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RSF launches international appeal for release of ​Cumhuriyet journalists

first_imgFIRST SIGNATORIESNGOsReporters Without Borders (RSF)Committee to Project Journalists, (CPJ)PEN InternationalInternational Press Institute (IPI)World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN­IFRA)Index on CensorshipWorld Press Freedom Committee (WPFC)International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)Ethical Journalism Network (EJN)Global Editors Network (GEN)Turkish Association of Journalists (TGC)Turkish Union of Journalists (TGS)DISK Basin­İşAssociation of European Journalists (AEJ)Public figuresGünter Wallraff, journalist, GermanyNoam Chomsky, linguist, USAEdgar Morin, sociologist, FranceCarl Bernstein, journalist, USAZülfü Livaneli, writer, TurkeyAli Dilem, cartoonist, AlgeriaThomas Piketty, economist, FranceClaudia Roth, politician, GermanyPaul Steiger, journalist, United StatesKamel Labidi, journalist, TunisiaJohn R McArthur, media executive, USAFazil Say, pianist, TurkeyPeter Price, media executive, USAEdwy Plenel, media executive, FranceJim Hoagland, journalist, USAAhmet İnsel, political analyst, TurkeyEric Chol, newspaper editor, FranceNedim Gürsel, writer, TurkeyCem Özdemir, Green Party co­president, GermanyHakan Günday, writer, TurkeyMikis Theodorakis, composer, GreeceDmitry Muratov, journalist, RussiaPer Westberg, writer, SwedenJohn Hughes, journalist, USALouise Belfrage, journalist, SwedenAli Anouzla, journalist, MoroccoOmar Bellouchet, journalist, AlgeriaJack Lang, former government minister, FranceOmar Brouksy, journalist, MoroccoPierre Haski, journalist, FranceJames Schwab, media executive, USAJay Weissberg, cinema critic, USAHarald Stanghelle, managing editor, NorwayJean Daniel, journalist, FranceKhadija Ryadi, human rights activist, MoroccoMokhtar Trifi, human rights activist, TunisiaMaati Monjib, historian, MoroccoNadia Salah, managing editor, MoroccoGilles Raymond, media CEO, FranceBertrand Pecquerie, organization director, FranceJames Schwab, media CEO, United StatesJohn Hughes, journalist, United States Margie Orford, President of PEN South AfricaMandla Langa, Executive Vice-President of PEN South AfricaRaymond Louw, Vice-President of PEN South Africa December 1, 2015 – Updated on March 8, 2016 RSF launches international appeal for release of ​Cumhuriyet journalists Organisation News RSF_en to go further Related documents dpversionturque-2.pdfPDF – 792.52 KB Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law April 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor At a press conference held in partnership with the Turkish Association of Journalists (TGC) today in Istanbul, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) launched an international appeal for the release of Cumhuriyet journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül and all their fellow journalists unjustly detained in Turkey. center_img Receive email alerts Follow the news on Turkey Türkçe / Read in TurkishThe list of initial signatories, consisting of NGOs and international public figures, has been posted on RSF’s website. The general public can support the appeal by signing the petition in English, Turkish and French at this address: http://rsf.org/petitions/turquie/petition.php?lang=en.The signatories accuse the Turkish authorities of “persecuting journalists of all colours in an increasingly ferocious manner” and urge them “to free Can Dündar and Erdem Gül without delay, to drop all charges against them, and to free all other journalists who are currently detained in connection with their journalism or the opinions they have expressed.”They also condemn this spiral of oppression in “a country that is ranked 149th out of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.”“The Turkish authorities are targeting the wrong enemy,” RSF secretary­general Christophe Deloire said. “The judicial system seems to prosecute journalists more often than the accomplices of Daesh (Islamic State). Turkey is a great country, with democratic institutions and a very open civil society. We appeal to the government, as a matter of honour, to restore all the conditions of pluralism, starting with freedom for journalists.”TGC president Turgay Olcayto added: “With globalization, the Turkish media’s problems could one day become the problems of western journalists. It is vital that we join forces to defend free journalism before it is too late.”Cumhuriyet lawyer Bülent Utku spoke of the appeal that has been filed for the provisional release of Dündar and Gül. Kadri Gürsel of IPI, Ugur Güç of TGS/IFJ, Faruk Eren of DISK Basin­İş and Ceren Sözeri of the Ethical Journalism Network also spoke. A video message recorded by OSCE media freedom representative Dunja Mijatovic was broadcasted.Public figures already supporting the appeal for the release of Cumhuriyet’s journalists and their jailed colleagues include German journalist Günter Wallraff, Algerian cartoonist Ali Dilem, French philosopher Edgar Morin, US intellectual Noam Chomsky, Swedish writer Per Wästberg, Turkish pianist Fazil Say, Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov, German politician Cem Özdemir and French economist Thomas Piketty. The full list is posted on the RSF website.The many NGOs that have signed the RSF appeal include the Committee to Project Journalists, (CPJ), PEN International, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN­IFRA), Index on Censorship, the World Press Freedom Committee (WPFC), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN), the International Press Institute (IPI) and the Global Editors Network (GEN).RSF awarded its 2015 Press Freedom Prize to Cumhuriyet at the inaugural ceremony of the Council of Europe’s World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg on 17 November. April 28, 2021 Find out more News News APPEALPresident Erdogan, free Cumhuriyet’s editors and all other detained journalists!First as prime minister and now as president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been waging a methodical crackdown on the media in Turkey for years. Erdogan is persecuting journalists of all colours in an increasingly ferocious manner in the name of combatting terrorism and defending state security. The Erdogan regime’s arrests, threats and intimidation are unworthy of a democracy.Can Dündar, the editor­in­chief of the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, and his Ankara bureau chief, Erdem Gül, have been held since the evening of 26 November. They are charged with spying and terrorism because last May they published evidence of arms deliveries by the Turkish intelligence services to Islamist groups in Syria. Both are exemplars of journalism, the search for truth and the defence of freedoms. President Erdogan publicly said that Dündar “will pay for this.” But Cumhuriyet’s journalists just did their job, publishing information that was in the public interest.At a time when international terrorism is at the centre of everyone’s concerns, it is unacceptable that political prosecutions are used to suppress investigative reporting and exposés. The arrest of these two journalists is the latest extreme to which political use of the Turkish judicial system has been taken. Many journalists have been detained on spurious charges of terrorist propaganda and insulting President Erdogan. The regime has also been using economic levers to put growing pressure on the media, while draconian laws have been passed.We, public figures, media freedom NGOs and unions, reject the blatant erosion of media freedom in Turkey. The country is ranked 149th out of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.We appeal to the Turkish authorities to free Can Dündar and Erdem Gül without delay​, to drop all charges against them, and to free all other journalists who are currently detained in connection with their journalism or the opinions they have expressed.We also urge the institutions and governments of democratic countries to face up to their responsibilities to respond to President Erdogan’s increasingly authoritarian excesses. News April 2, 2021 Find out more Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit TurkeyEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

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Media shaken by threats and intimidation

first_img January 30, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Media shaken by threats and intimidation Disturbing incidents occurring in the past few weeks include raids on media premises by criminal groups, an arson attempt against the editorial office of a major daily, buyout bids by fictitious private companies and sudden management changes. Reporters Without Borders urges the Kyrgyzstan authorities to do their utmost to guarantee the protection of journalists and the media. Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information August 14, 2020 Find out more RSF is concerned about the fate of an Uzbek journalist extradited by Kyrgyzstan KyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia to go further August 26, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Kyrgyzstan KyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia News RSF asks authorities, opposition to guarantee reporters’ safety during Kyrgyzstan protests October 9, 2020 Find out more RSF_en RSF calls for the immediate release of Uzbek journalist News Reporters Without Borders has expressed alarm about a wave of threats and intimidation which has been unleashed against the media in Kyrgyzstan over past few months.Disturbing incidents occurring in the past few weeks include raids on media premises by criminal groups, an arson attempt against the editorial office of a major daily, buyout bids by fictitious private companies and sudden management changes.Journalists are on the alert against any attempt to resume control by those close to exiled president, Askar Akayev. Meanwhile the head of state elected in July 2005, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, is attempting to extend his influence by making the state a majority shareholder in broadcast groups. It is not known who was responsible for recent attacks against newspaper head offices.“The hopes raised by the people’s uprising last March have not born fruit,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “Family members of the former president are still powerful and continue to control sections of the media.”“The State continues to hold a majority of shares in most press groups and is not prepared to make any concessions. The media do not feel safe from attack by criminal groups. We urge the Kyrgyzstan authorities to do their utmost to guarantee the protection of journalists and the media,” the organisation added.Editorial staff on privately-owned Pyramid TV were abruptly informed on 8 December 2005 that their company had just been bought by a mysterious company called “Invest-Media”, with declared capital of 20.5 euros. The leading independent channel thus passed from the hands of Aidar Akayev, the son of the former president, and his company “Areopag” into those of an unknown proprietor. But one of them had the same name as a relative of Mairam Akayeva, wife of the ousted former president.Two days later, a gang of about 20 people raided the station’s offices, cut off the electricity, blocking entrances to the building and destroying doors and windows. Parliament immediately opened an investigation into these incidents. Journalists demonstrated in front of the assembly on 12 December in a silent protest for press freedom. They were backed by politicians and public figures.Journalists on the public consortium National Television and Radio Broadcast Corporation (NTRK) began a hunger strike on 27 January 2006 in protest against the appointment as deputy director of a figure close to the former president, involved in a financial scandal, Bayama Sutenova. The consequences were immediate: the public channel was the only one to report several days late on a serious crisis that recently hit the Kyrgyzstan secret services (SNB, formerly KGB), accused by the Prime Minister of incompetence and having links to criminal gangs.In the latest act of intimidation, the country’s biggest daily Vetchernyi Bichkek was the target of an arson attack overnight on 29-30 January. The newspaper’s management accused controversial and influential businessman, Ryspek Akmatbayev, of being behind it. The businessman, who is suspected of being a gangland boss, has recently been the subject of critical articles in the daily. Organisation Newslast_img read more

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Radio shut down and staff arrested for election coverage

first_imgNews News May 24, 2019 Find out more Organisation News to go further MalawiAfrica MalawiAfrica Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Malawi Reporters Without Borders expressed its concern after the closure yesterday of privately owned opposition Joy Radio and the arrest of four staff, two of them journalists, accused of breaking election rules. The director of the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA), James Chimera, ruled that satirical programme, Chilungamo Chili Kuti? (Is there any justice?), broadcast at 2am after the closure of the official election campaign, had violated the law banning endorsement or ridicule of a candidate. Some 15 police officers raided the studios at around 4am and arrested the two journalist presenters Aubrey Nazombe and Mary Chande Mhone, technician, Abdulazagv Telera, and a driver, Yusuf Yasin, accusing them of “violating electoral law”. They also seized the tape of the programme. Although the radio apologised and admitted making a mistake, the authorities initially banned all live programmes and ordered it to only play music. During the evening they decided to shut down the radio completely. “Police are watching the studios of Joy Radio and preventing anyone from entering” said Lloyd Zawansa, the station’s editor. The four staff are still being held by police and are undergoing interrogation. “The authorities who already disliked Joy Radio for its political coverage are now openly hounding it, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “This incident shows the lack of respect for diversity of opinion and raises serious doubts about objective and balanced news coverage.” “Even if the radio did not obey the rules, the arrest of four of its staff and its closure are disproportionate. We urge the authorities to immediately release these four and to allow Joy Radio to resume its normal programmes.” Since the election of President Bingu wa Mutharika, Joy Radio, owned by former president, Baliki Lulizi, has been viewed by the authorities in Malawi has a weapon of the opposition. It has already suffered harassment and temporary closures.center_img News May 20, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio shut down and staff arrested for election coverage February 4, 2021 Find out more In blow to impunity, panel says investigation into blogger’s death should resume Twitter arbitrarily blocks South African newsweekly and several reporters over Covid vaccine story Receive email alerts RSF_en Social networks and TV signals down after close of polls in Malawi October 10, 2012 Find out morelast_img read more

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In historic move, Uzbek court frees journalist and blogger

first_img News News Receive email alerts News February 11, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) regards yesterday’s Uzbek court decision to free journalist Bobomurod Abdullaev, blogger Hayot Nasriddinov and two fellow defendants as “historic,” but regrets that Abdullaev was not acquitted and calls for a full and impartial investigation into the acts of torture to which he was subjected.After being held for seven months, Abdullaev was released at the end of a two-month trial but was convicted of “public calls for the government’s overthrow” and was sentenced to having 20% of his salary deducted for just over a year. The Tashkent court acquitted his three co-defendants including Nasriddinov, who had been detained since October 2017.Noting in its verdict that members of the SGB (State Security Service) – formerly known as the SNB – repeatedly violated the criminal code in the initial stages of the case, the court called on the SGB to conduct an internal investigation and to ensure that its staff adhere to the criminal code in future.“We regret that Bobomurod Abdullaev was not acquitted but his release and the fact that he was able to publicly defend himself during the trial would have unimaginable just a short while ago,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.“We urge the authorities to continue on this course by conducting a full and impartial investigation into the manipulation and acts of torture on which this case was based. The verdict sends a strong signal, but in-depth reforms are now needed to put an end to the censorship and to ensure that no more journalists are subjected to an ordeal of this kind.”After his arrest on 27 September 2017, Abdullaev was initially accused of plotting a coup attempt and of writing a series of articles under the pseudonym of “Usman Khaknazarov” that incited the government’s overthrow. He acknowledged using this pseudonym in the past but denied writing the offending articles.While detained, Abdullaev was insulted, tortured and threatened with being killed. In an open letter to President Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the end of last month, he said he had been subjected to physical violence by SNB investigators to force him to testify against himself and opposition leaders. He repeated these claims during the trial, which observers were allowed to attend for the first time. Many journalists, diplomats and human rights defenders observed the trial.Since taking over as president in 2016, Mirziyoyev has promised to end the oppressive and arbitrary practices that marked the rule of his predecessor, Islam Karimov. After releasing a number of political prisoners, including journalists held for nearly 20 years, he fired the SNB’s all-powerful boss and announced an overhaul of the agency. But, despite the many signs of a thaw, the media are still largely under the government’s control and the leading independent news websites cannot be accessed from within the country.Uzbekistan is ranked 165th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index, four places higher than in the 2017 Index. October 15, 2020 Find out more Credit: Timur Karpov / Ferghana Help by sharing this information May 11, 2021 Find out more Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term Organisation May 8, 2018 In historic move, Uzbek court frees journalist and blogger More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption to go further Follow the news on Uzbekistan News UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentViolenceImprisonedFreedom of expression RSF_en UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentViolenceImprisonedFreedom of expression New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Councillast_img read more

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Czech Republic: RSF decries violence against reporters by president’s staff

first_img May 21, 2021 Find out more Czech RepublicEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Violence Since yesterday evening, social networks and TV channels have been showing video footage of the incident, in which presidential aides pushed and punched journalists in an attempt to prevent them filming a supporter who fainted and collapsed as the presidential election results were announced.The videos show how an aide told a reporter to stop filming, jostled him and threw his camera to the ground. A few seconds later, a second aide told a reporter: “Go away, take your stuff and go to [losing presidential candidate Jiri] Drahos.” He then threw a couple of punches at his face.The reporter said: “This won’t do, I’ll call the police.” Responding, “I’ll be happy to fight you,” the aide continued to attack the reporter while colleagues tried to reason with him and pull him away. The first aide then jostled a reporter for the website Seznam and threw his smartphone to the ground to stop him filming.“We strongly condemn the attacks against several journalists as President Zeman’s reelection victory was being announced,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s EU-Balkans desk.“It is unacceptable that the supporters of a political leader of this level physically assaulted journalists who were just doing their job, which is to report the news. Such behaviour is unworthy of a democracy and the Zeman camp must publicly condemn this violence.”President Zeman is in the habit of insulting and threatening the media. At a news conference last October, he greeting journalists with dummy Kalashnikov. A few weeks before that, he threatened to “get rid of” a reporter. In May, he said journalists should be “liquidated” because “there are too many of them.” Apparently encouraged by such comments, his aides and supporters are now physically attacking reporters.Long regarded as a model of integration into the European Union, the Czech Republic is nowadays a source of growing concern about the threats to media freedom, concern that has been reinforced by yesterday’s violence. The Czech Republic is ranked 23rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Czech authorities to condemn yesterday’s physical violence against journalists by members of President Milos Zeman’s staff, because it was unworthy of a democracy. News RSF_en Organisation DR Receive email alerts News June 2, 2021 Find out more January 28, 2018 – Updated on January 31, 2018 Czech Republic: RSF decries violence against reporters by president’s staffcenter_img to go further Czech RepublicEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Violence Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive December 2, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Czech Republic Help by sharing this information Public media independence under threat in the Czech Republic and Slovenia News Newslast_img read more

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Two Pakistani reporters tortured for covering quarantine centre on Afghan border

first_img News In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival Follow the news on Asia – Pacific Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Journalists working in the Chaman region are constantly subjected to considerable harassment because it is a hub of every kind of trafficking between Pakistan and Afghanistan with the complicity of local politicians and the security forces. For journalists to cover a story linked to this corruption often means risking their lives. Help by sharing this information PakistanAfghanistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionCovid19DisappearancesImpunityViolence Achakzai added: “We had been getting WhatsApp messages threatening us with arrest, because the deputy commissioner and paramilitary force commanders were unhappy with our coverage of a public protest against the poor facilities at the quarantine centre.” “We were blindfolded and taken to a place where we were handed over to the Anti-Terrorism Force that is operated by the Balochistan Levies, and the ATF took us to the notorious Machh prison and tortured us there to the point that you can see signs of the torture on our back,” Abdul Mateen Achakzai told RSF. News Constant harassment Pakistan is ranked 145th out of 180 countries and territories in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, three places lower than in 2019. News The Balochistan Levies are a paramilitary gendarmerie that often operates in a completely illegal manner. The Levies were asked to intervene in this case by the deputy commissioner of the Chaman police, who didn’t like the way the two reporters had covered a quarantine centre located at the border. PakistanAfghanistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionCovid19DisappearancesImpunityViolence Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the authorities in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province to order a judicial investigation to identify who was responsible for torturing two TV reporters while they were held for three days by a paramilitary force, and to bring the torturers to justice. Receive email alerts June 23, 2020 Two Pakistani reporters tortured for covering quarantine centre on Afghan border June 7, 2021 Find out more Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom RSF_en “It is absolutely unacceptable that representatives of the security forces should commit acts of torture simply because they didn’t like what these two journalists reported,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “We call on Balochistan chief minister Jam Kamal Khan to order a judicial enquiry into those responsible for their abduction so that this shocking press freedom violation does not remain unpunished. The credibility of the rule of law in Pakistan is at stake.” to go further Journalist Abdul Mateen Achakzai (left, up) and his colleague Saeed Ali Achakzai (left, down) shows signs of torture in Quetta Press Club after Balochistan paramilitary forces (right) arrested them in Chaman border town on 20 June 2020 (photos: Freedom Network – Banaras Khan / AFP). Organisation News June 10, 2021 Find out more Saeed Ali Achakzai, a reporter for the Urdu-language Samaa News TV, and Abdul Mateen Achakzai, a reporter for the Pashtun-language Khyber News TV,  finally reappeared this morning with their bodies covered with the marks of torture, four days after being called to the Frontier Corps command centre in Chaman, a city near the Afghan border, at 8 p.m. on 20 June. June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Palestinian cameraman badly wounded by Israeli army gunfire in north of Gaza strip

first_img May 16, 2021 Find out more News IsraelMiddle East – North Africa RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes News Follow the news on Israel IsraelMiddle East – North Africa News Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists Organisation Receive email alertscenter_img Help by sharing this information WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists November 3, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Palestinian cameraman badly wounded by Israeli army gunfire in north of Gaza strip June 3, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders accused the Israeli government of indifference to repeated acts of violence by its troops against journalists after a young Palestinian cameraman sustained serious gunshot wounds today in Beit Hanun, in the north of the Gaza Strip.“We again urge Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s government to call the Israeli Defence Force to order,” the press freedom organisation said. “Journalists working in the Gaza Strip are often the victims of what appear to be targeted shootings. Such behaviour towards media personnel will continue until transparent investigations are carried out and those responsible are punished.”Today’s victim was Hamza Al Attar, 21, a cameraman working for the Palestinian news agency Ramattan, who was shot in the back today while covering a protest by women in Beit Hanun calling for an end to the ongoing siege of the town by Israeli troops. He was wearing a bullet-proof vest marked “Press” and was more than 500 yards from the nearest Israeli tanks when shot. He was rushed to a hospital where doctors described his condition as critical.Several journalists were injured on 26 July while covering an Israeli army incursion into the Gaza Strip. Ibrahim Atla, a cameraman with the Palestinian public TV station, was hit by shrapnel that pierced his chest. His assistant and a Japanese journalist were also injured, while a Reuters news agency vehicle was badly damaged during the same incursion. May 28, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en to go furtherlast_img read more

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Kampala-based reporter killed, motive still unclear

first_img News March 12, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Organisation Receive email alerts Follow the news on Uganda UgandaAfrica News Reporters Without Borders is shocked by last night’s murder of Thomas Pere, a reporter for the state-owned New Vision media group in the Ugandan capital of Kampala. His body was found early this morning in an open field a few miles outside the city.“It is clear from the injuries to Pere’s body and the way it was found that his death was not accidental, and that in fact he was murdered,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The motive, and whether it was linked to his work, is not yet clear but so far everything suggests that it was not a robbery.“We welcome the fact that the police lost no time in starting an investigation. We urge them to shed all possible light on the circumstances of Pere’s death in order to identify and arrest the perpetrators and instigators.”Pere was last seen in the New Vision newsroom at around 8 p.m. yesterday evening before he left to go home. The police found his body at 6 a.m. today in an open field in Massajja, beside the highway from Kampala to Entebbe, the town where he lived.The police said they did not think he was killed at the place where the body was found. None of his personal effects had been taken. His mobile phone, wallet and two credit cards were all found in his pockets, suggesting that robbery must be ruled out as a motive.Kampala police spokesman Ibin Ssenkumbi said he appeared to have been killed by a blow to the head with blunt object.Pere covered society stories for the entertainment and supplements sections and was an active member of the Uganda Tourism Press Association.He was the fifth journalist to be killed in Uganda in the past three years. A documentary filmmaker was killed in May 2012 , a Rwandan journalist was murdered in Kampala on 30 November 2011 , and two journalists were killed in the space of three days in September 2010 .Picture : Thomas Pere Uganda blocks social media and messaging apps, isolating election Newscenter_img UgandaAfrica Uganda urged to free two journalist held since last week on libel charges RSF_en to go further News June 17, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Kampala-based reporter killed, motive still unclear June 4, 2021 Find out more Ugandan president threatens to “bankrupt” leading daily January 13, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Journalist shot dead on tourist island

first_img Follow the news on Thailand June 12, 2020 Find out more Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar News August 21, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information May 12, 2021 Find out more Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years Receive email alerts News Newscenter_img Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom ThailandAsia – Pacific Organisation Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) expressed outrage today at the murder of a journalist in the tourist island resort of Phuket and called on the Thai government to find and punish those responsible.The journalist, Surapong Ritthi, correspondent in the southern province of Phuket for the country’s biggest Thai-language daily, Thai Rath, and the independent TV station Channel 3, was killed on 11 February by a man who followed him into a grocery shop near the famous Patong beach and shot him twice in the head before fleeing. “If this crime remains unpunished, all journalists will feel threatened,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to interior minister Wanmuhamadnoor Matha.  He called for a “thorough and serious” investigation into the crime.According to the daily The Nation, local police chief Col. Chalit Thinthani said the journalist knew about all the business scandals in the area and had written about illegal activities in entertainment and gambling.  He had recently reported on sex shows in a Patong Beach go-go bar which police had then closed down. Thinthani said police did not however rule out a personal quarrel as motive for the crime. February 12, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist shot dead on tourist island ThailandAsia – Pacific to go further RSF_en Newslast_img read more

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Media ordeal blamed on escalating security offensive and cumbersome bureaucracy

first_img News May 5, 2021 Find out more September 28, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Media ordeal blamed on escalating security offensive and cumbersome bureaucracy Organisation RSF_en MexicoAmericas Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state to go further Help by sharing this information 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Receive email alerts Reports April 28, 2021 Find out more MexicoAmericas Related documents Mexico reportPDF – 564.96 KB May 13, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is today releasing the report of its latest visit to Mexico, which took place from 4 to 12 July. The release coincides with a Reporters Without Borders news conference in Washington at which the speakers will included Emilio Gutiérrez Soto, a Mexican journalist who fled to the United States and is now waiting to be granted refugee status (see video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYyRSkotHx4 ).With a total of 55 deaths of journalists since 2000 that were clearly or probably linked to their work, and eight journalists missing, Mexico is the western hemisphere country where press freedom is most endangered. The creation of a Special Federal Attorney’s Office for Combating Violence against the Media in February 2006 has unfortunately changed nothing and has not helped to combat impunity.The purpose of this Reporters Without Borders visit was to examine the investigations into several recent murders and disappearances of journalists with the aim of gaining insight into the workings of the Mexican criminal justice system and what causes it to malfunction. Led by secretary-general Jean-François Julliard, the Reporters Without Borders delegation met with journalists, press freedom activists and government officials, including secretary of interior Fernando Francisco Gómez-Mont Urueta, the number two in the federal governmentThe report’s findings are unfortunately damning for the authorities, both local and federal. The passivity or negligence of the excessive number of entities dedicated to defending press freedom in all branches of the government (executive, legislative and judicial), and their tendency to cancel each other out, are not the only reasons why the Mexican media’s ordeal continues.The authorities are also accomplices, if not responsible, for serious human rights violations including the right to report the news. The scale of this tragedy is the result not only of organised crime’s infiltration of certain sectors of the state apparatus but also the escalating security measures and the military offensive on the drug cartels launched in December 2006. The number of deaths resulting from this undeclared war now stands at 14,000.The federal offensive is being waged with particular determination in the southwestern states of Michoacán and Guerrero, which are as much in the grip of drug trafficking and violence as the regions along the US border. After visiting the capital, the Reporters Without Borders delegation spent most of its time in these two states.In the report’s conclusions, Reporters Without Borders calls for a complete overhaul of the Mexican judicial system and major legislative changes concerning the press. The press freedom organisation is nonetheless convinced that a solution to the tragedy is impossible unless the United States imposes controls on firearms. Reports NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News Follow the news on Mexicolast_img read more