3 March 2004
Volume 13 - 2004 Issue 09 (2 Mar. 2004)
PEN American Center (PEN) has joined librarians, writers and booksellers across the United States to launch a nation-wide campaign in support of legislation to amend the controversial USA Patriot Act.
Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) has condemned the sentencing of five members of China's Falun Gong spiritual movement to lengthy prison terms for posting material on the Internet.
The Pacific Islands News Association (PINA), has joined three other IFEX members in protesting significant new restrictions on press freedom in the Kingdom of Tonga. Also questioning the new laws is a member of the Tongan royal family.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has promised to reform the country's press laws, including eliminating prison sentences for defamation, reports the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) has called on Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to ensure the safety of Palestinian journalists following the assassination this week of journalist and publisher Khalil Al-Zebin.
South Africa's ruling party, the African National Congress, has temporarily shelved a controversial anti-terrorism bill that critics say seriously compromises fundamental rights and freedoms in the country, reports the Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI).
RAP21, the African Press Network for the 21st Century, invites you to sign a letter to the President of Gambia expressing concern at the 2 February 2004 interrogation of Alagi Yorro Jallow, managing editor of the bi-weekly newspaper The Independent, by Gambian police.
A delegation of Inter American Press Association (IAPA) members is visiting Chile this week to assess the state of press freedom in the country.
Across the Middle East and North Africa, the seeds of a regional press-freedom network are being planted. International press-freedom groups are no longer the only ones monitoring attacks on the press and local journalist associations have started to speak out more on free-expression issues, writes journalist Kamel Labidi in Lebanon's "Daily Star."
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) was honoured this week in Italy for defending press freedom and journalists' rights.
Freelance journalists and reporters based in developing countries are invited to apply for the 2004 Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism.