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28 July 2004

Volume 13 - 2004 Issue 30 (27 July 2004)


| Haiti

PRO-ARISTIDE JOURNALISTS UNDER THREAT: CPJ REPORT

Five months after the collapse of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's government, journalists continue to work under dangerous conditions, especially those sympathetic to the former leader, says a new report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

IFEX MEMBERS RAISE CONCERNS OVER PRESS LAW

Nineteen IFEX members have written to the Ethiopian government raising concerns over the latest draft of a proposed press law they say contains serious restrictions on freedom of expression.

IFEX MEMBERS URGE VISA RULE CHANGES FOR JOURNALISTS

The United States' reputation as a "beacon of press freedom" is being tarnished by a pattern of incidents in which at least 13 foreign journalists have been detained and deported from the country in the past 18 months because of unfair visa regulations, say four IFEX members.

ARAB GROUPS LAUNCH DEMOCRACY NETWORK

The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) and the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) have joined human rights activists from 8 Arab countries to form a network aimed at promoting human rights and democracy in the Middle East and North Africa.
| Israel

ISRAEL/PALESTINE: JOURNALISTS PRESSURED TO TOE THE LINE

For journalists covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, critical independent reporting is a constant challenge. Pressure to toe the line often comes from both sides. In recent weeks, moves by Palestinian authorities have raised alarm from the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontierès, RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

FREEDOM HOUSE, MRA LAUNCH HUMAN RIGHTS TRAINING FOR NIGERIAN JOURNALISTS

Freedom House is teaming up with Media Rights Agenda (MRA) in Nigeria to train journalists in improving coverage of human rights. The IFEX members will work together on an 18-month project to equip participants from the states of Lagos, Plateau and Rivers with tools to better inform the public and the government on key issues.

OSCE TO HOLD CONFERENCE ON INTERNET MEDIA FREEDOM

ARTICLE 19 will join free expression groups, journalists, legal experts and consultants to discuss ways of guaranteeing media freedom on the Internet at a conference next month hosted by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

IREX Provides Grants for Independent Media

27 July 2004

Council of Europe Media Division Seeks Input on Future Activities

27 July 2004

UNCA JOURNALISM AWARDS

Journalists from anywhere in the world are invited to apply for the 2004 United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) Journalism Awards, which honour excellence in covering the U.N. and its agencies.

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