2007

  

CPJ urges president to reverse broadcast order

Mr. President: The Committee to Protect Journalists is writing to express concern about your decision to force Honduran broadcasters to air programs with government information, a plan that violates the right to free expression as enshrined in the Honduran constitution.

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U.N. tribunal offers chance for justice in Lebanese journalist attacks

New York, May 31, 2007—The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the U.N. Security Council’s establishment of an international criminal tribunal empowered to prosecute individuals responsible for a series of deadly attacks against Lebanese journalists in 2005. The Security Council approved resolution 1757 on Wednesday, establishing an international criminal tribunal to prosecute the masterminds of the…

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Radio Farda journalist charged, barred from leaving Iran

New York, May 30, 2007—The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Iranian authorities to drop criminal charges against an Iranian-American journalist working for U.S.-backed Radio Farda, to return the journalist’s seized passport, and to allow her to travel freely. On May 15, the Special Security Bureau of the Revolutionary Court Public Prosecutor’s office charged…

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After several months, Chad lifts a censorship blanket

New York, May 30, 2007–Blanket censorship imposed last November on private newspapers and radio stations was lifted this week after a six-month state of emergency, imposed in response to deadly unrest in eastern Chad, expired on Saturday, according to officials and local journalists. Three of the leading private newspapers in the capital N’Djamena, including weeklies…

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Journalists threatened by political group

MAY 29, 2007 Posted May 30, 2007 Mazhar Abbas, Agence France Presse Asif Hussain, Agence France Presse Zarrar Khan, Associated Press THREATENED Identical envelopes, each containing a 30mm bullet, were planted on cars belonging to the three journalists and parked outside the Karachi Press Club. They were discovered at around 10 p.m. Days before. the…

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Journalist gets death threats after critical news broadcast

MAY 29, 2007 Posted May 31, 2007 Ricky Carandang, ABS-CBN network THREATENED Carandang said he received death threats via cell phone while in Lanao del Norte, a province in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The threats came a day after he reported that officials in the provincial treasurer’s office in the provincial capital,…

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Severed head left outside newspaper in southeastern Mexico

New York, May 29, 2007—A local official’s severed head wrapped in newspaper was left Saturday morning outside the offices of a daily in southeastern Tabasco state, according to Mexican press reports. Unidentified individuals parked two Grand Cherokee SUVs in front of the Villahermosa-based Tabasco Hoy, 465 miles (745 kilometers) east of Mexico City. An individual…

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Venezuela’s RCTV off the air; CPJ urges government to respect dissent

New York, May 29, 2007—Venezuela’s commitment to democracy has suffered a serious blow as the government forced private television station RCTV off the air for political reasons on Monday after 53 years of continuous broadcasting, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. “This arbitrary decision thwarts Venezuelans’ right to seek and receive information and represents…

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Police attack TV reporter covering student protest

MAY 28, 2007 Posted June 7, 2007 Anuska Buenaluque, América TV ATTACKED Buenaluque, Caracas correspondent for the weekly news program “Cuarto Poder” on the Limaóbased América TV, was shot at least 25 times with rubber bullets while covering a student protest against the closure of the Venezuelan television station Radio Caracas Televisión (RCTV), according to…

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Nigerian broadcaster attacked amid election dispute

New York, May 25, 2007—A journalist and a dozen staffers of a public broadcaster in southwestern Oyo State were injured on Wednesday when armed supporters of a faction of the ruling PDP party ransacked the station, according to local journalists and news reports. The attack was apparently prompted by the station’s announcement that local elections…

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