22 September 2004
Volume 13 - 2004 Issue 38 (21 Sept. 2004)
Press freedom in Indonesia has suffered a distressing setback with the decision of a Jakarta court to sentence the editor of "Tempo" magazine to a year in prison for defamation. The ruling has drawn an outcry from international free expression organisations, including 18 IFEX members who signed a joint statement condemning the decision.
Three years after the government of Eritrea launched a crackdown on the country's independent media, 17 journalists remain jailed without charges. Nine IFEX members have joined Amnesty International in calling attention to the journalists' plight by urging President Isaias Afewerki to release them and lift a ban on private newspapers.
On 14 September 2004, gunmen shot and killed journalist Juan Emilio Andújar in Azua, Dominican Republic, shortly after he reported on an escalating crime wave that has seen as many as six journalists threatened in recent weeks.
As Ukrainians prepare to head to the polls in October 2004 to elect a new president, IFEX members are warning that continuing attacks on independent media threaten the likelihood of a fair election.
International press freedom groups and journalists' associations, including the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF), have agreed to examine the need for an international emblem to protect journalists in combat zones and for coordinated strategies to improve protection for media staff.
Hopes of breaking the impunity surrounding the murders of journalists in the Philippines have been raised in recent weeks with the arrest of suspects in the killing of three journalists, report the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR), Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
Roughly 500 broadcast news professionals from around the world are expected to converge in Vilamoura, Portugal on 18-19 November 2004 for News Xchange 2004, the world's largest international broadcast news summit.
The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) invites women journalists from any country outside the United States to apply for its 2005 Fellowship Program for International Women Journalists. Launched in 2004, the fellowship gives women journalists from around the world an opportunity to learn valuable skills in U.S. newsrooms.