1 December 2004
Volume 13 - 2004 Issue 48 (30 Nov. 2004)
As hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians continue to demonstrate in Kiev in support of opposition leader Viktor Yuschenko, a growing number of journalists are criticising the censorship and intimidation that has marked media coverage of the presidential elections, report the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF).
Far from the international media's gaze, journalists in the Philippines are experiencing one of the worst years on record for attacks against the press. As many as 12 journalists have been murdered this year, including photographer Allan Dizon, who was gunned down in Cebu City on 27 November.
With Laos hosting the 10th summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this week, the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) and Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) are calling attention to press freedom conditions in one of the most restrictive countries in the region.
On 27 November 2004, Mexican photographer Gregorio Rodríguez was gunned down in the northwestern state of Sinaloa, reports the World Association of Newspapers (WAN).
Human Rights Watch, Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) and the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) have expressed concern over a recently passed law in Venezuela that gives the government more power to regulate media content.
Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) invites free-expression supporters to sign an online petition calling for the release of jailed Burmese journalist U Win Tin. U Win Tin, who is serving a 20-year sentence for "subversion," is also a senior aide to opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) is organising a conference in Morocco in December that will bring together government officials and civil society groups from Arab countries to discuss new initiatives for promoting human rights and democratic reform in the region.
In Malaysia, free expression advocates are coming together to campaign for access to information legislation, thanks in part to the efforts of ARTICLE 19. The IFEX member recently helped organise a groundbreaking workshop in Kuala Lumpur in which civil society groups agreed to forge a coalition to promote citizens' rights to obtain government information.
The Nieman Foundation for Journalism is accepting applications for the 2005-2006 Nieman Fellowships, which allow accomplished mid-career journalists to spend an academic year of study at Harvard University.