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18 May 1999

Volume 08 - 1999 Issue 18 (18 May 1999)


The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) offers a US$20,000 Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting to a journalist or team of journalists for transnational investigative reporting produced anywhere in the world. The ICIJ, a network of 59 journalists in 36 countries working to produce cross-border investigative reports, is a project of the Center for Public Integrity, a non-profit, non-partisan research organisation, based in Washington, D.C. The award, made possible by The John and Florence Newman Foundation, "is the only one of its kind and an impetus, we believe, for greater and better cross-border investigative reporting," says the ICIJ's Zoë Davidson. The winner of this year's award will be flown to California in November to receive the prize during the ICIJ conference, hosted by Stanford University. Any professional journalist or team of journalists of any nationality may submit an individual investigative piece of work or single-subject series on a transnational topic of world significance. Entries must be postmarked by 1 July. For application guidelines or more information, visit the ICIJ's website at


The Glasnost Defense Foundation (GDF) has published a book on "Mass Media Law and Practice in the CIS and Baltic Countries". The book is a comparative analysis of legislation in the region. Among the 23 topics it covers are constitutional provisions, the role of the courts, mechanisms of press self-regulation, defamation, state secrets and access to governmental information, protection of sources of information, blasphemy, obscenity and protection of public morals, and the mass media and elections. The book was published with the support of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the British Embassy and Internews Russia. For more information, contact Oleg Panfilov at GDF, 4, Zubovsky Bul., room 432, 119021 Moscow, Russia, Tel: +7 095 201 4974/201 3242, Fax: +7 095 201 4947, Email:


Ricardo Gangeme, publisher and editor of the weekly "El Informador Chubutense", was assassinated on 13 May in Trelew, Argentina, report the Asociacion para la Defensa del Periodismo Independiente (Periodistas) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). He was shot at close range as he was arriving at the building where he had been living recently. According to Periodistas and CPJ, a large sum of money was found on the journalist, ruling out robbery as a possible motive. Periodistas reports that the motive for the crime is unknown, but local journalists alleged that on the previous Sunday powerful Patagonian businessman Héctor Fernández tried to run the journalist over with his truck and told him "what you are saying, it's going to cost you your life." Gangeme filed a report of these threats with the police and the case was before the Trelew criminal court. "In the last four editions of his weekly magazine, Gangeme had published articles on irregularities in purchases by the Trelew Electric Company for Corralon Fernández, which is owned by the businessman," according to Periodistas. About two years ago, legal proceedings were initiated to examine these irregularities, and Gangeme obtained information for his articles from the records of the case.


Action has been building for months to mark the tenth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing, China on 4 June 1989. The Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA), Human Rights Watch, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), International PEN, PEN Canada and PEN American Center are among the many organisations and individuals worldwide who have endorsed dissident Wang Dan's Global Petition Campaign for the 10th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square. Wang will deliver the petition this June to Chinese President Jiang Zemin. Wang, the most prominent leader of the student protests in 1989, headed China's Most Wanted List. He was arrested in 1989 and again in 1995 and twice sentenced to a total of 15 years in prison. Wang was released on medical parole in April 1998 and exiled to the United States. To sign the petition, visit the Campaign website at

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