2007

  

MEXICO: Police assault journalist without provocation

APRIL 30, 2007 Posted May 16, 2007 Jaime Almada Guirado, Nuevo Sonora ATTACKED, HARASSED Almada, a reporter with the Hermosillo weekly Nuevo Sonora, was beaten and harassed by two municipal police officers, according to the journalist and news reports.

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Jordan blocks newspaper edition over story on ’secret’ Palestinian plan

New York, April 30, 2007—Jordanian authorities should lift their ban on today’s edition of an independent paper, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. Fahd al-Rimawi, editor of the weekly Al-Majd, told CPJ that security agents moved Sunday to prevent printing of the edition because of a front-page story about a “secret plan” to oust the…

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Amid civil strife, another Tamil journalist killed in Sri Lanka

New York, April 30, 2007—The Committee to Protect Journalists deplores the slaying on Sunday of Selvarajah Rajeewarnam, a reporter for the Tamil-language daily Uthayan, and calls on the government to investigate and quickly bring his assailants to justice. Rajeewarnam was aboard a bicycle on assignment in Jaffna when he was shot by unidentified motorcycle-riding gunmen…

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Police in St. Petersburg seize copies of opposition newspaper

New York, April 30, 2007—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the seizure on Sunday of thousands of copies of a special edition of Obyedinyonny Grazhdansky Front, the weekly newspaper of the United Civic Front (OGF), a Russian opposition group headed by the Kremlin critic and former chess champion Garry Kasparov. Confiscated by police…

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In Uzbekistan, journalist’s trial resumes without notice

New York, April 30, 2007—Authorities in Uzbekistan today resumed without notice the trial of independent journalist Umida Niyazova in Serelisky District Court in the capital, Tashkent. The Committee to Protect Journalists denounces the failure to give notice to Niyazova’s counsel and family, which reflects an ongoing disregard for justice in the case. Niyazova, who reported…

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CPJ delegation meets with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

New York, April 27, 2007—Meeting today with a delegation from the Committee to Protect Journalists, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced his admiration and pledged his support for journalists working in dangerous situations around the world. “Tell them we will be behind them,” the secretary-general said. “I have big admiration and respect for their courage.” Ban…

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In Guatemala, local reporters attacked while covering mob attack

New York, April 26, 2007—Guatemalan television journalist Rudy Toledo was shot and wounded, and three other local reporters were attacked Wednesday while covering a mob’s fatal attack on a purported gang member in the northeastern province of Quiché. A group of about 100 people shot and burned an individual believed to be a member of…

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The Threatening E-Mail as Published in L’observateur Paalga In Burkina Faso, an e-mail warns, ’You will be gunned down’

New York, April 26, 2007—Authorities in Burkina Faso must fully investigate a death threat against outspoken journalist and free speech activist Karim Sama, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Sama received an anonymous e-mail last week warning that he “will be gunned down” over commentary that is critical of the government. Sama, host of…

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In Pakistan, another TV station said to be shuttered

New York, April 26, 2007— Government regulators have ordered Royal TV off the air after its coverage of recent demonstrations concerning the dismissal of the chief judge of the country’s top court, the station said in a statement Wednesday. The largely Urdu-language station ordinarily broadcasts by satellite to the capital, Islamabad, and to nearby Rawalpindi,…

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Prominent Internet writer detained in Vietnam

New York, April 25, 2007—The Committee to Protect Journalists journalist is gravely concerned about the recent arrest of Tran Khai Thanh Thuy, an award-winning journalist and writer. Thuy was taken into custody Saturday at her residence, where she was already being held under house arrest, according to news reports. She was charged with violating Article…

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