President intervenes in case of threats against three journalists

first_img News Reporters Without Borders is worried about death threats against Juan Gossaín of radio RCN, Mauricio Vargas of Cambio magazine and Julio Sánchez Cristo of W de Radio Caracol. President Alvaro Uribe has intervened personally to ensure they are given protection. Organisation September 23, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 President intervenes in case of threats against three journalists October 21, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Colombia 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Help by sharing this information to go further ColombiaAmericas April 27, 2021 Find out more ColombiaAmericas RSF_en Receive email alerts Reports News News RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about death threats against radio RCN news director Juan Gossaín, Cambio magazine editor Mauricio Vargas and W de Radio Caracol news director Julio Sánchez Cristo, which prompted President Alvaro Uribe to contact each them in turn to say he was giving them special protection.“We are pleased that President Uribe intervened personally but we would like to see the measures taken in these particular cases being applied more systematically to threatened journalists and we remind the president that Colombia continues to be one of Latin America’s most dangerous countries for the press,” the organisation said.The threats were made in an anonymous phone call received by Gossaín on 20 September. Referring to Vargas and Sánchez Cristo as well as Gossaín, the caller said: “If you and the other journalists continue to talk about what is happening in Cartagena, you should expect to suffer the consequences.” He was alluding to reports of municipal election rigging in the northern city of Cartagena.Gossaín reported the threat on the air, announcing that he considered himself warned and accepted the consequences of his actions.President Uribe personally contacted the police chief, Gen. Jorge Daniel Castro, and ordered him to investigate the threats. He also contacted each of the journalists yesterday to assure them of his support and intention to “reinforce the protection of the journalists so that they can continue working.” May 13, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

News website’s blocking must end, and must be declared illegal

first_img KyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia April 3, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 News website’s blocking must end, and must be declared illegal October 9, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Kyrgyzstan News Reporters Without Borders calls for an end to Kyrgyzstan’s 13-month-old blocking of the Ferghana news website and urges the Kyrgyz judicial system to overturn last week’s court decision dismissing Ferghana’s attempt to get the blocking declared illegal.The leading source of Russian-language news coverage of Central Asia, Ferghana has been blocked in Kyrgyzstan since February 2012 as a result of a parliamentary resolution and a formal request that the State Communications Agency (GAS) sent to Internet Service Providers without reference to the courts.The legal action that Ferghana brought against the GAS in November, accusing it of blocking the website illegally and extrajudicially, was unexpectedly terminated on 27 March by a judge, who ruled that the legally permitted period for such a lawsuit had expired. The head of the GAS meanwhile said that ISPs could unblock the site but has not issued any formal instruction to that effect.Reporters Without Borders calls on the courts to reopen the case on appeal and to issue a clearly ruling that the blocking was illegal. At the same time, it urges Kyrgyz ISPs to unblock access without waiting for any ruling or instruction.“It looks as though the Kyrgyz judicial system is trying to wriggle out of an embarrassing case, but this is unacceptable,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The illegal blocking of Ferghana is an extremely dangerous precedent for freedom of information and the rule of law, and it must be explicitly condemned so that it does not recur.“Kyrgyzstan’s honour is at stake. Treating Ferghana in the same way that Turkmenistan’s and Uzbekistan’s autocratic rulers do is unworthy of a country that aspires to be a regional model of parliamentary democracy.”The Kyrgyz parliament called for access to Ferghana to be blocked on the grounds that its coverage of violence in southern Kyrgyzstan in June 2010 was “subjective” and “provocative.”Reporters Without Borders thought the news agency’s coverage was “exemplary” and wrote to the parliament asking it to reverse this decision. However, Ferghana was also criticized by some politicians for frequently raising questions about the future of Kyrgyz democracy and the rise of nationalism in the country.Throughout the case brought by Ferghana, the GAS tried to place all the responsibility for the blocking on the parliament and the ISPs. The head of the GAS, Almaz Kadyrkulov, claimed that the letter it sent to the ISPs asking them to block the site was just a “recommendation.”The day after last week’s court decision terminating the hearings, Kadyrkulov told the newspaper Vecherniy Bishkek: “Operators have the right to unblock the website, and I don’t care at all.”But Ferghana managing editor Daniil Kislov told Reporters Without Borders that Kadyrkulov’s comment would not suffice.“According to our sources, some ISPs are going to ask the GAS to confirm in writing whether they can lift the blocking of the site,” he said. “They will not stop the filtering until they have received (explicit) authorisation. The other ISPs, which pay even more attention to the authorities, will maintain the status quo.“As far as we are concerned, the judge’s decision to terminate the hearings on far-fetched grounds and the comments by the head of the GAS do not change anything. We are going to continue our fight to obtain justice and respect for legality in this case, however naïve this ambition may seem.”Kislov added: “Our goal is get the parliamentary resolution on the blocking of our site rescinded and obtain a properly argued court decision on the banning.”Read our previous releases on this case. KyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia to go further RSF calls for the immediate release of Uzbek journalist Help by sharing this information RSF asks authorities, opposition to guarantee reporters’ safety during Kyrgyzstan protestscenter_img Organisation August 26, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts News RSF is concerned about the fate of an Uzbek journalist extradited by Kyrgyzstan News News RSF_en August 14, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Transnistrian journalist gets presidential pardon in return for televised confession

first_imgNews May 6, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Transnistrian journalist gets presidential pardon in return for televised confession Receive email alerts Organisation RSF_en June 14, 2019 Find out more Transnistrian court extends pre-trial detention of journalist accused of spying to go further Journalists must be respected during Moldova’s political crisis June 8, 2010 Find out more MoldovaEurope – Central Asia center_img Help by sharing this information MoldovaEurope – Central Asia Ernest Vardanean, a journalist who was sentenced to 15 years in prison on a charge of spying for Moldova at the end of a sham trial last December, was pardoned yesterday by the breakaway Republic of Transnistria’s president, Igor Smirnov. Detained since April 2010, Vardanean was able to return to his home in the Transnistrian capital of Tiraspol last night.“We are very relieved by Vardanean’s release,” Reporters Without Borders. “But this supposedly magnanimous gesture by the Transnistrian authorities should not distract from the fact that his right to a fair trial was denied at all times.”The press freedom organization added: “This ‘pardon’ was clearly given in return for the televised ‘confession’ that was extracted from him in a manner recalling the Soviet-style practices that should have consigned to history.”——-17.12.2010 – Transnistrian court sentences journalist to 15 years in prison for “spying” Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the 15-year jail sentence which a court in Tiraspol, the capital of the breakaway region of Transnistria, imposed yesterday on journalist Ernest Vardanean on charges of high treason and spying for Moldova. The court specified that Vardanean should be subjected to a “severe regime” while serving his sentence, issued under article 272 of Transnistria’s constitution. The verdict was based on a confession which Reporters Without Borders believes was obtained under torture with the aim of silencing an outspoken reporter. A narrow strip of territory located on Moldova’s northeastern border with Ukraine, Transnistria proclaimed its independence with Russian backing in 1991.Arrested on 7 April by Transnistria’s MGB (Ministry for State Security), Vardanean was accused of spying for Moldovan intelligence agencies while working as the Tiraspol correspondent of the Moldovan news agency Novyi Region, for which he had written articles that were very critical of the Transnistrian leader, Igor Smirnov .The conditions in which he was held for seven months, until his trial opened on 3 November, were condemned by the United States and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. His wife voiced concern in May about his physical and mental state after he had apparently undergone many exhausting interrogation sessions lasting hours.On 11 May, the Transnistrian authorities broadcast a video on the national TV station in which Vardanean “confessed” to having been an agent of the Moldovan intelligence services since 2001. His family said the confession was extracted under torture.The one-sided conduct of the trial showed that the court was determined to convict and jail Vardanean. His lawyer was forbidden to travel to Tiraspol for “security reasons.” The public, the OSCE’s representatives and Vardanean’s family were all denied access to the courtroom and the court-appointed lawyer systematically refused to talk to his wife after the hearings.The family’s lawyer said she would appeal against his conviction and would file a complaint before the European Court of Human Rights.Reporters Without Borders urges the Moldovan and Russian governments, the European Court of Human Rights and the OSCE to press Transnistria to quash Vardanean’s conviction. News News News July 23, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Moldova Moldovan reporters harassed by Russian soldiers on border with Transnistrialast_img read more

RSF urges Iraqi authorities to protect journalists in the field

first_img Activities in the fieldProtecting journalists Armed conflictsViolence RSF_en October 26, 2016 RSF urges Iraqi authorities to protect journalists in the field Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the Iraqi authorities to do everything possible to protect journalists in the field after two Iraqi journalists were killed and at least ten others were injured while covering the military offensive aimed at retaking the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State jihadi rebels. Organisation Ali Raysan, a 33-year-old cameraman with Iraq’s Al-Sumaria TV, was killed by an Islamic State sniper while filming clashes near Al-Shura, a village in the Al-Qaraya region south of Mosul, on 22 October.Ahmed Hajer Oglu, a 30-year-old TV reporter, was fatally shot by an IS sniper while covering clashes between Peshmerga forces and IS fighters on 21 October in the city of Kirkuk (170 km southeast of Mosul), where IS launched a counter-offensive. His death was reported by Turkmeneli TV, the Kirkuk-based Turkmen TV station he worked for. “We deplore the deaths of these two journalists in the course of their work,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “In view of the dangers of journalism in a war zone, especially in Iraq, we remind all parties to the conflict that they are required by the Geneva Conventions and its additional protocols to protect journalists. At the same time, journalists covering the conflict should also take care not to endanger either their sources or the conflict’s participants.”According to a 22 October release by the Metro Centre for Journalists Rights and Advocacy, a local NGO, 10 journalists have also been wounded while covering the offensive in northern Iraq. They include Arian Brawari and Rasti Khaled of the Kurdish-language Waar TV and freelancer Ari Jalal, who were injured in an explosion Bashiqa, northeast of Mosul.Bishtiwan Hussein of Zagros TV and Hajer Brawari and Yasser Abdulrahman of Speda TV were wounded by explosions near Tel Skuf (north of Mosul) and Bashiqa. Ahmed Al-Zaidi, a reporter for Iraq’s Al-Forat TV, was wounded in the leg by a mortar explosion on 20 October. Rasoul Mahmoud, a freelancer covering the offensive for Radio Free Europe, was badly injured in Mosul by a mortar explosion, sustaining multiple fractures and the likely loss of one eye. Bryan Denton, a US photographer working for the New York Times, was injured by a car bomb near Bartella, east of Mosul. Heavily covered conflictA national media coalition was established on 17 October by the state-owned Iraqi Media Network with the aim of ensuring a national media strategy in support of the military offensive, countering rumours that could adversely affect military operations, and providing media outlets with technical and material support.The Al-Iraqiya, Al-Sumaria, Hona Baghdad, Al-Rasheed, Al-Forat, Al-Hadath and ANB TV channels are all part of the coalition, which produces a joint TV news programme every evening and coordinates communication campaigns on social networks.The offensive is receiving a great deal of media coverage, including on social networks, with live broadcasting on Facebook. But the public prosecutor’s office in Iraqi Kurdistan issued an order on 24 October banning three TV channels – Rudaw TV, Kurdistan 24 and NRT TV – from providing live coverage from any of the frontlines.The grounds given by the public prosecutor’s office in a communiqué was the need to protect troops and ensure respect for journalistic ethics. The communiqué cited the case of the fighting in Kirkuk where, it said, Kurdish forces were put in danger because unprofessional live coverage revealed their positions.The media in Iraqi Kurdistan have long been the victims of a power struggle between the leading Kurdish political parties, a struggle that has been exacerbated by the offensive against Islamic State.On 21 October, for example, the Nalia Media Corporation’s broadcast outlets – NRT, NRT2, Nalia Radio – were banned by the Ministry of the Peshmerga (Iraqi Kurdistan’s military forces) from going to Mosul and are having to cover the fighting from afar. According to Nalia, the ban was a reprisal for a broadcast in which the Peshmerga were criticized by guests, including a former parliamentarian who supports the opposition party Goran (Change).According to RSF sources, the office of the president of the Kurdistan Regional Government has also banned two opposition TV channels – KNN TV and Payam TV –from reporting from Mosul since the start of the offensive. They are nonetheless allowed to cover clashes in cities controlled by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), one of Iraqi Kurdistan’s two ruling parties.In November 2015, RSF and its partner organization in Iraq, the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO) issue a joint report about the appalling media freedom violations in Mosul since Islamic State seized control of the city in June 2014. The offensive to retake Mosul was launched on 17 October.Ranked 158th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index, Iraq is one of the world’s deadliest countries for journalists. Activities in the fieldProtecting journalists Armed conflictsViolence News Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

Tiananmen Square massacre heads long list of taboo subjects

first_img RSF_en March 12, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on China Organisation ——————————————————————————————– To illustrate the censorship from which the Chinese media suffer on a daily basis, Reporters Without Borders has listed the most recent orders issued to journalists and Chinese Internet companies by the various offices responsible for controlling the flow of information and the media: News ChinaAsia – Pacific to go further June 4, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Tiananmen Square massacre heads long list of taboo subjects China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Photo : BRUNO BARBIER / ONLY WORLD / ONLY FRANCE Newscenter_img Update : Abusive arrestsNetizens arrested in connection with 4 June anniversaryReporters Without Borders condemns the arrests of netizens for trying to commemorate the anniversary of the bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on 4 June 1989.“The government must put an immediate and permanent end to the censorship, blocking of access to information and harassment that occurs every year in the run-up to the 4 June anniversary of the events in Tiananmen Square,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We call for the immediate and unconditional release of the independent news providers who were arrested for referring to this sad anniversary, and for all charges against them to be dropped.”Police officers prevented Agence France-Presse journalists from approaching a demonstration by the “Tiananmen Mothers” on 4 June and ordered their cameraman to stop filming.Officials in the eastern province of Jiangsu arrested the netizen Gu Yinmin on 1 June and placed him in “criminal detention” for refusing to remove a photograph of the 1989 pro-democracy movement from his QQ account.Netizens Qiu Hua and Yang Ting Jian are serving 15-day “administrative” detention orders in Guangzhou for trying to organize an Internet tribute to the victims of the 1989 crackdown. Receive email alerts 1. Media organizations must not stress violence on a college campus but should concentrate on the steps taken by party committees and the government to prevent similar incidents in the future – Central Propaganda Committee.2. Coverage of the international Africa conference in Tokyo is forbidden – State Council Information Bureau. 3. Coverage of the arrival of U.S. military vessels in the Southern Ocean is forbidden.4. All statements about clashes between police and groups of camphor traders in Dongguan and the tar leakage in Si Hui must follow the information issued by the relevant departments. They must not carry out interviews of their own volition – Guangdong. 5. Information on the public hearings on the rise in taxi fares in Beijing must not be circulated – Beijing Network Office.6. The report on the Shenzhen coastal power station must be followed to the letter in order to avoid unnecessary tension – Shenzhen Publicity Department.7. The micro-blogging account of Zhang Xue Zhong is to be blocked – State Council Information Office.8. Media coverage of the student at the Agricultural University of Huanan found hanged is forbidden – Guangzhou Propaganda Ministry9. It is forbidden to mention or comment on the Shenzhen costal power station and related matters, or the relocation of Guangzhou’s cemetery for those who resisted the Japanese.10. It is forbidden to talk about Party Provincial Bureau deputy director Yu Laishan’s meal or his 170,000 yuan dinner – Guangdong Department of Propaganda.11. Absolutely all posts about Xu Zhiyong must be suppressed, without exception – Central Department of Propaganda.12. It is forbidden to publish any report or communiqué about the press conference or other activities organized by the Gu Chu military corps – Council of State’s Bureau of Information.13. It is forbidden to comment on the attack on government officials by residents of the village of Dongxia, in Hui’an district ¬– Fujian Department of Propaganda.14. “Internet clean-up” operations will continue until June. The level at which key subjects are handled will be raised by one level and the precision of website registering will be stepped up. These are priorities.Reporters Without Borders will take part in the events that the Chinese pro-democracy movement is organizing in Paris to mark the anniversary. A demonstration in the city centre will be following by the screening of two films that have not previously been seen in France: Ying Liang’s “When Night Falls” and a documentary by the journalist Anne Loussouarn called “Chinese Anger.”The exile writer Liao Yiwu, the Berlin International Literature Festival and a group of well-known international authors have issued a joint appeal for public readings today in support Li Bifeng, a writer who was given a 12-year jail sentence last November.They would like people to read from works by Li Bifeng or works links to his fate, or the works of Liao Yiwu, which are censored in China.China is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Enemies of the Internet” and is ranked 173rd out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.China is also mentioned in the 2013 special report on surveillance: “Enemies of the Internet” ¬– China. Help by sharing this information China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News News Censorship regulations are not confined to the media but also affect the university education system. A Chinese law professor, Zhang Xuezhong, recently disclosed on his website that there were seven subjects that the government had banned Chinese university teachers from discussing: universal values, citizens’ rights, civil society, judicial independence, freedom of the press, the privileged capitalist class, and past mistakes of the Chinese Communist Party. ChinaAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more 06.04.2013Tiananmen Square massacre heads long list of taboo subjectsOn today’s sombre anniversary of the bloody 1989 crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, Reporters Without Borders reiterates its appeal for the release of journalists, bloggers and campaigners for freedom of expression, in particular those imprisoned for having taken part in, or referred to, the pro-democracy movement. We also call for the Chinese media and Internet users to be allowed to report on all events, including those that scarred May and June 1989.The press freedom organization calls for an end to wholesale censorship and the abolition of the information control system known popularly as the “Great Firewall”. “China remains one of the most repressive countries in the world towards those who campaign for freedom of information and expression,” Reporters Without Borders said.“Events commemorating the 4 June anniversary in many of the world’s capitals are a duty of remembrance and allow tribute to be paid to the victims of the repression, but they also provide an opportunity to publicize what is probably one of the Beijing government’s greatest taboos. “The consequences of the lack of information as a result of the censorship and disinformation about the Tiananmen Square massacre imposed by the government for almost 25 years are still felt today. Thanks to the effectiveness of the blackout, the vast majority of young Chinese still know nothing about this episode.“The Tiananmen Square massacre is far from an isolated incident from a bygone era. The censorship launched after the “Beijing Spring” has never been relaxed. The authorities regard the daily exercise of disinformation and censorship as an effective method for maintaining their control over the population as well as China’s international image, whatever the consequences for the Chinese people. Any news or information regarded as sensitive by the authorities may be censored.” April 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Opposition journalist freed after getting presidential pardon

first_img Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosions News RSF_en News to go further News YemenMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Reporters Without Borders today welcomed President Ali Abdallah Saleh’s decision to pardon newspaper editor Abdulkarim Al-Khaiwani yesterday, a day after a court upheld his one-year prison sentence. Al-Khaiwani, the editor of the opposition weekly Al-Shura, was freed today.”We are very relieved and we hope that the happy outcome to this case will open the way to greater tolerance for Yemeni journalists,” the press freedom organization said, adding that, “legislative reform would really benefit press freedom in Yemen by preventing other journalists from being sentenced to prison terms.”———————22 March 2005 – Appeal court upholds one-year prison sentence for newspaper editorReporters Without Borders voiced shock at the decision today of an appeal court in Sanaa to uphold the one-year prison sentence imposed last September on Abdulkarim Al-Khaiwani, the editor of the opposition weekly Al-Shura.”This prison sentence proves to what degree press freedom is in danger in Yemen,” the press freedom organization said, calling on the supreme court to quash the ruling.Reporters Without Borders also voiced concern that the appeal court president ordered the interrogation of Abdallah Ali Sabri, the editor of a new weekly newspaper, Saout Al-Shura, which has appeared in the place of Al-Shura, as well as the interrogation of six well-known figures who used to wrote for Al-Shura”The journalists with Saout Al-Shura should be able to work in peace and the former contributors to Al-Shura should not be harassed in this fashion,” Reporters Without Borders said. Banned for six months last September, Al-Shura itself did not reappear when the period of the ban expired.”We call on President Abdallah Saleh to stop the authorities in his country from resorting to repression and systematically throwing journalists in prison,” the organization added.Al-Khaiwani, who has been detained since 5 September, is alleged to have used his newspaper to support Shiite leader Badr Eddin al-Hawthi’s revolt against the authorities in Sanaa and to defame President Saleh.—————————4 March 2005 – Call for release of editor after six months in prison Reporters Without Borders called for the immediate release of a newspaper editor who has been in jail for six months and for the lifting of a ban on his weekly paper, Al-Shura.Abdulkareem Al-Khaiwani, was sentenced to one year in prison on 5 September 2004 and his newspaper was banned for six months.”We strongly condemn the use of imprisonment in cases of defamation and we can on the Yemeni authorities to reform the criminal code so that prison terms are abolished for press offences.In the case of Al-Khaiwani, such a heavy sentence and the issuing of a committal order appear to us to be completely disproportionate to the charge against him,” the organisation said.The organisation also objected to the fact that he had to wait six months to make an appeal. Since the six-month ban on the newspaper had now expired, it also called on the government to authorise its reappearance.After six months in prison, on 2 March, Al-Khaiwani had his first hearing before the appeal court in Sanaa. Several journalists and defence lawyers travelled to support him but the case was transferred to a small courtroom to limit the demonstration of support. The judge had several people forcibly removed, including one of the journalist’s main lawyers. The verdict was postponed until 22 March.The journalists’ and lawyers’ union are organising a rally in the editor’s support and to protest at what they call a violation of the press code and the Constitution in this case. It will be held on 5 March at the offices of the Yemeni journalists’ union.Al-Khaiwani was sentenced by a court in Sanaa on 5 September on the basis of a complaint lodged by the Yemeni Information Ministry. He was found guilty of supporting, through his newspaper, the Shiite leader Badr Eddin al-Hawthi’s revolt against the authorities in Sanaa and of defaming President Saleh. A committal order was made against him at the end of the trial even though his lawyer, Jamal al-Goabi, immediately told the judge that he would be lodging an appeal. February 11, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Yemencenter_img News March 24, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Opposition journalist freed after getting presidential pardon February 26, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information YemenMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF January 6, 2021 Find out more Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five monthslast_img read more

Weekly newspaper “Motion d’information” barred from publishing for past month

first_img RSF_en News TogoAfrica TogoAfrica Convicting “petrolgate” journalist of defamation would be disastrous, RSF says Reporters Without Borders has protested the ongoing harassment of “Motion d’information”, a weekly newspaper that is close to the opposition, since 23 October 2002. “This attitude illustrates the determination with which theTogolese government censors and stifles the opposition press,” Reporters Without Borders Secretary-General Robert Ménard stated in his letter to Interior Minister Sizing Walla. The organisation asked the minister to take all necessary measures to ensure that the newspaper is no longer subject to arbitrary harassment and seizures.Further to an Interior Ministry order, police officers went to the “Motion d’information” printing facility on the morning of 18 November and seized 2,000 copies of issue 202, before it went on sale to the public. The newspaper was not served with a seizure order prior to the incident. Issues 199, 200 and 201 were previously confiscated under similar circumstances. On 21 October, the newspaper had published an article entitled “While We Await the Wild Animals’ Vote” (“En attendant le vote des bêtes sauvages”), which was critical of the unfolding of the last legislative elections. The security forces briefly detained the director of “Motion d’information” following the article’s publication. He spent one hour at Lomé’s central prison for “undermining others’ authority”.Reporters Without Borders recalls that Radio France Internationale programmes have been jammed on the FM dial since 16 September. Moreover, Internet surfers inside Togo have been unable to access the website since 5 October. March 11, 2021 Find out more November 19, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Weekly newspaper “Motion d’information” barred from publishing for past month Follow the news on Togo News Newscenter_img Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Organisation Togo court upholds “baseless and disproportionate” newspaper closures March 8, 2021 Find out more News to go further Togolese authorities urged to lift newspaper’s four-month suspension September 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Best of blogs 2012 – vote for your favorite blog!

first_img Organisation News Jury and User awards will be given out in the following six main categories:- Best Blog- Best Use of Technology for Social Good- Best Social Activism Campaign- Reporters Without Borders Award- Special Topic Award: Culture and Education- Best Video ChannelUser prizes will be awarded in the 11 language categories:- Best Blog / Arabic- Best Blog / Bengali- Best Blog / Chinese- Best Blog / English- Best Blog / French- Best Blog / German- Best Blog / Indonesian- Best Blog / Persian- Best Blog / Portuguese- Best Blog / Russian- Best Blog / Spanish Dates to remember-** Blogs, websites, projects and initiatives can be submitted to the BOBs until March 13. Then the jury will decide on finalists in all 17 categories.-** From April 2 to May 2 it will be up to members of the public to cast their ballots in an online vote for the sites they find most impressive.-** On April 30 a selection of jury members will meet in Berlin for a press conference on the status of blogs and social media in their countries.-** On May 1 jury members will convene to decide on the winners of the 2012 BOBs Jury Award in the six multilingual categories.-** All winners will be announced on May 2.-** Jury Award winners will receive their prizes at an award ceremony on June 26 in Bonn, Germany, as part of the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, a three-day conference focusing on “Culture, Education and Media: Shaping a sustainable world.” The BOBs’ partnersReporters Without Borders and the re:publica conference are this year’s premium partners. Media partners are: Global Voices Online,, Arabic Media Internet Network, Somewhere in…,, iSUN TV, Categorynet, TV5 Monde, Gooya, Terra and February 14, 2012 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Best of blogs 2012 – vote for your favorite blog! FacebookTwitter center_img The Deutsche Welle’s eighth annual international blog award – the BOBs – begins on February 13. This year the spotlight is on culture and education.Internet users around the world have until March 13 to submit websites in six categories and 11 languages to the Deutsche Welle’s annual international weblog award. All the information on how to take part is at 2012, the Special Topic Award will honor sites that focus on culture and education, which are also the themes for this year’s Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum at the end of June in Bonn, Germany. DW will highlight blogs, portals, video channels and online projects that examine the right to education and intercultural dialogue.The best social activism campaign makes its second appearance at the BOBs, and the Reporters Without Borders award will once again honor bloggers who take strong public stance for freedom of expression, democracy and human rights.The BOBs will also call attention to the best overall blogs written in the contest’s 11 languages.Since its inception, Deutsche Welle’s blog awards established themselves as the premier international and multilingual weblog contest, and the BOBs remain the only competition conducted across the Internet in 11 languages.”The prize should lend support to the people who despite the constraints and intimidation they have to deal with continue to use the Internet to promote freedom of speech and free and open access to education around the world,” said Editor in Chief Ute Schaeffer. “The Internet offers an abundance of ways to make education accessible and to promote dialogue.”Integrating social networksTo make the contest as accessible as possible, Internet users can register their submissions – and votes – using a number of social networks. In addition to Facebook, Twitter and OpenID, users of the Chinese network Sina Weibo and Russia’s VKontakte can use their accounts to make suggestions to the BOBs.The BOBs international jury this year includes renowned photographer and professor Shahidul Alam of Bangladesh, who has received numerous awards for his work. He is also a founding member of the Internet-based Learn Foundation, which offers online training for people living in rural areas. Well-regarded bloggers Alexander Plushev of Russia and Isaac Mao of China will once again serve on the jury panel where they will be joined by BOBs newcomers South African Steve Vosloo and Germany’s Patricia Cammarata. RSF_en Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

Call for concrete results from investigators a year after columnist’s murder

first_img A year after Francisco Arratia Saldierna’s murder in Matamoros, Reporters Without Borders urges the Mexican authorities to put an end to the continuing impunity in this case and at the time press on with the federal government’s recent efforts to give journalists better protection. Reports News Organisation April 28, 2021 Find out more News September 1, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for concrete results from investigators a year after columnist’s murder A year after the murder of newspaper columnist Francisco Arratia Saldierna on 31 August 2004 in Matamoros (in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas), Reporters Without Borders today drew attention to the continuing impunity in this case and at the time urged the federal government to continue its efforts to give journalists better protection. Arratia wrote for the El Imparcial, El Regional, Mercurio and El Cinco newspapers.”The arrest of Arratia’s presumed killer, Raúl Castelán, on 24 September 2004 was not followed by any significant progress in the case and, although Castelán admitted being involved, he has never been charged with this murder,” the press freedom organisation said.”We welcomed the recent statements by the federal authorities in support of press freedom, but we would like to see concrete results, especially from the investigations into the murders of journalists,” Reporters Without Borders added.President Vicente Fox and his government have recently shown renewed interest in journalists’ problems. On 29 August, Fox met Inter-American Press Association president Alejandro Miró Quesada, who talked about legislative needs and the need to punish crimes against journalists.At this meeting, Miró was promised government support for a bill to make attacks on journalists federal crimes, meaning they would have to be investigated by the federal authorities, who are better equipped and less susceptible to pressure from local authorities. It would also abolish any time limitation on the punishment of such crimes and would establish heavier sentences.Miguel Ángel Meneses Maciel, a former senior official in the department of prosecutions, was meanwhile named on 25 August as special prosecutor for crimes against journalists. He will be attached to the federal prosecutor’s office.As well as the Arratia case, Reporters Without Borders hopes all these measures will help produce results in the cases of Francisco Javier Ortiz Franco of the weekly Zeta, killed on 22 June 2004 in Tijuana, Raúl Gibb Guerrero of the regional daily La Opinión, killed on 8 April 2005 in Veracruz state, and Dolores Guadalupe García Escamilla, killed on 5 April 2005 in Nuevo Laredo. RSF_en Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state MexicoAmericas MexicoAmericas Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information May 13, 2021 Find out more News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies to go further Follow the news on Mexico May 5, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Newspaper editor held for reporting army unrest

first_img Newspaper editor Samory Ngaradoumbé was released pending trial on a charge of “inciting a revolt” after appearing before the public prosecutor 16 October.Ngaradoumbé agreed that the prefect of the northern town of Bardai and the army general staff would be given the right to reply to the incriminated article in the next issue of his paper. His trial is due to start on 29 October. ——–14.10.2013 – Journalist detainedReporters Without Borders is very concerned about the arrest on 14 October of Samory Ngaradoumbé, the editor of the weekly L’Observateur, over a report about the armed forces.Ngaradoumbé is being held for publishing an article reporting disturbances in the military garrison in the far north town on Bardai, near the border with Libya, and for comparing it to last month’s unrest in the Chadian army camps at Amachach, near Tessalit, inside Mali.“We strongly condemn this arrest of a journalist,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Arrest and detention in police custody are completely disproportionate and unnecessary in cases involving the media. We call for Ngaradoumbé’s immediate release. There are no grounds for holding him.”Ngaradoumbé was already questioned last weekend by security police, who wanted to know his sources for the report. According to the government, there has been no unrest in the Bardai garrison and the article was intended to disturb public order.It is not yet known which government institution filed a complaint against Ngaradoumbé, who could be brought before the prosecutor’s office tomorrow.Ngaradoumbé was sentenced to three months in prison and a heavy fine in July 2005 for writing an open letter to President Idriss Deby criticizing the arrest of members of the Kreda community.Three journalists were already given jail sentences and heavy fines in August in Chad, which is ranked 121st out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.More information about media freedom in Chad. Photo : Tchadonline RSF_en ChadAfrica Organisation The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa December 1, 2020 Find out more Many historic publications threatened with closure in Chad Receive email alerts to go further Newscenter_img Follow the news on Chad October 7, 2020 Find out more Chadian radio stations on strike in protest against violent raid October 18, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper editor held for reporting army unrest Help by sharing this information Reports November 27, 2020 Find out more News ChadAfrica Newslast_img read more