8 September 2004
Volume 13 - 2004 Issue 36 (7 Sept. 2004)
In the aftermath of the Beslan hostage crisis in Ossetia, Russia, IFEX members are raising concerns over several incidents in which journalists were prevented from reporting the tragedy. One included a well-known reporter who was poisoned under suspicious circumstances.
IFEX members have condemned the killing of Mexican newspaper columnist Francisco Arratia Saldierna, who was beaten to death by unidentified assailants in the northern border city of Matamoros on 31 August 2004.
As Panama's new president, Martin Torrijos, takes up office this month, IFEX members are calling on the country's new government to approve constitutional reforms that would decriminalise defamation.
On 1 September 2004, unidentified men shot and killed radio show host Mauro Marcano in the city of Maturín, eastern Venezuela, reports the Institute for Press and Society (Instituto Prensa y Sociedad, IPYS).
The growing international movement to promote transparency and the right to access information has received a boost from Commonwealth parliamentarians, who have endorsed a set of progressive principles calling for more open governments, reports ARTICLE 19.
The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) is holding a two-day strategy meeting in Accra, Ghana, in November to strengthen legal assistance programmes for journalists in the region.