7 January 2004
Volume 13 - 2004 Issue 01 (6 Jan. 2004)
The war in Iraq, which claimed a high number of journalists' lives, overshadowed press freedom worldwide in 2003, according to annual reports recently released by the Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).
For journalists in Thailand, 2003 was a year where the media resorted to self-censorship and avoided criticism of the government, according to the Thai Journalists Association (TJA) in its annual survey of press freedom.
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Alliance of Independent Journalists (Aliansi Jurnalis Independen, AJI) are appealing to the United Nations to launch an investigation into the death of kidnapped journalist Ersa Siregar, who was killed on 29 December 2003 during a clash between separatist rebels and government forces in Aceh, Indonesia.
Costa Rican authorities are investigating the motive behind the murder of reporter Ivannia Mora Rodríguez, who was shot and killed on 23 December, 2003, while driving her car in the town of Curridabat, report the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).
IFEX members have expressed concern over the murder of broadcast journalist William Soto Cheng, shot dead by unknown assailants in Buenaventura, Colombia on 18 December, 2003.
Volodymyr Karachevtsev, the deputy editor-in-chief of the weekly Ukrainian newspaper "Kurier," was found dead in his home in the city of Melitopol on 14 December 2003, prompting Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) and the International Press Institute (IPI) to demand an immediate investigation.
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) are calling for an independent investigation into the death of Marco Boukoukou Boussaga in Libreville, Gabon.
How well has freedom of expression fared around the world since the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States? Has it eroded as governments enact anti-terrorism laws in the name of national security? What are the long term consequences of these actions? These questions are at the heart of a new report recently released by the Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN (WiPC).
ARTICLE 19 has released what could well be one of the most comprehensive reports to date on the state of free expression in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine.
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is inviting applications for the 2004 IFJ Journalism for Tolerance Prize. The objective of the prize is to promote better understanding among journalists of the importance of tolerance and of human rights, particularly when reporting on minority communities.
A new award has been created in the United Kingdom to honour journalists worldwide who have made outstanding contributions to the protection and promotion of democracy.
The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) is inviting nominations for the 2004 Courage in Journalism Awards, which recognise women in the news media who demonstrate