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24 September 2002

Volume 11 - 2002 Issue 37 (24 Sep 2002)


NEW COMMUNICATIONS CENTRE TO OPEN IN CAMBODIA

The new centre for the Cambodian Communication Institute (CCI) will open in October 2002, marking the completion of a UNESCO project to develop the organisation into a professionally equipped and staffed media training institute.

PANOS INSTITUTE PUBLISHES SOUTHERN VIEWS ON SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACKS AND THE MEDIA

The Paris office of the Panos Institute recently published a report on views of the media in the Arab world and Central Africa about the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States and their aftermath.

SOUTH AFRICAN UNIVERSITY OFFERS MID-CAREER FELLOWSHIPS FOR AFRICAN JOURNALISTS

Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, is offering four new mid-career fellowships for senior African journalists to study full-time towards a master?s degree in journalism and media studies. The fellowships, worth R75 000 (approx. US$7,050) each, are sponsored by the Belgian Technical Co-operation Program and are meant to help improve the standards of newsroom leadership in sub-Saharan Africa.

RSF OFFERS SAFETY TIPS FOR JOURNALISTS IN CONFLICT ZONES

At a discussion on the safety of journalists at the 14th international photojournalism festival Visa pour l?Image, in Perpignan, France on 6 September, Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF), FreeLens-France and the French National Association of Journalists, Reporters, Photographers and Filmmakers (ANJRPC) presented a document called ?Information and recommendations on the security of journalists in dangerous areas in France and elsewhere.?

GOVERNMENT CRITICISED OVER LACK OF PROGRESS IN INVESTIGATION OF MURDERED JOURNALIST

More than two years after the disappearance of Ukrainian journalist Georgy Gongadze, on 16 September 2000, both the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) have openly criticised the Ukrainian government for its lack of progress in identifying those responsible for the crime.
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MEDIA TARGETED AFTER CRITICISING GOVERNMENT WITHDRAWAL FROM PEACE TALKS

Three newspapers and one journalist in Sudan incurred the wrath of the Sudanese government after they publicly chastised it for withdrawing from peace talks in Kenya with rebel forces, report Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) and Human Rights Watch (HRW).

GOVERNMENT SHOWS NO SIGN OF EASING UP ON YEAR-LONG CRACKDOWN OF PRIVATE MEDIA

A year after a state-ordered crackdown on the private media in Eritrea, the number of detained journalists has increased, with their exact whereabouts unknown, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF.)

JOURNALIST KILLED IN AMBUSH

Both the Bogotá-based Foundation for Press Freedom (Fundacion para la Libertad de Prensa, FLIP) and the Institute for Press and Society (Instituto Prensa y Sociedad, IPYS) in Peru report that journalist Américo Viáfara was killed on 16 September in the city of Calí.

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