Alerts - 2006

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29 September 2006 |

Perm newspaper staff experience further harassment, searches and detentions

(CJES/IFEX) - A series of searches was conducted at the apartments of staff members and others associated with the newspaper "Permsky Obozrevatel" on the morning of 27 September 2006.
29 September 2006 |

Policemen assault, briefly detain radio journalist

(MFWA/IFEX) - Lawrence Addo Kyeremeh, a reporter for independent local radio station Happy FM, was violently attacked and detained on 26 September 2006 by five police officers at the police station in Kaneshie, a suburb of the capital, Accra.
29 September 2006 |

Ruling party threatens action against "opposition" journalists

(CEMESP/IFEX) - The chairman of the ruling Unity Party of Liberia, Dr. Charles Clarke, has threatened to take actions against journalists who he claims are "card carrying member of opposition political parties".
29 September 2006 |

Government official warns media to be patriotic

(MISA/IFEX) - The deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of Communication, Science and Technology, Andrew Sesinyi, has warned government media that they should exercise "maximum patriotic solidarity, collective responsibility, allegiance to country and nation" when reporting on controversial issues, such as Central Kgalagadi Game Reserve (CKGR).
29 September 2006 |

Government revokes sales permit of "Far Eastern Economic Review"

(SEAPA/IFEX) - The Singapore Government has revoked the sale and distribution permit for the "Far Eastern Economic Review" after the monthly magazine failed to comply with two requirements under the Newspaper and Printing Presses Act, reports the local Channel News Asia television channel on its website.
29 September 2006 |

MISA-Zimbabwe harassed by state media body

(MISA/IFEX) - On 28 September 2006, the state-controlled Media and Information Commission (MIC) attacked the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zimbabwe for portraying itself to the donor community as "regime change activists" who will repeal the country's restrictive media laws.
29 September 2006 |

Journalists demand repeal of libel law following multiple lawsuits from president's husband

(SEAPA/IFEX) - The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) is petitioning Congress to repeal the law on libel, calling it "an outdated law that has been used not so much to protect the innocent as to shield the guilty."
29 September 2006 |

Military head says interim Constitution will protect media

(SEAPA/IFEX) - The Thai military chief who led the coup against ousted caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has assured the local media that civil liberties and media freedom are well protected under the interim Constitution.
29 September 2006 |

Law challenged by activist and lawyer charged with defaming president

(SEAPA/IFEX) - An Indonesian political activist who was arrested for defaming President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is asking the country's Constitutional Court to review the defamation articles in the Criminal Code.
29 September 2006 |

Police hot on trail of Aklan broadcaster's killer

(CMFR/IFEX) - The town mayor charged with the killing of Aklan broadcaster Herson Hinolan has gone missing, following the upgrading of the case from homicide to murder.
29 September 2006 |

Parliament re-adopts problematic amendments to Broadcast Act

(ANEM/IFEX) - The following is an ANEM statement:
29 September 2006 |

Islamic court militias arrest three journalists in Kismayo, close down their radio station

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders has called on Union of Islamic Courts militias in Kismayo to let the privately-owned HornAfrik radio station work unmolested, after they briefly arrested three of its journalists on the morning of 29 September 2006 and threatened them with sanctions if they continued to refer to the UIC's activities.
29 September 2006 |

Defence Ministry imposes unofficial censorship on media

(FMM/IFEX) - The following is an FMM press release:
29 September 2006 |

Editor receives two-year suspended sentence and ordered to pay sizeable damages for investigation of interior minister

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders has condemned the two-year suspended sentence, passed by the Yasamal district court in Baku on 26 September 2006, against the editor of "Realny Azerbaidjan" newspaper, Eynulla Fatullayev, for allegedly libelling and insulting interior minister Ramil Usubov.
29 September 2006 |

Journalist's contract not renewed for having referred to her own professional conduct; colleague threatened for defending her

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 26 September 2006, journalist Karina Borrero was in effect fired from TV Perú, the state-owned television station, after she declared publicly that she would no longer work for it if it started flattering the government. Afterwards, María del Pilar Tello, president of Peru's Radio and Television Institute (IRTP), which administrates the channel, stated that Borrero had effectively fired herself when she said what she did. Tello stated that Borrero had been disloyal to the station. Even though the journalist's contract had expired on 7 September, IRTP's administration had given their word that they would renew it, so she had continued working.
29 September 2006 |

Radio station director forced into hiding again by continued government harassment

(CPJ/IFEX) - The following is a 28 September 2006 CPJ press release:
29 September 2006 |

Molotov cocktails thrown against house of television station manager previously subject to death threats

(IPI/IFEX) - The following is an IPI letter to the president of the Palestinian National Authority:
29 September 2006 |

Photojournalist struck at labour demonstration, national union leader condemns assault

(FLIP/IFEX) - Colprensa news agency photojournalist Raúl Arboleda was assaulted by a demonstrator participating in the marches organised by the trade union centrals in Bogotá on 26 September 2006.
29 September 2006 |

Chinese journalist Jiang Weiping wins inaugural PEN Canada One Humanity Award

(PEN Canada/IFEX) - The following is a 28 September 2006 PEN Canada press release:
29 September 2006 |

Radio journalists harassed by military

(IFJ/IFEX) - The following is a 27 September 2006 IFJ media release:

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