prime minister, Ramzan Kadyrov, had been involved in torture.

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Vietnam: Two papers suspended for reporting on banknote problems

October 24, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 24, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the suspension of two newspapers in Vietnam that reported on corruption and printing problems with the country’s new non-paper banknotes. The Ministry of Culture and Information slapped a one-month ban on two small newspapers and was considering disciplinary measures against...

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Kidnapped AP photographer freed

October 24, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 24, 2006—Kidnappers released an Associated Press photographer late Tuesday, hours after he was seized at gunpoint in the Gaza Strip, the AP reported. Spanish photojournalist Emilio Morenatti, 37, was seen by an AP reporter at the office of a Fatah official after he was freed. The AP...

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Journalist flees home after death threats

October 24, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 24, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed that a Colombian journalist has been forced into hiding following threats. Television host Otoniel Sánchez became the sixth journalist this year in Colombia to flee after being threatened or intimidated. Unidentified gunmen fired six shots at Sánchez’s house in...

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Afghanistan: As deadline looms, CPJ urges kidnappers to free journalist

October 20, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 20, 2006—Ahead of the deadline set by the kidnappers of an Italian photographer in Afghanistan, the Committee to Protect Journalists appeals for his immediate safe release. Freelancer Gabriele Torsello was seized by five gunmen October 12. At first, the kidnappers set a deadline of Sunday night for...

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CPJ appeals FOIA denial on Al-Jazeera bombing

October 20, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 20, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists has appealed the Pentagon’s refusal to release information about the U.S. bombing of Al-Jazeera television’s Baghdad bureau in 2003 which killed a reporter. The formal appeal sent on Thursday followed the revelation by Britain’s Channel 4 this week that former British...

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CPJ condemns ‘roundup’ of Philippine journalists in Arroyo case

October 19, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 19, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the arrests of nine Philippine journalists with the English-language daily Malaya in connection with a criminal libel suit filed by Jose Miguel Arroyo, husband of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Manila Regional Trial Court Judge Silvino Pampilo on Monday ordered the arrests...

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Despite appeal, a Gabonese journalist is suddenly jailed

October 18, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 18, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the release of a Gabonese journalist who was imprisoned today on defamation charges even as his appeal was still pending. The jailing comes three years after the sentence was first imposed—which a defense lawyer said contravenes Gabonese law—and follows...

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European court rejects Kholodov case

October 17, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 17, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists is disappointed that the legal battle to win justice in the case of murdered Russian journalist Dmitry Kholodov has come to an end with the decision of the European Court of Human Rights not to pursue the case. Kholodov was killed...

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China: Wave of legal action leaves writers and activists behind bars

October 17, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 17, 2006—A court in northern China’s Hebei province today sentenced Guo Qizhen to four years in prison on charges of “inciting subversion” for writing essays on U.S.-based Web sites that criticized the Communist Party leadership. Guo is one of a number of critics and human rights activists...

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Italian photojournalist, abducted in Afghanistan, still missing

October 16, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 16, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the reported abduction of freelance Italian photojournalist Gabriele Torsello on Thursday. The independent Afghan news agency Pajhwok said Torsello was seized by five gunmen on the highway from Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, to neighboring Kandahar...

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LTTE radio tower bombed

October 16, 2006 12:00 PM ET

October 16, 2006 Posted: October 20, 2006 Voice of Tigers radio station ATTACKED Sri Lankan Air Force planes destroyed the broadcasting towers of the Voice of Tigers radio station operated by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in Killinochchi, an LTTE- held town in northern Sri Lanka. The LTTE said...

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CPJ fears silencing of critical Web site on Chechnya

October 13, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 13, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the closure today of a Russian nongovernmental organization which publishes an online newspaper regarded as one of the few reliable sources of news on Chechnya. The closure comes just six days after the murder in Moscow of investigative journalist Anna...

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British inquest rules ITN reporter unlawfully killed by U.S. troops

October 13, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 13, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the finding of a British inquest that ITN journalist Terry Lloyd was unlawfully killed by U.S. troops in southern Iraq three years ago. CPJ called on the U.S. military to reopen its own investigation into the shooting. A...

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Ban on newspaper reduced

October 13, 2006 12:00 PM ET

 UPDATE  October 13, 2006 Original Case: September 29, 2006 Les Echos du Nord CENSORED The state-controlled National Council on Communications’ (CNC) three-month ban on private weekly Les Echos du Nord over an article critical of government policy expired after the CNC reduced the ban by two months, according to local...

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One journalist still charged in sedition case

October 12, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 12, 2006—An Abuja court on Tuesday dropped sedition charges against Mike Gbenga Aruleba, a presenter at African Independent Television (AIT), but retained similar charges against Rotimi Durojaiye of the Daily Independent newspaper in connection with a story questioning the age and cost of the presidential jet, according...

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Journalist released after nearly five months in detention

October 12, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 12, 2006—Gambian authorities released a journalist on Monday after detaining him for nearly five months without charge, according to news reports and local sources. The journalist was arrested in a crackdown on a U.S.-hosted opposition Web site. Malick Mboob, a former copy editor for the pro-government Daily...

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Gunmen murder 11 at TV station in deadliest single attack on Iraqi press

October 12, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 12, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed outrage at the cold-blooded execution by masked gunmen of 11 employees of a fledgling satellite TV channel in Baghdad today. Gunmen in at least five vehicles drove up to Al-Shaabiya television in the eastern district of Zayouna around 7 a.m.,...

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Journalist held without charge for 3 weeks by Iraqi forces

October 11, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 11, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists today demanded that Iraqi authorities release Al-Hayat correspondent Kalshan al-Bayati, who was detained in Tikrit three weeks ago. Al-Bayati has been held without charge since she went to the security forces headquarters in Tikrit on September 18 to retrieve a personal...

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Two kidnappings reported in Iraq

October 11, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 11, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by the kidnappings of an Iraqi journalist on Monday and another last month, both in Baghdad. The new reports come amid a recent rise in kidnappings of journalists, CPJ research shows. According to CPJ sources, unidentified gunmen kidnapped...

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See: CPJ calls on Putin to take responsibility for Politkovskaya murder probe

October 10, 2006 12:00 PM ET

SEE: New York, October 10, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s belated public condemnation today of journalist Anna Politkovskaya's murder but called on him to express unambiguous support for the criminal investigation....

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Afghanistan: CPJ calls for probe into death of two German journalists

October 10, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 10, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in Afghanistan to intensify their investigation into the shooting deaths of two journalists working for German broadcaster Deutsche Welle. Germans Karen Fischer, 30, and Christian Struwe, 39, were killed Saturday in the tent they had pitched near a...

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Kidnapped Iraqi journalist discovered in Baghdad morgue

October 10, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 10, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the reported murder of an Iraqi journalist, whose body was identified in the Baghdad morgue today, a week after he had been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen. The Journalistic Freedoms Observatory, an Iraqi press freedom organization, said the body of Azad...

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CPJ condemns slaying of Russian reporter Anna Politkovskaya

October 7, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 7, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today’s murder of Anna Politkovskaya, a Russian journalist renowned for her critical coverage of the Chechen conflict. Politkovskaya was found shot to death in the elevator of her apartment building in Moscow, The Associated Press reported....

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CPJ welcomes verdict in murder of Philippine reporter Marlene Garcia-Esperat

October 6, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 6, 2006-The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today's conviction and sentencing of three people in the 2005 murder of investigative reporter Marlene Garcia-Esperat, but it calls on the government to aggressively pursue the prosecution of those who allegedly ordered the killing. CPJ also urged authorities to redouble...

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In Iraq, driver for state-owned TV gunned down

October 6, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 6, 2006-The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the murder of Jassem Hamad Ibrahim, a driver for the Iraqi state television channel Al-Iraqiya who was shot by unidentified gunmen in Mosul on Wednesday. The assailants ambushed Ibrahim at about 2 p.m. as he was running errands for the...

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Uzbek reporter sentenced to six years in prison despite witness reversal

October 5, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 5, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists is outraged by the six-year prison sentence given today to independent reporter Ulugbek Khaidarov following a two-day trial in which the prosecution’s lead witness reportedly affirmed the journalist’s innocence. Khaidarov, whose reports in independent foreign publications were critical of government and...

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CPJ urges Thai leaders to restore constitutional press guarantees

October 5, 2006 12:00 PM ET

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists urgently calls on your interim government to quickly and unconditionally restore provisions guaranteeing press freedom that were enshrined in your country's recently abolished 1997 constitution.

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Opposition journalist sentenced to 3 years jail

October 4, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 4, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the three-year prison sentence given today to a critical journalist in Azerbaijan on what local press freedom activists called trumped up drug charges. Sakit Zakhidov, a prominent reporter and satirist for the daily opposition newspaper Azadlyg, was convicted of drug...

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Philippines: Authorities arrest, detain journalists on libel charges

October 4, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 4, 2006-The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns this week's arrest of Rudy Apolo, a columnist and publisher of the Asian Star Journal and Asia Star Balita, and three members of his editorial staff on a criminal defamation charges related to reports on alleged government corruption. The four...

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CPJ condemns harassment of weekly, seeks photographer’s release

October 3, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 3, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists deplores local authorities’ ongoing harassment of the independent weekly Permsky Obozrevatel, one of the few sources of independent news in the western Russian city of Perm. “We are deeply concerned by the continuing harassment of Permsky Obozrevatel,” CPJ Executive Director Joel...

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CPJ deplores death threats against commentator on Islam

October 3, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 3, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by death threats on Islamist Web sites against a controversial commentator for the French daily Le Figaro over an article critical of the Prophet Muhammad. Robert Redeker, a high school philosophy teacher in the southwestern city of Toulouse,...

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Gunmen disrupt distribution of newspaper

October 3, 2006 12:00 PM ET

OCTOBER 3, 2006 Posted: October 13, 2006 El Meridiano de Sucre HARRASSED Several groups of unidentified individuals stopped distributors for the Sincelejo-based daily El Meridiano del Sucre, threatened them with guns and bought the majority of that day's edition, which featured a story linking local government officials to paramilitary leaders,...

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Shuttered radio station goes back on air

October 3, 2006 12:00 PM ET

 UPDATE  October 3, 2006 Original Alert: September 29, 2006 HornAfrik Radio...

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Faraway Jails

October 3, 2006 12:00 AM ET

By Kristin JonesWatson sees his contributors vanish. In cyberspace, the most repressive law trumps all....

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Sami al-Haj: The Enemy?

October 3, 2006 12:00 AM ET

By Joel Campagna...

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Singapore: CPJ condemns ban on Far Eastern Economic Review

October 2, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 2, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned a ban on the Far Eastern Economic Review, which has been hit with a criminal defamation lawsuit by the Singapore leadership for an article about an opposition politician. The Ministry of Information, Communications and Arts revoked the Review’s distribution...

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Newspaper handed 3-month ban for island dispute story

October 2, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 2, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a three-month ban by authorities in Gabon on the newspaper Les Echos du Nord for an article which criticized the handling of a territorial dispute with neighboring Equatorial Guinea. The National Council on Communications (CNC), an official regulatory body, imposed...

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CPJ condemns continuing harassment of radio journalists

October 2, 2006 12:00 PM ET

New York, October 2, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the ongoing campaign of intimidation by the authorities in Burundi against radio stations that have cast doubt on a government claim to have uncovered a coup plot. The State Prosecutor today questioned three journalists from three independent stations...

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CPJ calls for end to crackdown on independent media

October 2, 2006 12:00 PM ET

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply troubled by an intense crackdown on opposition and independent journalists who have been critical of public officials. In particular, we wish to call your attention to the cases of journalists Shakhin Agabeili, Eynulla Fatullayev, Fikret Faramazoglu, and Sakit Zakhidov. In a disturbing trend, several public officials have filed about a dozen politicized lawsuits against critical journalists in the past three months. Among the plaintiffs is Interior Minister Ramil Usubov who filed five defamation lawsuits against Agabeili, Fatullayev and Faramazoglu. We condemn this campaign of harassment of Azerbaijan's independent press and call on you to do everything within your power to stop it.

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Eritrean Prisoners: Slipping From Sight

October 1, 2006 12:00 AM ET

By Alexis ArieffTheir jailed colleagues vanishing in secret prisons, exiled Eritrean journalists seek to bring attention....

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Radio Rage in Brazil

October 1, 2006 12:00 AM ET

By Carlos Lauría and Sauro González Rodríguez Political influence permeates radio news in Brasil's remote northeast. Radio hosts and independent journalism are its victims....

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