Press freedom in the news 10/16/08

Coverage of the arrest and jailing of Nguyen Viet Chien, a journalist with daily Thanh Nien, for breaking news on a state corruption scandal is making news today. Taiwan’s The Straits Times is running the Agence France-Presse wire story on the incident, and Radio Australia has a short news item about the jailing on their Web site today. Both articles cite CPJ’s condemnation of the incident in an alert released yesterday.

Also this morning, RFE/RL’s Russian Service has posted an interview with CPJ’s Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova about the poisoning of lawyer Karinna Moskalenko, who fell ill only days before she was to appear at a preliminary hearing in the 2006 murder trial of Anna Politkovskaya