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CENSORSHIP PERVASIVE IN MONGOLIA, STUDY FINDS

Attempts to pressure, influence and intervene in a journalist's work are evidence that censorship is a reality in Mongolia, says a new media freedom report by Globe International.

Globe found that some of the main concerns of journalists in the country are the tough criminal defamation laws and the pressure to reveal their sources, which lead to pervasive self-censorship. Journalists won't "tell the truth" for fear of getting fined, brought to court and even jailed for their work.

So although only 37 violations of free expression were reported in Mongolia last year, Globe believes the number to be a lot higher. None of the attacks reported to police last year were even investigated, Globe found.

"Journalists who spread the truth are mainly accused by government officials. When journalists access reliable sources of information and publish the truth, officials pressure them by suing them or demanding money or big fines," one journalist told Globe.

To read "Media Freedom Mongolia: 2007 Report", including details of the known violations, see: http://tinyurl.com/44d39v

For further information, contact Globe International at: globe(@)magicnet(.)mn and visit: http://globeinter.org.mn

(8 April 2008)

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