14 January 2004
Volume 13 - 2004 Issue 02 (13 Jan. 2004)
As leaders from across the Western Hemisphere meet in Mexico this week for the Summit of the Americas, Freedom House is calling attention to "emerging and troubling" trends in democracy throughout the region.
Tibet may be one of the most isolated and politically repressive places in the world, but foreign radio broadcasts offer hope for a populace that refuses to accept Chinese propaganda, reports the "IPI Global Journalist."
Journalists and press-freedom advocates from Nepal and Sri Lanka, including Free Media Movement (FMM), took part in a recent project to exchange experiences on conflict reporting, writes the Center for Policy Alternatives (CPA).
Free-expression experts from the United Nations (UN), Organization of American States (OAS) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) have condemned attempts by governments to restrict free expression through mandatory registration and state regulation.
Morocco's King Mohammed VI has pardoned seven journalists, including jailed editors Ali Lmrabet and Mohammed al-Herd, report Index on Censorship, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF).
IFEX members will figure prominently among more than 20 international and Arab organisations that are coming together in Morocco to discuss freedom of expression and media advocacy in the Arab world.
Judges and journalists from Mexico will be engaging in dialogue this week to deepen understanding on press freedom and the law, reports the Inter American Press Association (IAPA).
As Poland prepares to become the newest member of the European Union this year, what press-freedom challenges does it still face in the post-Soviet era? The International Press Institute (IPI) will be looking at this in May when it holds its 53rd General Assembly and World Congress in Warsaw, Poland.
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Federation of Arab Journalists (FAJ) are sending a joint mission to Iraq next week aimed at supporting the establishment of a national journalists' organisation.
Amnesty International is inviting non-governmental organisations (NGO) to submit nominations for the 2004 Global Award for Human Rights Journalism. The award recognises the best article written anywhere in the world that raises awareness and understanding of human rights issues on a local, national or international level.
Journalists from the Americas are invited to apply for the 2004 Maria Moors Cabot Prizes, which honour excellence in regional reporting and commitment to press freedom.