29 January 2004
Volume 13 - 2004 Issue 04 (27 Jan. 2004)
Azerbaijan is suffering its worst human rights crisis in a decade, with government forces committing torture, beatings and widespread arrests against the country's political opposition, Human Rights Watch says in a new report.
The unsafe conditions for journalists in Iraq were highlighted again today with the death of two CNN employees killed in an ambush near Baghdad, report the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) .
Canada's anti-terrorism legislation, passed shortly after the September 11 attacks on the United States, came under heavy criticism from IFEX members last week after federal police raided the home and office of "Ottawa Citizen" reporter Julie O'Neill in pursuit of the journalists's confidential sources.
The "Daily News", Zimbabwe's embattled independent newspaper, is back on the newsstands after a High Court ordered police to end their month-long siege of the paper's offices and allow it to resume publishing, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF).
A military court in Côte d'Ivoire has sentenced a local police officer to 17 years in jail for the October 2003 murder of Radio France Internationale correspondent Jean Hélène, report the Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF).
IFEX members will be key participants at a high-profile conference next month that will examine freedom of expression in Africa and ways of strengthening its protection.
In Indonesia and the Philippines, corruption continues to hamper democratic development despite the relatively recent emergence of press freedom, says the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR). That makes it all the more important for media to carry out quality investigative reporting and pursue access to information.
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, Ambeyi Ligabo, is visiting Côte d'Ivoire this week to investigate free-expression violations in the war-torn country.