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Press freedom in the news 11/10/08

The release of CBC correspondent Mellissa Fung, who had been abducted by a criminal gang in Afghanistan, is the focus of a few stories today. The Associated Press has coverage of her month-long ordeal, and that piece has been picked up by various papers including The Boston Globe and The Baltimore Sun. 

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CBC correspondent released

We issued the following statement after learning of the release today of abducted CBC correspondent Mellissa Fung in Kabul…

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Kidnapped journalist released in Congolese war zone

New York, November 7, 2008–The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today’s release of a Belgian journalist, his interpreter, and his driver, who were kidnapped on Tuesday while reporting on the war in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. CPJ remains concerned about the safety of journalists in the rebel-held town of Kiwanja, where the only radio station…

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In DRC, CPJ welcomes releases

We issued the following statement today after the release of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung journalist Thomas Scheen, interpreter Charles Ntiricya and driver Roger Bangue, who were kidnapped by a pro-government militia last Tuesday in Kiwanja, in the war-torn east of the Democratic Republic of Congo…

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In Afghanistan, CPJ welcomes release

Responding to reports that abducted Dutch journalist Joanie de Rijke has been released by her kidnappers today after she was abducted in Afghanistan on November 1, we issued the following  statement…

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Australian photojournalist Nigel Brennan. (Reuters)

Day 7: Freelancers hostage in Somalia

Today marks the seventh day that four media workers have been held hostage by an unknown group roughly 12 miles (20 kilometers) west of Mogadishu. Freelance journalists Amanda Lindhout, Nigel Brennan, and Abdifatah Mohamed Elmi, along with driver Mahad Clise, were returning from interviews with Somali refugees at Celasha Biyaha when they were kidnapped along…

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José Rubén Zamora in 2003. (Reuters)

Brutally attacked in Guatemala…again

Two days after being abducted and badly beaten in Guatemala, prominent journalist José Rubén Zamora was still in shock. “I can’t remember what happened, but I was drugged and left unconscious in a hospital in the outskirts of Guatemala City,” he told me on Saturday after he was released from the local hospital.His colleagues at…

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CPJ alarmed by abduction of journalist in Guatemala

We issued the following statement today in response to Thursday’s abduction and subsequent release of Guatemalan journalist José Rubén Zamora, a 1995 recipient of CPJ’s International Press Freedom Award: “We are alarmed by the kidnapping and reported beating of José Rubén Zamora, president of the Guatemalan daily El Periodico. Zamora has previously been the victim…

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