Turkey: Jail terms for 14 Cumhuriyet journalists, administrators

first_img April 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the prison sentences that a court passed on 14 Cumhuriyet newspaper journalists and administrators yesterday, another dark day for press freedom in Turkey. The sentences – up to eight years and six weeks in prison – are the latest example of how the Turkish regime is criminalizing journalism.They were handed down yesterday evening by a court sitting within Silivri high security prison, 85 km west of Istanbul. The 14 convicted defendants will remain free, under court control, until their convictions are upheld on appeal.“These sentences were like the rest of the trial, which was political from start to finish,” said Erol Önderoğlu, RSF’s Turkey representative. “They have nothing to do with justice and instead seek to silence one of Turkey’s last critical media outlets, to intimidate all journalists and to satisfy a thirst for political revenge. We will continue to support Cumhuriyet and all unjustly persecuted Turkish journalists until they finally get justice.”Cumhuriyet CEO Akın Atalay, editor-in-chief Murat Sabuncu, investigative reporter Ahmet Şık, columnists Kadri Gürsel and Hikmet Çetinkaya, cartoonist Musa Kart, former acting editor-in-chief Aydın Engin and administrators Bülent Utku, Güray Öz, Önder Çelik, Mustafa Kemal Güngör, Hakan Karasınır and Orhan Erinç were given sentences ranging from two and a half years to eight years and six weeks in prison on charges of “assisting a terrorist organization.”The newspaper’s accountant, Emre İper, was sentenced to three years and six weeks in prison for “terrorist propaganda.”Atalay, the only defendant still being held, was released conditionally at end of the trial after spending nearly 18 months in provisional detention. Cumhuriyet tax consultants Günseli Özaltay and Bülent Yener and book supplement editor Turhan Günay, were acquitted. The cases against former editor-in-chief Can Dündar and reporter İlhan Tanir, who fled the country, will be handled separately.The defendants were alleged to have effected a “radical editorial change” in 2015 and thereafter to have supported the goals of three organizations labelled as “terrorist” by the Turkish authorities. The prosecution based its case above all on the newspaper’s articles, its contacts with sources, its business relationships and the activities of its board – all of were taken out of context and interpreted in an exaggerated manner.In fact, Cumhuriyet has published a series of revelations that were embarrassing for the authorities in recent years, and has become the spearhead of an independent press that is now under more pressure than ever. It was awarded the RSF Press Freedom Prize in 2015.The already worrying media situation in Turkey has become critical under the state of emergency that was proclaimed after a failed coup attempt in July 2016. Around 150 media outlets have been closed, mass trials are being held, and more than 100 journalists are currently in prison, a world record.Turkey is ranked 157th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. News April 28, 2021 Find out more Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Organisation Follow the news on Turkey Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor News TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeRSF Prize to go further Credit: Ozan Kose / AFP TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeRSF Prize News News April 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit April 26, 2018 Turkey: Jail terms for 14 Cumhuriyet journalists, administratorslast_img read more

Death threats against reporter who survived 2004 murder attempt

first_img June 1, 2021 Find out more News Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa Organisation Follow the news on Philippines Receive email alerts News February 16, 2021 Find out more Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago January 31, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Death threats against reporter who survived 2004 murder attempt RSF_en center_img Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about the harassment and death threats to which Arthur “Jun” Sapanghari, Jr., an investigative radio reporter based in Valencia City, in the southern province of Bukidnon, has been subjected since early December.“Sapanghari’s investigative reporting seems to be the main cause of these threats and there is every reason to be concerned, given the level of danger for media personnel in the Philippines and the impunity enjoyed by those who murder journalists,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk.“We urge the Valencia City authorities to provide this journalist and his family with good protection and to conduct an investigation in order to establish who is responsible for these threats.”Sapanghari, who works for dxDB Radyo Bandilyo, has been receiving SMS messages threatening him and his family. He has also reported that individuals have been watching both him and members of this family during their movements around the city.He did not take the threats seriously until an individual with his face partially covered went to his home on 17 January and asked his wife where he was. When she said he was at work, the masked individual left hastily on his motorcycle, the licence number of which was concealed.Aware that he was in danger, especially after one of his friends was also threatened for helping him, Sapanghari requested protection from the Bukidnon police. He was assigned two police officers for his protection but they were withdrawn after a week.Sapanghari’s investigative reporting resulted in the recent arrests of a man allegedly implicated in illegal logging and a man suspected of involvement in trafficking in children.Sapanghari survived a murder attempt in November 2004 after he covered a corruption case implicating a municipal employee in neighbouring Maramag. In March 2010, he was beaten by several individuals, possibly in connection with a report about the closure of pig farm.One of the messages he received in December said: “You’re not going to make it to Christmas. You’re next after Dignos.” It referred to Joash Dignos, a journalist who was gunned down in Valencia City in November.Dignos is one of a total of four journalists who have been killed in the Philippines since September. The others are Jesus Tabanao, Michael Diaz Milo and Rogelio Butalid.Ranked 140th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, the Philippines is one of the world’s deadliest countries for journalists.Credit photo: PCIJ Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped PhilippinesAsia – Pacific News to go further May 3, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News PhilippinesAsia – Pacific last_img read more

Government lifts ban on Freedom FM

first_img CameroonAfrica CameroonAfrica May 19, 2021 Find out more Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system RSF_en Receive email alerts News News Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court Help by sharing this information to go furthercenter_img April 23, 2021 Find out more Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case May 31, 2021 Find out more News July 19, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government lifts ban on Freedom FM Organisation News Follow the news on Cameroon Reporters Without Borders today hailed communication minister Pierre Moukoko Mbonjo’s decision to remove the government seals from the entrance to the studios of Freedom FM on 14 July, ending a two-year ban on the privately-owned radio station.”The end of this grim period for Freedom FM is good news for press freedom in Cameroon and we reiterate our support for Pius Njawé, the station’s founder, in his campaign to broadcast with complete freedom,” the organisation said.The station is to receive a provisional authorisation to resume broadcasting soon, following an agreement between its representatives and the government. The minister has withdrawn a complaint accusing the station of “illegally creating a communications company,” while Njawé has withdrawn a complaint to the African Commission for Human Rights.Njawé said being forced to close by the government since May 2003 has been a “financial catastrophe” for the station. Equipment has been badly damaged by water leaks that could not be repaired because no one was allowed inside. Two thirds of the equipment will have to be replaced, requiring an initial investment of 60 million CFA francs (about 92,000 euros).Members of the mobile intervention unit sealed Freedom FM’s studios on 23 May 2003, just as the station, which is part of the Le Messager press group, was about to begin broadcasting. Njawé has been imprisoned several times for criticising President Paul Biya and his government, above all in the late 1990s.last_img read more

Four journalists arrested, one radio station closed

first_img News PakistanAsia – Pacific to go further Follow the news on Pakistan PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Organisation April 21, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts November 15, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Four journalists arrested, one radio station closed News Help by sharing this information Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is concerned at a wave of arrests of journalists and closure of one of Pakistan’s few privately-run radio stations. January 28, 2021 Find out more Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists The worldwide press freedom organisation has written to the prime minister Shaukat Aziz urging the release of the journalists who are still behind held and for FM Radio 103 to be reopened.Police arrested Farhat Abbas Shah and Afaq Shah, journalists on FM Radio 103 on 10 November at their radio’s studios in Lahore, Punjab province in the east of the country. They were released on bail the next day.Two days later, around 20 police raided the station and seized equipment, making it impossible for it to continue broadcasting. They also arrested two staff members, reportedly Abdul Ghafoor and Nauman. The radio chiefly broadcasts programmes from the BBC World Service Urdu-language service.According to the Pakistan Press Club, the two radio journalists were arrested for broadcasting a report on a scandal at the Punjab cardiology institute. They were reportedly maltreated in the first hours of their detention.Police accused them both of taking part in a demonstration in front of a public building but the station director said that Farhat Abbas Shah had not been involved in the demonstration. On 6 November, Qazi Muhammad Rauf (picture), correspondent for the Urdu-language daily Express in the north-eastern Khyber Agency tribal zone, was seized by armed men and held for 24 hours by members of Sheikhmalkel tribe angry at what they saw as a biased article.Rauf had reported on clashes between the tribe and a fundamentalist religious organisation Amr Bill Maroof Wa Nahee Anil Munkar in the tribal area. Around a dozen armed men abducted Rauf took him to a private detention centre where they beat and then chained him.The authorities intervened following a tip off from his colleagues in the Tribal Union of Journalists and persuaded the tribal leaders to release him, on 7 November.Police in Skardo in the north-east arrested editor of a banned magazine Kargil International, Ghulam Shehzad Agha, on 4 November. The authorities reportedly accuse the journalist and political activist of backing autonomy for the Pakistani part of Jammu and Kashmir. The Pakistani interior ministry banned the magazine that he ran on 8 September 2004, charging that it carried seditious and unpatriotic news.Elsewhere, Sarwar Mujahid, correspondent for the conservative Urdu-language daily Nawa-I-Waqt in Okara district in the east of the country was freed on 12 October 2004. He was arrested and detained on 31 July 2004 at Sahiwal prison in Punjab province.Mujahid was held under the Maintenance of Public Order law. His detention appeared to be linked to his articles about a conflict between Pakistani paramilitaries and tenant farmers who have for years farmed land belonging to the army. Newslast_img read more

Regulator reacts quickly after dispute forces TV station off the air

first_img Help by sharing this information November 11, 2020 Find out more TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa News Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder to go further Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” RSF_en November 12, 2019 Find out more Follow the news on Tunisia Reporters Without Borders hails yesterday’s announcement by the High Independent Authority for Broadcasting Communication (HAICA) of measures to accelerate the allocation of broadcast licences. TV stations created since the revolution will now be able to legalize their status.HAICA’s announcement came three days after Attounissiya TV suddenly stopped broadcasting on the evening of 6 July as a result of a dispute between the owner of its broadcast frequency and the company responsible for producing its programmes.“The abrupt suspension of broadcasting by Attounissiya TV forced HAICA to react quickly to an institutional block we have long been criticizing,” Reporters Without Borders said. “HAICA has proposed a solution that reconciles freedom of information and respect for the law, demonstrating a concern to preserve media pluralism during the transition to democracy.”One of the parties to the contract dispute at Attounissiya TV is Cactus Prod, the production company, whose owner, Sami Fehri, is currently in prison. He launched the station in October 2011. The other is Slim Riahi, a Tunisian politician and businessman who recently bought Rainbow Media Tunisia and who controls the satellite frequency that Attounissiya TV has been using.Cactus Prod’s lawyer, Abdelaziz Essid, has filed three complaints against Riahi, accusing him of breaking a contract without warning, using the station’s logo, and making baseless accusations of fraud and embezzlement.The station has meanwhile found a stopgap solution that will allow it to resume broadcasting in the short term. Tahar Ben Hassine, the head of another station, Al Hiwar Ettounsi, has promised to let Attounissiya TV use his frequency to broadcast special Ramadan programmes until assigned a new frequency.Attounissiya TV never received a response to the request for a licence that it filed in 2001, when a regulatory body called the National Body for Information and Communication Reform (INRIC) was functioning. It was unable to renew its request in 2012 in the absence of any regulatory authority, so it chose to circumvent the legal obstacles by broadcasting by satellite on Nilesat.Legally, Attounissiya TV is now no more than an empty shell. The logo is owned by Fehri’s brother, who registered it with the National Institute for Standardization and Intellectual Property (INNORPI). But Riahi has adopted it and wants to continue using it for the programmes broadcast on his frequency. Legalization now possibleAlthough Attounissiya TV does not have a licence, the companies that produce its programmes are legal. The state acquired 51 per cent of the shares in Cactus Prod after its majority shareholder, Belhassen Trabelsi, the brother-in-law of deposed President Zine Ben-Ali, fled the country. It is currently under judicial control.In yesterday’s communiqué, HAICA asked Cactus Prod to provide it with copies of its financial records for 2011 and 2012, its contracts with other production companies, and a statement of its editorial policies.HAICA has decided that all broadcasting companies with no licence can legalize their status by submitting an application containing copies of their accounts, sources of funding, technical and logistical acquisitions, editorial policies, programming, staffing details and the owner’s name.They have been given 30 days to submit their applications. Legal proceedings for “illegal transmission” will be brought against those that fail to comply.“The concern for fairness evident in HAICA’s announcement is encouraging,” Reporters Without Borders added. “To continue in this way, the regulator should quickly draft clear terms of reference for broadcast licence applicants.” Receive email alerts TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation July 10, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Regulator reacts quickly after dispute forces TV station off the air News December 26, 2019 Find out more News Newslast_img read more

“Missing” journalist reappears, but freedom of information doesn’t

first_img February 5, 2021 Find out more News Organisation KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia January 15, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Kazakhstan Photo: RFE/RL Reporters Without Borders is relieved that the journalist Tokbergen Abiyev has “reappeared” after causing much concern by going missing on 20 December (see below) but is appalled to learn that he irresponsibly staged this disappearance to make people think he had been kidnapped.“This episode would be laughable if the situation of freedom of information in Kazakhstan were not so serious,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The last thing the country’s journalists needed at this critical juncture was to be discredited by an unacceptable hoax by a member of their own profession.“While we hail the work of the police in this case, we are still awaiting convincing results in the investigations into Oralgaisha Omarshanova’s real disappearance in 2007 and last year’s attempted murders of Lukpan Akhmedyarov and Ularbek Baitailak.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Abiyev’s ill-conceived stunt must not deflect attention from the current unprecedented crackdown on Kazakhstan’s independent and opposition media. They have more need then ever of the international community’s support.”Abiyev caused a stir in Kazakhstan and abroad by going missing on 20 December shortly after announcing that he would make important revelations at a news conference the next day. The police launched a major search for him and finally found him hiding in an apartment he had rented in Astana. No one was holding him against his will.At a news conference he gave on 4 January, he said he had staged his abduction in order to draw the attention of both the public and government to his fight against corruption. He explained that he had rented the apartment in advance specially for this purpose, and had planned to spend a month there before announcing that he was safe and sound.He added that he had hoped to obtain an interview with President Nursultan Nazarbayev after resurfacing. Although criticized by his colleagues, he claimed that he did not regret doing what he did.——25.12.2012 – Journalist missing after announcing intent to shed light on corruptionReporters Without Borders is very worried about Tokbergen Abiyev, a journalist who went missing in the Kazakh capital of Astana on 20 December shortly after announcing that he would reveal important facts about corruption at a news conference the next day. Abiyev heads the “Zakon i Pravosudie” (Law and Justice) Media Alliance and is the former editor of a newspaper of the same name. He is also the founder and editor of the Abiyev.kz news website.“There is little doubt that Abiyev’s disappearance is linked to the news conference he had planned to give the next day,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge the Kazakh authorities to carry out a rapid investigation and do everything possible to locate him. The probability that his disappearance is linked to his work as a journalist must be taken seriously by the police in charge of the case, who must guarantee the impartiality of their investigation. Abiyev’s life may be at risk and every second counts.”After returning to his office at around 9 p.m. on 20 December, Abiyev went out again about an hour later saying he was going to get information for the next day’s news conference and would return soon, fellow journalist Andrey Taranov said. He has not been seen since and did answer any of the calls that his colleagues began making to him shortly after midnight.In an email he sent to Astana-based journalists earlier in the day, Abiyev wrote: “Dear Colleagues, Tomorrow, 21 December (…) an exclusive news conference will be held (with the title of) ‘A corrupt person must go to prison.’ You will not be disappointed. Your presence is expected.” The email also said that the news conference would be about “the Astana government’s corruption and despotism.” Abiyev’s wife reported his disappearance to the Astana police on 22 December. A message was also sent to the National Security Committee (KNB). The police say they are currently conducting preliminary enquiries.Abiyev was released from prison last May on completing the three-year sentence he received in 2008, when he was Zakon i Pravosudie’s editor. He was convicted of giving a bribe to a representative of the financial police to obtain confidential information about judicial police officers. Abiyev said his arrest was directly linked to his work as a journalist.One of his Zakon i Pravosudie colleagues, Oralgaisha Omarshanova, went missing in 2007 and was never found.Abiyev’s disappearance comes amid a dramatic decline in the climate for the media in Kazakhstan. The past 12 months have seen an unprecedented increase in persecution of independent and opposition journalists culminating in a recent ban on the main national opposition media. Kazakh reporter accuses police of attacking her to go further Receive email alerts News January 7, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “Missing” journalist reappears, but freedom of information doesn’t News News Reporters prevented from covering Kazakh parliamentary elections Regional newspaper editor harassed after investigating real estate scandal Help by sharing this information RSF_en October 30, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Suspect arrested in shooting death of radio host Niel Jimena

first_img Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped May 3, 2021 Find out more to go further News PhilippinesAsia – Pacific August 14, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Suspect arrested in shooting death of radio host Niel Jimena News June 1, 2021 Find out more Organisation Follow the news on Philippines Reporters Without Borders notes the arrest of one of the suspects in the murder of radio journalist Niel Jimena on 8 August in the southern Philippines.“Progress in the investigation into the murders of media workers is too rare to be ignored,” the press freedom organization said. “We call on the police to continue their efforts to find those behind these crimes and we hope that there will be rapid progress in many similar cases that are still outstanding. “The danger facing journalists and the impunity of their attackers has reached tragic proportions in the Philippines. We note that at least four media workers have been murdered since the start of the year. “Ensuring justice for victims is a prerequisite for deterring further attacks and ending this bloody escalation. In this respect, the investigation into the massacre of 32 journalists in 2009 is particularly significant. However, it should not obscure the fact that the legal system has been slow to shed light on a series of other murders, including those of Dennis Cuesta, Christopher Guarin and Aldion Layao.”Jimena, a presenter on DYRI-RMN Radio, was shot dead by two men on a motorcycle near his home on Negros Island last August. Before his death, he received threats from a politician he had criticised.One of the two suspects, Noel Guimeroy, was arrested on 8 August in the village of Tinungan in the Isabela commune. The second, Joel Calungsod, is still sought by police. Both will answer to charges of murder before the municipal court in Silay, in the west of Negros Island. The Philippines is ranked 140th of 179 countries in the 2011-2012 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders and remains one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists.center_img Receive email alerts RSF_en News Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa PhilippinesAsia – Pacific News Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago Help by sharing this information February 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Reporters Without Borders launches petition for release of imprisoned journalists

first_img January 13, 2021 Find out more News Reports October 27, 2020 Find out more News RSF_en Prisoner of Conscience Since 2001 – Why has Sweden not managed to bring Dawit Isaak home? EritreaAfrica Receive email alerts RSF urges Swedish judicial authorities to reverse Dawit Isaak decision Follow the news on Eritreacenter_img News Organisation EritreaAfrica Swedish prosecutors again refuse to investigate Dawit Isaak case May 24, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders launches petition for release of imprisoned journalists Today, the 19th anniversary of Eritrea’s independence, Reporters Without Borders issues a reminder that around 30 journalists are imprisoned in this Horn of Africa country and launches a new appeal for their release. “No one can celebrate Eritrea’s liberation without thinking of the dozens of journalists who are in prison there,” Reporters Without Borders said. “They are the victims of the insane policies of a president who, by grabbing power and suspending freedoms, has for years been thwarting all the wonderful hopes his people had when they gave birth to an independent Eritrea in 1991.”The press freedom organisation added: “It is intolerable that journalists are being held incommunicado, without a trial, and in inhuman conditions that have already cost several of them their lives, just because they did their job. We appeal to the international community to put pressure on the Eritrean authorities and we urge them to free the prisoners without delay.”Sign the petition .Reporters Without Borders issued a list of 40 “Predators of Press Freedom” on 3 May. They include Eritrean President Issaias Afeworki, who is directly responsible for the crackdown on journalists and the elimination of privately-owned media since 2001. More information .The latest news and information about journalists in Eritrea. More information about press freedom in Eritrea. A previous petition, launched after the September 2001 crackdown, was signed by 4,204 people. April 14, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information to go furtherlast_img read more

Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting

first_img RSF_en Help by sharing this information After the young woman died of her injuries in hospital, the police quickly cremated her body the next day, fuelling speculation that they wanted to destroy evidence. The police then blocked access to the district to prevent reporters from interviewing the family. “The police are deliberately lumping together unverified comments by politicians with the MoJo Story’s rigorous journalistic reporting,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “This is clearly a case of judicial harassment aimed at silencing any independent investigative coverage of this case. We urge the Uttar Pradesh prosecutor’s office to immediately dismiss this accusation, which is not based on any credible evidence, and furthermore violates the criminal procedure code by denying Barkha Dutt access to the case.” India is ranked 142nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. News Lumped together News As she reported in a tweet at the time, Dutt tried to circumvent the police roadblock by walking several kilometres across fields but the police caught her, put her in a police van, and deposited her back on the road, outside the sealed-off area. IndiaAsia – Pacific Media independence Judicial harassment The accusation concerns Dutt’s coverage of the death of two teenage girls who are Dalits (members of the Indian group formerly known as “untouchables”). They were found poisoned in a field in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district after going missing on 17 February. February 23, 2021 Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting Organisation News According to the police, Dutt is accused under criminal code article 153 of “wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot,” which is punishable by up to a year in prison. The police were almost certainly annoyed that her reporting included interviews with members of the family of the two murdered girls, who said the police pressured them to quickly cremate their bodies. IndiaAsia – Pacific Media independence Judicial harassment Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the judicial harassment of Barkha Dutt, a reporter in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state, who is wrongly accused of falsely reporting that two murdered girls had been sexually assaulted. The prosecutors must drop the case against this journalist, RSF said. center_img April 27, 2021 Find out more India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival News This is a highly sensitive claim coming just five months after the alleged gang-rape and subsequent death of a 19-year-old Dalit woman in Hathras, another Uttar Pradesh district, in September – a case that received a great deal attention throughout India, as RSF reported at the time. to go further In this photograph taken on June 12, 2020 journalist Barkha Dutt (C) reports from Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) hospital in New Delhi. She is the target of a First information Report filed by Uttar Pradesh police on 21 February, 2021 (photo: Prakash Singh / AFP). Follow the news on India June 10, 2021 Find out more Blocked access RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 The FIR names Dutt’s Twitter account, @themojostory, along with seven other Twitter accounts, including those of several politicians who claimed the girls were sexually assaulted. The MoJo Story report never claimed this, but the FIR says it did. Dutt’s request for a copy of the FIR has been refused by the police, thereby preventing her from legally disputing the accusation. Barkha Dutt, who often reports for the Washington Post and runs a YouTube local news channel called MoJo Story, told RSF that she regards the accusation brought against her, in the form of a police “First Information Report” (FIR) on 21 February, as a “harassment attempt” and “pure intimidation.” Receive email alerts March 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Third journalist slain in space of two days

first_img News May 3, 2021 Find out more PhilippinesAsia – Pacific News News August 2, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Third journalist slain in space of two days Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago June 1, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Philippines Organisation Reporters Without Borders is dismayed to learn that photo-journalist Mario Sy was fatally shot yesterday in his home in General Santos City, in the far-south province of South Cotabato, by a gunman who immediately fled. Sy was the third journalist to be gunned down in the Philippines in the space of two days.“As in the double-murder of Bonifacio Loreto and Richard Kho just two days before, the method used in the Sy murder shows that he was clearly targeted,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge investigators not to neglect the possibility that these journalists were killed in connection with his work, and we urge the authorities to put all the necessary resources at their disposal, so that they can identify those responsible for these cold-blooded murders and bring them so justice“If suspicions are confirmed, Sy’s death brings to six the number of journalists killed in connection with their work so far this year in the Philippines. This puts it among the world’s deadliest countries for media personnel, alongside Syria and Pakistan. This is unacceptable. Impunity breeds more violence, which will only be stopped by exemplary punishments.”Sy was shot twice by an unidentified individual who had entered his home. The Centre for Media Freedom and Responsibility today quoted relatives as saying Sy had drawn attention to drug trafficking in his photo-reporting. The media he worked for including Sapol News Bulletin, a local newspaper.Loreto and Kho, who worked for the Aksyon Ngayon newspaper, were shot in Quezon City, on the northern island of Luzon, on 30 July by two gunmen who immediately fled.Philippines is ranked 140th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. RSF_en Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa Receive email alerts News Photo : “Combined photos by Kevin Eddy and NS Newsflash”, philstar.com to go further PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped February 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more