26 May 2004
Volume 13 - 2004 Issue 21 (25 May 2004)
In the wake of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, it has emerged that Iraqi journalists were among those reportedly abused and tortured by American soldiers, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).
In what is being hailed as a precedent setting move in Latin America, Bolivian president Carlos D. Mesa Gisbert has signed a decree on broadcasting that paves the way for legal recognition of community radio stations, reports the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC).
On a visit to Belgium last week, Ukraine's prime minister, Viktor Yanukovych, hadn't expected to answer questions about threats to press freedom in his country. These came after the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) confronted him on 19 May 2004 with a "catalogue of concerns," including the unsolved murder of leading journalist Gyorgy Gongadze and some 40 cases of intimidation against journalists and independent media outlets in the past year.
Citing "grave concerns about deteriorating media freedom," the International Press Institute (IPI) has added Ethiopia to its Watch List of countries that deserve close monitoring.
Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) and Freedom House are voicing concerns over press freedom in Hong Kong in the wake of recent resignations of three popular radio show hosts because of threats.
The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) offers scholarships for journalists from Southern Africa to help them gain new technical skills and broaden their socio-political understanding of the region.
The World Press Institute (WPI), a United States-based non-profit organisation, offers four-month fellowships for experienced journalists from any country who wish to gain a more in-depth perspective on American journalistic practices.