2008

  

Foreign journalists report threats before Olympics

New York, April 30, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed concern today about reports of growing hostility toward foreign journalists in China 100 days before the start of the Beijing Olympics. At least 10 correspondents have reported receiving anonymous death threats, according to a Foreign Correspondents Club of China (FCCC) report released today. The group…

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Afghan bomb wounds two Australian journalists

APRIL 29, 2008 Posted May 5, 2008 Paul Rafael, Steve Dupont, Smithsonian Magazine ATTACKED Rafael, a freelance writer, and photographer Dupont, both from Australia, were on assignment for the U.S.-based Smithsonian Magazine when a suicide bomber detonated a bomb a few meters from where they stood as part of a crowd in a small eastern…

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Tesco hits Thai journalists with heavy libel suits

Dear Mr. Darmp, The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about libel lawsuits Tesco Lotus has initiated against journalists who reported and wrote opinion pieces on your company’s growing operations in Thailand. While we recognize the right of corporations to take civil legal action to protect their reputation, we view the complaints and the monetary damages Tesco Lotus is seeking in these cases as punitive and a direct threat to press freedom and free public commentary.

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CPJ condemns arrests of Ugandan journalists

New York, April 28, 2008—A story on claims of torture at alleged secret government-run detention centers led authorities in Uganda to arrest three top journalists and seize materials and documents on Saturday, according to local journalists and news reports. The journalists, including top political journalist Andrew Mwenda, are free on bail in the capital, Kampala,…

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Cameraman hospitalized after police beating

APRIL 25, 2008 Posted May 21, 2008 Claude Ada Mboula, Télé Africa ATTACKED Mboula, a cameraman with private broadcaster Télé Africa was assaulted by police officers while filming an anti-government march against price hikes in the capital Libreville, according to news reports and local journalists.

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Radio director’s home shot at by unidentified gunmen

Radio director’s home shot at by unidentified gunmen New York, April 25, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the shooting of a Mexican journalist’s house in the southern state of Oaxaca, in what appears to have been a targeted attack, on April 18. The day before the shooting, Melchor López, general director of…

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Canadian journalist harassed in Chechnya; press accreditation taken

New York, April 24, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed concern today at the harassment in Chechnya of Jane Armstrong, Moscow correspondent for the Canadian national daily The Globe and Mail. Armstrong and her Russian photographer and interpreter Olga Kravets had traveled from Moscow to the Chechen capital of Grozny to report on social and…

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Canadian journalist harassed in Chechnya; press accreditation taken

New York, April 24, 2008–The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed concern today at the harassment in Chechnya of Jane Armstrong, Moscow correspondent for the Canadian national daily The Globe and Mail. Armstrong and her Russian photographer and interpreter Olga Kravets had traveled from Moscow to the Chechen capital of Grozny to report on social and…

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In Zimbabwe, one is cleared while another is denied bail

New York, April 23, 2008—A prosecutor dropped two-year-old charges against freelance journalist Sydney Saize in restive Zimbabwe on Tuesday, while a magistrate denied bail to freelancer Frank Chikowore, who has been detained for more than a week. The Committee to Protect Journalists today called for Chikowore’s immediate release. Mutare prosecutor Malvern Musarurwa declined to pursue…

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Tunisia: Weekly faces harassment

Tunisia: New York, April 21, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about the Tunisian government’s increasing harassment of the opposition weekly Al-Mawkif. Over the past month, Tunisian authorities have prevented distribution of 4 issues of Al-Mawkif, published since 1984 by the opposition Progressive Democratic Party (PDP). The paper has been targeted by a…

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