Alerts - 2012


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30 March 2012 | China

Journalist and critic reportedly jailed

According to an online appeal, Gao Yingpu was sentenced in a secret trial in 2010 to a three-year prison term for criticising disgraced Chongqing city Communist Party Secretary Bo Xilai.
30 March 2012 | Iran

Reuters' accreditation suspended by Tehran over erroneous headline

Despite the agency's acknowledgement of the mistake and “tak[ing] appropriate steps to prevent a recurrence", the authorities revoked the press cards of all of its staff.
30 March 2012 | Papua New Guinea

Comments by government information advisor raise concern

Communications department secretary Paulius Korini initiated a heated discussion amongst regional journalists with his claims that media controls and regulation would help the industry towards balance in reporting.
30 March 2012 | Latvia

Investigative journalist badly injured in targeted attack

Leonids Jakobsons was attacked in the stairwell of his apartment building as he returned home after work. After firing shots at him at close range, his two assailants beat him and kicked him.
30 March 2012 | Tibet (China)

Authorities openly threaten to "torture" those who circulate information

Police in Gan Lho Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture have posted public notices in which "criminals" who circulate certain views and information are threatened with "torture".
30 March 2012 | Iran

Another journalist arrested as crackdown on press continues

Security forces arrested Tahmineh Monzavi on 19 February from her workplace in Tehran but have yet to disclose her whereabouts, legal status, or health condition.
30 March 2012 | Thailand

Government urged not to bury truth about political violence

To end the cycle of impunity, the prime minister and her government should promptly bring charges against those responsible for crimes committed during the 2010 political upheavals, whatever their political affiliation or official position in the military or government, Human Rights Watch said.
30 March 2012 | United Arab Emirates

Arrests, threats plague activists and bloggers

Ahmed Ghaith Al Suwaidi and Ahmed Yousef Buatabh Zaabi were arrested on 26 March, without a warrant, and are being held in detention.
30 March 2012 | Serbia

ANEM condemns administrative harassment of radio station in Zajecar

The editor of a radio station who is running for local office says his opponents have bullied the station's employees and shut down its radio signal; caught in the middle is the public's right to information.
30 March 2012 | Ecuador

State newspaper editor-in-chief receives death threats after publishing criticisms

Orlando Pérez, editor-in-chief and feature writer of the state newspaper "El Telégrafo", reported in his column that he has received several email death threats because of critical comments he made against the right wing political sector.
30 March 2012 | Liberia

President's son threatens libel suit against newspaper

An article in the paper suggested Robert Sirleaf had reportedly seized five of Liberia's offshore oil blocks for commercial purposes.
30 March 2012 | Liberia

Two journalists arrested on mayor's orders

Mary Broh is quoted as saying that because the journalists used their connections with the police chief to ensure that her assigned officers were reprimanded, "That boy who calls himself a journalist will walk the streets of Monrovia crazy. . ."
29 March 2012 | Cambodia

Phnom Penh police chief says demonstrations will not be allowed in city centre during ASEAN Summit

Police chief Touch Naruth also denied claims that his officers had beaten three female garment factory workers with batons and shields during a protest on 27 March.
29 March 2012 | India

Mumbai police, media have reportedly failed Jyotirmoy Dey

"Tehelka" magazine has published a scathing indictment of both the police investigation into the 2011 killing of the crime reporter and the media coverage of the case.
29 March 2012 | Philippines

CPJ draws attention to two unsolved murders

The investigation into the murder of journalist Marlene Garcia-Esperat is seven years old, while the hunt for conspirators in the 2011 killing of radio journalist Gerardo Ortega is just starting.
29 March 2012 | Peru

Court quashes defamation conviction on appeal

“This is unquestionably a victory for freedom of information and we hail Teobaldo Meléndez Fachín’s tenacity in the face of all the pressure put on him,” Reporters Without Borders said.
29 March 2012 | China

Jailed human rights lawyer allowed visit by brother

RSF is pleased to receive news of Gao Zhisheng, who has been the victim of a series of mysterious disappearances orchestrated by the authorities since February 2009.
29 March 2012 | Palestine

Journalist detained on charges of libel and slander

Yousef Al Shayeb was arrested following the publication of an article in which he claimed the Palestinian Representative Office in Paris was involved in corruption.
29 March 2012 | Cambodia

Fifteen years on, no justice in grenade attack on opposition party rally

International donors who are pouring millions into the Khmer Rouge trials to end impunity should not ignore a more recent atrocity under the current prime minister, says Human Rights Watch.
29 March 2012 | Ethiopia

Journalist Eskinder Nega defends himself in court

IPI again condemns terrorism charges against journalists.


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