30 June 2004
Volume 13 - 2004 Issue 26 (29 June 2004)
More than two years after the 11 September 2001 attacks on the United States, the fight against terrorism has compromised free expression on the Internet, leading to stricter monitoring of Internet traffic in both democratic countries and authoritarian regimes, says a new global survey by Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF).
Seven IFEX members have expressed outrage at the murder of respected Mexican journalist Francisco J. Ortiz Franco, who was gunned down in broad daylight on 22 June 2004 in Tijuana, northern Mexico.
The southwestern city of Khulna in Bangladesh has been dubbed the "valley of death" by local journalists for a good reason. On 27 June 2004, Humayun Kabir, editor of the daily newspaper "Janmabhumi," died after assailants threw bombs at his home, becoming the sixth journalist in four years to be killed there because of his work, says the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
In Thailand, independent journalists and press freedom advocates are facing a "Berlusconi-style" government that is mixing politics and media ownership at the highest level, say the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is calling for an international action plan to monitor press-freedom violations in Algeria and support independent journalists amidst signs of a new wave of attacks against the press.
Two journalists who were sentenced in 2003 to lengthy prison terms have been granted an early release, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) and the Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN (WiPC).
In Russia, where 60 per cent of all defamation lawsuits are launched by State officials and the majority of defendants are journalists, free-expression advocates face a tough battle.
The Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships (AFPF) welcomes applications for the 2005 AFPF Fellowship competition, which provides print journalists from developing countries with professional training in American newsrooms.
Nominations are being accepted for the Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights, which honours an individual or a group who has made a significant effort to advance the cause of international justice and global human rights.