9 June 2004
Volume 13 - 2004 Issue 23 (8 June 2004)
Journalists, human rights activists and representatives of more than 80 organisations are gathering in Baku, Azerbaijan, this week for one of the most important international conferences on freedom of expression.
Iraq may be known as one of the world's most dangerous places for journalists, but the murder of a BBC cameraman in Saudi Arabia last week has raised fears about media safety in the royal kingdom, report the International Federation of Journalists, Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
As European Union (EU) leaders prepare to meet Iranian officials next week for the annual "human rights dialogue", Human Rights Watch is calling on the EU to put pressure on Iran over its practice of torture and suppression of free expression.
The Free Media Movement (FMM) is organising a demonstration this week to protest the killing of journalist Aiyathurai Nadesan, a senior reporter shot dead last week in the eastern town of Batticaloa, Sri Lanka.
In the eastern region of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where rebel forces have captured the town of Bukavu, journalists and radio stations have come under fire, report Journaliste en danger and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
The Zimbabwean government is demanding that the country's Internet service providers (ISP) monitor the content of their customers' e-mail, a move that signals further attempts to clamp down on free expression, according to Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF).
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) will hold an international conference in the Basque region of Spain next year that will look at how journalists and civil liberty advocates can campaign against restrictive anti-terrorism laws.
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is co-hosting an international conference in Riga, Latvia, in October 2004 that will examine new forms of censorship that have arisen in the Internet era.
Freedom of expression and democracy will be the central theme of the first Latin American Biennial Conference on Communications, which hopes to bring together more than 500 journalists and educators from the region in Cartagena, Colombia this September.
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) is seeking nominations for the 2004 CJFE International Press Freedom Awards, which honour journalists who take great risks, often under dangerous circumstances, to report the news.
The publisher of Indonesia's most celebrated living writer, Pramoedya Ananta Toer, has been awarded an international prize in recognition of a "lifetime of courageous publishing," reports PEN American Center.