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8 October 2002

Volume 11 - 2002 Issue 39 (08 Oct. 2002)


US PAPERS BURY COVERAGE OF ANTI-WAR MARCH

If you read only the "New York Times" and the "Washington Post," you might have missed the ffact that one of Europe's biggest anti-war protests in years took place in London last week. That's because the influential US newspapers buried the story in articles about other subjects, says American media watchdog, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR).

UNESCO HOLDS MEDIA & DEMOCRACY SEMINAR IN JORDAN

Media professionals from Northern Africa and the Middle East heard the importance of the media's role in strengthening democracy at a seminar organised last week in Jordan by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

INITIATIVES TARGET MEDIA LAW REFORM

ARTICLE 19 has been selected to sit on the board of a new council the Ukraine government has established to look at reforming media laws and gathering public input on the process, reports the International Journalists' Network (www.ijnet.org). ">http://www.ijnet.org">www.ijnet.org).

DANISH NGO PROVIDES CRITICAL SUPPORT IN CONFLICT ZONES

It's been a busy year for International Media Support (IMS). In the 12 months since it was established in September 2001, the Danish non-governmental organization (NGO) has made 20 interventions in 14 conflict-ridden countries, providing critical support to journalists and media in places as dangerous as Afghanistan, Nepal, Colombia, Sudan and the Middle East.

ARTICLE 19 ASKED TO SPEARHEAD WEST AFRICAN BROADCASTING NETWORK

ARTICLE 19 (Africa) and the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) have been called upon to spearhead an initiative to bring West Africa's broadcasters together under a regional body to strengthen the promotion of public service broadcasting, reports the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).

REPORTER NOT REQUIRED TO TESTIFY AT UN TRIBUNAL

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in the Hague has ruled that reporter Jonathan Randal is no longer required to testify before the court about a story he wrote on a former Bosnian Serb politician on trial for genocide, reports "Media Guardian."

REGIONAL ACTION PLAN ON JOURNALISTS' SAFETY LAUNCHED

Journalists' unions and press-freedom groups from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal have launched an action plan aimed at strengthening independent journalism and press freedom and improving media safety in the region, reports the International Federation of Journalists' Asia-Pacific office (IFJ).

JOURNALISTS STRIKE OVER "DRACONIAN" MEDIA LAW

The president of Somalia's transitional government, Abdiqassim Salad Hassan, has refused to sign a controversial media law following a strike by the country's journalists that has left all but one media outlet closed, reports IRIN News.
| China

INTERNATIONAL PEN CALLS ATTENTION TO REPRESSION OF UIGHURS

International PEN (PEN) has expressed alarm at the Chinese government's repressive measures against ethnic Uighur people in northwest China, including imprisoned writer Tohti Tunyaz, amidst criticism from Amnesty International (Amnesty) that authorities are using the "war on terrorism" as a pretext to further repression.
| Brazil

AUTHORITIES UNDER PRESSURE TO INVESTIGATE JOURNALIST'S MURDER

During a week that has seen one journalist killed and another shot in Brazil, free-expression groups are stepping up pressure on authorities to investigate the crimes and end the impunity surrounding attacks on the press.

SOMALI BROADCASTERS WIN CJFE INTERNATIONAL PRESS FREEDOM AWARDS

A Kazakh journalist whose daring exposé of government corruption cost her her daughter's life and the founders of one of Somalia's only independent broadcasters have been awarded the 2002 CJFE International Press Freedom Awards, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) announced.

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