Alerts - 2006
(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.
(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.
(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".
(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).
(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.
(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.
(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Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) is petitioning Congress to repeal the law on libel, calling it "an outdated law that has been used not so much to protect the innocent as to shield the guilty."
(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.
(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.
(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.
(ANEM/IFEX) - The following is an ANEM statement:
(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.
(FMM/IFEX) - The following is an FMM press release:
(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.
(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.
(CPJ/IFEX) - The following is a 28 September 2006 CPJ press release:
(IPI/IFEX) - The following is an IPI letter to the president of the Palestinian National Authority:
(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.
(PEN Canada/IFEX) - The following is a 28 September 2006 PEN Canada press release:
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(IFJ/IFEX) - The following is a 27 September 2006 IFJ media release: