26 August 2004
Volume 13 - 2004 Issue 34 (24 Aug. 2004)
In Benin, a country with one of the better press freedom records in West Africa, two reporters have been imprisoned this year, becoming the first journalists since 1996 to be jailed for their work, reports the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontierès, RSF) is calling on Bangladeshi authorities to investigate the murder of journalist Kamal Hossain, who was killed in the city of Manikchhari on 22 August 2004.
While the islands that make up the Maldives are world renowned as a tourist destination, few know that this Asian country is one of the most repressive in terms of censorship, says Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontierès, RSF).
A series of arson attacks against independent media in The Gambia has prompted three IFEX members to raise concerns over press freedom conditions in the West African country. In the latest attack, a BBC correspondent's house was set ablaze while he was sleeping.
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is stepping up efforts to challenge impunity in Russia, urging the U.S. and Russian governments to work together to investigate and prosecute the killers of "Forbes" magazine editor Paul Klebnikov and 14 other journalists killed since 2000.
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is inviting press freedom advocates to write letters to the Maldives government and raise concerns over the treatment of four individuals who are being harshly detained following street demonstrations in the capital, Malé.
In the West Bank and Gaza, considered one of the world's most dangerous places for journalists, Palestinian media personnel are receiving training on safety skills that will help reduce risk, thanks to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).
As China looks ahead to hosting the Olympic Games in 2008, Human Rights Watch has launched a new website to raise awareness of key issues it believes will be under the international spotlight, including freedom of expression.
The International Catholic Union of the Press (UCIP) is holding its world congress in October 2004 in Bangkok, Thailand, under the theme "Media Challenges Amidst Cultural and Religious Pluralism.
The Rory Peck Trust is inviting freelance camera operators around the world to submit entries for the 2004 Rory Peck Awards. The prizes recognise individuals working in television news, current affairs and documentaries who demonstrate initiative, skill, tenacity and courage while filming in difficult conditions.
"Journalisten helfen Journalisten" ("Journalists Helping Journalists", JHJ), a Munich-based organisation, offers financial support and practical assistance to persecuted colleagues around the world.