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3 November 2004

Volume 13 - 2004 Issue 44 (2 Nov. 2004)


JOURNALISTS TAKE STAND AGAINST CENSORSHIP

As Ukrainians prepare for a second round of voting this month to determine who will become the next president, local journalists are taking a stand against efforts by media to censor coverage of opposition candidates.
| Iraq

IRAQIS BEAR BRUNT OF ATTACKS AGAINST MEDIA

It has been another bloody week for journalists and media staff in Iraq. A journalist and freelance cameraman were shot and killed, while a bomb attack on the offices of Arab broadcaster Al-Arabiya killed five employees and injured more than a dozen.

ELECTION COVERAGE BIASED

Tunisia's voters were deprived of independent news and opinions in the run-up to the recent elections which returned incumbent president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali to power, says Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF).
| Nepal

AUTHORITIES TOUGHEN ANTI-TERRORISM LAW

Forced disappearances and torture by Nepal's security forces are likely to increase as a result of the king's decision to toughen a controversial anti-terrorism law, warns Human Rights Watch.
| Mexico

GOVERNMENT SIGNALS SUPPORT FOR COMMUNITY RADIO

The Mexican government is sending "positive signals" to supporters of community radio in the country, saying social groups and communities should be given equal opportunities to access public airwaves, reports the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC).

ARTICLE 19, FAHAMU OFFER COURSE ON ACCESS TO INFORMATION CAMPAIGNING

ARTICLE 19 and Fahamu are offering a distance learning course aimed at equipping African activists with the tools to campaign on access to information.
| Brazil

IAPA TO SEND DELEGATIONS TO ARGENTINA, BRAZIL

The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) will be sending delegations to Argentina and Brazil in the coming weeks to discuss press freedom concerns with government authorities, including access to information and the regulation of journalists.

BELARUSIAN JOURNALISTS WIN SAKHAROV PRIZE

The European Parliament has awarded the 2004 Sakharov Prize to the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) in recognition of the organisation's work in championing independent media.

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