Free expression spotlight


21 October 2009

International

Fallen journalists all over the world; press freedom is elusive in many regimes.

RSF index highlights drop of Europe and Israel in rankings; Eritrea, North Korea and Turkmenistan worst places for journalists

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) released its latest press freedom index on 20 October, showing how European countries, Israel and Iran have all slid in the rankings. The index ranks the degree of press freedom throughout the world as well as efforts made by governments to protect journalists' rights.



From the Communiqué



21 October 2009

Iran

Journalist freed on bail; repression continues

Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari was released on bail and allowed to return to the U.K. this week after four months in Tehran's Evin prison. Journalist Maziar Bahari was freed on bail on 17 October after spending 120 days in Tehran's Evin prison, report Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE).
21 October 2009

Guinea

Radio stations self-censor; foreign journalists barred

After last month's massacre of protesters, the Guinean junta continues to threaten local journalists; several French journalists were barred from entering the country. Private radio stations have cancelled political programmes in Guinea as journalists continue to be harassed by opposition supporters and the military after last month's massacre at an opposition rally, says the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA). Also, Guinea's military denied entry to several French journalists on 17 October and continues to monitor and threaten local journalists, reports Reporters Without Borders (RSF).



Campaigns and Advocacy



26 October 2009

Africa

Organisations say EU should provide more support for media freedom

The organisations called for consideration of proposals, including the institution of a peer review mechanism for media freedom.
23 October 2009

Morocco

Thirty-one IFEX members and 24 other organisations condemn harsh crackdown on press freedom

While calling on the Moroccan government to stop the current crackdown against press freedom, 31 IFEX members and others condemn the recent arrests and harassment of journalists and independent press.
23 September 2009

Bahrain

Save free expression on the Internet and help journalists under threat

The Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) is alarmed at the recent clampdown on the Internet by the government, which announced plans to block 1,040 websites. BCHR is also extremely concerned about the prosecution of journalists on charges of defamation, for reporting about government malpractice and corruption. Join BCHR and write to the authorities to support freedom of expression and the right to dissent.
19 August 2009

United Kingdom

Help save community radio stations in the U.K.

More than 200 community radio stations in the U.K. are under threat of closure because of a lack of funds. Join ARTICLE 19 and sign a petition calling for the U.K. government to commit to its promise of supporting and sustaining local stations.
12 August 2009

Sudan

Pledge solidarity with Sudanese journalist facing 40 lashes for wearing pants

Sudanese journalist Lubna al-Hussein faces 40 lashes for wearing trousers in public Last month, Sudanese journalist Lubna Ahmed al-Hussein wore pants to a restaurant - and now faces 40 lashes for "sensational dressing up." Join the International PEN Women Writers' Committee and protest the treatment of al-Hussein, who has turned her case into a challenge of the validity of applying public indecency laws to women who wear trousers.
26 October 2009

Lebanon

IPI completes press freedom mission, urges respect for editorial independence and credibility

During its four-day press freedom mission, IPI held discussions with leading editors and journalists, as well as political leaders and government officials.
23 October 2009

Tunisia

Election campaign "impossible for opposition media," says RSF following fact-finding visit to Tunis

RSF travelled to Tunis to verify media coverage of the campaign and opposition parties' access to public media outlets.
23 October 2009

Awards

CJFE honours two journalists and Russian news outlet with 12th annual Press Freedom Awards

Reporter Jila Baniyaghoub of Iran, the Russian news outlet "Novaya Gazeta" and Canadian writer Terry Gould will be recognised by CJFE.
22 October 2009

Iran

RSF announces launch of new website for media professionals as exodus of journalists continues

The organisation has helped launch a multimedia platform for disseminating information about the media and journalists, and for collecting articles, photos and videos provided by journalists themselves.

Urgent alerts

RUSSIA: Activist from Ingushetia killed in ambush Activist Maksharip Aushev was killed in Kabardino-Balkaria, a republic that borders Ingushetia, when his car came under fire from another vehicle.
27 October 2009 CANADA: CJFE horrified by attack on editor in Brampton, Ontario Journalist Jagdish Grewal was leaving the "Punjabi Post" newsroom when he was attacked by three masked men armed with a baton and a gun.
27 October 2009 SAUDI ARABIA: King overturns 60-lashes verdict against journalist The king's decision sends a message to the judicial system that it should not go after journalists for exercising free speech, says Human Rights Watch.
27 October 2009

Take action!

Families and supporters of jailed Yemeni journalists. YEMEN: Help free abducted journalist The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is asking for your support to call on Yemeni authorities to guarantee the safety of journalist Mohammed al Maqaleh. He was abducted by security forces on 18 September for reporting on the Sa'ada war.
30 September 2009

More alerts

ZIMBABWE: State media banned from covering opposition party ministers 27 October 2009 MEXICO: IAPA disappointed at Congress's indifference to crimes against journalists 27 October 2009 EGYPT: Journalists fined for practicing without syndicate membership 27 October 2009 PHILIPPINES: Alleged gunman in 2004 murder of journalist killed 27 October 2009 HONDURAS: Radio station dismisses journalist after he insists on providing objective coverage of post-coup situation 27 October 2009 BANGLADESH: Reporter tortured by elite crime force in act of reprisal against newspaper 27 October 2009 EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA: European Parliament fails to defend free journalism, says IFJ 26 October 2009 PERU: Judge initiates criminal proceedings against journalist for "inciting violence" 26 October 2009 BRAZIL: "El País" daily newspaper correspondent threatened 26 October 2009 UKRAINE: Shots fired at office of daily "Express" for third time in six months 26 October 2009 GUATEMALA: Drug traffickers on lookout for journalists in Huehuetenango 26 October 2009 ZIMBABWE: Al Jazeera news crew briefly detained 26 October 2009 TUNISIA: As Tunisian elections near, attacks on press mount 23 October 2009 MOLDOVA: Supreme Court orders disclosure of information requested by IJC 23 October 2009 KYRGYZSTAN: Authorities must report progress in Alisher Saipov's murder, says CPJ 23 October 2009 UNITED STATES: Book groups praise reader privacy protections in House Patriot Act bill 23 October 2009 ARMENIA: Trial begins against editor accused of "organising mass disorder" 22 October 2009