Free expression spotlight


5 May 2010

International

Somali and Sri Lankan correspondents report for World Press Freedom Day.

IFEX members celebrate World Press Freedom Day and honour slain journalists

On World Press Freedom Day, IFEX members demanded justice for murdered journalists, shone a spotlight on the enemies of press freedom worldwide, and recognised that a free media and respect for the right to information are needed to shape responsive and responsible governments. The annual date of 3 May was proclaimed World Press Freedom Day by the UN General Assembly in 1993 following a recommendation adopted by UNESCO in 1991.



From the Communiqué



5 May 2010

Africa

World Press Freedom Day in Africa

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) marked World Press Freedom Day by launching its 2009 report, "So this is democracy? State of media freedom in Southern Africa," pointing to the deterioration in press freedom in the region, especially in Swaziland, Zambia and Botswana. MISA research shows that access to information is blocked throughout the region by excessively secretive governments. The most difficult country to request information from is Zimbabwe. "Information was denied based on what the public official suspected the information was for." In the last year, MISA recorded 165 press freedom violations; the highest number was in Zimbabwe with 33. In Swaziland, the monarchy is the main predator of press freedom and in Botswana, state print and broadcasting media are completely controlled by the President. http://www.misa.org/researchandpublication/democracy/democracy.html



Campaigns and Advocacy



6 May 2010

Joint action - Kyrgyzstan

Twenty-four press freedom groups and human rights organisations call on the government to implement reforms

IFEX members joined other human rights organisations in denouncing the deterioration of press freedom under the new interim government.
6 May 2010

Ukraine

IMI marks World Press Freedom Day with release of 2009 "Predators of the Press" report

Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was named one of IMI's "predators" at a press conference with the Kyiv Independent Trade Union of Journalists.
5 May 2010

International/Chile/Haiti

On World Press Freedom Day, AMARC asserts communication rights of disaster-hit communities

Community radio stations played a vital role in disaster recovery and reconstruction after the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile.
5 May 2010

Brazil

IAPA submits two unpunished cases of murdered journalists to IACHR

The IAPA submitted to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights the results of its investigations into the murders of Nivanildo Barbosa Lima and Jorge Vieira da Costa.
5 May 2010

Tunisia

Tunisians celebrate World Press Freedom Day in mourning, says OLPEC

Though one of the first countries in the region to enjoy a relatively unfettered media in the 80s, Tunisia has witnessed an historic backslide since that time.

Urgent alerts

SOMALIA: Veteran journalist assassinated in Mogadishu Colleagues believe Sheik Nur Mohamed Abkey was murdered because of his work with Radio Mogadishu, which is owned by the Transitional Federal Government.
5 May 2010 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: Three suspects in journalist's killing sentenced to death Radio Okapi journalist Didace Namujimbo was gunned down in Bukavu on 21 November 2008.
6 May 2010 IRAQ: Parties in ruling coalition have "tacit agreement" to gag press, says RSF Security forces operated by the KDP and PUK do not hesitate to use force to prevent journalists from covering street demonstrations.
6 May 2010

Take action!

INTERNATIONAL/IRAN: Sign electronic postcard to highlight struggle in Iran on World Press Freedom Day IFJ calls on journalists around the world to send their electronic postcard to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, calling for the release of all detained journalists and the reopening of the AoIJ office in Tehran.
3 May 2010 HONDURAS: Join newspaper readers in protesting wave of crimes against journalists The international community is signing a letter in which the Honduran government is called upon to put an end to the reigning climate of terror and to identify and apply the full weight of the law to the guilty.
27 April 2010

 
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