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13 October 2004

Volume 13 - 2004 Issue 41 (12 Oct. 2004)


LUKASHENKO TIGHTENS SCREWS ON MEDIA

As Belarusians vote in a referendum this week to decide whether President Alexander Lukashenko can seek a third term in office in 2006, IFEX members are calling attention to serious restrictions on press freedom in the country.

AUTHORITIES THREATEN CRACKDOWN ON WEBSITES

The Malaysian government has threatened to use national security legislation to shutter a website it says is spreading "views ridiculing Islam," a move that could cast a chill on Internet users in the country, warn the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) and Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF).

PRESS FREEDOM ADVOCATES PLEDGE TO STRENGTHEN NETWORK

Two years after its founding, a coalition of journalists' trade unions, press freedom organisations and media professionals from South Asia have agreed to strengthen a regional network aimed at monitoring freedom of expression and journalists' rights, reports the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).

FBI ORDERS RAID ON INDYMEDIA SERVERS

Free expression advocates are calling on authorities in Italy, Switzerland and the United Kingdom to explain why police in London have confiscated two Internet servers used by Indymedia, the alternative independent news service.
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ARTICLE 19 SUPPORTS INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM IN CHINA

As China's media adjusts to the economic reforms that are changing the way the news is being reported, ARTICLE 19 is forging ties with journalists in the country to promote freedom of expression and investigative reporting.

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR 2005 HELLMAN/HAMMETT GRANTS

Human Rights Watch is seeking nominations for the 2005 Hellman/Hammett grant programme, which provides financial support for writers who have been victims of political persecution.

LATIN AMERICA AWARDS FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

The Institute for Press and Society (Instituto Prensa y Sociedad, IPYS) and Transparency International invite journalists from the Americas to apply for the third annual Latin America Awards for Investigative Reporting.

FRONT LINE ANNOUNCES AWARD FOR HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

Front Line, a Dublin-based organisation, has launched a new prize to honour the courage and work of human rights defenders worldwide. The inaugural Front Line Award seeks to recognise an individual who is making an outstanding contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights in the face of great personal risk.

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