2007

  

Puntland newspaper damaged in arson attack

New York, June 29, 2007—Three rooms in the headquartersof Shacab, an independent newspaper in northeast Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland, were damaged Wednesday night after assailants threw gasoline-fueled bombs, according to local news reports and the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSJ). One man was arrested after being identified by a security guard and other…

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Russian officers assault journalist in Georgia

New York, June 29, 2007—The Committee to Protect Journalist is concerned about an attack reported by Nukri Kacharava, a camera operator for the independent Georgian television station Mze, who said Russian military officers assaulted him and confiscated his equipment as he was filming their move out of a Russian military base in Batumi, capital of…

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Reporters, CPJ brief Congressional caucus on dangers facing Russian journalists

Washington, June 28, 2007—Two exiled Russian journalists and a CPJ representative told the Congressional Human Rights Caucus today about widespread impunity in journalist murders in Russia and the perils facing independent journalists who cover the volatile North Caucasus.

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LESOTHO: Journalist released on bail; treason charge lifted

UPDATE JUNE 28, 2007 Thabo Thakalenkoala, Harvest FM IMPRISONED Chief Magistrate Molefi Makara reduced an initial charge of high treason against Thabo Thakalenkoala and allowed the radio journalist to be released on US$140 bail. The treason charge carried a possible death penalty. The new charge is subject to a prison sentence of up to 20…

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RWANDA: Police interrogate two journalists, press them to reveal sources

JUNE 28, 2007 Posted July 17, 2007 Charles Kabonero, Umuseso Gasana Didas, Umuseso HARASSED Director Kabonero and editor Didas, of the leading independent newspaper Umuseso, were interrogated for three hours in a police station in the capital, Kigali, local journalists told CPJ. They were pressed to reveal their sources in connection with three articles reporting…

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SOMALIA:In Somaliland, TV journalist assaulted by mayor, held three days

JUNE 28, 2006 Posted August 10, 2007 Abdirahman Muse Omar, Somaliland Television IMPRISONED Omar, a news editor for private broadcaster Somaliland Television in the northern breakaway republic of Somaliland, was assaulted on June 28 by Mayor Hussein Muhammud Jiir after seeking official comments about the police’s expulsion of a family and the destruction of their…

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Five journalists shot at by land traffickers

JUNE 28, 2007 Posted July 26, 2007 Sandro Chambergo, Correo Paola Lee, América Televisión Perla Polo, América Televisión Gerardo Pérez, La República Rafael Rojas, La República ATTACKED

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NIGERIA: Newspaper copies seized in southern Akwa Ibom State

JUNE 27, 2007 EventsCENSORED Fifteen armed men stormed the printing plant of the private weekly Events in the capital city of Uyo and seized about 5,000 copies of the newspaper, according to local journalists and news reports. The attack occurred in the morning, just before the distribution and sale of the paper, publisher Jerome Imeime…

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COLOMBIA: Police attack photographer covering protest

June 27, 2007 Manuel Santiago Pérez, El Universal ATTACKED Pérez, a photojournalist for the Sincelejo-based daily El Universal, was attacked by five police officers while covering a taxi drivers’ protest in northwestern Sucre province, the photojournalist told CPJ.

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MEXICO: Supreme Court says governor may have violated journalist’s rights

JUNE 27, 2007 Lydia Cacho Ribeiro, freelance journalist LEGAL ACTION The Mexican Supreme Court of Justice declared on June 26 that there is enough evidence to prosecute high-ranking government officials on allegations of violating Cacho’s human rights when they plotted to arrest and assault the Mexican freelance journalist in December 2005. The high court said…

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