2007

  

In the Philippines, president’s husband withdraws 46 libel suits

New York, May 3, 2007—Jose Miguel Arroyo, husband of Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, has withdrawn 46 criminal libel suits he had filed against 11 journalists. The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomed today’s news but said the suits should never have been brought. Withdrawal of the cases—which came because Arroyo was “grateful for surviving a…

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Government probes Michael Moore’s work in Cuba

MAY 2, 2007 Michael Moore, Goldflat Productions LEGAL ACTION The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) opened a civil investigation of journalist and documentary filmmaker Michael Moore following his March 2007 trip to Cuba, according to a May 2 letter sent to Moore by Dale Thompson, chief of general investigations and field…

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Cairo court sentences Al-Jazeera producer to six months in jail

New York, May 2, 2007—On the same day the Committee to Protect Journalists cited Egypt for its deteriorating press conditions, a judge in Cairo convicted an Al-Jazeera producer on charges of “harming Egypt’s national interest” and “falsely depicting events” for her work on a documentary exposing police abuse. The court sentenced Howayda Taha Matwali, who…

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NIGERIA: Cameraman beaten unconscious by police

MAY 1, 2007 Posted May 7, 2007 Dare Folorunso, Ondo State Radiovision Corporation ATTACKED Folorunso, a camera operator for the Ondo State Radiovision Corporation (OSRC), was assaulted by a dozen police officers after a police inspector accused him of filming an offensive shot of her during a May Day celebration in a sports stadium in…

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L.A. police attack journalists covering immigration rights rally

MAY 1, 2007 Patricia Nazario, KPCC Carlos Botifoll, Telemundo Christina Gonzalez, KTTV Patti Ballaz, KTTV Carl Stein, KCAL HARASSED, ATTACKED During a rally for immigrant rights, Los Angeles police attacked journalists with batons, according to news reports. Police Chief William J. Bratton said he would investigate the conduct of police, who were captured on news…

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Uzbek journalist sentenced to seven years in prison

New York, May 1, 2007—The Committee to Protect Journalists denounces the seven-year prison sentence handed down today to independent Uzbek journalist Umida Niyazova by a judge in Tashkent after a summary trial that was closed to the press and most of the public. Niyazova was convicted on charges related to her reporting on human rights…

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CPJ Update

May 2007 News from the Committee to Protect Journalists

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