3 November 2004
Volume 13 - 2004 Issue 44 (2 Nov. 2004)
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 and Fahamu are offering a distance learning course aimed at equipping African activists with the tools to campaign on access to information.
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.
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.