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Link to: Government targets twenty-seven newspapers

In a 17 January 2000 letter to President Jiang Zemin, WAN expressed its serious concern at the action taken by the government against twenty-seven newspapers. According to reports, on 12 January the government announced that it had “punished” twenty-seven newspapers, closing some down, for violating press regulations and printing fabricated or sensationalist stories. The State […]

Link to: Editor and publisher released on bail, due to appear in court

(CPJ/IFEX) – CPJ is deeply concerned by the 12 January 2000 arrests of Zulkifli Sulong, the editor of “Harakah”, the biweekly newspaper of the opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), and Chia Lim Thye, the owner of the company that prints “Harakah” and formally holds the newspaper’s publishing license. Police charged Zulkifli and Chia with sedition […]

Link to: Fiji court will review government decision against “The Fiji Times”

**Updates IFEX alerts of 7 January 2000, 30 December, 25 and 24 November 1999** (PINA/IFEX) – On 12 January 2000, a Fiji Islands judge allowed “The Fiji Times” to apply for a judicial review of the government’s refusal of a work permit for the newspaper’s editor-in-chief. The High Court decision will also allow editor-in-chief Russell […]

Link to: Editor of opposition biweekly arrested and charged

**Updates IFEX alerts of 11 and 6 January 2000** (RSF/IFEX) – In a 12 January 2000 letter to Minister of Home Affairs Datuk Seri Ahmad Badawi, RSF protested the arrest of Zulkifli Sulong, editor of “Harakah”. RSF considers that the charges brought against him by the authorities constitute a further step in the government’s policy […]

Link to: Publications threatened with closure

In a 10 January 2000 letter to Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mahathir Mohamad, CPJ expressed its deep concern over the Ministry of Home Affairs’ recent threats to close five Malaysian publications, including the widely-read opposition biweekly “Harakah”. In a 24 December 1999 letter, the home ministry accused “Harakah”, the newspaper of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party […]

Link to: Journalist released

(RSF/IFEX) – On 3 January 2000, Moe Thu was allegedly released from the Insein jail. A journalist with the business magazine “Danna”, writer and filmmaker, he had been arrested in May 1996 after participating in an opposition rally of the National League for Democracy (NLD), of which he was a member. Arrested under Article 10 […]

Link to: “Fiji Times” challenges government in court

**Updates IFEX alerts of 30 December, 25 and 24 November 1999** (PINA/IFEX) – On 6 January 2000, Fiji Islands news media reported that “The Fiji Times” has sought judicial review of the government’s refusal to renew the work permit of its editor-in-chief. A judge is expected to hear the application for the judicial review hearing. […]

Link to: Journalists threatened; bomb attack against daily; journalists assaulted

The following is a Media Watch listing of recent attacks against the Bangladeshi press: 1. On the first day of the new millenium, two Bangladeshi journalists received death threats. On 1 January 2000, a number of individuals from the ruling party student wing rushed to the offices of the “Banglabazar Patrika” daily in the capital […]

Link to: FMM condemns president’s attack on the press

**Updates IFEX alerts of 6 January 2000, 10 September, 8 September and 19 July 1999** (FMM/IFEX) – The following is a FMM press release: The Free Media Movement (FMM) is extremely concerned by the unprecedented attack on the independent privately owned media in Sri Lanka by President Chandrika Kumaratunga. In a three hour discussion on […]

Link to: CPJ dismayed by recent spate of killed journalists in Sri Lanka

**Updates IFEX alert of 4 January 2000** (CPJ/IFEX) – CPJ is condemning the 31 December 1999 murder of Vasthian Anthony Mariyadas, a freelance radio reporter who was on assignment for the state-run Sri Lankan Broadcasting Corporation when he was shot dead in the northern town of Vavuniya. The assassination took place outside St. Anthony’s Church, […]

Link to: Five newspapers risk closure

(RSF/IFEX) – In a 6 January 2000 letter to Minister of Home Affairs Datuk Seri Ahmad Badawi, RSF expressed its concern after five newspapers were threatened with closure. RSF asked the minister to “ensure that the publication licences of the newspapers are not withdrawn by the ministry.” RSF condemned “any pressure on the private media,” […]

Link to: Journalist killed

(RSF/IFEX) – In a 4 January 2000 letter to President Chandrika Kumaratunga, RSF expressed its indignation after the murder of Anton Mariyadasan, a journalist with the state-run Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. RSF asked that “a serious and thorough investigation be conducted to identify those responsible for the murder.” RSF also asked the president to ensure […]

Link to: Journalist injured by bullet

(RSF/IFEX) – In a 3 January 2000 letter to the interior federal minister, Lt Gen (R) Moin-ud-Din Haider, RSF protested an attack on Hafiz Tahir Khalil, a journalist with the Urdu-language daily “Jang”. RSF asked Moin-ud-Din Haider “to order the opening of an inquiry and to ensure that the people responsible are quickly arrested and […]

Link to: State of press freedom in Bangladesh in 1999

STATE OF PRESS FREDOM IN BANGLADESH IN 1999 Summary Report by MEDIA WATCH, Bangladesh Detailed report will be available by May 2000 1999 was a year of violence against freedom of the press in Bangladesh. It was a year of intolerance among the ruling party and opposition activists. A large number of press photographers and […]

Link to: Newspaper raided, editor sought by police

(RSF/IFEX) – In a 31 December 1999 letter to Home Affairs Minister Mohammed Nasim, RSF protested the ransacking of the offices of “Weekly Evidence”, published in Dhaka. RSF also expressed its concern that police were looking for the editor without a warrant for his arrest. The organisation asked officials to identify and bring to trial […]

Link to: Government gives “Fiji Times” editor-in-chief twenty-eight days to leave the country

**Updates IFEX alert of 25 and 24 November 1999** (PINA/IFEX) – On 30 December 1999, the Fiji Islands government gave “The Fiji Times” editor-in-chief Russell Hunter twenty-eight days to leave the country, the newspaper reported. It stated that a faxed letter sent to the newspaper’s lawyers said that Minister for Home Affairs Joji Uluinakauvadra had […]