4 September 2007
Volume 16 - 2007 Issue 36 (4 Sept.)
The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) invites democracy practitioners, scholars and journalists from around the world to apply for a 2008-09 Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship.
Kudos to IFEX members this month! The man who crafted the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), the chair of the board of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR), and the Institute for Press and Society (Instituto Prensa y Sociedad, IPYS) - Venezuela, which kept close tabs on the RCTV controversy, are three of this year's winners of the National Endowment for Democracy's (NED) Democracy Award.
Free expression in Brazil is "in need of immediate protection and action," an ARTICLE 19 mission to the country has found.
Sudanese cameraman Sami al-Haj, who has been held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for more than five years without charge, is in failing health. Petitions continue to be organised worldwide demanding his release.
The day after the defamation case against Tunisian editor Omar Mestiri was suspended, one of his lawyer's offices was torched, report the Observatory for Freedom of the Press, Publishing and Creation (Observatoire pour la liberté de presse, d'édition et de creation, OLPEC) and the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (HRinfo).
Five gang members have been convicted in Russia for the murder of journalist Igor Domnikov, the first time suspects have been prosecuted in a journalist's killing since Vladimir Putin became president in 2000, reports the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). In Haiti, two life sentences were handed down to the murderers of journalist Jacques Roche, according to Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF).
Democratic Republic of Congo
Journalist in Danger (Journaliste en danger, JED) and Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) accused Congolese authorities of conducting a farcical investigation and trial that led to four people being hastily sentenced to death for killing a UN journalist.
An Iraqi translator for a United States' television network has been found dead in Iraq, bringing the number of journalists and media workers killed in the country since the start of the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003 to 200, Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) reports.
A Yemeni journalist kidnapped and assaulted by suspected government security forces is the latest casualty of the government's fight against terrorism amid claims of protecting "national security", report the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (HRinfo), ARTICLE 19, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and other rights groups.
The Uganda Broadcasting Council (UBC) has suspended a popular Capital FM radio presenter for hosting gay activists who used "foul language" on air, effectively silencing a renewed debate on gay and lesbian rights, reports Kenya-based IFEX member the Media Institute.