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|CPJ sounds alarm for Sri Lanka|
Testimony from CPJ prompted a
On February 24, CPJ Program Coordinator Bob Dietz testified before Casey's Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs about three attacks in January that left one editor dead, another injured, and a TV station's master control room destroyed. "With a failure to investigate and a realistic suspicion that government actors are complicit in the violence against journalists, the time has come for the international community to act," Dietz told the subcommittee.
The day before the hearing, CPJ released Dietz's special report on the escalating violence, "Failure to Investigate."
On March 5, CPJ met with Sri Lankan ambassador to the
|Free Roxana Saberi|
When news broke on March 3 that
American journalist Roxana Saberi was being held without charge in
In response, we created a Facebook
petition that urged Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to intervene on Saberi's behalf and ensure that she
receive due process. We initially hoped to gather 1,000 signatures; the
public outpouring was so great that we reached that goal within a day. By the time we delivered the petition on March 9 to
|Liberian journalist not compelled to reveal source|
In a significant ruling that sets a precedent in
international law, the
as a witness in the war crimes trial of Charles Taylor, reporter Hassan Bility
testified about a 1997 reporting trip to
Bility refused to provide the name of the person who
facilitated his trip to
In a January alert, we noted that forcing Bility to reveal his source could compromise conflict reporting, particularly reporting on war crimes and human rights abuses. In its ruling, the court reached two important determinations: It found no substantive difference between a facilitator and a confidential source, and it determined that the disclosure of Bility's helper was not essential to the defense.
CPJ has worked for many years on behalf of Bility, who
because of his work faced harassment, arrest, and torture from
|Ruling seeks to end Argentina's discriminatory practices|
The Argentine government has long rewarded and punished the media by manipulating the distribution of state advertising, a practice we documented in a special report, "News for Sale," and in the new edition of Attacks on the Press. In short, the government withholds official advertising from critical media and rewards friendly outlets with a generous flow of government spots. Journalists and free press groups have urged the Argentine government to put an end to the discriminatory practice.
On February 10, a federal appeals court in Argentina ruled
that withholding official advertising from several publications of Editorial Perfil-the country's largest magazine publisher-violated free press protections. The publications are known for being critical of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner's administration. The court found the government engaged in "discriminatory behavior with the goal of punishing publications not sympathetic with the current government."
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