Letters

  

Panama Uses Gag Laws to Muzzle Press

March 4, 1999 His Excellency Ernesto Pérez Balladares President of Panama Presidential Palace Panama City, Panama Your Excellency, Prompted by a sharp increase in prosecutions of Panamanian journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is writing to strongly condemn Panama’s “gag laws” as a threat to press freedom, a violation of international law, and a…

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Nigerian Police Raid Press Office

February 10,1999 His Excellency Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar Chairman of the Provisional Ruling Council and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces State House, Abuja Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria VIA FAX: 011-234-95232 Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is greatly disturbed by news of the police raid on the Satellite Press in Ogba, Lagos,…

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Journalists Detained in Mozambique

February 9, 1999 His Excellency Joaquim Alberto Chissano President Avenida Julius Nyerere 2000 Caixa Postal 285 Maputo, Mozambique Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) writes to express its deep alarm over the 23-day detention of Fernando Quinova, Cabo Delgado province correspondent for the Mass Communications Institute, in retaliation for the journalist’s critical reporting.

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Cuba Cracks Down on Independent Press

February 3, 1999 His Excellency Fidel Castro Ruz President of Cuba c/o United Nations Mission New York, NY Your Excellency, The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is writing to condemn the recent crackdown on the independent press in Cuba. The harassment, arrest, detention, and imprisonment of journalists who have committed no crime other than to…

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Military Police Torture Journalists in Zimbabwe

February 3, 1999 Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda Republic of Slovakia Dear Mr. Dzurinda, The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is seeking clarification of the reasons behind the recent dismissal of 26 employees (see list below) of the Slovak Television Station (STV). After you came to power following the September elections, Milan Materak was chosen to…

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El CPJ denuncia la reciente represión de periodistas independientes en Cuba

3 de febrero de 1999 Su Excelencia Fidel Castro Ruz Presidente de Cuba c/o Misión Cubana en las Naciones Unidas Nueva York, NY Su Excellencia, El Comité para la Protección de Periodistas (CPJ) le escribe para denunciar la reciente represión de periodistas independientes en Cuba. El hostigamiento, detención y encarcelación de periodistas cuyo único delito…

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Military Police Torture Journalists in Zimbabwe

January 23, 1999 His Excellency President Robert Mugabe Office of the President Causeway, Harare Zimbabwe Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is outraged over the acts of torture reportedly committed by military police and Central Intelligence Organization (CIO) agents against Mark Chavunduka and Ray Choto, editor and reporter respectively, for the weekly independent…

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Military Police Torture Journalists in Zimbabwe

January 23, 1999 His Excellency Boris Yeltsin President of the Russian Federation Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is deeply troubled by the criminal prosecution of Altaf Galeyev for practicing his profession of journalism. His trial is scheduled to begin on February 4, 1999. Galeyev was formerly the news director of Radio Titan,…

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Yugoslavia Prosecutes City Radio’s Nikola Duric

January 13, 1999 President Slobodan Milosevic Bulevar Lenjina 2 11070 Novi Beograd Federal Republic of Yugoslavia We are writing to protest what Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists view as yet another illegal and unjustified attack on the independent media in Yugoslavia: the forthcoming trial of Nikola Duric, general manager and editor-in-chief…

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Jang Group of Newspapers Intimidated by Government

December 15,1998 His Excellency Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Prime Minister Prime Minister’s Secretariat Islamabad, Pakistan 2118 Kalorama Rd., N.W. Your Excellency, The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is greatly alarmed by the government’s recent efforts to control the independent media in Pakistan. Since August, CPJ has received numerous reports indicating that the government has embarked upon…

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