28 July 2004
Volume 13 - 2004 Issue 30 (27 July 2004)
Five months after the collapse of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's government, journalists continue to work under dangerous conditions, especially those sympathetic to the former leader, says a new report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
Nineteen IFEX members have written to the Ethiopian government raising concerns over the latest draft of a proposed press law they say contains serious restrictions on freedom of expression.
The United States' reputation as a "beacon of press freedom" is being tarnished by a pattern of incidents in which at least 13 foreign journalists have been detained and deported from the country in the past 18 months because of unfair visa regulations, say four IFEX members.
The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) and the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) have joined human rights activists from 8 Arab countries to form a network aimed at promoting human rights and democracy in the Middle East and North Africa.
For journalists covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, critical independent reporting is a constant challenge. Pressure to toe the line often comes from both sides. In recent weeks, moves by Palestinian authorities have raised alarm from the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontierès, RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
Freedom House is teaming up with Media Rights Agenda (MRA) in Nigeria to train journalists in improving coverage of human rights. The IFEX members will work together on an 18-month project to equip participants from the states of Lagos, Plateau and Rivers with tools to better inform the public and the government on key issues.
ARTICLE 19 will join free expression groups, journalists, legal experts and consultants to discuss ways of guaranteeing media freedom on the Internet at a conference next month hosted by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
Journalists from anywhere in the world are invited to apply for the 2004 United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) Journalism Awards, which honour excellence in covering the U.N. and its agencies.