Alerts - 2007

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30 March 2007 | Argentina

Controversial allocation of government advertising contracts in Oberá

(FOPEA /IFEX) - The following is a 22 March 2007 statement from FOPEA, an interim member of IFEX:
30 March 2007 | Kyrgyzstan

Parliament set to decriminalise libel; president withdraws objections to turning state broadcaster public

(IFJ/IFEX) - The following is a 29 March 2007 IFJ media release:
30 March 2007 | Tanzania

ARTICLE 19 welcomes defamation proposals in media bill but urges reconsideration of regulatory moves

(ARTICLE 19/IFEX) - The following is a 29 March 2007 ARTICLE 19 press release:
30 March 2007 | Venezuela

Journalist in Ciudad Guayana prevented by hospital security guard from covering event

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 17 March 2007, "Nueva Prensa de Guayana" newspaper journalist María Elena Ramírez was prevented from entering the Vinicio Grillet de San Félix health centre, in Ciudad Guayana, to cover an activity by a group of health promoters. Ciudad Guayana is a city located in Bolívar state in southern Venezuela.
30 March 2007 | Uzbekistan

Journalist flees country following filing of criminal charges against her for "practising without a licence"

(CPJ/IFEX) - The following is a 27 March 2007 CPJ press release:
30 March 2007 | The Gambia

Intelligence agents arrest journalist and opposition activist as she gets off plane

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders has called for the release of freelance journalist and pro-democracy activist Fatou Jaw Manneh, who was arrested by the National Intelligence Agency on 28 March 2007 on her arrival at Banjul international airport.
30 March 2007 | Russia

Editor charged with "extremist activity" over critical articles, faces up to five years in prison

(CPJ/IFEX) - The following is a 28 March 2007 CPJ press release:
30 March 2007 | Sri Lanka

Armed group threatens journalist in Kalpitiya area

(FMM/IFEX) - The following is an FMM press release:
30 March 2007 | The Gambia

"The Independent" newspaper still closed after one year; MFWA demands its reopening

(MFWA/IFEX) - One year ago, 28 March 2006, the Gambian government forcibly shut down the offices of "The Independent", a Banjul-based bi-weekly newspaper. At the time of the closure, no explanation was offered, neither has the newspaper been allowed to resume publication.
30 March 2007 | Vietnam

Priest who edited dissident newspaper gets eight years; four other dissidents also sentenced to prison

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders said it was shocked by the prison sentences imposed on 30 March 2007 by a people's court in the central city of Hue on Father Nguyen Van Ly and four other people who helped him produce a dissident publication called "Tu do Ngôn luan". The court found them guilty of "propaganda against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam."
30 March 2007 | Iran

Business journalist Ali Farahbakhsh gets three years in prison on "spying" charge; two more journalists arrested

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders has called for the immediate release of freelance business journalist Ali Farahbakhsh, who was convicted of spying in a parody of a trial on 26 March 2007 and was sentenced to three years in prison and an exorbitant fine.
30 March 2007 | Guinea

Journalist attacked by presidential guard, party supporters

(MFWA/IFEX) - On 27 March 2007, a member of the Autonomous Presidential Security Battalion (BASP), the presidential guard of Guinean President Lansana Conté, attacked Abdallah Baldé, a reporter with the privately-owned Conakry-based newspaper "Guinée-News", for taking photographs of the first couple.
29 March 2007 | Bolivia

Newspaper journalist, photographer and driver held overnight by protesting peasants

(IPYS/IFEX) - On the night of 21 March 2007, journalist Wilma Pérez and photographer David Guzmán, both of "La Razón" newspaper, were detained by a group of peasants from Patacamaya who were blocking a section of the La Paz-Oruro highway to back their demand that work by ELFA electrical company be halted.
29 March 2007 | Vietnam

RSF urges judges not to pass jail sentence on Catholic priest who edits dissident newspaper and his two co-defendants

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders has called on the Vietnamese judicial authorities not to impose prison sentences on Father Nguyen Van Ly, one of the editors of the dissident publication "Tu do Ngôn luan", and his two co-defendants, who are to be tried tomorrow in the central city of Hue on a charge of "hostile propaganda against government," punishable by up to 20 years in jail.
29 March 2007 | Thailand

Media tycoon sentenced to two years' imprisonment, his company fined, over television interview comments about official

(SEAPA/IFEX) - A media tycoon in Thailand has been sentenced to two years in prison for slandering a government official during a live television broadcast on 25 November 2005.
29 March 2007 | Sri Lanka

"Mawbima" and "Sunday Standard" newspapers closed by government pressure

(FMM/IFEX) - The following is an FMM press release:
29 March 2007 | Bangladesh

Journalist released on bail after week in jail

(CPJ/IFEX) - The following is a 28 March 2007 CPJ press release:
29 March 2007 | Singapore

Media regulator's move to cover new media may limit free expression on Internet

(SEAPA/IFEX) - Singapore is reviewing the code that governs competition in the print and broadcast media markets to include new media.
29 March 2007 | Zimbabwe

In light of criminal charges, two journalists suspended, stripped of licence and pay; one allegedly in hiding

(CPJ/IFEX) - The following is a 27 March 2007 CPJ press release:
29 March 2007 | Thailand

Coup leader calls for state of emergency in response to expression of dissent

(SEAPA/IFEX) - Thailand's coup leader, Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratglin, has asked the government he installed to declare a state of emergency in Bangkok "to maintain law and order" and stop anti-coup protests that have been gaining momentum over the past weeks.

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