15 October 2002
Volume 11 - 2002 Issue 40 (15 Oct. 2002)
A Sierra Leonean radio broadcaster whose reports on corruption led to several attempts on his life and the founder of Jordan's only women's media organisation were honoured last week with Knight International Press Fellowship Awards, IJNet reports.
Freelance journalists thinking of heading off to a war zone in the near future might not want to leave home without one of these: a safety training course.
Representatives of Thailand's leading newspapers and media associations, including the Thai Journalists Association (TJA), have called on the government of Thaksin Shinawatra to abolish a 1941 law they say is the biggest obstacle to press freedom in the country, reports the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA).
Uruguay's Congress has given its preliminary approval to a new access to information bill that would enable journalists and the public to obtain government records for the first time, report the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC).
It isn't easy being a journalist in Chile. "Desacato" laws - so-called because they shield public officials from public criticism - are routinely used by the government to silence journalists who dare to question their actions.
Media Democracy Day, an international day of action in support of media pluralism, will be celebrated in at least 16 countries around the world on 18 October.
In what Human Rights Watch (HRW) calls a "blatant attack on freedom of the press," Ugandan police raided the offices of one of the country's leading independent newspapers last week, disconnecting its telephone lines and temporarily suspending the newspaper's publication.
The Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN (WiPC) is launching a campaign on Zimbabwe at the end of October aimed at focusing pressure on the government of Robert Mugabe to free imprisoned journalists and repeal recently enacted laws curbing free expression.