Two Mozambican journalists freed after being held for months

first_img News CAICC – Centro de Apoio a Informação e Comunicação Comunitária. (Youtube) MozambiqueAfrica Protecting journalists Freedom of expression News November 27, 2020 Find out more MozambiqueAfrica Protecting journalists Freedom of expression Organisation July 3, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is relieved by the release of two journalists who were held for months for covering an Islamist insurrection in Cabo Delgado province, in northeastern Mozambique, but calls for the withdrawal of the spurious charges brought against them. The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa April 23, 2019 Two Mozambican journalists freed after being held for months Amade Abubacar and Germano Daniela Adriano, who work for local radio and TV station Nacedje in the town of Macomia, were released today but are charged with “spreading messages damaging to the Mozambican Armed Forces.”Abubacar was arrested on 5 January while interviewing families fleeing violence by the Islamist armed group that is operating in the province. Adriano was arrested a few weeks later. No formal charges were brought against them until 16 April, which was after the 90-day limit on preventive detention in Abubacar’s case.“The release of these two journalists is a relief, but it would be premature to express satisfaction because they are still facing prosecution,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk.“These trumped-up charges must be abandoned without delay, as should the policy of intimidating journalists who try to cover the Islamist insurrection in northeastern Mozambique. It is unacceptable for the authorities to turn part of the country into a news and information ‘black hole’ just months ahead of a general election.”News clampdownEstacio Valoi, an investigative reporter for the daily Zambeze, was arrested and held for two days last December while doing a report in Cabo Delgado province on the insurrection’s impact on the lives of the local population.A journalist in the capital told RSF: “We have a lot of difficulty in accessing this region, even with a press card, and the authorities refuse to provide information. The latest official bulletin was back in October but we continue to hear about new violence almost every day.”The clampdown has not spared international media. Several foreign outlets that want to visit the regions experiencing violence have waited for weeks after requesting permission. According to Human Rights Watch, a BBC crew was refused accreditation in June 2018 because the Mozambican authorities thought the story was “embarrassing.”Mozambique is ranked 103rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index, four places lower than in 2018 and ten places lower than in 2017.center_img News Receive email alerts Mozambique: Case of missing Mozambican journalist referred to UN Follow the news on Mozambique Help by sharing this information April 28, 2020 Find out more Joint letter to Mozambique’s president about journalist’s disappearance Reports to go further RSF_en last_img read more

Two Indian journalists beaten while probing suspected school scam

first_img News Receive email alerts News In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival “A physical attack of this kind cannot go unpunished,” RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk said. “The beatings that this reporter and his cameraman received while doing investigative reporting in the public interest put all of the region’s journalists in danger. The police must carry out an investigation and severely punish those responsible.” April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Organisation News The assault took place after the brothers arrived at a school in the village of Kunvarsi. Men armed with sticks attacked Ashok as he waited outside the school while his brother went inside to talk to the principal. When Kuldip came out, he was also given a severe beating. IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsProtecting sources Freedom of expressionViolence India is ranked 140th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. The two TV9 journalists went to the village to investigate the alleged misuse of state funding for schools in tribal areas. To combat illiteracy and promote secular education among India’s disadvantaged tribes and castes, the state has been building and assisting schools since 1990. Follow the news on India The regional news broadcasting channel, TV9, exposes violences on journalist Kuldip Parmar. (Photos: Twitter/TV9) center_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a brutal attack on two TV journalists who were investigating the suspected embezzlement of state funding for schools in a tribal area of Gujarat state, in western India. Those responsible must be arrested quickly, RSF said. One of the journalists, TV9 reporter Kuldip Parmar, was hospitalized with a broken leg after the attack on 4 October in which both he and his brother, cameraman Ashok Parmar, were badly beaten and temporarily abducted. The two journalists were then bundled into a car and taken to a nearby farm where they were forced to drink alcohol with a woman while being photographed for blackmail purposes. After being threatened, the injured journalists were finally dumped at the side of a road near another village. India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media March 3, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 October 8, 2019 Two Indian journalists beaten while probing suspected school scam June 10, 2021 Find out more IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsProtecting sources Freedom of expressionViolence News to go further Ashok has identified their main assailant as Vadansinh Barad, the brother of Lakshman Barad, the leader of the local branch of India’s ruling BJP party.last_img read more

Canada – RSF appalled to learn of 6 more journalists under Quebec police surveillance

first_img Organisation News News November 11, 2020 Find out more On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Canada November 4, 2016 Canada – RSF appalled to learn of 6 more journalists under Quebec police surveillance November 19, 2020 Find out more CanadaAmericas Protecting sources Judicial harassmentWhistleblowers Receive email alerts to go further News Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Three journalists from Radio-Canada, Marie-Maude Denis, Isabelle Richer, and Alain Gravel, along with Journal de Montréal’s crime reporter Eric Thibault, and La Presse’s National Assembly bureau chief Denis Lassard, were all confirmed to have been under Quebec provincial police surveillance in 2013 as part of a police investigation. The name of a 6th journalist to be under surveillance has not yet been released. The surveillance orders stem from a 2013 anti-corruption investigation into Michel Arsenault, former president of Quebec’s Federation of Labor (FTQ). Arsenault sent a complaint to Quebec’s provincial police (SQ) after reports that he was under investigation for corruption appeared in the news. Quebec police then followed up on Arsenault’s complaint and began monitoring the journalists’ incoming and outgoing calls in order to find the sources of leaks from the police force to the media. The journalists learned of the surveillance orders against them through unnamed sources. The SQ said that the investigation was closed and sealed in 2014, and that new people and new protocols are in place since then. SQ spokesman Capt. Guy Lapointe told reporters “you have to understand that this occurred with the prior administration of the SQ.…Any investigation that is targeting a reporter…[now] needs to be authorized by the high direction, and any kind of warrant that would be obtained towards this investigation needs to be approved by the director himself.” “It is absolutely appalling that within a week there have been two separate revelations of police monitoring journalists’ phones in Quebec, said Delphine Halgand, Director of RSF’s bureau in Washington, DC. If indeed this practice is as widespread as it appears to be, it is indicative of a serious failure to respect press freedom and the independence of journalists in Canada, one of the world’s most prominent democracies.” “A source told us today that we were the target of this warrant in 2013, and maybe before, said Isabelle Richer. “Maybe we were spied on for a long period of time. We don’t know because those warrants are still sealed.” Marie-Maude Denis said she believes “with the facts we have now, it was a widespread practice.” Alain Gravel said it was a “shock. In a democratic society like ours, you never imagine that this thing could happen and be so systematic. It’s two events now in the same week. So we’re very concerned.”These new revelations are only the latest in a slew of press freedom violations in Canada over several months. On Monday, RSF learned that the Montreal police department has been monitoring the mobile phone of Patrick Lagacé, a columnist with the Montreal daily La Presse, in order to identify his sources. In September, Quebec police seized Journal de Montréal reporter Michael Nguyen’s computer during a search of the newspaper in response to a complaint by Quebec’s judicial council about a story he published in June on a judge’s aggressive behavior. In April, the Ontario superior court ordered a VICE News reporter to hand over to the Royal Canadian Mountain Police all of his communications with an alleged ISIS fighter. RSF and several Canadian media freedom organizations are intervening in VICE’s appeal against the order.Canada is ranked 18th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index, after falling 10 places in 2015.IMAGE CREDIT : EVA HAMBACH / AFP CanadaAmericas Protecting sources Judicial harassmentWhistleblowers Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled to learn that at least 6 journalists were under surveillance by Quebec’s provincial police in 2013. The news comes days after RSF learned that La Presse journalist Patrick Lagacé had his phone calls and texts monitored and his location tracked by Montreal police since the start of 2016. RSF_en “We must impose democratic obligations on the leading digital players” News January 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Prosecutor agrees to independent expert in probe of journalist’s death

first_imgNews News A body found in Belarus on 30 October has been confirmed as that ofjournalist Mikhailo Kolomiets. The Ukrainian prosecutor’s office hasagreed to allow an independent expert supplied by Reporters Without Bordersto help determine whether it was a case of suicide. RSF_en Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority News to go further Receive email alerts Organisation Follow the news on Ukraine February 26, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media March 26, 2021 Find out more UkraineEurope – Central Asia A body found hanging from a tree in a Belarus forest has been identified asthat of journalist Mikhailo Kolomiets by his mother Olga. An enquiry intothe death of Kolomiets, who vanished on 21 October, has been started by theUkrainian general prosecutor’s office, which has accepted the help of anoutside pathologist supplied by Reporters Without Borders to determine thecause of death.19.11.2002Reporters Without Borders offers independent expert in search for vanished journalistReporters Without Borders expressed concern today at official statements about the recent discovery in Belarus of a body that may be that of Mikhailo Kolomiets, head of the news agency Ukrainski Novyny.The organisation called on Ukraine’s general prosecutor, Svyatoslav Piskun, to personally take up the case and offered to send a French pathologist to help. It also asked him to take into account contradictions in evidence it had gathered and not to rule out the possibility of a contract killing. Kolomiets disappeared on 21 October and his news agency reported him missing on the 28th, noting that it could be linked to his journalistic work and the agency’s occasional criticism of the authorities. Police said he had left Ukraine for Belarus on 22 October and made phone calls on the 28th to his staff, his family and a woman friend. Police said he told them he had left the country with the intention of killing himself.Evidence gathered by Reporters Without Borders was contradictory. Kolomiets’ friends said that in his phone calls, he had not said he intended to kill himself, that he was not depressed and had no personal reason to commit suicide. His mother denied police statements that she had been in regular contact with her son since he disappeared.Ukrainian interior minister Yuri Smirnov announced the discovery of Kolomiets’ body on 18 November in Belarus, hanging from a tree in a forest near the town of Molodeshno. An official of the Ukrainian ministry, Volodymyr Yevdokimov, told the media it was clearly a case of suicide unconnected to the journalist’s work.Reporters Without Borders is concerned about these hasty conclusions, announced before an enquiry has begun. A spokesman for the Belarus interior ministry, Olexandr Zarubitsky, was more cautious, saying that the body had not yet been identified. UkraineEurope – Central Asia September 7, 2020 Find out more November 27, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Prosecutor agrees to independent expert in probe of journalist’s deathlast_img read more

IRFS correspondent convicted in Nakhchivan

first_imgNews News Follow the news on Azerbaijan RSF_en to go further Organisation Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh Mehdiyev lives in Jalil, a village near the city of Sharur in northwestern Nakhchivan, and runs a small car-wash next to his house as an additional source of income. On the evening of 15 July, he received a visit from a group of police officers and men in plain-clothes led by Aladdin Mamedov, the deputy head of the Sharur regional government, who said they had come todisconnect the electricity supply to the car-wash on the grounds that it constituted “illegal use of energy.”Two colleagues of Mehdiyev, Elman Abasov of IRFS and Ilgar Nasibov of the Turan news agency, were violently attacked by policemen when they tried to film the scene. Their equipment was confiscated and they were taken to a police station, where they were held for several hours. All three journalists filed a complaint with the regional prosecutor’s office on 18 July.The harassment of Mehdiyev nonetheless continued. The electricity supply to his house was disconnected. And then, on 19 July, he was summoned by the local prosecutor, who threatened to arrest his son if he did not withdraw the complaint.According to Mehdiyev, who has been harassed in the past, he is being hounded now because he accompanied Michael Ludwig, a journalist with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, during an abortive reporting visit to Nakhchivan in early July.When Ludwig arrived in Nakhchivan with press accreditation from the Azerbaijani foreign ministry, the local authorities initially refused to let him work. Then, after long negotiations, they allowed him freedom of movement as long as he was always accompanied by a representative of the Nakhchivan government.Everything Ludwig did was reported back to the local authorities by this official, who made it impossible for him to interview members of the local population freely. Ludwig finally left without getting the story he was after.What with physical attacks on journalists and frequent blocking of Internet connections, the media freedom situation is appalling in Nakhchivan and the local authorities are largely to blame. But, far from trying to rein them in, the Azerbaijani government in Baku seems to be taking a leaf from their book. Violence against journalists has resumed throughout Azerbaijan since a crackdown on a peaceful protests in March and April.There have been no results in the investigations into two cases in which opposition newspaper reporters Seymour Khaziyev and Ramin Deco were abducted and beaten in separate incidents a week apart in late March and early April. RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders is outraged that Hakimeldostu Mehdiyev, the correspondent of the Institute for Reporter Freedom and Safety (IRFS) in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, was fined 1,000 manats (930 euros) on 27 September for “illegal use of electricity.”His lawyer, Asabali Mustafayev, said Mehdiyev would appeal. “The reports of the investigation were doctored and the head of the municipality publicly recognized that Mehdiyev was being punished because of his activities in defence of human rights,” he said.Mehdiyev has been the victim of the most absurd harassment ever since accompanying German journalist Michael Ludwig during a visit to Nakhchivan in early July (see below).———30.08.2011 – Nakhchivan authorities continue to harass IRFS correspondentHakimeldostu Mehdiyev, the correspondent of the Institute for Reporter Freedom and Safety (IRFS) in Sharur, in the north of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, has been charged by the district prosecutor’s office with “diverting electricity” under article 189-1 of the criminal code.Sanan Pashayev, the official in charge of the investigation, made Mehdiyev signed an undertaking that he would not leave the Sharur district. The charge carries a maximum fine of 3,000 manat (2,600 euros), which could be withdrawn from his salary over a period of up to two years.“We again call on the authorities to abandon these absurd proceedings, the sole aim of which is to intimidate Mehdiyev,” Reporters Without Borders said.Mehdiyev, whose power supply is still disconnected, has been harassed by the regional authorities every since early July, when he accompanied a visiting German journalist, Michael Ludwig. Nakhchivan is an autonomous Azerbaijani exclave located between Armenia and Iran.————-20.07.2011-Journalist hounded in autonomous republic, two colleagues attackedReporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that Hakimeldostu Mehdiyev, a correspondent of the Institute for Reporters Freedom and Safety (IRFS) in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, has repeatedly been harassed by officials for the past week. It is the latest example of the intolerance that the local authorities show towards the media in Nakhchivan, an Azerbaijani exclave between Armenia and Iran.“This harassment of Mehdiyev on the most ridiculous pretexts must stop at once, and the physical violence used against two of his fellow journalists must not go unpunished,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Attacks on journalists are unfortunately common in Nakhchivan, where the authorities like to foster a climate of tension that is very hostile to media freedom.” AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia News Receive email alerts June 8, 2021 Find out more AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia September 29, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 IRFS correspondent convicted in Nakhchivan News June 4, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says April 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Two more journalists kidnapped, one of them found murdered

first_img News May 13, 2021 Find out more MexicoAmericas May 5, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Reports MexicoAmericas Help by sharing this information 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say to go furthercenter_img RSF_en Just a week after radio Línea Directa crime reporter José Luis Romero was kidnapped in the northern state of Sinaloa, two other journalists were kidnapped yesterday in Coahuila, another northern state, and one of them, Valentín Valdés Espinosa, was found dead today.According to his newspaper, the Zócalo de Saltillo daily, Valdés was found with a warning message pinned to his chest, a practice often used by drug traffickers. His colleague, whose name was withheld by the newspaper, was released a few hours after the abduction. The two journalists were driving home after work in the city of Saltillo when gunmen intercepted them at about 10:45 pm forced to get into their pickup. A third journalist who was with them was not abducted.“The year has begun tragically for Mexican journalists,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The federal authorities are obliged to investigate this case as an armed group is involved. We hope they quickly identify those responsible.”Another Zócalo de Saltillo reporter, Rafael Ortiz Martínez, has never been found after he went missing in 2006. He had written several stories involving drug trafficking.Valdés, who helped to launch the Zócalo de Saltillo, was responsible for local coverage.A battleground between rival cartels for the control of drug-trafficking, northern Mexico is one of the world’s most dangerous regions for journalists. A total of 60 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 2000 while 10 have gone missing since 2003. Mexico was ranked 137th out of 175 countries in the 2009 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Organisation April 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Mexico Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state January 8, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two more journalists kidnapped, one of them found murdered News Newslast_img read more

Newly released journalist sentenced

first_imgNews Follow the news on Tunisia December 26, 2019 Find out more November 11, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Receive email alerts to go further TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa August 25, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newly released journalist sentenced News Reporters Without Borders has voiced its outrage over the eight-month prison sentence imposed on 23 August on newly-freed journalist Abdallah Zouari (see picture) for refusing to comply with an order banishing him to the south of the country. A former contributor to the banned weekly Al Fajr, Zouari has returned to jail just 10 weeks after his release upon completing nearly 11 years in prison. “This disgraceful sentence is clearly part of an offensive against freedom of expression and its defenders”, said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard, citing the recent sentences imposed on Hamma Hammami and Zouhair Yahyaoui. “President Ben Ali seems to think he can act with total impunity since 11 September 2001 and all the more since the 26 May 2002 referendum that allows him to seek a fourth term”, Ménard said. “It is simply inhuman to impose an additional jail sentence on a man whose life has already been destroyed by 11 years in prison”, he added, calling for Zouari’s immediate release.The eight-month jail sentence was imposed on Zouari by the district court in Zarzis for “refusal to comply with an administrative decision”. This refers to an interior ministry letter of 15 July notifying Zouari that he had to live in Zarzis, in the southern governorate of Mednin, although he has been residing in Tunis since his release on 6 June. Zouari had not complied, calling the order “arbitrary”, and had filed an appeal against it with an administrative court which has not yet issued a decision.After arresting Zouari on 19 August in Tunis, the police had taken him to Harboub prison in the Mednin governorate. There, the judge in Zarzis turned down his lawyer’s request for a postponement of the hearing. One of Zouari’s lawyers said there was no justification for the order banishing him to Zarzis inasmuch as he had taken up residence in the outskirts of Tunis and only part of his family resides in Zarzis. His lawyers have decided to appeal against the jail sentence.A contributor to Al Fajr, the official mouthpiece of the Islamic movement Ennahda, Zouari was arrested on 12 April 1991 and sentenced to 11 years imprisonment for “belonging to an illegal organisation”. He was also sentenced to a further five years of administrative control on completion of the jail sentence, which meant he must present himself regularly to the police station nearest his home.Al Fajr’s editor, Hamadi Jebali, has been imprisoned since 1991. After completing a one-year sentence for an article criticizing the system of military courts, he was sentenced by the Tunis military court to 16 years imprisonment for “aggressive intention to change the nature of the state” and “belonging to an illegal organisation”. November 12, 2019 Find out more Organisation TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa News Newly freed journalist Abdallah Zouari (see picture) was sentenced on 23 August to eight months in prison for refusing to comply with an order banishing him to the south of the country, which he considered “arbitrary”. A former contributor to the banned weekly Al Fajr, he had just completed an 11-year jailsentence. Help by sharing this information Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder Newslast_img read more

Threat to retransmission of BBC, Voice of America and Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe

first_img Receive email alerts to go further “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders today called on the Azeri government not to implement a 13 October decision by the National Council for Television and Radio to stop local radio stations Antenn and ANS and the Azeri state radio from retransmitting BBC, Voice of America and Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe programmes from 1 January. The ban also affects Voice of America TV programmes.“This decision is targeted at international media whose independence the Azeri government seems to fear,” the press freedom organisation said. “The National Council for Television and Radio is unfortunately under the control of the political authorities, who seem to want to limit the influence of western media, above all. The 13 October decision does not affect Russian stations (ORT and RTR) and Turkish ones (TRT and STV) that are less critical of the Azeri government.”The Azeri authorities say the media affected by the order do not have the required broadcasting licence. But article 14 of the radio and TV law states that a licence is only required if a media broadcasts all its programmes, which is not the case with these radio and TV stations. Each is only retransmitted for 30 to 45 minutes a day.Firdevs Robinson, the editor of the BBC World Service’s Central Asia and Caucasus Service told Reporters Without Borders that the BBC had been broadcasting in Azerbaijan since the mid-1990s and had never needed its own licence. “We respect Azeri law and we will try to meet our legal obligations,” she said. “We hope the implementation of this decision will not result in our programmes being interrupted. If it does, it could be seen as another example of harassment of independent media in Azerbaijan.”Press freedom activists have also been harassed in recent weeks. Emin Husseynov, the head of the Institute for the Freedom and Safety of Reporters, who has been campaigning for imprisoned satirical journalist Sakit Zahidov, has been warned “not to be so active.” RSF_en News June 4, 2021 Find out more News News June 8, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Organisation RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Azerbaijan October 17, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Threat to retransmission of BBC, Voice of America and Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia April 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Appeal court says Kurdish journalist to serve six months in prison

first_img After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists An appeal court in Sanandaj, in Iran’s Kurdish northwest, yesterday reduced journalist Ako Kurdnasab’s sentence from three years to six months in prison after it overturned his conviction on a spying charge but upheld his conviction for “trying to overthrow the government by means of journalistic activities.”“We welcome the quashing of Kurdnasab’s espionage conviction but the fact remains that a journalist should not be imprisoned for what he writes and we therefore call for the entire conviction to be overturned and for him to be released unconditionally,” Reporters Without Borders said.“Judicial harassment of Iran’s independent journalists is linked to the hypersensitive regime’s tendency to see them as the accomplices of foreign powers,” the press freedom organisation added. “This is especially so in the Kurdish part of the country, where four journalists are currently in prison.A reporter for the weekly Karfto, Kurdnasab was arrested by intelligence ministry officials at the newspaper on 21 July and has been held ever since in Sanandaj prison. He has not been allowed any visits since his arrest. The three-year sentence for spying was imposed by a Sanandaj court under article 501 of the Islamic criminal code.One of the detained Kurdish journalists, Ejlal Ghavami of Payam-e Mardom-e Kurdestan (a weekly closed since 2004), has an eye infection and needs treatment, Reporters Without Borders has learned from his lawyer, Nemat Ahamadi. “He is exposed to dust and pollution in his cell,” Ahamadi said. Ghavami has been held since 9 July, where a Sanandaj court sentenced him to three years in prison for “inciting the population to revolt” and “activities against national security.”More than 160 Iranian journalists have meanwhile signed a statement calling for the release of Tehran-based journalist Emadoldin Baghi, who has been held since 14 October. The signatories are to participate in a demonstration tomorrow in Tehran that has been organised by his family and friends.Iran was ranked 166th out of 169 countries in the Reporters Without Borders world press freedom index published last month. IranMiddle East – North Africa Organisation News February 25, 2021 Find out more March 18, 2021 Find out more News to go further November 14, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Appeal court says Kurdish journalist to serve six months in prison RSF_en center_img Help by sharing this information Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists June 9, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts IranMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iran Newslast_img read more

Letter to kyrgyz authorities about wave of violence against journalists

first_imgNews August 26, 2020 Find out more KyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia October 9, 2020 Find out more Organisation RSF asks authorities, opposition to guarantee reporters’ safety during Kyrgyzstan protests Help by sharing this information RSF calls for the immediate release of Uzbek journalist Receive email alerts News April 6, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Letter to kyrgyz authorities about wave of violence against journalistscenter_img News RSF is concerned about the fate of an Uzbek journalist extradited by Kyrgyzstan to go further KyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Kyrgyzstan Reporters Without Borders has written to the Kyrgyz authorities voicing deep concern about a wave of physical violence against journalists in the past three weeks.The most recent case was an attack on Talantbek Sopuev, a reporter with the privately-owned television station TV September, who was beaten by about 40 men and women on 31 March while covering a pro-government rally in Djalal-Abad. He is still in hospital with severe multiple bruising.Daniyar Isanov, a news presenter on the independent TV station NTS, was beaten up by four men on 27 March in Bishkek and is still hospitalised with serious facial injuries. State television presenter Kayrat Birimkulov was attacked and beaten by two men as he was returning to his home in a Bishkek suburb on 16 March.Reporters Without Borders said in its letter that it had also received information about “acts of intimidation and violence against other media personnel.”In view of these attacks on journalists, Reporters Without Borders called on the authorities “to do everything in your power to put an end to this violence and to bring about a significant improvement in the conditions for exercising free expression.”According to the Bureau for Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Bishkek, no one has been brought to trial for a physical attack or murder of a journalist in the past 15 years. RSF_en News August 14, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more