3 September 2002
Volume 11 - 2002 Issue 34 (03 Sep. 2002)
Journalists from European Union countries are invited to apply for a new award honouring media professionals in the service of press freedom. Launched by Reporters Without Borders' (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) Austrian section, the Press Freedom Award 2002 will honour a journalist for lifetime achievement with a prize worth 15,000 Euros (approx. US$14,950).
The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) is deeply saddened by the untimely death of Communications Officer, Scotch Tagwireyi. Tagwireyi passed away on 2 September after an illness. He started working at FXI in April 2001, and was responsible for the FXI?s media liaison, as well as the maintenance of the Institute?s website. FXI and the IFEX Clearing House extend their sincerest condolences to Tagwireyi?s family and friends.
Freedom of expression and press freedom in Europe and Central Asia will be held under the microscope next week when the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) holds what it calls the largest conference on human rights and democracy in Europe. The "Human Dimension Implementation Meeting," organised by the OSCE's Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), will take place at the Hotel Sofitel Victoria from 9-19 September.
ARTICLE 19, the World Association of Newspapers, the Committee to Protect Journalists, the International Press Institute and the World Press Freedom Committee are taking part in an international seminar in Afghanistan this week aimed at encouraging the local government to adopt legislation favouring press freedom and media pluralism, reports UNESCO.
Two journalists in the Philippines and Nepal have been killed in recent weeks. In the Philippines, Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) are demanding an inquiry into the murder of broadcaster and journalist, Sonny Alcantara, gunned down near his home in the city of San Pablo on 22 August.
The government of Togo has come under fire for proposing a new bill that would impose heavier fines and prison sentences for defaming or insulting the president and other state institutions.
The Free Expression Institute (FXI) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) have expressed concern that the South African government's proposal to amend the Broadcasting Act could make the country's public broadcaster more vulnerable to political influence.
Freedom of information. It's an essential ingredient for any healthy, functioning democracy. If citizens do not have access to government information, they cannot hold their elected representatives to account for their actions. In an environment of secrecy, corruption and public mistrust flourish.