2 June 2004
Volume 13 - 2004 Issue 22 (1 June 2004)
The International News Safety Institute (INSI), an organisation dedicated to promoting and improving journalists' safety in conflict zones, has secured major financial support from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) to carry out its activities. The announcement comes as one of its founding members, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), calls on media organisations to better protect employees in the field.
Five IFEX members are calling on authorities in Serbia and Montenegro to pursue a thorough investigation into the murder of Dusko Jovanovic, the editor-in-chief of the opposition newspaper "Dan" who was shot and killed in the city of Podgorica on 28 May 2004.
In Bangladesh, it takes real courage to be a journalist, says the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Politicians linked to criminal organisations routinely employ henchmen to beat up those who report on corruption while police stand by. What's more, a bitter rivalry between the country's two dominant political parties has forced the media into taking sides.
The Organisation of American States' (OAS) Special Rapporteur on Free Expression, Eduardo Bertoni, has urged the government of Honduras to repeal laws that penalise journalists and others who criticise public officials, reports Journalists Against Corruption (Periodistas Frente a la Corrupción, PFC).
Turkey's efforts to change its laws in conformity with European standards on freedom of expression can set a positive example for Islamic countries where these rights are outlawed, says the World Association of Newspapers (WAN).
A report by the Organization of Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), which criticises Kosovo's media for inflaming ethnic conflicts last March, sends the wrong message to governments and risks damaging the efforts of press freedom advocates, says the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).
The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) and Gender Links are co-hosting a conference in September 2004 in Johannesburg to discuss the formation of a regional network to promote gender equality in the media.
For many journalists covering events Iraq, safety has become a key concern. But what are the long term-term psychological impacts on those who have to witness trauma and violent conflict on a daily basis?
The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) is inviting nominations for the 2004 MISA Press Freedom Award, which honours excellence in journalism and contributions to press freedom.