Anti-terrorism law used repeatedly to charge journalists with terrorist propaganda

first_img Help by sharing this information News News News Organisation Reporters Without Borders deplores Turkey’s abuse of its anti-terrorism law to censor and punish journalists who raise the issue of its Kurdish minority or quote certain Kurdish leaders. Use of the law to prosecute journalists has increased since it was amended in 2006. Under article 7/2 of the law, propaganda on behalf of a terrorist organization is punishable by imprisonment.As neither “propaganda” nor “terrorist organization” is defined, the article can easily be interpreted in the broadest possible way to target almost any journalist or media. Reporters Without Borders reiterates its condemnation of the law, which has ushered in a regime of censorship and suppression of free speech.In one of the latest examples, an Istanbul court ordered the suspension of the newspaper Demvrimci Demokrasi on 21 November for alleged propaganda on behalf of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).On 10 November, reporter Nese Düzel of the liberal daily Taraf and her editor, Adnan Demir, went on trial in Istanbul on charges of making “propaganda on behalf of a terrorist organization” by interviewing two former PKK leaders, Zübeyir Aydar and Remzi Kartal.The prosecutor argued that the interviews “gave the impression that the use of violence is necessary and continues to be legitimate” and threatened national security. Düzel responded in court that: “I did not make propaganda for a terrorist organization. On the contrary, I made propaganda for policies. Even the state is currently negotiating with this organization.”Her lawyer argued that the reports were entirely in accordance with the criteria of article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, concerning freedom of expression, and Turkey’s 1982 constitution.The trial, in which Düzel and Demir are facing the possibility of being sentenced to seven and a half years in prison under article 7/2 of the anti-terrorism law, has been adjourned until 2 March.Sociologist Ismail Besikçi and Zeycan Balci Simsek, the editor of the legal monthly Cagimizda Hukuk ve Toplum, appeared before an Istanbul court on 12 November on the same charge of “propaganda on behalf of a terrorist organization” (the PKK) in an article about the Kurdish right to self-determination that Besikçi wrote for the journal.The chief fault that the prosecutor seemed to find with the article was the fact that Besikçi wrote Qandil – the name of the mountain in northern Iraq where the PKK has its main base – with a Q (a letter that exists in the Kurdish alphabet but not in the Turkish one) instead of with a K. The trial is due to continue on 4 March.Irfan Aktan, a reporter for the monthly Express, and Merve Erol, his editor, were both convicted under article 7 of the anti-terrorism law on 4 June. Aktan was sentenced to 15 months in prison while Erol was fined 16,000 Turkish pounds (8,000 euros). The case is now pending a decision by the country’s highest appeal court.Reporters Without Borders calls for the acquittal of Düzel, Demir, Besikçi and Simsek and urges the appeal court to quash the convictions of Aktan and Erol.The Turkish government is currently preparing to amend criminal code provisions concerning media freedom and has begun talks with journalists’ representatives. They fear the government will just modify a few problematic articles without addressing all of the other elements of the legal arsenal that limit media freedom and free speech.Reporters Without Borders urges the Turkish authorities to carry out democratically-inspired legislative reforms that will provide real protection for freedom of expression. Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit April 2, 2021 Find out more November 22, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Anti-terrorism law used repeatedly to charge journalists with terrorist propaganda TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism lawcenter_img TurkeyEurope – Central Asia April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor April 2, 2021 Find out more to go further Follow the news on Turkey Receive email alerts Newslast_img read more

American-Iranian journalist Roxana Saberi on hunger strike for past five days

first_img News IranMiddle East – North Africa News March 18, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Iran Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists to go further Help by sharing this information Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election RSF_en Newscenter_img News Receive email alerts June 11, 2021 Find out more April 25, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 American-Iranian journalist Roxana Saberi on hunger strike for past five days IranMiddle East – North Africa Roxana Saberi, the young American-Iranian journalist who was sentenced to eight years in prison on a spying charge in Tehran on 18 April, has been on hunger strike for the past five days, her father has told Reporters Without Borders. He said she called him today from prison to tell him this. She is “determined and ready to go all the way,” Reza Saberi said, adding that he was “very worried.”“We voice our complete solidarity with Roxana Saberi, who was unjustly arrested and convicted in a trial lacking any transparency,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Her decision to go on hunger strike, a last-ditch form of protest, is an act of rebellion against a fundamental injustice.”The press freedom organisation added : “Saberi must know that she is not alone. Reporters Without Borders, the Committee to Protect Journalists and 35 other press freedom organisations, as well as Iranian human rights activists and journalists, are all supporting her and demanding her release. We will not abandon her.”Saberi’s lawyer was not allowed to speak at her trial, held behind closed doors on 13 April, five days before the verdict was issued. He has filed an appeal against her conviction. She will be 32 tomorrow.Saberi was arrested at the start of February although her arrest was not revealed until the start of the following month. The daughter of an Iranian father who lives in the United States and who acquired US citizenship, Saberi moved to Iran six years ago and worked for various international news media including the BBC, Fox News and the US public radio network NPR.She was initially accused of working illegally as a journalist but was finally tried for “spying” for the United States, a charge that the Iranian authorities often use to silence outspoken journalists. Several American-Iranian journalists have been arrested in Iran in recent years but Saberi is the first one to be tried and given a jail sentence.Seven journalists are currently imprisoned in Iran, which was ranked 166th out of 173 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Predators of Press Freedom.”Read 24 April’s press release “International support for Roxana Saberi ahead for her birthday” Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 June 9, 2021 Find out more Organisation last_img read more

One Moroccan journalist convicted, four others on trial

first_img NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say February 3, 2018 One Moroccan journalist convicted, four others on trial Organisation Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Online freedomsMedia independence Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalists His lawyer said in a statement that Horr was prosecuted in connection with posts about the Rif protests in a Facebook account that he had not controlled since 2016, when his Facebook account was suspended. The statement added that the court had rejected a request for an expert analysis. Receive email alerts Horr’s prosecution on charges of “condoning terrorism,” “inciting a banned demonstration” and “insulting state authority” had begun in August 2017 RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is very disturbed by the four-jail sentence that Abdelkabir al Horr, the founder and editor of the Rassdmaroc news website, received on appeal in Rabat on 1 February in connection with his coverage of the “Hirak” protest movement in Morocco’s northern Rif region. The four journalists whose trial began on 25 January are Mohamed Ahdad of the newspaper Al Massae, Abdelhak Belachgar of the newspaper Akhbar Al Yaoum, and Kaoutar Zaki and Abdelilah Sakhir of the news website Aljarida24. News June 8, 2021 Find out more Morocco is ranked 133rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. News Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara “Covering street protests or providing information in the public interest is not a crime, it is a right,” RSF editor-in-chief Virginie Dangles said. “The frenzied manner with which the judicial authorities are persecuting journalists is a bad sign. We call for Abdelkabir al Horr’s immediate release and the withdrawal of all charges against journalists who just did their job to report the news.” They are facing a possible five-year jail sentence and a fine of 1,000 à 10,000 dirhams (100 to 1,000 euros) on charges of “divulging confidential information” and “complicity” for publishing extracts from a confidential parliamentary enquiry into suspected corruption within the CMR. to go further News Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Online freedomsMedia independence Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalists April 15, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists RSF is also concerned about the trial that began in Rabat on 25 January of four journalists accused of publishing confidential information about suspected corruption within the Moroccan Retirement Fund (CMR).last_img read more

Afghanistan must “end spiral of violence” after another journalist murdered

first_img Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Follow the news on Afghanistan “The impunity and opaqueness surrounding the murders of journalists are a major scourge in Afghanistan, but a godsend for all those seeking to destroy press freedom in this country,” said Reza Moini, the head of RSF’s Iran-Afghanistan desk. “It is vital that the Afghan authorities guarantee and reinforce the safety of media personnel. At the same time, RSF is exploring all possible international remedies for ending the spiral of violence.” RSF_en The other media victims of the past two months are Mohammad Aliyas Dayee of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Pashto-language service, murdered in Lashkargah on 12 November, Malalai Maiwand, a TV presenter and representative of the Centre for the Protection of Afghan Women Journalists (CPAWJ), and her driver Taher Khan, who were murdered in Jalalabad on 10 December, and Rahmatollah Nekzad, a reporter for international media, who was gunned down in Ghazni on 21 December. Besmellah Adel Imaq, the director of the Voice of Ghor radio station, was gunned down as he was returning home in Firoz Koh, the capital of the central province of Ghor, on the afternoon of 1 January, becoming the first Afghan journalist to be murdered in 2021 and the fifth media worker to be killed in the past two months. Imaq had been the target of two prior murder attempts, the latest in November, and had reported the threats against him to the authorities. After they took no steps to protect him, he filed complaints with journalists’ associations. June 2, 2021 Find out more The National Directorate of Security (NDS) and the police say that eight individuals linked to the Taliban have been arrested as suspects in these four murders. When reached by RSF a few hours after Imaq’s murder, Taliban spokesman Zabiholah Mojahed said the Taliban had “no interest in killing journalists.” to go further AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists JihadismWomenImpunityPredators Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says News AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists JihadismWomenImpunityPredators In a 31 December communiqué, the NDS said it had thwarted three attacks against journalists in the provinces de Khost, Kabul and Ghazni. Threats and violence against journalists and media have surged in Afghanistan in recent months, although a respite might have been expected because of the peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government. Nearly 100 political and civil society actors, including five media workers, have been the targets of attacks in the past two years. Afghanistan is ranked 122nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. After yet another journalist’s murder, the first in 2021, in what is one of the world’s deadliest countries for the media, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges Afghanistan’s authorities to make every effort to protect media personnel and says it is exploring all possible ways to help end the spiral of violence in this country. Organisation RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan January 7, 2021 Afghanistan must “end spiral of violence” after another journalist murdered News Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” News News May 3, 2021 Find out more March 11, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Hugo Chávez’s government tightens its grip on the media

first_img President Hugo Chávez announced on 20 July that his government is about to acquire a majority stake in Globovisión, a privately-owned TV station that is very critical of his administration. By acquiring the shares of some of the station’s directors, the government says it will be able to control 48.5 per cent of its capital.Federal Bank chairman Nelson Mezerhane stepped in last month at the government’s request and bought 20 per cent of Globovisión’s shares, plus another 5.8 per cent acquired through another company, Chávez revealed during a televised ceremony on 20 July. He also announced that the 20 per cent of shares owned by Luis Teófilo Núñez, one of the station’s founders, who died in 2007, would “pass to the state.” Chávez then did the sum: “25.8 per cent plus 20 per cent makes 48.5 per cent, amigo.” This was not an expropriation, he insisted. The government just wanted to “participate in this business.”The president added that the Federal Bank governors would appoint a representative to the Globovisión board, and that journalists currently working as state television presenters would proposed for the position.The TV station reacted with statement announcing its intention to resist President Chávez’s designs: “Globovisión’s editorial line is not measured in share percentages (…) nor will it be expropriated.” Globovisión has often been threatened with closure and is currently the target of several legal proceedings initiated by Chávez, including a warrant for the arrest of one of its top executives, Guillermo Zuloaga, who has fled to the United States. But with Chávez insinuating that the government could also recover Zuloaga’s shares because he has left the country, Globovisión now appears to be on the verge of being taken over entirely.Restricting access to informationThe president’s announcement has coincided with various worrying measures limiting access to information.The Higher Court of Justice issued a ruling on 15 July restricting the right of access to information. In response to a request for information filed by the NGO Espacio Público about the salaries of officials responsible for managing public funds, the court ruled that access to public information was not an absolute right. The recruiting of civil servants and their declarations of assets were private matters that the public did not need to know, the court said.The decision, which totally violates the principle of transparency, will have a drastic impact on the ability of journalists to investigate and report such matters as illegal enrichment by government officials.Another decision that is just as controversial has reinforced Reporters Without Borders’ fears. It concerns parliament’s approval of a report about alleged US meddling in Venezuelan politics, which contains criticism of foreign funding for journalists and civil society organisations. It was approved just a week after Venezuela’s two leading free speech NGOs, Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS) and Espacio Público, were the target of criminal proceedings brought by Movimiento por el Periodismo Necesario, a journalists’ association linked to the ruling party.Submitted by parliamentarian Manuel Villalba, the report claims to demonstrate “the participation of foreign governments in Venezuela’s internal politics” and says the aim of the funding is to provoke “a process of destabilisation in the country” and to discredit the government.In his recent statements, President Chávez also threatened to rescind the Vale TV concession that was granted to the Venezuelan church before he came to power. It should be “given back to the people,” he said. RCTV, a station accused of supporting the 2002 coup attempt against Chávez, was already stripped of its concession in 2007.Both RCTV and Globovisión did indeed support some of the people involved in the attempted coup, but the suppression of these opposition media has more to do with the government’s inability to tolerate criticism. Eight years after the coup, these coercive measures are motivated by a desire to silence opponents who are drawing attention to intractable economic and social problems. Venezuela is diverging more and more from other Latin American countries such as Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil which have decriminalised press offences and created the legal bases for more media pluralism. President Chávez’s latest statements signal another disturbing step backwards for Venezuela. August 25, 2020 Find out more June 15, 2020 Find out more VenezuelaAmericas July 23, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Hugo Chávez’s government tightens its grip on the media Organisation RSF_en News Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Receive email alerts Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuelacenter_img News New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets January 13, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Venezuela News VenezuelaAmericas to go furtherlast_img read more

Online journalist killed in Rio de Janeiro state, seven months after surviving shooting

first_img Reports to go further April 27, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF_en Follow the news on Brazil BrazilAmericas RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Receive email alerts February 10, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Online journalist killed in Rio de Janeiro state, seven months after surviving shooting Newscenter_img Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil News May 13, 2021 Find out more News BrazilAmericas Journalist Mário Randolfo Marques Lopes, the 50-year-old editor of the Vassouras na Net news website, and his partner, Maria Aparecida Guimarães, were shot dead in the early hours of yesterday in Barra do Piraí, in Rio de Janeiro state.The exact circumstance of the double murder are not clear, but according to local media reports, they were abducted from Marques Lopes’ home by three individuals and were taken to another part of the city where they were shot. The police do not as yet have any precise information about the killers.While the motive has yet to be established, Marques Lopes had made many enemies by reporting cases of alleged corruption, some involving local businessmen and politicians, and had been sued for defamation by a police inspector and a judge.He miraculously survived a murder attempt on 6 July 2011, when a masked gunman entered his previous home in the nearby municipality of Vassouras and shot him five times in the head. After receiving police protection while recovering in hospital, he decided to move to Barra do Piraí.“Without jumping to conclusions, we hope that the police will explore all the possible links with this previous history,” Reporters Without Borders, voicing its condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of the two victims.“Several journalists were killed last year in Brazil. Coverage of sensitive political issues, especially at the local level, continues to expose journalists to danger. Whatever the motive in this case, we hope its rapid solution will mark a turning-point in the fight against impunity.”The high level of violence affecting journalists and bloggers in 2011 is widely regarded as being responsible for the fact that Brazil fell 41 places in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, which was published on 25 January. April 15, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Call for federal investigation into newspaper editor’s murder

first_img Follow the news on United States Organisation News News Receive email alerts Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says United StatesAmericas United StatesAmericas Help by sharing this information NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News January 29, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for federal investigation into newspaper editor’s murder June 3, 2021 Find out more RSF_en A year and a half after Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey was gunned down in Oakland, California, on 2 August 2007, his murder is still unpunished. Reporters Without Borders is calling for the FBI, which already conducted a probe into irregularities and negligence at the Oakland police department, to take over the investigation into the Bailey murder. June 7, 2021 Find out more WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Reporters Without Borders wrote today to the new US attorney general, Eric Holder, calling for the federal government to take over the investigation into the fatal shooting of Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey. A year and a half after Bailey was gunned down in Oakland, California, on 2 August 2007, his murder is still unpunished.Alleged incompetence and wrongdoing by the Oakland police department have already been the subject of several recent investigations, including a wide-ranging FBI probe into many of the department’s high-profile problems such as its handling on the Bailey murder. “The police investigation into this brutal murder has been unsatisfactory in that the evidence recorded by the police and uncovered by investigative reporters suggests that the person accused of the murder is being used as a scapegoat by the perpetrator(s) and/or mastermind(s),” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard and Washington DC director Lucie Morillon wrote. “It also suggests that local police officials may be protecting those responsible for Mr. Bailey’s death,” the letter continued. “The Chauncey Bailey Project, a cooperative effort between San Francisco Bay area journalists investigating his death, also recently revealed that a delay in an Oakland police raid on a local business, Your Black Muslim Bakery, may have cost Mr. Bailey his life.”The letter acknowledged that California attorney general Jerry Brown took a “positive step” when ordering an investigation into how the case was handled by the Oakland police. But it pointed out that, “Mr. Brown may be found to have a conflict of interest in that, when Oakland’s mayor, he was in charge of the police department he is now investigating.” The Reporters Without Borders letter also noted that Oakland police chief Wayne Tucker decided to stand down just before city council leaders prepared to call for a vote of no confidence. Announcing his resignation on 27 January, Tucker acknowledged that “mistakes” were made in the Bailey investigation. “For all these reasons, we petition you to intervene, to conduct an independent investigation, and to prosecute those responsible for the murder of Chauncey Bailey,” Reporters Without Borders said in its letter, reaffirming the organisation’s support for the Chauncey Bailey Project and the journalists working on the case. (http://www.chaunceybaileyproject.org)Bailey was murdered while looking into alleged financial mismanagement at Your Black Muslim Bakery, a network of community bakeries and services directed by Yusuf Bey IV. Your Black Muslim Bakery is also suspected of involvement in criminal activity and may have benefited from the protection of several local police officers. By investigating the bakery, Bailey was just doing his job as a journalist, which is to inform the public and expose misconduct, thereby contributing to a system of checks and balances essential to democracy. Evidence is mounting against Bey in connection with the Bailey murder, but he still has not been formally charged with any crime. A Your Black Muslim Bakery employee, Devaughndre Broussard, has been charged with carrying out the shooting and is due to appear in court tomorrow to have a trial date set. He originally confessed to the shooting but retracted, saying he had been pressured by Your Black Muslim Bakery’s management to make a false confession. News to go further April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

State media serve president’s reelection bid, while independent journalists seem doomed to disappear

first_imgReports News читать на русскомReporters Without Borders monitored the state media’s coverage of the campaign for today’s presidential election in which Islam Karimov, Uzbekistan’s authoritarian leader for the past 18 years, has been comfortably reelected with 88,1 per cent of the vote. It has also evaluated the situation of press freedom in the country by talking to its few remaining independent journalists. The organisation spent a month in Uzbekistan without government permission in order to analyse how the state media covered the election campaign.“It was no surprise to find that President Karimov was everywhere in the state media throughout the campaign,” Reporters Without Borders said. “He was never portrayed to the public as a candidate but as the president, with his ‘achievements’ and his ‘great successes.’ The glaring lack of pluralism in the Uzbek media prevented the public from having proper access to information.”The organisation added: “Press freedom is in great danger in Uzbekistan. The handful of independent journalists who continue to practice their trade are exposed to grave reprisals. The foreign media are unable to operate freely there and are forced to use cunning in order to be able to continue covering Uzbek developments.”A Reporters Without Borders team spent four weeks measuring the air time and newspaper space given to the four presidential candidates. The media monitored were the three main official dailies – Halk Suzy, Narodnoe Slovo (Voice of the People) and Pravda Vostoka (Truth of the East) – two state TV stations, TV Uzbekistan and Yoshlar, and Radio Uzbekistan, the main public radio station. The special programmes dedicated to the campaign offered equal access to all the candidates. Karimov was the one who appeared least in these programmes and no interview with him was broadcast. But the situation was very different in the state media’s news programmes, in which Karimov and all the national successes attributed to him were over-represented.Karimov got more air-time than the other three candidates combined in the news programmes. TV Uzbekistan, for example, gave him a total of 1 hour and 4 minutes, compared with 59 minutes for all the others combined. Karimov was virtually the sole candidate covered in Yoshlar’s news programmes. Only one other was mentioned. This was Asliddin Rustamov of the People’s Democratic Party (the former Communist Party), who got just 72 seconds.In general, the broadcast media’s news bulletins and news programmes paid little attention to the election campaign, concentrating instead on social and economic subjects. Radio Uzbekistan dedicated only 17 minutes and 30 seconds to the candidates, as against 1 hour and 23 minutes to Karimov’s activities and 3 hours and 14 minutes to stories not involving any of the political actors concerned.A similar bias was seen in the print media. Every issue of the monitored dailies set aside space for campaign coverage that began on the front page and was identifiable by its special formatting. Each candidate was mentioned in these special sections, but the content of the articles was virtually identical in each of the newspapers and was provided by the state news agency UzA.Karimov was always linked to economic successes and ongoing reforms while the other candidates were described as “representing an alternative in the democratic process of the elections.” The space allocated to each candidate varied from paper to paper but Karimov always got more. He got, for example, a total of 6,228 sq cm of space in Halk Suzy, compared with 3,480 for his rivals.End of independent journalismThere are no longer any independent Uzbek news media. The process of muzzling Uzbek society that began six or seven years ago gained pace after the May 2005 uprising and massacre in Andijan. Foreign news media such as the BBC and Radio Free Europe were expelled. All independent journalists have become targets and, since 2006, those who want to work for foreign news media have to request accreditation from the foreign ministry. Many topics are off-limits and unpredictability is the rule. Subjects that could be covered yesterday are banned today.The harassment was reinforced even more in the runup to today’s presidential election. Although Germany favours easing the EU sanctions that were adopted after Andijan, the local stringers of the German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle have been singled out this year and one of them had to flee the country and remains in exile.Both threats and obstructive red-tape are standard practice. Journalists are sometimes also beaten up, as was the case on at least two occasions in 2005. To ensure that nothing escapes the government’s control during the elections, a member of the special services was even appointed to the Central Electoral Commission’s press centre.The complete Reporters Without Borders report is available : to go further UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia RSF_en October 15, 2020 Find out more UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Newscenter_img More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption Related documents UzReportGB.pdfPDF – 833.71 KB Follow the news on Uzbekistan News May 11, 2021 Find out more Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term February 11, 2021 Find out more Organisation Reporters Without Borders monitored the state media’s coverage of the campaign for today’s presidential election in which Islam Karimov (photo), Uzbekistan’s authoritarian leader for the past 18 years, has been comfortably reelected with 88,1 per cent of the vote. It has also evaluated the situation of press freedom in the country by talking to its few remaining independent journalists. December 24, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 State media serve president’s reelection bid, while independent journalists seem doomed to disappearlast_img read more

Five journalists and media workers killed since start of month

first_img News Follow the news on Iraq Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Organisation Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders says it can no longer find words to express its horror at the tragedies constantly suffered by the press in Iraq, where 93 journalists and media assistants have been killed since the start of the war, 18 of them since the start of this year. “We appeal again to Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki to set up a special group of investigators to shed light on the murders of journalists in Iraq,” the organisation says. News February 15, 2021 Find out more RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News IraqMiddle East – North Africa to go further Reporters Without Borders voiced shock today at the death of five journalists and media assistants in the space of a few days in Iraq.“The first few days of May have been exceptionally murderous for the Iraqi news media,” the press freedom organisation said. “We can no longer find words to express our horror at the tragedies constantly suffered by the press in Iraq, where 93 journalists and media assistants have been killed since the start of the war, 18 of them since the start of the year.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We appeal again to Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki to set up a special group of investigators to shed light on the murders of journalists in Iraq.”The body of freelance journalist Abdel Magid Al Mohammadaoui was found in Baghdad on 5 May. He was identified thanks to his press card. The body of TV Reporter Saud Mazahem Al Hadithi of satellite station Al-Baghdadia was found the same day. He had been kidnapped a few days before. His family told Reporters Without Borders the state of his body indicated he had been tortured.A car bomb went off in the garage of the Baghdad-based newspaper Al-Sabah on 7 May, killing printing shop technician Ismail Mohammad Khalaf and injuring more than 20 other employees, including journalists.The bodies of reporter Muazaz Ahmad Barud and soundman Leith Al-Dulaimi of Iraqi TV station Al-Nahrain were found on 8 May in Al-Wihda, 40 km southeast of Baghdad. Witnesses had told the police their car was stopped the day before by men in police uniform at Jisr Diyalah, a bridge on the way out of Baghdad. A total of 42 journalists and media assistants have been kidnapped since the start of the war. Five of them (four Iraqis and Enzo Baldoni of Italy) were killed. Twenty-six of these abductions have taken place in or near Baghdad.Three journalists are currently been held hostage: Reem Zeid and Marwan Khazaal of the Iraqi TV station Al-Sumariya and Salah Jali al-Gharrawi, an employee of the Baghdad bureau of the Agence France-Presse (AFP). May 10, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Five journalists and media workers killed since start of month December 16, 2020 Find out more News Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Help by sharing this information December 28, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en last_img read more

Jean Dominique murder: Reporters Without Borders outraged by result of investigation

first_img News March 25, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Jean Dominique murder: Reporters Without Borders outraged by result of investigation News Receive email alerts Dr. Alix Charles, Benjamin Delano, lawyer Ephesien Joassaint, Sen. Toussaint (photo), his bodyguard Franck Joseph and his “right-hand man” Richard Salomon were not charged because, the judge said, “there is not enough clear evidence of their responsibility or complicity in the murder.” The result of the enquiry into the murder of Radio Haiti Inter chief JeanDominique (see photo), delivered on 21 March, does not say who was behindthe crime. This was “simply an insult to all those fighting for justice inHaiti, especially as it comes only a few days before the third anniversaryof his death,” said Reporters Without Borders. An enquiry hampered by many obstaclesThe outspoken Dominique, Haiti’s best-known journalist and political commentator, was killed in the courtyard of his radio station on 3 April 2000. He had criticised all sides – supporters of the former Duvalier family dictatorship, ex-military figures, members of the country’s wealthy families and those he suspected in President Aristide’s Fanmi Lavalas party of wanting to turn the organisation away from its original principles. The murder investigation was assigned in September 2000 to Judge Gassant after his predecessor, Judge Jean-Sénat Fleury, had resigned after receiving threats. Legal sources said on 28 May 2001 that Toussaint had been charged with the murder. Gassant fled to the United States after his mandate expired on 3 January 2002 and was not immediately renewed by Aristide (see photo). He had been repeatedly harassed after indicting Toussaint. Since July last year, the investigation has been in the hands of Judge Saint-Vil.For the past three years, virtually all state institutions have obstructed the murder enquiry. The justice ministry never gave Judge Gassant adequate protection despite threats to him. Police refused to carry our arrest warrants and were accused of handing over leading suspect Rénélus to the mob that lynched him. The senate refused to lift Toussaint’s parliamentary immunity.Dominique’s widow was the target of an apparent attempt to kill her at her home last December 25, in which one of her bodyguards, Maxime Séide, was shot dead. She took the attack as a warning to all those involved in the murder investigation. On 21 February this year, Michèle Montas (see photo) announced the station was going off the air because of many threats to its staff. “Three of our people have already been killed and we don’t want to lose anyone else,” she said. The radio’s journalists and technical staff wrote to the management on 1 February expressing their great concern about many incidents since the beginning of the year. Montas said the station was only closing temporarily and would resume operations when the situation was more secure. “The investigation report is also bad news for all Haitian media that criticise the government,” said the press freedom organisation. “It sends a message to the enemies of press freedom that they have nothing to fear from the judiciary.” President Aristide is on the Reporters Without Borders worldwide list of 41 “predators of press freedom” for giving government cover to those who physically attack and kill journalists.Dominique’s widow, Michèle Montas, who has run his radio station, Radio Haiti Inter, since he was killed, told Reporters Without Borders that the investigation report was “disgraceful” and that she would appeal against it.A report that clears Sen. Toussaint and his associatesJudge Saint-Vil has indicted six people: Dymsley Millien (“Tilou”) for murder and Jeudi Jean Daniel (“Guimy”), Philippe Markington, Ralph Léger, Ralph Joseph and Freud Junior Desmarrates for being accomplices. All are currently in prison. November 14, 2019 Find out more October 11, 2019 Find out more Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice Another journalist murdered in Haiti Newscenter_img HaïtiAmericas Organisation HaïtiAmericas RSF_en The Reporters Without Borders investigation highlighted the links between Toussaint, Charles and Lalanne. Jean-Claude Nord, Toussaint’s lawyer, had recommended Joassaint to Lalanne as a lawyer. Joassaint then asked Charles to do the operation. Charles was known to be a friend of Salomon. Toussaint has always denied knowing Lalanne but a witness said Joseph, his bodyguard, had met him.The report said investigators had concluded the murder was planned in the course of several meetings. In November 2001, a second important suspect, Panel Rénélus, was lynched by a mob after being arrested by police. Judge Gassant, who was at the scene, said police handed him over to the mob. A Reporters Without Borders investigation (“Who killed Jean Dominique?”), published a year after the murder, cited Charles, Delano, Joassaint, Salomon and Toussaint in connection with the mysterious death of Jean Wilner Lalanne, who was suspected of being the link between the organisers of the murder and those who carried it out. Lalanne died in June 2000 during an operation for a buttock wound received during his arrest. He was operated on by Dr Charles, an orthopaedic surgeon, helped by Dr Delano, even though he had asked for another surgeon. Charles said he died of a pulmonary embolism, but this was contradicted by an autopsy. Two months later, by the time a new autopsy had been ordered, Lalanne’s body had unaccountably disappeared from the morgue. Follow the news on Haïti News Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders said today it was outraged by the just-announced result of the enquiry into the killing of Haiti’s best known journalist, Jean Dominique (see photo), because it only named those who carried out the murder and not those who ordered it.”The authorities are trying to tell us there was nobody behind this crime, just as they did in the killing of journalist Brignol Lindor,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “After three years of investigation, and only a few days before the third anniversary of Dominique’s death on 3 April, the enquiry report is simply an insult to all those fighting for justice in Haiti.”The investigating judge, Bernard Saint-Vil, reportedly sent his 33-page indictment in the case to the state prosecutor on 21 March. “”How can it be that individuals accused by the previous investigating judge, Claudy Gassant (see photo) – people such as Sen. Dany Toussaint and several of his associates – have disappeared from the list of people to be charged with this crime?” asked Ménard. “Nobody is fooled by this result. Ever since President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was re-elected in 2000, his government has been preparing a whitewash of Toussaint.” Judge Gassant was forced to flee abroad after indicting Toussaint, an ally of Aristide, and the Haitian senate rejected the judge’s request for Toussaint’s parliamentary immunity to be lifted so the case against him could proceed. to go further June 11, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more