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8 September 2004

Volume 13 - 2004 Issue 36 (7 Sept. 2004)


| Russia

JOURNALISTS PREVENTED FROM COVERING BESLAN TRAGEDY

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.
| Mexico

COLUMNIST MURDERED

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.
| Panama

NEW LEGISLATORS URGED TO REFORM DEFAMATION LAWS

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.

RADIO SHOW HOST KILLED

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).

PARLIAMENTARIANS CALL FOR OPEN GOVERNMENT

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.

TAKE ACTION! INDONESIA/THAILAND: DEFAMATION LAWSUITS SEEK TO SILENCE CRITICS

7 September 2004

MFWA TO HOLD STRATEGY MEETING FOR LAWYERS AND JOURNALISTS

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.

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