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16 July 2002

Volume 11 - 2002 Issue 28 (16 Jul. 2002)


PRIME SUSPECT SENTENCED TO DEATH

A special anti-terrorism court in Hyderabad, Pakistan, has sentenced Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh - the alleged mastermind of the kidnapping and murder of "Wall Street Journal" reporter Daniel Pearl - to death, report the Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). The court also sentenced three co-accused – Salman Saquib, Farhad Nasim and Sheikh Adil – to 25-year prison terms. Sheikh's lawyers plan to appeal the verdict within a week.

CONFERENCE TO EXAMINE 9-11 IMPACTS ON JOURNALISM

Journalists and representatives of more than 60 broadcasters around the world are gearing up for a two-day conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in October to explore how 11 September has changed the practice of journalism and the challenges facing broadcasters in the digital age.

SILENCE SURROUNDS MURDER OF POPULAR JOURNALIST

A year after popular Costa Rican radio journalist Parmenio Medina was shot and killed near his home in San José, a "silence" has descended on the investigation into his murder and journalists are afraid to conduct their own inquiries, says a new report issued by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

PALESTINIAN PHOTOGRAPHER KILLED, PROBE URGED

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) are demanding an investigation into the killing of Imad Abu Zahra, a free-lance Palestinian photographer by Israel Defence Forces (IDF) soldiers on 12 July in the West Bank city of Jenin.

ARTICLE 19 APPLAUDS COURT'S "LANDMARK RULING" ON FREE EXPRESSION

ARTICLE 19 has released a brief on what it calls a "landmark judgment" issued by the European Court of Human Rights last month that will have important ramifications for countries where the offence of "insulting a foreign Head of State" remains on the statute books.

KIDNAPPED JOURNALIST FEARED DEAD

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) fear Shukur Hossain, a Bangladeshi crime reporter kidnapped by unknown assailants on 5 July, may be dead. Hossain, a reporter for the Khulna-based newspaper "Anirban," was kidnapped from his home in the village of Ula by a group of armed men suspected of belonging to the outlawed Biplobi Communist Party (BCP), the groups say.

COLOMBIAN JOURNALISTS LOSE ANOTHER COLLEAGUE AMIDST WORSENING CONFLICT

Amidst what the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) calls one of the most violent periods in the history of the country, Colombia's journalist community suffered another loss last week.

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