Radio presenter says arson attack on his car was “gangster-style message”

first_img November 19, 2020 Find out more Organisation to go further February 22, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio presenter says arson attack on his car was “gangster-style message” July 6, 2020 Find out more ArgentinaAmericas Reporters Without Borders condemns an arson attack on the car of radio presenter Carlos Carvallo of FM Show in Garupá, in the northeastern province of Misiones, who has often spoken on the air about shady financial dealings allegedly involving the mayor of a neighbouring town. The car was dowsed with petrol and set on fire on 19 February while parked in the garage of his home.“We are not in a position to say this attack was clearly linked to Carvallo’s criticism of a local official on the air, but the police should consider this possibility in the absence of other apparent motives,” the press freedom organisation said. “We hail the rapid reaction of the provincial authorities to the attack, which could have killed Carvallo and his entire family, and we hope the investigation will quickly identify who was behind it.”Carvallo and his family were woken at about 4 a.m. on 19 February by a loud explosion as the fire consumed his car, which was parked inside the garage of his house. He found an empty 20-litre petrol can beside the remains of his car, which was partially destroyed by the fire, as was one of the walls of the garage.The co-host of the FM Show news programme “El show de los impactos,” Carvallo told Reporters Without Borders the attack could be linked to his revelations about corruption involving a local mayor, whom he preferred not to name. He said this mayor had “managed to amass a fortune in six months that would be hard to acquire by legal means.”“This was a gangster-style message but it will only serve to reinforce my vocation as a journalist,” he said. After reporting the arson attack, he was assigned police protection by the provincial authorities. Reporters Without Borders condemns an arson attack apparently meant to intimidate Carlos Carvallo, a radio presenter in Garupá, in the northeastern province of Misiones, who suggested on the air that the mayor of a nearby town could be corrupt. Carvallo’s car was dowsed with petrol and set on fire on 19 February. Receive email alerts Follow the news on Argentina Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites RSF_en News On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia ArgentinaAmericas News Help by sharing this information News News Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world December 4, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

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What journalists in France should do if questioned or investigated

first_img “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says France’s National Union of Journalists (SNJ) and Judicial Press Association (APJ) yesterday published a manual advising journalists in France on how to respond if they are summoned for questioning or are placed under investigation.Its release comes amid considerable concern within the French media about the fact that at least nine journalists – freelancers, journalists employed by leading media outlets and media bosses – have been summoned for questioning in recent weeks by France’s domestic intelligence agency, the DGSI.The manual – which answers such questions as “How should I react if I am summoned as a witness?”, “How should I react if I am placed in police custody” and “Could my office be searched?” – can be downloaded  from the SNJ and APJ websites. There are two versions, short and long.Most of the answers are based on the safeguards for journalists that are recognized by France’s 1881 press freedom law and article 10 (on freedom of expression) in the European Convention on Human Rights.  News Follow the news on France Help by sharing this information FranceEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsProtecting sources Citizen-journalistsJudicial harassment Receive email alerts RSF_en News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story News News Organisation June 4, 2021 Find out more AFP June 26, 2019 What journalists in France should do if questioned or investigated May 10, 2021 Find out more to go further FranceEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsProtecting sources Citizen-journalistsJudicial harassment June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Governments still cracking down hard on media covering pro-democracy demonstrations

first_img News October 14, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Bahrain Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest RSF_en BahrainMiddle East – North Africa BAHRAIN The human rights situation and the problems for those who defend media freedom continue to be extremely worrying in Bahrain. Several journalists have been summoned for questioning including Issa Ebrahim, a photographer for the daily Al-Wasat, who was detained and interrogated for several hours on 5 May.The following are still detained:- Al-Bilad editor Jasem Al-Sabbagh, held since 26 April.- Al-Watan sports reporter Abdullah Ashur, held since 13 April.- Al-Bilad sports reporter Abdullah Alawi, who was arrested in April.The Bahraini news agency reported that the trial of 21 people accused of belonging to terrorist organizations and trying to overthrow the government began before a military court on 8 May. The defendants include several human rights activists and the bloggers Abdul Jalil Al-Singace and Ali Abdulemam. After the trial opened, it was adjourned until 12 May.The head of the pro-democracy and civil liberties movement Al Haq, Singace was rearrested on 16 March after being held from September to February. He was previously arrested in 2009 for allegedly trying to destabilize the government because he used his blog (http://alsingace.katib.org) to denounce the deplorable state of civil liberties and discrimination against Bahrain’s Shiite population.Abdulemam, who is being tried in absentia, is regarded by fellow Bahrainis as one of his country’s Internet pioneers and is an active member of Bahrain Online, a pro-democracy forum that gets more than 100,000 visitors a day despite being blocked within Bahrain. A contributor to the international bloggers network Global Voices, he has taken part in many international conferences at which he has denounced human rights violations in Bahrain. He was also detained from September to February but avoided being rearrested.Abbas Al-Omran, a human rights activist who obtained refugee status in Britain a few years ago, has also been put on the list of wanted persons. A member of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, he provides the international media with information about human rights violations in Bahrain.Mujtaba Salmat, a blogger and photographer who was arrested on 17 March for covering the anti-government demonstrations in Manama’s Pearl Square and posting the photos on Facebook, was released on 27 April.The opposition newspaper Al-Wasat announced in its 8 May issue, previously billed as the last issue, that its board had reversed its decision to close and intended to continue publishing. Closed by the information ministry on 3 May for allegedly disseminating false information that undermined the country’s international image and reputation, it was allowed to resume publishing the next day but three of its most senior journalists – editor Mansour Al-Jamari, managing editor Walid Nouihid and local news editor Aqil Mirza – were forced to resign. Several of its journalists were also arrested. to go further Organisation Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives May 10, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Governments still cracking down hard on media covering pro-democracy demonstrations March 17, 2021 Find out more June 15, 2020 Find out more SYRIA The crackdown by the Syrian authorities on media trying to cover the anti-government protests continues to escalate. Arrests, threats and acts of intimidation are all still taking place. The Internet is also being censored.The Syrian journalist and writer Ammar Mashour Dayoub was arrested yesterday while taking part in a demonstration by about 100 people in Arnous Square, in central Damascus. Malak Al-Shanawani, another Syrian journalist, was also arrested yesterday.Ghadi Frances, a Libyan journalist working for the Lebanese daily Al-Safir, was arrested in Damascus on the afternoon of 7 May. No information about the reason for her arrest has been given. She had arrived in Syria ten days ago to cover the unrest and had written an article in Arabic headlined “Blood, horror and hope in the street in Homs” on the eve of her arrest.Ghassan Saoud, a Lebanese journalist who writes for Al-Akhbar (a Lebanese newspaper regarded as pro-Syrian), was briefly detained on 6 May near the Omeyyades mosque in Damascus. He was taken to a military police office with a plastic bag over his head and was repeatedly kicked and insulted. He has written a series of articles about the pro-democracy uprising in which he interviewed members of the Syrian political opposition, young people and activists, and reported their views.Meanwhile, there is no news of Jehad Jamal, a Facebook activist known by the pseudonym of Milan.The photographer Akram Darwish was arrested while covering a Kurdish demonstration in the northeastern city of Qamishili on 3 May. The reporter Iyad Khalil was badly beaten in the northwestern port city of Latakia oh the evening of 1 May. When he went to the police station to report the assault, he found himself face to face with his assailants, who turned out to have been members of the security forces (see his Facebook page). Maher Deib has resigned as a presenter on Syrian national television in protest against the station’s coverage of the unrest. Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that Habib Saleh, a cyber-dissident who was arrested in May 2008, has been released on completing a three-year jail sentence.The following are still detained: – The Syrian writer and journalist Omar Koush, who was arrested on 2 May on his arrival at Damascus airport after attending a conference in Turkey.- Dorothy Parvaz, an Al-Jazeera journalist with US, Canadian and Iranian nationality who was arrested on her arrival at Damascus airport on 29 April. This is the Facebook page calling for her release. The government newspaper Al-Watan nonetheless claims that she left the country on 1 May without saying where she was going.- Fayez Sara, a Syrian journalist and writer arrested on 11 April.- Mohamed Zaid Mistou, a Norwegian journalist of Syrian origin arrested on 7 April.- Kamal Sheikhou, a Syrian blogger arrested on 15 March.There is still no news of the journalists Akram Abu Safi and Sobhie Naeem Al-Assal, who have been missing since 24 March.The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) warned Syrian Facebook users on 5 May that fake security certificates, probably planted by Syria’s telecommunications ministry, are being used to trick them into logging on to what they think are securely encrypted Facebook pages. If they do, their personal data can be stolen and their communications can be monitored. The fake security certificates cause warnings to pop up in browsers, but people tend to ignore them because they think they are caused by routine technical problems. Although the trap is not very sophisticated, the EFF urged Syrian Facebook users to use proxy connections to access Facebook, or to login via Tor. The EFF subsequently reported that Syrian ISPs were blocking access to Tor. Another option is to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN).The New York Times has reported difficulties using satellite phones in Syria. News BahrainMiddle East – North Africa IRAQI KURDISTAN Ahmed Mira, the editor of Lvin Magazine, reported in an article on 7 Mary that he received a direct death threat from Pershmergas minister Sheikh Jaafar Mustafa on 7:46 p.m. on 24 April. The minister denies threatening Mira, although Mira recorded the conversation.The threat was made against the backdrop of a generalized crackdown on journalists and news media covering the street protests that have been rocking northern Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region since mid-February. But it was the first time that a journalist has been directly threatened by a government minister. The authorities should punish anyone making such threats.Mira has asked the Kurdistan Regional Government’s prime minister, Dr. Barham Salih, to order an investigation into Mustafa’s threat. News YEMEN Ali Iskander, a distributor of the newspaper Al-Tajamou, was attacked and beaten by pro-government thugs known as baltajiya on Sanaa’s Al-Zabiri Street on the morning of 8 May. They seized copies of the newspaper and threatened to cut Iskander’s tongue out. They also threatened to attack the newspaper’s headquarters if it continued to publish articles criticizing President Ali Abdallah Saleh.The journalist Abdelhafez Ma’joub was arrested at the Bagel checkpoint at the entrance to Al-Hodeidah as he was returning from Sanaa on 6 May, and his mobile phone was confiscated. He was released on the evening of the next day. German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Newslast_img read more

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On eve of Iranian New Year, concern about fate of imprisoned journalists

first_img News She was able to make a short phone call after her arrest but the authorities haveprovided no official information about her detention.According to the information obtained by RSF, she is now being held in isolation in Section 2A of Tehran’s Evin prison. The Revolutionary Guards control this section and subject detainees to a great deal of pressure, often with the aim of extracting confessions to be used at their trials.Iran is the world’s biggest prison for women journalists, with four others currently held. The other four – Rihaneh Tabatabai, Roya Saberi Negad Nobakht, Narges Mohammadi and Atena Ferghdani – are serving jail terms ranging from one to twelve years and some some are in poor health.There is also concern about the state of health of Issa Saharkhiz, a well-known independent journalist who is being tried along with Ehssan Mazndarani and Saman Safarzai by a Tehran revolutionary court on charges of “activities threatening national security” and anti-government propaganda. After going on hunger strike and suffering a heart attack, Saharkhiz has been in a Tehran hospital since 10 March.“On the eve of the Iranian New Year on 20 March, many journalists and citizen-journalists are separated from their families,” said Reza Moini, the head of RSF’s Iran/Afghanistan desk. “The Iranian authorities – including President Hassan Rouhani, whose silence facilitates this persecution – could display clemency towards these detainees, who have been arrested arbitrarily and convicted unjustly. We call for their immediate and unconditional release.”RSF has meanwhile learned that Saraj Mirdamadi, a journalist who worked for various media outlets including Hayat-é-No (a daily closed in January 2003) and Zamaneh (a radio station based in the Netherlands), was released conditionally on 13 March.He was freed under article 58 of the Islamic criminal code (as amended in 2013),under which detainees who have served a third of their sentence can be released for good behaviour. Arrested on 10 May 2014, he was convicted on 21 July 2015 on charges of “meeting and plotting against the Islamic Republic” and “anti-government publicity.”With a total of 36 journalists and citizen-journalists currently detained, Iran is still one of the world’s five biggest prisons for media personnel and is ranked 173rd out of 180 countriesin the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. IranMiddle East – North Africa WomenJudicial harassmentViolence News to go further Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News March 18, 2021 Find out more After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Follow the news on Iran Receive email alerts Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 March 16, 2016 – Updated on April 26, 2016 On eve of Iranian New Year, concern about fate of imprisoned journalists News June 9, 2021 Find out more RSF_en IranMiddle East – North Africa WomenJudicial harassmentViolence Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its concern about the conditions inwhich journalists are being detained in Iran, especially Afarine Chitsaz of the daily newspaper Iran, a young woman arrested at the same time as three other journalists on 2 November. Organisation February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Five journalists convicted, another arrested and one released

first_img IranMiddle East – North Africa Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Receive email alerts News Reporters Without Borders was recently told about the particularly desperate plight of Mehdi Hossinzadeh, a detained journalist who, according to his family, has been tortured. The authorities have said nothing about his case since his arrest on 31 July. News IranMiddle East – North Africa to go further News A UN general assembly committee has expressed deep concern about “serious ongoing and recurring human rights violations” in Iran, especially in the crackdown following President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed election in June. In a strongly-worded resolution on 20 November, the human rights committee accused the government of stepping up its use of torture, flogging, amputation and other forms of cruel and inhuman punishment. Another journalist, Ahmad Zeydabadi, was sentenced today to five years in prison followed by exile on the northeastern city of Gonabad. At the same time, the amount of bail for a provision release was increased to 350 million toman (260,000 euros). Jila Baniyaghoob, a journalist who was held from 20 June to 19 August, says she is very worried about her husband, fellow journalist Bahaman Ahamadi Amoee, who was arrested the same day as she was and is still being held. The authorities in Tehran’s Evin prison have not been providing any information about detainees to their families or lawyers since the 12 June presidential election. June 9, 2021 Find out more Journalists continue to be harassed while in prison. They can be interrogated at any time. New charges can be brought against them. They can be denied family visits for no clear reason. They can be put in solitary confinement for one wrong word, and they can be denied medical treatment. March 18, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information center_img After spending more than 65 days in solitary confinement in Evin prison, he was transferred to a wing with other inmates. But then, after just a week in cell 350, he was put back in solitary confinement, in section 209 of the prison. See a TV interview yesterday with Newsweek correspondent Maziar Bahari about the four months he spent in prison in Iran: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLS48YulGJQ Organisation “I saw him last Monday,” Baniyaghoob told Reporters Without Borders. “He was very ill with fever. We are very worried by the lack of medical care. More than five months have gone by since Bahaman’s arrest, and his lawyer has still not been able to see him or have access to his case file.” Bastani, Norbakhsh, Foroshani, Abtahi and Zeydabadi were all convicted in the course of the Stalinist-style political trials that have been taking place in Tehran since August. Their lawyers were not allowed to see them or examine the prosecution case files and they were represented in court by lawyers appointed by the prosecutor-general who are linked to the intelligence services. During these sham trials, they were also forced to read out confessions that had been extracted under duress. Mohammad Ali Abtahi, a cleric known as “blogging Mullah” who was serving a six-year jail sentence, was freed yesterday on payment of a record bail amount of 700 million toman (520,000 euros). A deputy minister in former President Mohammad Khatami’s government and an adviser to opposition candidate Mehdi Karoubi, he was arrested at his Tehran home on 16 June and spent 161 days in detention. RSF_en Follow the news on Iran Aghaei, who also edits the blog Azad Tribun, is the third Farhikhteghan journalist to be arrested since the election. The other two, Masoud Bastani and Reza Norbakhsh, the newspaper’s editor, have both been given six-year jail sentences. News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists “Despite such clear condemnation from the United Nations, the Iranian authorities continue to torture journalists and try them without any transparency, behind closed doors,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The UN general assembly must follow up this committee’s work by adopting a resolution denouncing the lack of transparency in the ongoing political trials and the illegal and arbitrary sentences being passed on opposition activists and journalists.” November 23, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Five journalists convicted, another arrested and one released Reza Rafiee Foroshani, a freelance journalist who works for Iranian and international news media, has meanwhile just been given a seven-year jail sentence, plus a suspended sentence of another five years in prison, on a spying charge. The latest journalist to be detained is Sasan Aghaei of the daily newspaper Farhikhteghan, who was arrested yesterday at his Tehran home by intelligence ministry officials after they had carried out a search. It is not known where he was taken. February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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New call for the release of Mohammed Abbu

first_img Reporters Without Borders has renewed its call for the release of lawyer and human rights defender Mohammed Abbu (photo), jailed since 1st March 2005 over articles posted online, who remains in prison, despite the release of nearly 80 political prisoners by the authorities on 25 February 2006. Help by sharing this information TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa December 26, 2019 Find out more Follow the news on Tunisia Organisation Reporters Without Borders has renewed its call for the release of lawyer and human rights defender Mohammed Abbu, jailed since 1st March 2005 over articles posted online, who remains in prison, despite the release of nearly 80 political prisoners by the authorities on 25 February 2006.”We welcome the release of the Zarzis Internet-users and journalist Hamadi Jebali. But why exclude Mohammed Abbu from the list of prisoners freed to mark the 50th anniversary of national independence?” asked Reporters Without Borders.“We urge diplomats to keep campaigning to secure his freedom,” the press freedom organisation added.Mohammed Abbu’s wife along with four of his lawyers, managed to hold a short-lived demonstration on 2 March 2006 in front of Kef prison where her husband is serving his sentence. They brandished the lawyer’s portrait and chanted his name. Police stopped their vehicle about 15 times on the road from Tunis to the prison. Other human rights activists who tried to join the demonstration were turned back.The organisation also calls on the Tunisian authorities to allow pro-democrat activists access to the Internet. The personal connections of most opposition figures have been cut off, at the request of the Tunisian Internet Agency, since the end of October 2005 – just before the start of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). News News Mokhtar Yahyaoui, a former judge, opposition activist and weblogger, spoke out against the harassment. “They cut off my Internet connection as soon as I began my hunger strike, on 18 October 2005. Since then I have had a lot of problems trying to get my blog up and running again. In addition I am under constant police surveillance. Our situation has worsened since the end of the WSIS”.Abbu was sentenced on 29 April 2005, to three years and six months in prison, at the end of a mockery of a trial. His sentence was upheld on appeal two months later. He was tried on two counts. On the first he was sentenced to two years in prison for an alleged assault on a female colleague, in 2002, without any evidence being produced. On the second count, he was sentenced to 18 months in prison for posting an article online in which he compared torture inflicted on political prisoners in Tunisia with abuses committed by American soldiers at Abu Ghraib.Over 15 years ago, Reporters without Borders created its “Sponsorship Programme” and called upon the international media to select and support an imprisoned journalist. More than two hundreds news staffs around the globe are thus sponsoring colleagues by regularly petitioning authorities for their release and by publicising their situations sothat their cases will not be forgotten.Currently, Mohammed Abbou is sponsored by Aldaketa Hamasei-Cambio 16, El Periodico de Catalunya, CIBL FM, Campus, Quartier Libre, Le Métropolitain RSF_en November 12, 2019 Find out more to go further ————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org News November 11, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts News Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder March 6, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New call for the release of Mohammed Abbulast_img read more

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Authorities censor foreign correspondents

first_imgNews Togolese authorities urged to lift newspaper’s four-month suspension TogoAfrica Receive email alerts to go further Organisation March 8, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Togo court upholds “baseless and disproportionate” newspaper closures TogoAfrica center_img According to information collected by Reporters Without Borders, on 26 March 2003, the Communications Ministry’s press attaché informed all foreigncorrespondents, including those with Radio France Internationale, AgenceFrance-Presse, Reuters and the BBC, that the minister was barring them frompracticing their jobs “until further notice.” With the exception of thecorrespondent for Africa No. 1 radio, the authorities fault the journalistsfor not covering a forum on African elections, which opened in Lomé on 24March. The foreign correspondents had not found interesting issues to coverat the opening of the forum. Several journalists said they had decided towait until the end of the conference and the likely adoption of resolutionsbefore covering the event.”This is a reactionary measure from another era. It has been years since wesaw a government censor the entire foreign press corps. The Togoleseauthorities have once again demonstrated how imaginative they are when itcomes to attacking the press,” said Reporters Without Borders’ Secretary-General Robert Ménard. The organisation has urged the communications minister not to apply this measure and to allow foreign correspondents to work without impediment.According to one correspondent from an international news agency who spoketo Reporters Without Borders, if this new measure is enforced, it could seriously compromise journalists’ ability to do their jobs. For example, they might be prevented access to official meetings or no longer be invited to attend government or other officials’ press conferences.Reporters Without Borders recalls that Togolese President Gnassingbé Eyadéma is included on the organisation’s list of international press freedom predators. March 31, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities censor foreign correspondents Follow the news on Togo March 11, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en News Convicting “petrolgate” journalist of defamation would be disastrous, RSF says September 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Croatian authorities take no action on death threat to journalists

first_imgJournalists are often the targets of attacks in Croatia that usually go unpunished. When Index published an article by reporter Vojislav Mazzocco on 2 June about war veterans minister Tome Medved’s efforts to get his son hired, Medved immediately called Mazzocco on his personal number and proposed a fight in which Mazzocco would have to “fear arousing the soldier that I was.” Receive email alerts News Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union December 2, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information CroatiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityPredatorsViolenceInternet RSF_en Organisation August 17, 2018 Croatian authorities take no action on death threat to journalists The website’s editor, Neven Barković, filed a complaint about the message but the prosecutor’s office in Split finally announced on 3 August that it will take no action because of “attenuating circumstances” – the fact that Perković-Tabak had drunk too much at the time – and because he is a “decorated Croatian veteran.” CroatiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityPredatorsViolenceInternet Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the decision by Croatian prosecutors not to prosecute a war veteran who called for a website’s journalists to be killed. The decision is like giving a blank cheque to those who threaten the press, RSF said. News News to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU After the respected news website Index.hr published an article criticizing the defence minister on 31 May, Croatian war veteran Stipe Perković-Tabak posted this unambiguous message on the website’s Facebook page under his own name: “These Index journalists should be killed. They criticize anything Croatian. How long will this go on?” Follow the news on Croatia Croatia is ranked 69th out of 180 countries inRSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. “Being a war hero does not put you beyond the law,” RSF said. “This decision is all the more regrettable and dangerous because it amounts to giving a blank cheque to those who threaten and attack journalists. The authorities should clearly condemn such practices and put an end to the extremely unhealthy climate of impunity prevailing in Croatia, which poses a real threat to media personnel.” News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive November 23, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Journalist tortured and killed, suspicious theft from newspaper reporter’s home

first_img GuatemalaAmericas Guatemala: 51 Signatories Call For Authorities To Drop Criminal Charges Against Indigenous Journalist Anastasia Mejía Guatemala. Don’t put the Guatemalan press in quarantine! RSF_en News August 21, 2020 Find out more May 8, 2020 Find out more to go further Organisation Víctor Hugo Juárez, a journalist and businessman who owned two online media, Wanima News and Guatemala Empresarial, was found murdered on 27 September at the home of a friend, Byron Dávila Díaz, who was also killed. The news agency Cerigua said both men appeared to have been tortured and strangled. The motive is not yet known. Juárez had worked for two dailies, Siglo XXI and Nuestro Diario, in the past.Although the assumption seems to be that Juárez’s murder was not linked to his work as a journalist, Reporters Without Borders urges the police to investigate this possibility. Guatemala continues to be a dangerous country for journalists even if there have been fewer cases of violence involving media personnel this year.The police should definitely work on the assumption that the theft of computer equipment and files from journalist Marvin David Del Cid’s home on 28 September was linked to his work for the daily elPeriódico. Del Cid has been working on several sensitive stories including alleged irregularities in a government arms acquisition, suspected corruption in a government solidarity fund and a drug-trafficking case.Journalists can pay dearly for covering this kind of story. During a previous break-in at Del Cid’s home on 24 June, the words “You are going to die” were left on his bathroom mirror. Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to provide him with adequate protection. Newscenter_img News News January 7, 2021 Find out more GuatemalaAmericas Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Follow the news on Guatemala Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years September 30, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist tortured and killed, suspicious theft from newspaper reporter’s homelast_img read more

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Investigation drags its heels after two burglaries at offices of free speech NGO

first_imgNews The Venezuelan organization Espacio Público, which defends free speech, has suffered two successive break-ins at its offices, on 16 and 26 November.On the second occasion, video recordings that were evidence of the first burglary were stolen. Computer equipment donated in response to an appeal by the NGO after the first robbery was also taken.Reporters Without Borders, while remaining cautious about a possible motive for these crimes, is surprised at the slow progress of the investigation. We hope that this reluctance owes nothing to the government’s expressed hostility towards Espacio Público in the current highly polarized atmosphere. Espacio Público is regularly branded in official propaganda as “a counter-revolutionary agency acting on behalf of a foreign power” – by implication the United States – because of the source of some of its funding.It was the direct target of a new law on international co-operation which is supposed to “protect national sovereignty and self-determination” and which was rushed through parliament with other controversial bills on 22 December 2010. The legislation means Venezuelan NGOs are banned from accepting donations from abroad.Around that time, Carlos Correa, head of Espacio Público, was assaulted on the premises of the National Assembly. No charges were brought as a result of the attack.“A lawyer from our team will contact the public prosecutor’s office to find out if an investigator has been assigned to both of these complaints,” Correa told Reporters Without Borders after the second break-in, when no clues were left unlike on he first occasion. “No-one has contacted us to offer support or any form of protection.” He did not rule out a possible political motive.Reporters Without Borders declared: “Since no more can be said on this latest case, we nevertheless demand that the legal system show evidence of the fairness and impartiality required to investigate the matter. No ideological criteria or suspicion directed at Espacio Público should get in the way of the search for the truth.“Aware of the critical, but serious and well-argued, work carried out by the organization, we hope that, in these circumstances, a halt will be called to the outrageous allegations made against it.“This hope also applies to the Press and Society Institute (IPYS), which is based in Peru but has a permanent office in Caracas and has been the target of similar propaganda.”Photo: SNTP Follow the news on Venezuela News January 13, 2021 Find out more New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets August 25, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information December 2, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Investigation drags its heels after two burglaries at offices of free speech NGO VenezuelaAmericas VenezuelaAmericas center_img Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Organisation RSF_en to go further Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela News News Receive email alerts June 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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