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3 March 2004

Volume 13 - 2004 Issue 09 (2 Mar. 2004)


PEN JOINS LIBRARIANS, BOOKSELLERS IN CAMPAIGN AGAINST PATRIOT ACT

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.
| China

GOVERNMENT STEPS UP RESTRICTIONS ON INTERNET EXPRESSION

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.
| Tonga

IFEX MEMBERS ALARMED AT MEDIA RESTRICTIONS

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.
| Egypt

MUBARAK PROMISES TO REFORM DEFAMATION LAWS

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).

JOURNALIST AND ARAFAT ADVISOR ASSASSINATED

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.

ANTI-TERRORISM BILL SHELVED

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).

SIGN A LETTER PROTESTING EDITOR'S INTERROGATION, DEATH THREATS

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.
| Chile

IAPA SENDS DELEGATION TO CHILE

A delegation of Inter American Press Association (IAPA) members is visiting Chile this week to assess the state of press freedom in the country.

ARAB CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR REGIONAL PRESS FREEDOM NETWORK

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."

UN Expert Urges More Protection for Colombian Journalists

2 March 2004

UNESCO Launches "Women Make the News" Campaign

2 March 2004

IFJ AWARDED ITALIAN PRESS FREEDOM PRIZE

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) was honoured this week in Italy for defending press freedom and journalists' rights.

2004 KURT SCHORK AWARDS

Freelance journalists and reporters based in developing countries are invited to apply for the 2004 Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism.

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