Alerts / 2010

Ethiopia jails editor whose paper challenged Zenawi

February 1, 2010 4:15 PM ET

New York, February 1, 2010—An Ethiopian judge sentenced a journalist to prison on Friday in connection with a January 2008 column that criticized Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s statements about religious affairs in Ethiopia, according to local journalists....

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In Tunisia, critical journalist’s appeal rejected

February 1, 2010 3:24 PM ET

New York, February 1, 2010—A Tunisian appeals court on Saturday upheld a six-month prison sentence against journalist Taoufik Ben Brik, one of President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali’s toughest critics, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists denounced the decision, the latest development in the politically motivated effort...

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Burmese government jails another DVB journalist

February 1, 2010 1:34 PM ET

New York, February 1, 2010—The Burmese government should cease its campaign of intimidation and harassment against the Norway-based Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB), an exile-run television news provider, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Morocco’s most critical publication faces closure

January 29, 2010 4:56 PM ET

New York, January 29, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the latest development in Moroccan authorities’ efforts to silence the independent newsmagazine Le Journal Hebdomadaire. Liquidators took control of the country’s most critical publication this week after a Casablanca commercial appeals court declared on Monday that Le Journal Hebdomadaire’s former...

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Vietnamese writer jailed for spreading ‘propaganda’

January 29, 2010 2:58 PM ET

New York, January 29, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a jail sentence given to a Vietnamese journalist on charges that she spread anti-state propaganda and called today for her immediate release....

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Journalists in Sri Lanka face intimidation, censorship

January 29, 2010 1:36 PM ET

New York, January 29, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by reports that journalists in Sri Lanka have been subjected to government intimidation, arrests, censorship, and harassment in the aftermath of this week’s presidential election. ...

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Venezuela bars RCTV, 5 other stations from cable, satellite

January 25, 2010 5:13 PM ET

New York, January 25, 2010—Venezuelan regulators have ordered cable and satellite operators to stop carrying one of the country’s best known broadcasters, RCTV International, along with five other stations, alleging that the broadcasters violated a requirement to air President Hugo Chávez’s speeches. The Committee to Protect Journalists urged Venezuelan authorities...

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As Sri Lanka election nears, pro-opposition writer vanishes

January 25, 2010 2:04 PM ET

New York, January 25, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by the reported disappearance of Prageeth Eknelygoda, a political reporter for the Sri Lankan news Web site Lanka eNews....

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Journalist charged with defaming Uzbeks, faces 8 years jail

January 22, 2010 4:32 PM ET

New York, January 22, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Uzbek authorities to immediately drop all charges against Umida Akhmedova, a prominent photojournalist and documentary filmmaker who covers gender, ethnic, and cultural issues, and allow her to continue to do her work without fear of reprisal....

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Journalist flees Zimbabwe after death threat

January 20, 2010 3:41 PM ET

New York, January 20, 2010—Freelance journalist Stanley Kwenda, left, a contributor to the private weekly The Zimbabwean, fled the country on Friday after he said he received a telephone threat from a high-ranking police officer, according to the paper’s editor, Wilf Mbanga. ...

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