2007

  

Reporter forcibly detained over political footage

DECEMBER 31, 2007 Posted January 18, 2008 Muneeza Jahangir, Geo TV ATTACKED, DETAINED According to the Asian Human Rights Commission, Jahangir, a reporter for Geo TV,  was filming torn posters and banners of political parties in Lahore. Armed men ordered Jahngir, her sister Sulema, and some of their friends to follow them to the Pakistan…

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Radio journalist sentenced one-month prison term

DECEMBER 28, 2007Posted February 1, 2008 Arnando Chicoca, Radio Ecclesia and Apostolado IMPRISONED A court in the southwestern coastal town of Namibe sentenced Radio Ecclesia and Apostolado correspondent Arnando Chicoca to one month imprisonment and a 17,000 kwanza (US$227) fine. Prosecutor Bartholomew Fair said Chicoca was prosecuted for disobeying police under Article 186 of the…

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Azerbaijani president pardons five journalists; three left behind bars 

New York, December 28, 2007—The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today’s pardon of five journalists imprisoned in Azerbaijan, but it calls on President Ilham Aliyev to free the three journalists who remain unjustly jailed. Samir Sadagatoglu, Rafiq Tagi, Faramaz Novruzoglu, Rovshan Kebirli, and Yashar Agazadeh were among 114 prisoners pardoned by presidential decree. The five…

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Government minister belligerent in TV station

DECEMBER 27, 2007 Posted January 14, 2008 T. M. G. Chandrasekara, Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation ATTACKED Chandrasekara, news director of the state-run Rupavahini television station, became the center of a dispute when Sri Lankan Labor Minister Mervin Silva and a group of followers entered the station’s Colombo newsroom on December 27 to complain about its…

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Somali journalist held without charge

New York, December 27, 2007— A reporter who took photographs of French journalist Gwen LeGouil in custody with his kidnappers in Somalia’s semi-autonomous northeastern region of Puntland has been detained since Sunday without charge, local journalists told CPJ. Awale Jama Salad, a freelance journalist based in the port city of Bossasso, exclusively met with LeGouil and…

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Saudi blogger detained for more than two weeks

 New York, December 26, 2007—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the ongoing detention of a leading pro-reform Saudi blogger who has been held without charge since early this month. On December 10, Fouad Ahmed al-Farhan, a 32-year-old blogger who runs the site Alfarhan, was detained by Saudi security agents at the Jeddah office…

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Somali journalist killed in car accident

New York, December 26, 2007— The Committee to Protect Journalists extends its condolences to the colleagues and family of Abdulkadir Ali Hosh, an online journalist based in Somalia’s semi-autonomous northeastern region of Puntland, who died in the line of duty in a car accident on Monday evening. Hosh, 40, editor of the Somali news Web site…

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Philippine radio broadcaster assassinated

   New York, December 26, 2007 — The Philippine government today announced that it has identified a witness in the slaying of radio broadcaster Ferdinand Lintuan on Monday. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to ensure that the case is aggressively pursued in order to bring Lintuan’s attackers to justice.

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Two French journalists detained

DECEMBER 24, 2007 Posted January 14, 2008 Capucine Henry, Constantin Simon, France 24 DETAINED Henry and Simon, reporter and cameraman for the news channel France 24, were detained by soldiers on December 24 after filming an army checkpoint, and released two days later, according to international news reports. The journalists were traveling with a Tamil…

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Two arrested in 2001 Philippines murder

New York, December 21, 2007—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Philippine authorities to vigorously prosecute two suspects who have been arrested in connection with the 2001 shooting death of Philippine radio reporter Rolando Ureta. According to the National Union of Journalists, Philippines (NUJP), and local media reports, Jessie Ticar surrendered to police on…

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