17 December 2002
Volume 11 - 2002 Issue 49 (17 Dec. 2002)
Amnesty International is inviting journalists and writers worldwide to submit entries for its 2003 Global Award for Human Rights Journalism. The prize is awarded annually for an article that has raised awareness and understanding of human rights issues at a local, national or international level. This year's winner will receive the award at the Amnesty International Media Awards ceremony in London on 22 May 2003.
Mexican radio journalist Yasmin Quiroz has won the inaugural Radio France International-Reporters sans frontières Prize for her reporting on human rights conditions for women inmates in Mexico. Quiroz, a journalist for the radio station Mexico-Infored, was chosen from among five finalists for the award, which honours Latin American radio journalists for excellence in reporting on human rights and press-freedom issues.
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is holding a conference in Tajikistan this week aimed at bringing the country's media laws in line with international standards on freedom of expression.
Press-freedom groups are calling attention to increasing attacks against journalists in Argentina that are fostering what the Committee to Protect Journalists calls a "climate of fear among members of the press."
The state of free expression in China was in the spotlight again last week as press-freedom groups raised concerns over the plight of as many as 30 journalists and other individuals jailed for publishing or distributing information deemed offensive to authorities.
Eduardo Bertoni, the Organization of American States' (OAS) Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, is in Chile this week to examine the state of free expression in that country. Invited by the Chilean government, Bertoni is meeting public officials, media figures, independent journalists and civil society groups from 16-17 December.
An appeals panel of the International War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has ruled that former "Washington Post" reporter Jonathan Randal is no longer required to testify in a war crimes trial, setting what could be an important legal benchmark for future cases involving journalists in conflict zones, report Index on Censorship (INDEX), the Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).
Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) has just published a report on Cuba, calling on the European Union (EU) to impose stringent conditions on the Cuban government before granting economic aid under an international trade pact.
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) and other global financial institutions should respect freedom of expression and allow governments and local media to promote diversity of opinions and the widest access to information, say three free-expression experts representing the United Nations, Organization of American States (OAS) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).