7 April 2004
Volume 13 - 2004 Issue 14 (6 Apr. 2004)
In Côte d'Ivoire, where UN soldiers are enforcing a fragile peace agreement, journalists are getting caught in violent clashes between pro-government supporters and the political opposition, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF).
Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) have voiced concerns over the death of Mohamed Abu Halima, a journalism student shot and killed by Israeli troops outside the West Bank city of Nablus.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has decided to scale back aid to Uzbekistan because of the country's poor human rights record, following the publication of a major report by Human Rights Watch.
ARTICLE 19 has joined press-freedom organisations in Armenia in urging the government to bring its laws in line with European standards on freedom of expression. The IFEX member says while Armenia has made progress in guaranteeing legal protection for free expression, serious concerns remain.
The European Parliament should show its commitment to freedom of expression by adopting a report that recommends placing controls on media concentration and curbing government interference in the media, says the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ).
Burmese journalist and poet Kyi Tin Oo has been released from prison after serving a ten-year sentence, Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) says.
The African Press Network for the 21st Century (RAP21), an initiative of the World Association of Newspapers (WAN), has launched an online protest letter to support journalist Jean-Baptiste Hounkonnou in Benin.