Alerts - 2008

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31 March 2008 |

Attacks on journalists and media outlets have intensified, says IAPA

(IAPA/IFEX) - The following is a 30 March 2008 IAPA press release:
31 March 2008 |

Access impeded to Internet platform hosting popular blogs, other websites

(RSF/IFEX) - RSF is concerned that Cuban Internet users face impediments when seeking access to blogs on the platform that hosts, among others, one of the most popular blogs in the country, "Generación Y", run by Yoani Sánchez.
31 March 2008 |

Barring entry to UK author on grounds of "moral turpitude" sets a dangerous precedent, says PEN American Center

(PEN/IFEX) - The following is a PEN American Center press release:
31 March 2008 |

Barrancabermeja photojournalist receives threat, judge interferes in his work

(FLIP/IFEX) - On 18 March 2008 in Barrancabermeja, Santander department, "Vanguardia Liberal" newspaper photojournalist Alfredo Estévez was impeded in his work by a judge who made him erase photographs he took at a public hearing. The day after, he received a threat from an unidentified source.
31 March 2008 |

Classified memo reveals government strategy for "managing" foreign journalists

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders has obtained a classified memo from Chinese sources that sets out the behaviour that government officials should adopt with foreign journalists before and during the Beijing Olympic Games. It tells them to display openness but also to try to control and influence the international media's coverage.
31 March 2008 |

Local media critical of municipal government in La Piedad subjected to harassment campaign, says newspaper editor

(CEPET/IFEX) - Jesús Lemus Barajas, editor of the La Piedad-based newspaper "El Tiempo", asserts that the municipal government of La Piedad, under mayor Ricardo Guzmán Romero of the National Action Party (Partido Acción Nacional, PAN), who took office on 1 January 2008, is conducting a harassment campaign against local media outlets critical of City Hall. La Piedad is a city based in the western state of Michoacán.
31 March 2008 |

Maoists threaten, attempt to besiege radio station in Achham

(FNJ/IFEX) - On 30 March 2008, Communist Party of Nepal (CPN)-Maoist cadres in Achham threatened to seize the only FM radio station operating in the district, Radio Ramaroshan. Achham is located in a far-western region of Nepal.
31 March 2008 |

Privately-owned radio station attacked by gunmen, equipment destroyed

(IFJ/IFEX) - The following is an IFJ media release:
31 March 2008 |

Greek Helsinki Monitor under criminal investigation for denouncing anti-Semitic articles

(GHM/IFEX) - GHM is under criminal investigation following a complaint filed by a neo-Nazi who was convicted following a GHM complaint.
31 March 2008 |

More transgender people arrested, mistreated in detention as dress-code crackdown continues

(HRW/IFEX) - The Following is a Human Rights Watch press release:
28 March 2008 |

RSF marks second anniversary of police raid that effectively banned independent weekly

(RSF/IFEX) - On the second anniversary of a police raid on the privately-owned weekly "The Independent", Reporters Without Borders calls on the government to lift the illegal and unofficial ban that has prevented the newspaper from publishing since March 2006.
28 March 2008 |

Lithuanian journalists among those beaten in Minsk; "collaborators" with "insulting" cartoons of president being hunted; strong diplomatic reactions to crackdown

(WiPC/IFEX) - A number of journalists are among the up to 100 people arrested during demonstrations in Belarus on 25 March 2008, of whom 26 have since been sentenced to prison terms of between five and 15 days. Many more suffered beatings by police. WiPC has long been concerned by the repression of free expression and the harassment and arrests of Belarus journalists. These recent events are further cause for concern. International PEN is calling on the Belarus authorities to end attacks on the media and to release all those detained for the non-violent practice of their right to freedom of expression and association.
28 March 2008 |

Imprisoned journalist facing death sentence transferred to Kabul ahead of appeal

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders welcomed the transfer to Kabul on 27 March 2008, ahead of his appeal hearing, of young Afghan journalist Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh, who has been sentenced to death.
28 March 2008 |

Journalist suspended for interviewing government critics

(MFWA/IFEX) - Francois Ifono, a journalist from the state-owned Guinea Broadcasting Corporation (RTG) was on 21 March 2008 suspended indefinitely by the stations director, Alpha Kabinet Keita, for alleged "gross misconduct".
28 March 2008 |

Two newspaper journalists arrested, one released, the other held incommunicado

(MFWA/IFEX) - Mohamed Salem Ould Mohamed, reporter with "Assiraj", an Arabic language newspaper, was on 25 March 2008 arrested and detained at the Headquarters of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Mauritanian police.
28 March 2008 |

Journalist dismissed for serving in union executive position

(MFWA/IFEX) - Buya Jammeh, journalist with the pro-government "Daily Observer" newspaper, was on 25 March 2008, dismissed by the newspaper's management, after he was elected as an executive member of the Gambian Press Union (GPU).
28 March 2008 |

N'Djamena's privately-owned press starts publishing again for first time since state of emergency proclaimed

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders provided financial support for the publication in N'Djamena, on 28 March 2008, of a "newspaper of newspapers," a single issue combining most of the independent Chadian weeklies that have not appeared since a state of emergency was proclaimed on 15 February. It calls for the repeal of a press law imposed by decree on 20 February.
28 March 2008 |

Journalists threatened, press vehicle stolen by armed drug-traffickers in Zacapa

(CERIGUA/IFEX) - On 25 March 2008, a group of journalists travelling to the capital city by bus from the town of Rio Hondo, in the eastern department of Zacapa, was held at gunpoint and threatened by two men affiliated with Mexican and Guatemalan drug cartels. Four other armed men robbed "Siglo XXI" newspaper journalists of their work vehicle.

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