15 March 2006
Volume 15 - 2006 Issue 10 (14 Mar.)
Yemen's private media is known in the Arab world to be one of the most boisterous in the region, aggressively criticising government policies and exposing corruption. In the past two years, however, authorities have sought to muzzle the press by using increasingly harsh methods, according to a new report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
Two journalists were murdered in Mexico last week, prompting the Inter American Press Association (IAPA), Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) to call for thorough investigations into the deaths.
In Iraq, local journalists and media support workers are continuing to pay the price as the country's security situation worsens. Since the U.S.-led occupation began in March 2003, more than 70 have been killed, representing close to 80 per cent of all journalists who have died in the conflict, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). In the past week, three more were added to the death toll.
Nearly four months after Ethiopian authorities launched a crackdown on the country's press following post-electoral street protests, there has been an alarming deterioration in press freedom conditions, reports the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Self-censorship is rife, critical newspapers are shrinking in number and 14 journalists face charges that could bring the death penalty.
The Independent Journalism Center (IJC) has published its 2005 annual report highlighting the major challenges facing freedom of expression in Moldova.
ARTICLE 19 has launched a series of baseline studies on media legislation and the state of media freedom in seven Southeast Asian countries: Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has released a new book documenting attacks on journalists in Latin America in the hopes that it will help raise awareness of the risks facing those who report the news in the region.
The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is seeking nominations for the 2006 Dr. Erhard Busek - SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South East Europe. The annual award honours a journalist or media outlet whose work challenges stereotypes about ethnic minorities and promotes racial tolerance.