Alerts - 2003


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30 June 2003 |

CPJ concerned by continuing efforts to restrict reporting in Aceh

(CPJ/IFEX) - The following is a 27 June 2003 open letter from CPJ to Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri:
30 June 2003 |

RSF urges authorities to abandon trial of two journalists

(RSF/IFEX) - RSF has urged Bahraini authorities to call off the trial of the editor of "Al-Wasat", the kingdom's leading independent daily, and one of its reporters. The journalists face six months in prison and/or a fine of 1,000 dinars (approx. $US2,650; 2,300 euros) for reporting in March 2003 that three suspected terrorists had been released on bail.
30 June 2003 |

Court sentences journalists and their translator to 15 years in prison

(CPJ/IFEX) - The following is a CPJ press release:
30 June 2003 |

RSF extremely concerned by attempted assassination of journalist

(RSF/IFEX) - RSF has voiced deep concern about a 27 June 2003 Molotov cocktail attack on the car of opposition journalist Marta Colomina of Televén television.
30 June 2003 |

Coordinating Committee of Press Freedom Organizations adopts resolutions on major threats to press freedom

(WPFC/IFEX) - The following is a 27 June 2003 press release by the Coordinating Committee of Press Freedom Organizations, of which WPFC is a member:
30 June 2003 |

News crew assaulted in Barrancabermeja

(FLIP/IFEX) - On 21 June 2003, journalist Yesenia Ayala and camera operator Guillermo Gómez, of the Enlace Diez Televisión station, in the eastern port city of Barrancabermeja, were physically and verbally assaulted during a demonstration by the Unión Sindical Obrera (USO) labour union.
30 June 2003 |

Russian journalist expelled

(RSF/IFEX) - RSF has protested the 28 June 2003 expulsion of Pavel Selin, the Minsk correspondent for the Russian television station NTV, due to an allegedly "biased" report on the funeral of a writer opposed to President Alexander Lukashenko. The Belarusian foreign ministry withdrew Selin's accreditation, banned him from entering the country for five years and threatened to close NTV's Minsk bureau if the station does not broadcast an apology.
27 June 2003 |

Journalist brutally attacked

(CPJ/IFEX) - The following is a CPJ press release:
27 June 2003 |

Concern over proposed criminal law changes

(IPI/IFEX) - The following is a 27 June 2003 letter to Prime Minister Ivica Racan and President Zlatko Tomcic by the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an IPI affiliate:
27 June 2003 |

Second foreign reporter detained in Aceh, new curbs on international media

(RSF/IFEX) - RSF has voiced concern about a 27 June 2003 decree reinforcing restrictions on foreign journalists in the province of Aceh and the recent arrests of a Japanese photographer and an American reporter for trying to independently cover the army's offensive against the rebel Free Aceh Movement (GAM).
27 June 2003 |

EOHR attains legal recognition as an NGO

(EOHR/IFEX) - The following is a 25 June 2003 EOHR press release:
27 June 2003 |

CPJ concerned about series of recent attacks against journalists

(CPJ/IFEX) - The following is a 26 June 2003 CPJ letter to the special prosecutor for crimes against journalists and trade unionists, Marco Antonio Cortez:
27 June 2003 |

Romanian journalist banned from entering Ukraine

(IPI/IFEX) - The following is an IPI letter to Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma:
27 June 2003 |

Upper house of parliament approves restrictive legal amendments

(CPJ/IFEX) - The following is a 26 June 2003 CPJ press release:
27 June 2003 |

Third editor charged under Public Order and Security Act in two weeks

(MISA/IFEX) - On 26 June 2003, "The Daily News" editor Nqobile Nyathi was arrested and charged under the Public Order and Security Act (POSA) for allegedly publishing advertisements insulting the president. Nyathi confirmed that she had been summoned to Harare Central Police Station. "I was summoned to the public order and security section at the Central Police Station," said Nyathi. "I was charged under POSA and they were referring to advertisements that appeared from the 16th to the 19th of May. I was made to sign a warned and cautioned statement and they said they are still investigating the case," she said.
26 June 2003 |

MISA-South Africa comments on South African Broadcasting Corporation' s draft editorial policy

(MISA/IFEX) - The following is a 25 June 2003 submission by MISA's South Africa chapter on the South African Broadcasting Corporation's Draft Editorial Policy:
26 June 2003 |

Four journalists held for more than 10 days, face prison terms

(RSF/IFEX) - RSF has urged the authorities to explain why they are holding four journalists who were originally detained under an anti-terrorism law, but reportedly will now be prosecuted under the press law and face prison terms.
26 June 2003 |

Suspension of newspaper confirmed; judicial system used to obstruct public debate, says ARTICLE 19

(ARTICLE 19/IFEX) - The following is an ARTICLE 19 press release:
26 June 2003 |

Magazine censored

(MISA/IFEX) - The following is a joint MISA-MFWA alert:
26 June 2003 |

The IAPA calls on Constitutional Court to reject mandatory licensing for journalists

(IAPA/IFEX) - The following is a 20 June 2003 IAPA press release:


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