Alerts - 2005


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30 September 2005 |

Damalerio murder trial nears end

(CMFR/IFEX) - Barely two months after the trial of the suspected killer of journalist Edgar Damalerio restarted, a no-show by the accused underscored the last day of hearings on 25 August 2005 in Cebu City, the southern Philippines's largest city.
30 September 2005 |

Charges against suspects in Esperat killing dismissed

(CMFR/IFEX) - Citing the conflicting resolutions of prosecutors in the case, a local court recently dismissed the murder charges filed against the two alleged masterminds in the killing of columnist Marlene Esperat. Esperat was killed on 24 March 2005.
30 September 2005 |

Senate's appointment of questionable broadcast regulators could stall reform, SEAPA warns

(SEAPA/IFEX) - The Senate's appointment of the long-awaited National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) could create another legal stumbling block to a reform process aimed at ending state control over the broadcasting industry, SEAPA has warned.
30 September 2005 |

RSF releases report on Xinhua News Agency's role in Communist Party's propaganda and censorship system

(RSF/IFEX) - The following is an RSF press release:
30 September 2005 |

Police file murder charges against suspects in Morales killing

(CMFR/IFEX) - In what could be a ray of hope in the murder of radio commentator Rolando Morales, local police said they were about to finally serve arrest warrants and file charges against the suspects. The commentator was killed on 3 July 2005 in General Santos City, around 850 kilometres south of Manila.
30 September 2005 |

Journalist Judith Miller released; CPJ relieved, but troubled by message in case

(CPJ/IFEX) - The following is a CPJ press release:
30 September 2005 |

IFJ concerned that anti-terror laws threaten press freedom

(IFJ/IFEX) - The following is an IFJ media release:
30 September 2005 |

U.S. military to address concerns for safety of Iraqi journalists

(CPJ/IFEX) - The following is a 29 September 2005 CPJ press release:
30 September 2005 |

Suspect in Cantoneros killing arrested

(CMFR/IFEX) - After a four-month wait, the police finally gained headway in the 3 May 2005 killing of commentator Klein Cantoneros, with the recent arrest of a suspect in Ozamiz City, about 830 kilometres south of Manila.
30 September 2005 |

IFJ condemns attempt to close local independent daily

(IFJ/IFEX) - The following is an IFJ media release:
30 September 2005 |

RSF expresses concern about Noticias situation in open letter to Oaxaca state governor

(RSF/IFEX) - The following is a 29 September 2005 RSF press release:
30 September 2005 |

WPFC calls for annulment of journalist's sentence

(WPFC/IFEX) - The following is a 29 September 2005 WPFC letter to Justice Juan Luis Rodríguez Romero:
30 September 2005 |

IAPA protests impunity in journalist's murder

(IAPA/IFEX) - The following is a 28 September 2005 IAPA press release:
29 September 2005 |

Journalist given jail sentence for reporting on corruption in famine aid distribution

(CPJ/IFEX) - The following is a CPJ press release:
29 September 2005 |

Kremlin official pulls out of press freedom meeting

(WAN/IFEX) - The following is a WAN press release:
29 September 2005 |

CAPSULE REPORT: Iraqi journalists routinely jailed by U.S. forces; CPJ expresses "grave concern" in letter to Rumsfeld

(CPJ/IFEX) - The following is a 28 September 2005 CPJ press release and letter to U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld:
29 September 2005 |

Two television journalists harassed and detained briefly by teachers

(CMFR/IFEX) - Two local television journalists were detained by eight public school teachers on 23 September 2005 in San Fernando City, less than 90 kilometres north of Manila.
29 September 2005 |

Government steps up pressure on independent media

(RSF/IFEX) - RSF has condemned a series of recent measures by King Gyanendra's government that discriminate against the independent press, especially new directives determining how state advertising will be allocated to the media.
29 September 2005 |

Court overturns acquittal of journalist

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 2 September 2005, the First Criminal Tribunal of the Lima High Court (Primera Sala Penal para Procesos con Reos Libres) overturned a previous ruling that had acquitted journalist Pedro Salinas Chacaltana of defamation charges. Jorge Mufarech Nemy, a member of Congress for the ruling party, filed a complaint for defamation against the journalist in January 2004. The congressman is seeking a three-year prison for Salinas and payment of US$1 million in damages.
29 September 2005 |

Journalist arrested, expected to be charged with "incitement"

(RSF/IFEX) - RSF has called for the immediate release of David Ochami, of the opposition daily "Kenya Times", and voiced astonishment at the egregious methods used by the Kenyan authorities to arrest him on a charge of "incitement" for writing a column criticising the president.


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