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Link to: IAPA Releases Quarterly Report on State of Press Freedom in the Americas

(IAPA/IFEX) – On 23 January 1998 the Inter American Press Association’s (IAPA) Executive Committee expressed outrage at the murder of eight journalists in the past three months, three of them in Brazil, three others in Colombia and one each in Guatemala and Mexico. It called on the governments of those countries to do everything in […]

Link to: IPI Releases World Press Freedom Review

(IPI/IFEX) – The nightmarish statistics speak volumes: seven journalists killed in Colombia, four in Mexico, three in Guatemala, two in Brazil, two in Peru, one in El Salvador, and one in Argentina (the gruesome discovery of Jose Luis Cabezas’ charred, handcuffed body in January brought back hideous memories of the darkest days of the Argentinian […]

Link to: Concern over new law which would curb freedom of religious expression

(ARTICLE 19/IFEX) – Following is the full text of a 29 January 1998 letter sent by ARTICLE 19 to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe. The letter expresses concern at a new law under consideration in Turkey which would curb freedom of religious expression. “ARTICLE 19 is extremely concerned about reports that a […]

Link to: WAN announces press freedom kit

(WAN/IFEX) – UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Nobel Literature Prize laureate Wole Soyinka are among those contributing to a package of essays, interviews, ads, and graphics celebrating press freedom now being distributed to 15,000 newspapers worldwide for publication on 3 May, World Press Freedom Day. The package, designed by the World Association of Newspapers […]

Link to: ARTICLE 19 releases new report, “Deadly Marionettes – State- Sponsored Violence in Africa”

(ARTICLE 19/IFEX) – “Deadly Marionettes – State-Sponsored Violence in Africa” is a new report from ARTICLE 19 that details how governments censor the spoken word by employing surrogate agencies, such as ethnic or religious militias, to attack supporters of opposition political parties or critics of the government. This “informal” method of repression enables governments to […]

Link to: RSF calls for creation of non-governmental commission on press freedom on occasion of summit of Iberian and Latin American leaders

(RSF/IFEX) – In a 7 November 1997 press release, RSF called for a non-governmental commission on press freedom to be created on the occasion of the annual Ibero-American Summit, held on Isla Margarita, Venezuela on 8 and 9 November. RSF asked for a commitment to the creation of a non-governmental commission on the occasion of […]

Link to: Imprisoned editor Doan VIet Hoat wins WAN’s 1998 Golden Pen of Freedom award

(WAN/IFEX) – Doan Viet Hoat, an imprisoned Vietnamese editor, has been awarded the 1998 Golden Pen of Freedom, the World Association of Newspapers’ annual prize for outstanding contributions to the cause of press freedom. Announcing the prize at its meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, the Board of WAN, which represents more than 15,000 newspapers world-wide, paid […]

Link to: Imprisoned editor Doan VIet Hoat wins WAN’s 1998 Golden Pen of Freedom award

(WAN/IFEX) – Doan Viet Hoat, an imprisoned Vietnamese editor, has been awarded the 1998 Golden Pen of Freedom, the World Association of Newspapers’ annual prize for outstanding contributions to the cause of press freedom. Announcing the prize at its meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, the Board of WAN, which represents more than 15,000 newspapers world-wide, paid […]

Link to: Six journalists receive CPJ’s International Press Freedom Awards

(CPJ/IFEX) – The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) presented the 1997 International Press Freedom Awards on 23 October 1997 to six courageous journalists who have provided independent news coverage and viewpoints in the face of arrest, imprisonment, violence against them and their families, and threats of death. Receiving the awards in gala ceremonies in the […]

Link to: ARTICLE 19 delegation to Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting challenges leaders to do more for human rights

(ARTICLE 19/IFEX) – ARTICLE 19 is laying down a challenge to the Commonwealth’s leaders as they prepare for discussions in Edinburgh, Scotland: show the world that you are paying more than lip service to human rights. Giving ARTICLE 19’s delegation a unique perspective in Edinburgh at the time of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting […]

Link to: Eight Commonwealth countries infringe press freedom, says RSF

(RSF/IFEX) – Eight countries (Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Cameroon, Nigeria, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Zambia), all members of the Commonwealth due to attend the meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland from 24 to 27 October 1997, do not respect the freedom of the press, says RSF. Since the last meeting, held in Auckland in November 1995, ten journalists […]

Link to: NDIMA and World Press Photo Foundation announce World Press Photo Contest

(NDIMA/IFEX) – The World Press Photo Foundation and the Network for the Defence of Independent Media in Africa (NDIMA) have announced the World Press Photo Contest. The cornerstone of the Foundation’s activities, the contest is the only international event of this stature, with pictures coming from photographers at work in all parts of the world. […]

Link to: Free press vital to economic development in Asia and emerging markets elsewhere in the world, say participants in CPJ forum

(CPJ/IFEX) – The continued vitality of Hong Kong as an international financial centre will depend on an unhindered free press, United States of America Deputy Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers told a public forum on 23 September 1997, held in conjunction with the World Bank/International Monetary Fund annual meetings in Hong Kong. “Hong Kong has […]

Link to: Journalists from six countries to receive CPJ’s International Press Freedom Awards; committee to honour Ted Koppel, Fred Friendly for dedication to press freedom

(CPJ/IFEX) – Six journalists — from Croatia, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Russia, Taiwan and the United States — who have risked their freedom and their lives to report the news will receive the 1997 International Press Freedom Awards from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), it was announced on 19 September 1997. CPJ will also honour […]

Link to: Organizations send letter to ASEAN nations opposing proposed Internet restrictions

On 4 September 1996, the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) member nations (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) stated that they had agreed to collaborate on finding ways to control expression on the Internet. On 16 September, a number of human rights, free expression and electronic privacy organizations wrote the following […]

Link to: IFJ warns European Union of media backlash over race “sanctions” against journalists

The IFJ on 23 June 1995 warned European Union leaders meeting next week in Cannes that regulation of ethics in journalism should be left to journalists alone. A report on racism and xenophobia going to the Cannes EU Summit suggests that “certain effective sanctions mechanisms” should be considered if media breach ethical guidelines concerning reporting […]