Free expression spotlight


27 May 2009

Iran

RSF is appealing to candidates, such as reformist Mir Hossein Mousavi, to lift the ban on websites if elected

RSF urges presidential candidates to defend free expression

Last week Iran temporarily blocked access to Facebook, prompting government critics to condemn the move as an attempt to silence the opposition before next month's presidential election.



From the Communiqué


27 May 2009

/Somalia

Journalists die amid renewed violence

Nur Muse Hussein A radio producer was gunned down last week in crossfire in Mogadishu, while another journalist died on 26 May from gunshot wounds suffered while covering fighting in central Somalia in April. They are the third and fourth journalists to be killed in Somalia this year, report the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
27 May 2009

Zimbabwe

Foreign journalists welcome to do their job, says PM

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai announced last week that foreign journalists are free to report from Zimbabwe, where many have previously been banned and others arrested and harassed, report the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) and news reports.



Campaigns and Advocacy


27 May 2009

Joint action - Pakistan

IFJ and RSF call on president to protect journalists in NWFP

On 26 May 2009, IFJ and RSF wrote a joint letter to President Asif Ali Zardari asking him to intervene in the case of three journalists in Peshawar, North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) who are wanted by the Taliban.
25 May 2009

Joint action - International

International publishers and librarians agree to enhance the debate on open access

A joint statement released today by the International Publishers Association, the International Association of Scientific Technical and Medical (STM) Publishers, and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) calls for a more rational, evidence based debate on open access.
20 May 2009

Take action! - Pakistan

Help Swat Valley journalists in exile

The Kyber Union of Journalists and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) are appealing to fellow media and press freedom organisations to raise emergency funds for Pakistan's journalists who have fled Swat Valley.
15 April 2009

Take action! - Vietnam

Demand release of unjustly imprisoned writers in Vietnam

Two of the seven writers still in prison as a result of the Vietnamese government's severe crackdown on peaceful dissidents last August and September are being denied visitation rights and are prone to ill treatment, warns International PEN's Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC). WiPC is asking you to write a letter to the authorities to demand their release.
27 May 2009

Iraq

Historic day in Baghdad as IFJ launches journalism support programme

Leaders of journalists unions from around the world travelled to Baghdad at the weekend for a conference on support for media in Iraq - the first international meeting of any kind in the city since the war began six years ago.
26 May 2009

Yemen

Human rights organisations urge president to lift blockade on newspapers, websites

On the occasion of the 19th anniversary of Yemen's Unity Day, Egyptian human rights organizations urged Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to order the Ministry of Information to stop the siege imposed on Yemeni newspapers and remove the ban on blocked Yemeni websites.
21 May 2009

Pakistan

Emergency funds for journalists forced to flee Swat valley

More than 30 journalists and their families have had to seek refuge in Peshawar and other cities since the army launched its offensive against Islamist militants in the Swat valley.
21 May 2009

Mexico

ARTICLE 19 calls for a federal policy to prevent aggressions against journalists

ARTICLE 19 calls on the Government of Mexico and President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa to establish a committee to protect journalists and implement a comprehensive strategy to stop attacks on journalists and media workers.

Urgent alerts

SOMALIA: CPJ concerned about well-being of kidnapped journalists CPJ is deeply concerned about the well-being of a Canadian and an Australian journalist held hostage in Somalia who urged their respective governments to work harder for their release in a phone call with a reporter on Sunday.
27 May 2009 MALAYSIA: Police raid opposition party headquarters, arrest protesters amid continuing unrest in Perak State CIJ strongly protests continuing police arrests of protesters and a related raid at the headquarters of the opposition Democratic Action Party (DAP) to eliminate critical expression about the political crisis in Perak state.
27 May 2009 MEXICO: Body of assassinated journalist found in Durango Twenty-four hours after he was kidnapped, the body of journalist Eliseo Barrón Hernández was found on the morning of 26 May 2009 in a plastic bag, in the municipality of Tlahualiko, Durango.
27 May 2009