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14 April 2004

Volume 13 - 2004 Issue 15 (13 Apr. 2004)


IRANIAN, VIETNAMESE WIN PEN/BARBARA GOLDSMITH FREEDOM TO WRITE AWARDS

PEN American Center (PEN) will honour an Iranian writer and a Vietnamese Internet dissident next week with a major award aimed at raising public awareness of jailed writers around the world.
| Iraq

JOURNALISTS KIDNAPPED; US URGED TO DIVULGE INFORMATION ON REPORTERS KILLED IN 2003

As violence in Iraq continues to dominate news headlines, IFEX members are highlighting the plight of five journalists whose whereabouts are unknown and the impunity surrounding the deaths of seven journalists killed during the war in 2003.
| Nepal

U.N. MONITORING ROLE URGED

Governments should authorise the U.N. to assist the Nepalese government in investigating human rights violations in the conflict-ridden country, says Human Rights Watch.
| China

RSF, CPJ CONDEMN LENGTHY JAIL TERMS IMPOSED ON EDITORS

Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) have condemned the recent jailing of three journalists in China on corruption charges, saying it is an attempt by authorities to silence critical voices.
| China

TAKE ACTION! CHINA: EDITORS DETAINED AND CHARGED

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) invites you to write or fax a letter to Chinese President Hu Jintao, protesting the arrest and detention of journalists Cheng Yizhong, Yu Huafeng and Li Minying, all of whom have been charged with embezzling funds.

PEN TO HIGHLIGHT WRITERS AND FREE EXPRESSION AT BARCELONA FORUM

The Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN (WiPC) will spotlight the struggles of writers worldwide against censorship next month at a major international event in Barcelona, touted as a "new and creative space for reflection" on cross cultural understanding, peace and sustainable development.

STAYING ALIVE: HANDBOOK OFFERS SAFETY TIPS FOR FILIPINO JOURNALISTS

In the Philippines, journalism has become one of the most dangerous professions. With a record seven journalists killed in the line of duty in 2003, what can media professionals do to protect themselves? A new handbook published by the Freedom Fund for Filipino Journalists (FFFJ) seeks to answer just that question.
| Brazil

UNESCO to Fund Brazilian Press Freedom Network

13 April 2004

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