1 September 2004
Volume 13 - 2004 Issue 35 (31 Aug. 2004)
While censorship, detentions, imprisonment and legal actions against journalists in China are a familiar story, new dangers have surfaced as the country's media becomes more market-oriented: violent attacks from individuals or groups implicated in journalists' reports on corruption and crime.
Conditions in Iraq continue to be extremely unsafe for journalists and media personnel. An Italian journalist was murdered last week, while a militant group is threatening to kill two French reporters who are being held hostage, report IFEX members.
In Zimbabwe, the space for airing alternative viewpoints or opinions critical of the government continues to shrink. A new bill has been proposed to regulate non-governmental organisations and if enacted, will further silence critics and deprive the public of its right to access information, warns ARTICLE 19.
Journalists in Togo can no longer be sent to prison for defaming or insulting officials, following a decision by the government to reform a controversial press law, says Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontierès, RSF).
The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) have expressed concerns over a proposed bill in Brazil which seeks to regulate journalists, warning it would severely restrict freedom of expression.
An investigation into the June 2004 murder of Mexican journalist Francisco Javier Ortiz Franco is now being taken up by federal prosecutors, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontierès, RSF).
The Thai Journalists Association (TJA) is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year by holding the largest ever press fair involving print and broadcast journalists in the country.
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) is still seeking nominations for the 2004 CJFE International Press Freedom Awards. Each year, two awards are given to journalists outside Canada who overcome great odds, including threats or attacks, to report the news.
The Institute of International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund provides fellowships for scholars whose lives and work are threatened in their home countries. These fellowships permit scholars to find temporary refuge at universities and colleges anywhere in the world, enabling them to pursue their academic work and to continue to share their knowledge with students, colleagues, and the community at large.