Dangerous Assignments: Spring 1998

CPJ, Turkish Press council meet with Yilmaz to encourage Reform

Representatives of CPJ and the Press council of Turkey met with Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz, urging him to fulfill his promise to reform the Turkish press laws, and to review the cases of 12 imprisoned reporters and editors the two groups say have been convicted on the basis of their work as jornalists.

After Kidnap and Torture, Liberian Journalist Alex Redd faces an uncertain future

Liberian Journalist Alex Redd became the focus of international attention late last year when he was kidnapped and tortured by state security forces for attempting to investigate and report on the murder of political opposition leader Samuel Dokie, his wife, and two family members.

Asian Finacial Crisis Underscores Value of a Free Press

Cozy relationships between governments and financial institutions evade press scrutiny because of either self-censorship or frequent bribes offered to low-paid reporters. Thsi chronic lack of information and a culture of less-than-aggressive reporting have contributed to the reigons financial panic.

West African journalists meet in Senegal despite obstacles

For some delegates, just getting to the West African Journalists Association (WAJA) reigonal conference in Dakar, Senegal was an impressive achievement.

Cuba Squeezes Journalists During Pope’s Visit

Independent journalists in Cuba have faced systematic persecution over the last five years, but many had hoped to be able to work freely during the Pope’s visit, when Cuba was in the international spotlight. This was not to be.

Eight Palestinian Journalists Wounded by Israeli Troops in Hebron

For the second time in less than a year, a group of Palestinian reporters covering clashes in Hebron were fired upon with rubber coated metal bullets by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

CPJ’s Attacks on the Press in 1997 finds at least 129 Journalists Imprisoned in 24 countries

Compiled from first hand research of CPJ’s professional staff, Attacks on the Press in 1997 documents in compelling detail nearly 500 attacks carried out to silence journalists and news organizations through physical assault, imprisonment, censorship, and legal harassment. And it describes CPJ’s action on behalf of hundreds of journalists through emergency response and fact-finding missions, personal appeals by CPJ staff and board members, grassroots efforts, diplomatic channels, and media campaigns.

Fred Friendly Remembered

From the Executive Director: Article 19 at 50

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