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Link to: Criminal libel suit filed against two journalists

(CPJ/IFEX) – On 7 November 1996, Lui Tai-ying, director of the Business Management Committee of Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang party, filed a criminal libel suit against Ying Chan, an American journalist for the “Daily News” of New York, and Hsieh Chung-liang, senior editor of “Yazhou Zhoukan” (“Asia Weekly”), a Hong Kong-based newsweekly. Also named in the […]

Link to: Correction to date and details of arrest of “Suara Independen” worker in printing house raid

Andi Syahputra, a media worker with the leading Indonesian underground newspaper “Suara Independen”, was arrested at 4:00 on the morning of 28 October 1996, not 27 October as was reported. **Corrects and updates IFEX alert dated 28 October 1996** On 28 October, Indonesian police raided the printing house where “Suara Independen” is printed and arrested […]

Link to: Media worker arrested

In the early morning of 27 October 1996, Indonesian police arrested Andi Syahputra, a media worker of a leading Indonesian underground newspaper, charging him with distributing materials that defame President Suharto. Family sources said Syahputra, 31, was involved in a minor traffic irregularity when police stopped and tried to ticket him in the Panglima Polim […]

Link to: Writer Liu Xiaobo served with three year sentence

Liu Xiaobo, a writer and outspoken critic of the Chinese government, was arrested on 8 October 1996 and summarily sentenced the following day to three years’ “re-education through labour.” It is reported that his sentence is linked to his petition last month for freedom of speech and the right to form independent politic parties. Background […]

Link to: Users of electronic services face restrictions

Digicom, the largest provider of electronic services in Pakistan, has asked its clients to sign agreements that impose a number of restrictions of the use of the Internet. According to Digicom, these restrictions are part of the licence terms that were imposed by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), the licensing authority for electronic services. Under […]

Link to: Series of attacks against the media

In the past month, a series of attacks on the media has caused the state of press freedom in Bangladesh to worsen. On 18 September 1996, S.M.Shamsul Alam, a correspondent with “Ajker Kagoj” in Rangamanti and a stringer for the Voice of America, and Shiek Mohammad Illias, a correspondent with “Dainik Al Mujadded”, were attacked […]

Link to: Writer Nguyen Xuan Tu sentenced to twelve months in prison

Writer and biologist Nguyen Xuan Tu, also known as Ha Si Phu, was given a twelve month prison sentence on 22 August 1996 on charges of possessing “secret” documents. No details are presently available to International PEN as to the nature of these documents. It is feared, however, that the real reason for his arrest […]

Link to: Reporters and photographers beaten by police

Karachi police attacked several reporters and photographers, beat them severely, and snatched and smashed their cameras on 20 September 1996. The journalists were covering the events that unfolded on the night of 20 September, when Murtaza Bhutto, brother of Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and head of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP-Shaheed Bhutto), a breakaway […]

Link to: Concerns at lack of medical provision for imprisoned writers

Reports have been received of lack of medical provision and in some cases denial of medical treatment for imprisoned writers in China. They include: **For background to cases, see IFEX alerts as noted in text** Chen Ziming, a publisher, sentenced to 13 years in prison for “counter-revolution” in February 1991 and held in Beijing No […]

Link to: “Lankadipa” photojournalist Sanjeewa Niroshana assaulted

Sanjeewa Niroshana, a photojournalist for the “Lankadipa” newspaper, was assaulted by employees of the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court, where he had gone to cover the trial of a prominent Buddhist monk. A statement by the Court Registrar which was issued following the incident made it clear that employees of the Court had been directly involved. […]

Link to: Journalists Kalafi Moala and Filokalafi ‘Akau’ola sentenced to 30 days in jail

On 20 September 1996, Kalafi Moala, editor of the “Times of Tonga”, deputy editor Filokalafi ‘Akau’ola, as well as member of Parliament (MP) Akilisi Pohiva, were found in contempt of Parliament and sentenced to 30 days in jail, to be served immediately. The decision, handed down by the royal-dominated Legislative Assembly, was in regard to […]

Link to: Journalist sentenced to one year in prison

On 23 August 1996 at 10:30 hours, the Supreme Court upheld a prior conviction and sentenced Hen Vipeak, former editor-in-chief of “Sereipheap Thmei” (“New Liberty News”), to one year in prison and fined him 5 million riel (US$ 2,500) for libel. He was convicted under Article 62 of the UNTAC Law (which dates back to […]

Link to: Indonesian journalist Fuad Muhammad Syafrudin dies after attack

An Indonesian journalist with the Yogyakarta-based daily “Bernas” died on 16 August 1996 of injuries sustained in an attack at his home three days earlier. The attack is believed to be related to articles he had written. Fuad Muhammad Syafrudin, 33, died after three days in intensive care at a Catholic hospital in the ancient […]

Link to: Lecturer arrested for circulating information on riots via e-mail

Prihadi Beny Waluyo, a lecturer at Duta Wacana Christian University, has been arrested at his home by soldiers of the district military command. He was reportedly accused of distributing e-mail messages and of sending messages relating to the 27 July 1996 riots (see IFEX alerts) to a destination in Holland. His arrest came after an […]

Link to: Police pressure journalists; tax threatens autonomy of newspapers

On 5 July 1996, Dadu-based journalists and correspondents of national newspapers were warned against reporting on alleged government-initiated harassment of veteran opposition politician GM Syed, his family and his supporters. District police warned the journalists that “false criminal cases” would be brought against them and that they would face “grave consequences” if they continued with […]

Link to: Two journalists detained while covering rallies in Surabaya; clarification to attack on APTV reporter

On 28 July 1996, Subechi of the “Surabaya Post” daily and Adi Sutarwijono of the daily “Surya” were detained by police while covering a rally in Surabaya, the second largest city in Indonesia, around 800 kilometers east of Jakarta. Police reportedly thought they were protesters. They were tortured at the Surabaya military command. When they […]