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26 August 2004

Volume 13 - 2004 Issue 34 (24 Aug. 2004)


| Benin

CPJ TROUBLED BY JAILING OF JOURNALISTS

In Benin, a country with one of the better press freedom records in West Africa, two reporters have been imprisoned this year, becoming the first journalists since 1996 to be jailed for their work, reports the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

JOURNALIST KILLED

Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontierès, RSF) is calling on Bangladeshi authorities to investigate the murder of journalist Kamal Hossain, who was killed in the city of Manikchhari on 22 August 2004.

GOVERNMENT CRACKS DOWN ON INTERNET DISSIDENTS

While the islands that make up the Maldives are world renowned as a tourist destination, few know that this Asian country is one of the most repressive in terms of censorship, says Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontierès, RSF).

ARSON ATTACKS TARGET INDEPENDENT MEDIA

A series of arson attacks against independent media in The Gambia has prompted three IFEX members to raise concerns over press freedom conditions in the West African country. In the latest attack, a BBC correspondent's house was set ablaze while he was sleeping.
| Russia

CPJ URGES U.S.-RUSSIAN CO-OPERATION TO END IMPUNITY

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is stepping up efforts to challenge impunity in Russia, urging the U.S. and Russian governments to work together to investigate and prosecute the killers of "Forbes" magazine editor Paul Klebnikov and 14 other journalists killed since 2000.

MALDIVES: INTERNET DISSIDENTS DETAINED UNDER HARSH CONDITIONS

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is inviting press freedom advocates to write letters to the Maldives government and raise concerns over the treatment of four individuals who are being harshly detained following street demonstrations in the capital, Malé.
| Israel

IFJ LAUNCHES SAFETY TRAINING FOR PALESTINIAN JOURNALISTS

In the West Bank and Gaza, considered one of the world's most dangerous places for journalists, Palestinian media personnel are receiving training on safety skills that will help reduce risk, thanks to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).
| China

CHINA OLYMPICS WATCH

As China looks ahead to hosting the Olympic Games in 2008, Human Rights Watch has launched a new website to raise awareness of key issues it believes will be under the international spotlight, including freedom of expression.

CATHOLIC PRESS UNION TO HOLD CONGRESS IN THAILAND

The International Catholic Union of the Press (UCIP) is holding its world congress in October 2004 in Bangkok, Thailand, under the theme "Media Challenges Amidst Cultural and Religious Pluralism.

FREELANCERS INVITED TO APPLY FOR RORY PECK AWARDS

The Rory Peck Trust is inviting freelance camera operators around the world to submit entries for the 2004 Rory Peck Awards. The prizes recognise individuals working in television news, current affairs and documentaries who demonstrate initiative, skill, tenacity and courage while filming in difficult conditions.

GERMAN ORGANISATION HELPS PERSECUTED JOURNALISTS

"Journalisten helfen Journalisten" ("Journalists Helping Journalists", JHJ), a Munich-based organisation, offers financial support and practical assistance to persecuted colleagues around the world.

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