16 March 2004
Volume 13 - 2004 Issue 11 (16 Mar. 2004)
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), in the year 2003, 36 journalists were killed and 136 imprisoned for doing their jobs.
On 15 March 2004, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) accused US authorities in Iraq of attempting to "control and intimidate" the media.
On 10 March 2004, a Bogotá criminal court sentenced Carlos Castaño Gil to 38 years in prison for masterminding the 1999 murder of journalist Jaime Garzón, but acquitted the two men accused of the actual crime owing to tainted evidence, reported the Foundation for Press Freedom (Fundación para la Libertad de Prensa, FLIP).
On 12 March 2004 the International Press Institute (IPI), the global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in over 120 countries, expressed its concern about the government's use of advertising restrictions to pressure Pakistani newspapers into curtailing their criticism of officials.
The Free Media Movement (FMM) in Colombo condemned a threatening phone call made on 10 March 2004 to Siri Ranasingha, editor-in-chief of the "Lankadeepa" newspaper, by Wimal Weerawansa, propaganda secretary of the Peoples Liberation Front (JVP). The politician hoped to get a political advertisement supposedly damaging to him withdrawn from the newspaper. He has since apologized for the phone call.
On 10 March 2004, the Honduras police revealed the names of the presumed killers of journalist Germán Rivas.The former host of the CMV Noticias news programme, broadcast on the Canal 7 television station, was assassinated on 26 November 2003 as he was heading to the station's offices in Santa Rosa de Copán, in western Honduras.
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) will hold its World Congress in Athens from 25-30 May 2004.
Fifteen years after the fall of communism, and just two weeks after Poland and nine other countries formally join the European Union (EU), the International Press Institute (IPI) will convene in Warsaw for its 2004 World Congress and 53rd General Assembly.
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) is seeking an Executive Director to lead its organisation in promoting free expression in Canada and around the world.
The International Journalism Exchange (IJE), a programme of the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE), seeks participants from any nation outside Western Europe and North America.