Impunity

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Defending al-Zaidi, but not journalists at home

The now infamous incident of Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi throwing his shoes at President George Bush became primetime news throughout the world. In the Middle East it has been shown on television almost endlessly. 

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Remembering Deyda Hydara, four years after his murder

I last saw Deyda Hydara alive on December 14, 2004, only two days before his death. To this day, the gunmen who shot dead the Gambia’s best-known journalist as he drove home from work are still at large. The crime remains unsolved.

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Burkina Faso police question Zongo protesters

This morning, police in Burkina Faso summoned four leaders of a march over the weekend that called for a renewed investigation into the unsolved 1998 assassination of investigative journalist Norbert Zongo. Among those questioned was Jean-Claude Meda, the president of the Association of Journalists of Burkina Faso, who told me that he received a call…

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Norbert Zongo’s murder: No justice after 10 years

Ten years ago on Saturday, the bullet-ridden bodies of investigative journalist Norbert Zongo and three friends were found in Zongo’s burned-out car outside the capital of Burkina Faso.

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Politkovskaya case: 2 trials, 1 court, many questions

About 10 reporters sit on one of two wooden benches in the back of Room No. 4 at the Moscow District Military Court in Moscow. They’re gathered for the trial of three defendants accused of playing a role in the October 2006 murder of Novaya Gazeta special correspondent Anna Politkovskaya. Only they won’t be attending…

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Editor’s murder remains unsolved

New York, December 11, 2008–The Lebanese authorities must bring to justice those responsible for the 2005 assassination of journalist Gebran Tueni, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. 

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Mexico’s special prosecutor urged to act

In response to a statement by the special prosecutor for crimes against the press Octavio Orellana Wiarco during a press conference in Mexico City yesterday in which he denied that Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists, we issued the following statement…

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Press freedom in the news 12/04/08

Editor & Publisher has coverage of our annual census of imprisoned journalists, which was released earlier today. The report lists 125 journalists in jail as of December 1, 56 of whom are online journalists.

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Press freedom in the news 12/03/08

Another radio journalist has been killed in the Philippines today according to reports from The Associated Press. Leo Mila, a radio broadcaster in the north of the country, was gunned down in front of his radio station earlier today. Mila’s program focused on discussing citizen’s complaints. According to reports, he had been working on a…

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Politkovskaya trial re-opened to media

After Judge Yevgeny Zubov overturned a ban on the press attending the trial of three suspects in the murder of Novaya Gazeta journalist Anna Politkovskaya, we released the following statement…

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