Alerts - 2004


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30 September 2004 |

IFJ calls for protection for whistleblowers within European Union

(IFJ/IFEX) - The following is an IFJ media release:
30 September 2004 |

Government withdraws protection from General Gallardo in spite of death threats

(WiPC/IFEX) - The WiPC of International PEN is deeply concerned by the Mexican government's decision to withdraw from Brigadier-General José Francisco Gallardo Rodríguez and his family the protective measures ordered by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (ICHR) in 2001 and ratified a year later on his release from prison.
30 September 2004 |

Privacy of Internet cafe users threatened by proposed regulations

(RSF/IFEX) - RSF has condemned a threat to the privacy of Internet cafe users in Karnataka state, southern India, where the governor is poised to pass new regulations forcing Internet cafes to provide police with a register of their clients' names and addresses. Similar measures are being studied in Maharashtra state.
30 September 2004 |

Police defer decision in case of "Zimbabwe Independent" employees

(MISA/IFEX) - The Zimbabwe police have not yet charged Vincent Kahiya, editor of the privately-owned "Zimbabwe Independent", who was arrested on 23 September 2004 on allegations of abusing journalistic privilege under the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA).
30 September 2004 |

Media ownership trend compromising independence of the press, experts say

(SEAPA/IFEX) - Leading experts on media and communications in Thailand are raising concerns over a troubling trend in Thai media ownership that they say is clearly compromising the independence and freedom of the country's press.
30 September 2004 |

Inter-American Court of Human Rights condemns criminal defamation conviction

(CPJ/IFEX) - The following is a 28 September 2004 CPJ press release:
30 September 2004 |

Twenty countries come under scrutiny at International PEN's annual congress

(WiPC/IFEX) - The following is a 29 September 2004 International PEN statement:
30 September 2004 |

WAN protests continued imprisonment of at least nine writers, including U Win Tin

(WAN/IFEX) - The following is a 28 September 2004 WAN and World Editors Forum letter to Sr. Gen. Than Shwe, chairman of the State Peace and Development Council:
29 September 2004 |

Activist jailed after criticising prime minister

(Human Rights Watch/IFEX) - The following is a Human Rights Watch press release:
29 September 2004 |

Leader of drug trafficking ring threatens to kill journalist

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 27 September 2004, radio journalist Larrin Pacherres García received a death threat from Pascual Pérez, alias "Lito", the leader of a drug trafficking ring. Pérez threatened Pacherres after learning that the journalist had initiated a media campaign to, together with local residents and police, eradicate drug trafficking in the El Porvenir neighbourhood of Chiclayo, capital of Lambayeque region, northern Peru. Pérez has been described as the most dangerous drug trafficker in the area in the last three decades.
29 September 2004 |

Another reformist journalist arrested

(RSF/IFEX) - RSF has called for the immediate release of Rozbeh Mir Ebrahimi, a former chief political columnist for the reformist daily "Etemad" ("Trust"), who was arrested at his Tehran home on 27 September 2004. The organisation condemned the arrest as a violation of Iranian and international law.
29 September 2004 |

Radio station faces possible closure

(AMARC/IFEX) - The Quito-based FM radio station La Luna, an AMARC associate, faces possible closure by President Lucio Gutiérrez's government.
29 September 2004 |

Reporter killed in Bataan

(CMFR/IFEX) - On 29 September 2004, Romeo Binungkal, former editor-in-chief of the local newspaper "Mt. Samat Weekly Forum", was killed on his way home to Pilar, Bataan in Central Luzon. Binungkal, 43, was the third journalist killed in Bataan province. At the time of his death, he was a correspondent for the Manila-based tabloids "Remate" and "Bulgar".
28 September 2004 |

China cracks down on free expression as EU pursues "constructive dialogue" with Beijing

(RSF/IFEX) - RSF has urged European Union (EU) member states and the European Commission to condemn China's latest crackdown on independent websites and publications in their continuing dialogue on human rights with Chinese officials. EU delegates met with authorities in Beijing on 24 September 2004.
28 September 2004 |

CNN producer released in Gaza City

(CPJ/IFEX) - The following is a CPJ press release:
28 September 2004 |

Moscow police say two Chechens suspected in Klebnikov murder

(CPJ/IFEX) - The following is a CPJ press release:
28 September 2004 |

Correspondent for daily "L'Inter" missing for past month following repeated threats

(RSF/IFEX) - RSF has voiced deep concern over the 28 August 2004 disappearance of journalist Amadou Dagnogo, a correspondent in Bouaké for the daily "L'Inter". Bouaké is a city in Côte d'Ivoire's central region and a stronghold of the New Forces (Forces nouvelles, FN), the former rebels who control the north of the country. Dagnogo had been publicly threatened by FN members before he went missing.
28 September 2004 |

Armed gang ransacks two independent weeklies

(RSF/IFEX) - RSF has condemned a 24 September 2004 attack on two alternative newspapers, the "Weekly Citizen" and "The Independent", in Nairobi. The newspapers were attacked by a gang of masked gunmen claiming to be police officers who ransacked the papers' offices, confiscated material and threatened staff.
28 September 2004 |

Publisher and editor faces criminal charges

(IPI/IFEX) - The following is an IPI letter to President Aleksander Kwasniewski:


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