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Link to: “Khabrain” journalist Aslam Gauthar stabbed

“Khabrain” journalist Aslam Gauthar stabbed

On 29 May 1995, Aslam Gauthar, a staffer of the Urdu-language daily “Khabrain”, was stabbed in Multan, Punjab province by five unidentified assailants armed with daggers and guns. The journalist arrived at the local hospital in critical condition. In a written statement, Gauhar alleged that he had received threatening telephone calls after writing a report […]

Link to: Probe into media criticism of superior courts

Probe into media criticism of superior courts

Source: Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), Karachi According to a press release issued by the Registrar of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, the Chief Justice nominated in March 1995 two judges of the Supreme Court to conduct a preliminary enquiry to consider the “expediency and the propriety of taking action” in light of statements and articles […]

Link to: Journalists Yusaini Ali and Saniboey Mohd Ismail detained

Journalists Yusaini Ali and Saniboey Mohd Ismail detained

Two journalists have been arrested by police on 30 March 1995, apparently as a result of an article they wrote in the newspaper “Harian Metro”. Johor police detained Yusaini Ali and Saniboey Mohd Ismail at their office. They are apparently being held under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) regarding a story on the kidnapping of […]

Link to: Journalist Wei Jingsheng remains in detention; whereabouts still unknown

Journalist Wei Jingsheng remains in detention; whereabouts still unknown

**Updates IFEX CH alerts dated 6, 5 October, 1 April, 4 March 1994, and 14 September 1993** Wei Jingsheng, the detained journalist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee who RSF deems a “plaything of a repressive regime,” has been kept in detention since April 1994. On 16 March 1995, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Shen Guofang said […]

Link to: AJI journalists and two others arrested in new wave of attacks

AJI journalists and two others arrested in new wave of attacks

Early on the evening of 16 March 1995, Ahmad Taufik and Liston P. Siregar, members of the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI), were arrested and detained by police in Jakarta. The journalists had gathered, along with several political figures, at AJI headquarters to celebrate the end of Ramadan. Until its banning in June 1994, both […]

Link to: Journalist Chan Rotana sentenced to one year in prison

Journalist Chan Rotana sentenced to one year in prison

Source: Amnesty International On 27 February 1995, Chan Rotana, editor of “Voice of Khmer Youth”, was sentenced to one year in prison at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court. He was also fined five million Cambodian riels (approx US$ 2,000). He remains free pending an appeal hearing of his case. Chan Rotana was convicted under Article […]

Link to: RSF marks second year of Choi Chin-sop’s detention

RSF marks second year of Choi Chin-sop’s detention

RSF reports that Choi Chin-sop, a journalist charged under the National Security Law (NSL), remains in prison after two years of a three year sentence. His physical condition is apparently deteriorating. A journalist at the “Mal” independent monthly, he was arrested by the Agency for National Security Planning (ANSP) on 14 September 1992, ill-treated under […]

Link to: Two journalists attacked

Two journalists attacked

Lasantha Wickrematunga, editor of the “Sunday Leader”, and his wife Raine, features editor at the same newspaper, were attacked near their home in a Colombo suburb by four masked men on 6 February. The assailants stopped the journalists’ car, pulled them out and beat them with clubs. Mr. Wickrematunga was hospitalised with cuts and bruises, […]

Link to: Christopher Lingle and “International Herald Tribune” found guilty

Christopher Lingle and “International Herald Tribune” found guilty

**Updates IFEX CH alert dated 22 November 1994** On 17 January, the Singapore High Court found guilty of contempt of court: American academic and former National University of Singapore professor Christopher Lingle; Richard McClean, publisher and chief executive of the “International Herald Tribune” (IHT) in Paris; and Michael Richardson, the Singapore- based Asia editor of […]

Link to: Voice of Taiwan broadcaster Hsu Jung-chi sentenced in two cases

Voice of Taiwan broadcaster Hsu Jung-chi sentenced in two cases

**Updates IFEX CH alert dated 14 September 1994** CPJ confirms that on 1 October 1994, radio broadcaster Hsu Rong- chi (also reported as Hsu Jung-chi) was sentenced to eight months in prison for mobilizing thousands of taxi drivers to blockade the Finance Ministry in February in protest against high insurance premiums. On 29 October, Hsu […]

Link to: Six unlicensed radio stations raided in January

Six unlicensed radio stations raided in January

**For background, see IFEX alerts dated 1, 2 August, 14 September 1994 and 2 February 1995** On 16 January, four stations were simultaneously closed in different parts of the island. The four are Voice of Taiwan Nation, which broadcasted from a mountain-top Buddhist temple to the north of Taipei, the Kaohsiung station Voice of Sweet […]

Link to: Two magazines suspended

Two magazines suspended

On 26 January 1995, the monthly “Tri Thuc Va Cong Nghe”, published by a metal and iron industries association in Vietnam, was suspended until further notice by the Minister of Culture and Information for “modifying the presentation of its cover and publishing articles which do not conform to its principles and readership.” On 21 January, […]

Link to: Government responds to International PEN’s concerns on repatriation of Vietnamese writers and journalists

Government responds to International PEN’s concerns on repatriation of Vietnamese writers and journalists

***Update to Action Alert dated 6 January 1995*** On 17 January 1995, B. J. Bresnihan, Secretary for Security at the Hong Kong Government Secretariat wrote to the WiPC headquarters in London, on behalf of Governor Christopher Patten to whom PEN had written about its concerns for over 30 Vietnamese writers and journalists who are in […]

Link to: Dissident journalist Wei Jingsheng’s secretary, Tong Yi, detained without trial; beaten in detention

Dissident journalist Wei Jingsheng’s secretary, Tong Yi, detained without trial; beaten in detention

Tong Yi, China’s best-known woman prisoner and secretary to Wei Jingsheng until Wei’s arrest in April 1994, was badly beaten by fellow inmates on 16 January 1995 and again on 17 January in the Hewan Re-education Camp near Wuhan in Hebei Province for demanding that her work day not exceed eight hours. She is serving […]

Link to: Journalist Gao Yu in poor health

Journalist Gao Yu in poor health

**Updates IFEX CH alerts dated 14 November, 18 October 1994** Journalist Gao Yu, detained since 2 October 1993 and sentenced last November to six years in jail for “leaking state secrets”, is in poor health because the Yanqing prison authorities are not providing her with medical treatment for angina pectoris and Meniere’s disease. Furthermore, Ms. […]

Link to: Two Khmer language newspapers suspended

Two Khmer language newspapers suspended

On 14 January 1995, on the basis of the press law of 6 April 1992, Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith suspended the “Samleng Yuvachun Khmer”, “for having offended the governmental institutions” of Cambodia by publishing a picture showing the Prime Minister, Norodom Ranariddh, with a sack of gold on his head. According to information received […]