Press freedom in the news 9/3/08

The news of the arrest American filmmaker Andrew Berends in Nigeria is the focus of stories in The New York Times and the African Press Agency this morning. According  to CPJ’s research, Berends and his Nigerian translator, Samuel Geroge, were both arrested by Nigerian authorities on August 31. 

Violence in Russia continues to be in the news today, with The Independent running additional coverage of the death of Magomed Yevloyev. Reuters’ Web site AlertNet is also covering the death and subsequent protests at Yevloyev’s funeral. The Associated Press is also reporting on more aggression against journalists in the North Caucasus region of Russia, where a TV journalist has been shot and killed and a reporter for an opposition paper has been beaten and seriously injured.

Also, AP has updated its monthly feature on key numbers from the war in Iraq, using our number of journalists killed there since 2003: 132.