29 June 2004
Volume 13 - 2004 Issue 24 (15 June 2004)
The Ministry of Press and Information of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) issued a directive on 12 June 2004 warning news outlets to "respect editorial guidelines to the letter during this period of crisis," reports Journaliste en danger (Journalist in Danger, JED).
The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has announced that its Annual General Meeting and Conference will be held August 23-27 in Maseru, Lesotho. The meeting's theme will be "Serving the Public," with emphasis on the transformation of state media to serve the public interest.
Sri Lanka's Free Media Movement (FMM) has issued a report analysing the overall situation of the media in that country over the past year. Covering the period from May 2003 to April 2004, the "Media Situation Report" appeared in Colombo on 3 May 2004, World Press Freedom Day. It was co-authored by INFORM, a human-rights group.
Lê Chi Quang, arrested in February 2002 for posting online essays critical of the Vietnamese government, was released from prison on 14 June 2004. Reporters sans frontières (RSF) says that the cyber-dissident's severe kidney problems, untreated in prison, appear to have been the reason for his release.
Index on Censorship reports that community radio stations in Argentina won a major victory when the country's Supreme Court decided on 4 September 2003 that a 1981 law prohibiting them was unconstitutional.
The Reuters Foundation offers courses in Conflict Reporting, for journalists reporting from hostile environments, and Post-Conflict Reporting, for journalists involved in the establishment or re-establishment of a vigorous independent media in areas of former conflict.
Women journalists from Algeria, Namibia, and Paraguay who have risked their lives to report on corruption, human rights violations, and terrorism will be honoured with Courage in Journalism Awards for 2004.
On 9 June 2004, ARTICLE 19 published a "Statement on Certain Laws of the Republic of Azerbaijan Relating to Freedom of Expression."