18 February 2004
Volume 13 - 2004 Issue 07 (17 Feb. 2004)
As Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali prepares to visit the United States this week, Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) are urging U.S. President George W. Bush to express concerns about the dismal state of free expression in the North African country.
IFEX members are expressing alarm about press-freedom conditions in the Philippines, following the murder last week of a radio host and a grenade attack on another's home.
While Bangladesh enjoys a free press, with more than 73 newspapers in the nation's capital and 50 satellite channels nationwide, it is also one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists, reports the "IPI Global Journalist."
In a case that could have important implications for free expression in other countries, Uganda's Supreme Court has ruled that journalists in the country can no longer be charged with the offence of publishing false news, report ARTICLE 19, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF).
Five IFEX members are calling for an investigation into the murder of Carlos José Guadamuz, a Nicaraguan journalist gunned down last week in broad daylight in the capital, Managua.
The terrorist bombings that recently killed more than 100 people in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil claimed the lives of nine journalists, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has learned.
The story is all too common: a writer or journalist is gunned down for investigating corruption or human rights abuses. Investigations are held, the killers evade eviction and the case fades from public memory. Impunity, or censorship by killing, remains one of the most serious threats to freedom of expression in countless countries, says PEN Canada.
Four IFEX members held a panel discussion this week in Colombia to look at the conflict-ridden country's prospects for press freedom in 2004. They said journalists face numerous challenges in reporting the news, including physical violence, impunity and a new anti-terrorism law that threatens their ability to protect sources.
Reporters and editors from some of the most dangerous countries in Latin America for journalists are receiving important safety training in Argentina this week, thanks to the Inter American Press Association (IAPA).
The South East Asia Press Alliance (SEAPA) is inviting mid-career journalists from the region to apply for the 2004 fellowship exchange program aimed at deepening understanding of regional issues.