Alarming details about election-related violence against journalists in Mexico

first_img News June 19, 2018 Alarming details about election-related violence against journalists in Mexico Follow the news on Mexico RSF_en Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state News Reports These election-related attacks against journalists and media were monitored by RSF and Propuesta Cívica under a project called Press Alert / Alerta Prensa (#AlertaPrensa) that began in January and will continue until September. Broken down by type of attack and region, the attacks are being displayed month by month on the Press Alert monitoring and observation website.The “attacks” registered by the Press Alert project include oral, written or online threats, acts of physical violence, smear campaigns in the media or online, and cases of judicial harassment linked to the elections to be held on 1 July, the most important in Mexico’s history. A total 3,406 public offices are being elected, including president, deputies, senators and the governors of nine of Mexico’s 20 states.In the 40 attacks on journalists during the first five months of the year, a total of 45 journalists were affected, of whom 16 were women journalists. Together with the four attacks on media outlets, these alarming figures highlight the difficulty of covering elections in a country blighted by violence.Eleven Mexican journalists were murdered in connection with their work in 2017. Another four have already been murdered so far this year (and a fifth case is being investigated). At the same time, the political class is also being targeted. At least 112 candidates and pre-candidates have been murdered in Mexico since September 2017.The number of attacks has been increasing as the elections draw nearer. Propuesta Civica observed the same trend when it carried out a similar monitoring project during the elections in 2012.“We call on Mexico’s politicians and authorities, both federal and local, to do more to prevent the dangers associated with election coverage, and to reinforce appropriate protective measures and/or to propose new ones,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau. “The Mexican press as a whole must also address this problem and establish specific provisions for this kind of work.”Propuesta Cívica director Sara Mendiola added: “The Mexican authorities must ensure respect for the work that these reporters do, because the importance of their work in the democratic process needs no further demonstration.” Receive email alerts MexicoAmericas Condemning abusesReports and statisticsProtecting journalists Organized crimeViolenceFreedom of expression MexicoAmericas Condemning abusesReports and statisticsProtecting journalists Organized crimeViolenceFreedom of expression Organisation From January to May of this year, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and its Mexican partner, Propuesta Cívica, registered 45 attacks against journalists and four against media that were linked to the current elections in Mexico. These alarming figures show how journalism is being undermined and targeted by political actors, and increasingly so in the run-up to the poll. Uneven regional distributionMexico City, Puebla and Morelos, where most of the attacks were registered, are not among the most violent states for the media.Attacks against journalists and media also occur in the states with the highest levels of violence and organized crime activity, such as Tamaulipas, Veracruz and Guerrero. But journalists in these states tend not to report such attacks for fear of reprisals. They also have to censor themselves much more, resulting in media coverage grey zones.Reporters and columnists most targetedThe eight candidates who perpetrated attacks are running for mayor, governor or senator.Non-existent protection mechanismsThese provisional figures on election-related attacks are very worrying. The steady increase in their frequency as the election gets nearer, the profile of the targeted journalists and the lack of effective protective mechanisms for election reporting are reinforcing an untenable climate of mistrust and danger for Mexico’s journalists, who are already exposed to a level of violence that is without parallel in the West.In the cases monitored by the Press Alert project, none of journalists sent into the field to cover campaigns – often to dangerous regions – had specific equipment or had been given appropriate training for this kind of work, and therefore did not know how to respond or where to turn in the event of this kind of attack.RSF and Propuesta Cívica will hold a press conference today to present these figures. Journalists who attend will be given fact sheets with the contact details of entities to which attacks can be reported and which can advise on how to deal with them.- See the RSF/UNESCO Safety Guide for Journalists- See the Press Alert/Alerta Prensa website Help by sharing this information May 13, 2021 Find out more May 5, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies News to go further ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Editor harassed by intelligence agents for asking Mbeki to intercede in Hydara case

first_img Gambia still needs to address challenges to press freedom Receive email alerts News Three journalist arrested, two radio stations closed in Gambia RSF_en Reporters Without Borders voiced anger today at the “frightening and humiliating” treatment which Musa Saidykhan, the editor of the privately-owned biweekly The Independent, received yesterday from intelligence officers because he asked South African President Thabo Mbeki to press the Gambian authorities to shed light on the unsolved murder of fellow journalist Deyda Hydara.The editor of the privately-owned The Point newspaper and Reporters Without Borders’ correspondent in Gambia, Hydara was gunned down on 16 December 2004.“The impunity still enjoyed by our correspondent’s murderers increases the fear in which Gambian journalists live every day,” the press freedom organisation said. “Arresting a citizen and forcing him to fill out his own police file because he requested the help of South Africa’s president is frightening and humiliating.”Reporters Without Borders added: “What is the international community waiting for to put pressure on President Yahya Jammeh? We add our voice to Saidykhan’s and we formally appeal to Mbeki to put pressure on Jammeh to finally accede to the request for the creation of an independent commission of enquiry into Hydara’s murder.”At the same time, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard today addressed an “anxious appeal” to the South African president on behalf of Gambia’s journalists. In a letter to Mbeki accompanied by copies of the reports of its two fact-finding missions and 14 press releases in 2004 and 2005 on the state of press freedom in Gambia, Reporters Without Borders expressed its “growing concern about the safety of journalists working for Gambia’s independent press.”Saidykhan’s ordeal began at midday yesterday when he received a phone call from an officer with the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) “inviting” him to report for questioning at NIA headquarters, located 100 metres from the presidential palace in Banjul.When he refused, he was told: “You know full well what will happen.” Four NIA plain-clothes officers arrived at the offices of The Independent at 2:30 p.m., identified themselves as members of the president’s staff, arrested him and took him to NIA headquarters.There he was photographed and questioned for more than three hours by an officer identified as “Capt. Saine” in the presence of two other officers. Saine asked him why he was disparaging Gambia abroad and whether he had chosen to be a journalist “for the glory and the celebrity.” The NIA agents also asked him to fill out a 3-page form that included questions about his family, habits and opinions. He was finally released at about 6 p.m. and “invited” to return at 10 a.m. today.In the 24 October issue of The Independent, Saidykhan ran a story headlined “African Editors Remember Deyda” about his visit to Johannesburg on 15 October for a conference of African newspapers editors. He reported that he publicly asked President Mbeki, who attended the opening, to help the Gambian press obtain justice in the Hydara case. Mbeki replied that he had not been aware of the case but promised to raise it with the Gambian authorities.This encounter was also reported in a story headlined “South Africa’s President ‘Resolved to Solve’ Deyda’s Murder Mystery” in the 26 October edition of The Point, the newspaper which Hydara co-founded and which appears four times a week.The co-founder and editor of The Point, and the correspondent of Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Reporters Without Borders, Hydara was gunned down behind the wheel of his car as he was driving two employees home late at night on 16 December. He was an outspoken critic of two laws curbing press freedom that were passed by the national assembly on the eve of his murder.Reporters Without Borders made two fact-finding visits to The Gambia, in December 2004 and April 2005, partly to support his family and his newspaper, but also in attempt to advance an investigation that was going nowhere. The organisation was able to reconstruct how Hydara spent his last day and it identified a number of leads and hypotheses which any serious investigators ought to have pursued.In particular, the organisation discovered that his murder, which was carried out by professionals, followed the pattern of a series of attacks against journalists and other figures who had upset the authorities. The circumstances, the method of operation, the recurring use of cars with no licence plates and preceding death threats were similar in every case. Hydara’s murder matches the pattern of many press freedom violations in recent years in Gambia and in all of these cases, the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) has been identified as the perpetrator or leading suspect.By piecing together information in the accounts provided by different sources, Reporters Without Borders also discovered that Hydara was under surveillance by the security services and was still being watched just minutes before he was murdered a few hundred metres from a police barracks. Reporters Without Borders voiced anger today at the “frightening and humiliating” treatment which Musa Saidykhan, the editor of the privately-owned biweekly The Independent, received yesterday from intelligence officers. Saikykhan had asked South African President Thabo Mbeki to press the Gambian authorities to shed light on the unsolved murder of fellow journalist Deyda Hydara. Help by sharing this information News Organisation News Follow the news on Gambia July 23, 2019 Find out more GambiaAfrica GambiaAfrica Gambia: former president must stand trial for journalist’s murder October 28, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Editor harassed by intelligence agents for asking Mbeki to intercede in Hydara case August 6, 2020 Find out more News January 27, 2020 Find out more to go furtherlast_img read more

Another cyberdissident imprisoned because of data provided by Yahoo

first_img China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes RSF_en to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today condemned the US firm Yahoo! for handing over data on one of its users in China which enabled the authorities there to send him to prison for eight years, the second such case that has come to light in recent months. Reporters Without Borders called on Yahoo! to supply a list of all cyberdissidents it has provided data on, beginning with 81 people in China whose release the worldwide press freedom organization is currently campaigning for.It said it had discovered that Yahoo! customer and cyberdissident Li Zhi had been given his eight-year prison sentence in December 2003 based on electronic records provided by Yahoo. “How many more cases are we going to find?” it asked.“We were sure the case of Shi Tao, who was jailed for 10 years last April on the basis of Yahoo-supplied data, was not the only one. Now we know Yahoo works regularly and efficiently with the Chinese police. “The firm says it simply responds to requests from the authorities for data without ever knowing what it will be used for. But this argument no longer holds water. Yahoo certainly knew it was helping to arrest political dissidents and journalists, not just ordinary criminals. The company must answer for what it is doing at the US congressional hearing set for February 15.”The foreign-based news website posted on February 5 the plea of cyberdissident Li’s lawyer, Zhang Sizhi, at an appeal court hearing in February 2004. Zhang said his client, who used the e-mail address [email protected] and user-name lizhi34100, had been sentenced on the basis of data handed over by Yahoo! Hong Kong in a report dated August 1, 2003.Li, a 35-year-old ex-civil servant from Dazhou (South-West), had been sentenced on December 10, 2003 to eight years in prison for “inciting subversion.” He had been arrested the previous August after he criticized in online discussion groups and articles the corruption of local officials. Local sources said Yahoo! Hong Kong’s cooperation with the police was also mentioned in the court’s verdict on Li. The US house of Representatives Committee on International Relations will hold a hearing on February 15 about the ethical responsibilities of Internet firms. Yahoo! has been invited to attend.49 cyberdissidents and 32 journalists are in prison in China for posting on the Internet articles and criticism of the authorities. For the Shi Tao case ————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: February 9, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Another cyberdissident imprisoned because of data provided by Yahoo April 27, 2021 Find out more News News ChinaAsia – Pacific China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on China Receive email alerts March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

RSF backs JED after threats by Congolese minister

first_img Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo Paris, 7 November 2017 Dear Minister Mende, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), an international NGO that defends the freedom to inform, would like to express its concern about your criticism on 3 November of the Congolese press freedom NGO Journalist in Danger (JED). In your speech, you questioned the credibility of the report that JED had published the day before and you accused JED of “political activism.” You also implied that some of its members could be arrested. We fully support JED and its publications. In this case, JED carefully compiled the findings of the research that its staff had conducted and published throughout the past year. In this report, released on International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, JED said there has been a nearly 40% increase in attacks against journalists by various state authorities in the DRC, which is ranked 152nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index, having fallen 10 places since 2013. We realize that these figures might prompt you to react and we hope that, in response to these grim findings, your staff will do everything possible to identify and punish those responsible for these attacks, more than 80% of which were carried by military, police or administrative personnel. We also ask you to do more to protect journalists, who should not be the victims of abuses just because their reporting displease local or national authorities. The accusations that you made against JED, a leading Congolese civil society organization, are worrying and foster a threatening climate for JED’s staff, who need to be able to work freely. Since your comments, JED has received several “warnings” and calls for caution from supposedly well-intentioned persons. As minister of communication and media, you have to duty to set an example and to not legitimize violence against the media. We therefore urge you to ensure the safety of JED’s staff, whose work has been hailed by many international organizations and media outlets all over the world. Sincerely, Christophe Deloire Secretary-General February 16, 2021 Find out more Organisation Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian The Democratic Republic of Congo’s minister of communication and media, Lambert Mende, made threatening comments about Journalist in Danger (JED), a partner organization of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), after JED issued its annual report on 2 November.In the following open letter, RSF voices its support for JED and calls on the minister to protect journalists and to put an end to impunity for those responsible for crimes of violence against them. News February 18, 2021 Find out more Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma Newscenter_img News RSF_en Receive email alerts February 24, 2021 Find out more Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abusesReports and statisticsProtecting journalists ImpunityPredatorsFreedom of expression November 7, 2017 RSF backs JED after threats by Congolese minister News Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abusesReports and statisticsProtecting journalists ImpunityPredatorsFreedom of expression to go further Lambert Mende, Ministre de la Communication et des médias de RDC depuis 2008 last_img read more

Net Neutrality in Danger !

first_img Follow the news on United States RSF_en Organisation News June 7, 2021 Find out more News In a unanimous decision on April 6th, 2010, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said the FCC exceeded its authority when it sanctioned Comcast for deliberately preventing subscribers from using peer-to-peer file-sharing services to download large files.”We call upon Congress to support the FCC’s initial decision. New legislation is needed to give the FCC the resources to prevent Internet providers from abusing Net neutrality. We also call upon the FCC to reclassify broadband as a “telecommunications service” so that it can keep the Internet open and free”, added Reporters Without Borders.In 2002, under the Bush administration, the FCC decided to classify broadband Internet service providers in the same category as Internet applications companies like Facebook, leaving them outside of the legal framework that traditionally applied to companies that offer two-way communications services.Many countries already violate the principle of Internet neutrality by blocking access to online publications which displease them. Reporters Without Borders strongly believes the Internet must be used to transmit information to the greater public without reference to its origin or destination, and that users alone should decide what content they want to access.Abandoning the neutrality principle in the United States would increase the risk of creating a centralized network similar to the Chinese model, granting access providers improper and decisive power over content transmission United StatesAmericas April 8, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Net Neutrality in Danger ! United StatesAmericas Receive email alerts Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says to go further Help by sharing this information NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News June 3, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders is asking Congress to take a stand in favor of Net neutrality after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the Federal Communications Commission lacks the authority under existing legal framework to prevent Internet service providers from blocking or slowing specific websites.“This is a major stepback”, the organization said “The ruling is contradictory to the government’s commitment to Net neutrality and equal access to the Internet for all American citizens. It allows Internet service providers to control Internet traffic, rerouting people to sites and search engines they own. This is not only a commercial decision, it also has enormous consequences for the free flow of information. The neutrality principle has made the Internet an open, creative and free space. It is already being put under threat by the world’s authoritarian states, led by China and Iran. It would be disastrous if the United States was to go against this key principle.”In 2007, Comcast, the largest cable company in the US, was caught interfering with consumers’ ability to download files from file-sharing services like BitTorrent. The FCC opened an investigation into the matter on January 2008 and in August of that year, after concluding Comcast had violated its Internet principles,ordered the company to change its policies. Comcast appealed the ruling a month later, arguing the FCC’s net-neutrality principles could not be enforced. April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

New escalation of violence against journalists

first_imgNews March 19, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New escalation of violence against journalists News June 2, 2021 Find out more Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Reporters Without Borders condemns the heavy-handed raids which masked members of the Minsk police carried out on 16 March on the premises of two opposition media, the newspaper Narodnaya Volya and the Charter 97 website. Charter 97 editor Natalia Radzina was hit in the face as the police stormed in the website’s office.The police also searched Radzina’s home and the homes of Narodnaya Volya journalist Maryna Koktysh and another journalist, Iryna Khalip. Eight Charter 97 computers and other computer equipment and personal electronic equipment were seized.The raids were linked their coverage of the prosecution of three police officers in the southeastern city of Homyel and Viktar Yermakow, the head of the interior ministry’s Anti-Corruption and Organised Crime Department, on charges of abuse of authority and blackmailing members of the Committee for State Security (KGB). Three of them were given sentences ranging from three to four years in jail last month.The police already raided Narodnaya Volya on 17 February, seizing the computer and files of Koktysh, who had been covering the case.“There are no legal grounds for these heavy-handed raids, which even violate the Belarus constitution,” Reporters Without Borders said. “These journalists are just doing their job and must not be regarded as offenders for exposing cases that are embarrassing for the police and a government ministry.”The authorities also tried in vain to search the apartments of journalist Aleh Biabenin and European Belarus Civil Initiative coordinator Dzmitry Bandarenka on 16 March. RSF_en Follow the news on Belarus RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” May 27, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News Receive email alerts BelarusEurope – Central Asia to go further Organisation May 28, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information BelarusEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

Another attempt to murder daily’s editor

first_img April 7, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Another attempt to murder daily’s editor CyprusEurope – Central Asia November 23, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders is dismayed by the growing frequency of attacks on journalists in Northern Cyprus, in which the latest was a shooting inside the offices of the opposition daily Afrika in Nicosia on 3 July.“It is intolerable that a gunman was able to enter the premises of Afrika, when he already came to make threats two weeks earlier and shots were fired at the newspaper in February,” Reporters Without Borders said. “At the very least, the security forces have shown serious negligence in this matter. We urge the police and judicial authorities to investigate the possibility that the attacker had accomplices within their ranks.”Last weekend’s attack on Afrika, which opposes the Turkish presence in Northern Cyprus, was carried out by Mustafa Yalcin, a Turkish citizen who went to the newspaper and asked to speak to the editor, Sener Levent. When told that Levent was not there, Yalcin opened fire without hitting anyone. The police arrested him shortly afterwards, still in possession of his gun.Yalcin’s photograph had appeared in the press after he announced that he was going to “kill the traitor” in mid-June. When shots were fired at the newspaper on 25 February, Levent was named in a letter left outside, which said: “The next time you make a mistake, you will pay with your life.”“Does someone have to die before the authorities finally react,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The investigation into Mustafa Yalcin must be transparent and complete, and must not stop short of identifying any instigators.”After the attacks and threats against TV journalist Mutlu Esendemir and newspaper editor Cenk Mutluyakali (read our 7 April press release below) in April, violence against journalists seems to be a growing trend in the self-proclaimed Republic of Northern Cyprus. After the car bombing in April, Esendemir was the target of a second car bomb in 12 May.“The Turkish Cypriot authorities must respond to this series of attacks by taking urgent and effective measures to guarantee the safety of journalists,” Reporters Without Borders added. “We call on Northern Cyprus’ partners, above all Turkey, which recently proclaimed its attachment to media freedom, to put pressure on Nicosia to take this problem seriously.” Organisation Mutlu EsendemirThe improvised explosive device, which was placed underneath Esendemir’s car while he was inside the TV station, exploded as he tried to open the car’s door at about 1 a.m. He was hospitalized with minor leg injuries. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.“A thorough enquiry must be carried out by the authorities to identify not only the perpetrators of this murder attempt but also those behind it,” Reporters Without Borders said. “If this attack goes unpunished it will only encourage the perpetrators to continue their attempts to create a climate of violence, which would have very negative consequences for all the media. We also urge authorities to provide Esendemir and his family with protection if he requests it.”Reporters Without Borders also strongly condemns the threats made by Mehmet Salih Bayramoglu of the “London Solidarity Association,” a UK-based group that supports Northern Cyprus’s ruling National Unity Party (UBP), against Cenk Mutluyakah, the editor of Turkish-Cypriot opposition daily Yeniduzen. Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU ————-07.04.2011 – Concern over car bomb attack and threats against journalistsReporters Without Borders is outraged by a bomb attack during the night of the 5 April 2011 in Nicosia on Mutlu Esendemir, who is the news editor of Kanal T (a Turkish-Cypriot TV station owned by finance minister Ersin Tatar) and a reporter for the Turkish-Cypriot daily Kribrisli. News Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive News June 2, 2021 Find out more Cenk MutluyakahUsing crude and insulting language in an email sent directly to Mutluyakah, Bayramoglu wrote: “You would do well not to underestimate us. You dreamed up this article (…) If you are so sure of yourself, I promise you that we will meet. If you fail to apologize tomorrow in your newspaper, we will show you (…) I expect you to publish an apology to the UBP’s London Solidarity Association or else you will be responsible for what could happen to you.”The threat was prompted by an article in Yeniduzen that included content originally published by the official Turkish press agency TAK. The TAK story reported that the UPB’s London Solidarity Association had issued a press release in which it apologized for including erroneous Internet links in a letter to the state prosecutor. In the letter, the association accused the general-secretary of the Turkish-Cypriot teachers union, Sener Elcil, of treachery for participating in a demonstration in Brussels denouncing Turkey’s assimilation of Turkish Cypriots.“We call for an urgent investigation into the president of UPB’s London Solidarity Association, who must take full responsibility for what he writes,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Such remarks are not covered by freedom of expression. Pressure brought to bear in the form of written words couched in such violent terms is unacceptable, especially when they emanate from a well-known individual occupying such a position.”The organization added: “The attack on Esendemir demonstrates, if it were needed, that such threats should not be taken lightly and that they cannot be allowed to slip by without legal action. To do nothing in this affair would be quite simply intolerable.” to go further Help by sharing this information December 2, 2020 Find out more News News Follow the news on Cyprus CyprusEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

Tanzania: Journalist must be freed and given medical care, RSF says

first_imgA few days before his arrest, Kabendera discovered that his phone had been blocked and he was unable to obtain any explanation from the telephone company, RSF has learned. Nine days before his arrest, he co-authored a story about tension within Tanzania’s ruling party and an alleged plot to prevent President John Magufuli from running for a second term. September 11, 2019 – Updated on September 17, 2019 Tanzania: Journalist must be freed and given medical care, RSF says TanzaniaAfrica Condemning abuses ImprisonedJudicial harassment TanzaniaAfrica Condemning abuses ImprisonedJudicial harassment Investigative journalist Erick Kabendera. Crédit : JamiiForums “All this is compounded by the fact that Erick Kabendera has been kept in pre-trial detention despite a considerable decline in his health, so the Tanzanian authorities no longer have any choice: he must be released and given medical treatment without delay.” Tanzanian media unable to cover Covid-19 epidemic Tanzania is ranked 118th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index after falling 47 places since 2016, more than any other country in the world during the same period. November 5, 2020 Find out more to go further News In what condition will Kabendera appear in court tomorrow? Held since 29 July, he is reportedly suffering from respiratory problems and showing signs of paralysis in his legs that is preventing him from walking properly. Several relatives have told RSF they suspect the deterioration in his health is linked to his imprisonment.  November 27, 2020 Find out more A freelancer for respected media outlets such as The Guardian and The East African who specializes in investigative reporting on Tanzania’s politics and economy, Kabendera was originally arrested for questioning about how he had obtained his Tanzanian citizenship. Press freedom has deteriorated steadily since Magufuli became president in 2015. Laws have been passed restricting freedom of expression and information, newspapers have been closed and journalists have often been arrested. In an unusual joint statement about an individual case, the US and British governments called on Tanzania to guarantee due process for Kabendera and criticized the “irregular handling” of his arrest, detention, and indictment. Follow the news on Tanzania News February 4, 2021 Find out more Organisation Reports After several changes in the charges against him in the days that followed, he is now accused of “money laundering, tax evasion and assisting a criminal racket” – charges that do not allow release on bail. Originally set for 19 August, his trial has already been delayed twice because the prosecution said it needed more time to investigate. As the Tanzanian authorities prepare to bring investigative reporter Erick Kabendera before a court in Dar es Salaam tomorrow, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges them to release him and allow him to receive appropriate medical attention without delay. Twitter arbitrarily blocks South African newsweekly and several reporters over Covid vaccine story RSF_en Help by sharing this information After Azory Gwanda, a reporter for The Citizen and Mwananchi newspapers, went missing in November 2017, no serious attempt was made to find him and no serious investigation was ever conducted into disappearance. In June of this year, the foreign minister referred to him as having “died” but later retracted. The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News “Arrest by plainclothesmen, three changes to the charges and several trial postponements due to a lack of prosecution evidence – everything suggests that the purpose of these proceedings is to intimidate and silence an investigative reporter critical of Tanzania’s government,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. Receive email alertslast_img read more

Minister insists no journalist was murdered in connection with their work

first_imgNews Organisation HondurasAmericas Reporters Without Borders is outraged by deputy security minister Armando Calidonio’s insistence during a TV appearance on 3 January that none of the ten murders of journalists in Honduras during 2010 was connected to the victim’s work. “None of these murders is linked to the practice of journalism,” he said. “It is highly improbable and I say so sincerely.”The minister’s comment is an intolerable denial of reality. A probable or proven link to the victim’s work as a journalist exists in three of the ten cases, none of which has yet been solved.“In each murder of a journalist last year, the Honduran authorities systematically rejected any possibility of a link to their work, sometimes even before the police began investigating,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The aim of such comments is to make people forget that the already high level of criminal violence was compounded by the violence stemming from the 2009 coup.”The Honduran Committee for Free Expression (C-Libre) meanwhile reports that Esdras López, of Canal 36-Cholusat, a TV station critical of the coup, was threatened yesterday in Tegucigalpa by an army lieutenant-colonel identified as Méndez, who also photographed him.One of the three journalists killed in 2010 in an apparent connection with his work, Nahum Palacios Arteaga, was gunned down after repeated harassment and threats from military personnel in the Aguán region, where there is a great deal of repression.In his comments on 3 January, the deputy security minister also claimed that the government had “very good relations with the press.” The next day, President Porfirio Lobo asked security minister Oscar Álvarez to do everything possible to solve these murders. According to national dailies, the government is planning to request help from Spain, Colombia and the United States.“We understand why the president would want to make up for the deputy minister’s comments but we hope that the statements of intent will be followed by action and that investigators will seriously consider the possibility of official involvement in some of these murders,” Reporters Without Borders added. Honduras has never acted on rulings by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights calling on it to protect opposition journalists who have received threats. RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Help by sharing this information News RSF_en Reports April 27, 2021 Find out more December 28, 2020 Find out morecenter_img January 6, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Minister insists no journalist was murdered in connection with their work 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies May 13, 2021 Find out more HondurasAmericas RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Receive email alerts to go further News Follow the news on Honduraslast_img read more

Manuel Vázquez Portal ends hunger-strike

first_img RSF_en News CubaAmericas September 22, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Manuel Vázquez Portal ends hunger-strike May 6, 2020 Find out more Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet CubaAmericas October 15, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Cuba RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago to go further Receive email alerts October 12, 2018 Find out more News Organisation Manuel Vázquez Portal told his wife, Yolanda Huerga Cedeño, by telephone on 7 September that he was calling off his hunger strike because his condition of detention had improved. She was able to visit him three days later. During this visit, a state security officer put pressure on her to encourage her husband to respect prison discipline. He also urged her not to say anything to the press as this would “hurt” her husband. During the 15 minutes she was allowed to spend with her husband, he confirmed he had obtained an improvement in his conditions. He can now watch TV for four hours a day and can leave his cell without manacles on his wrists and ankles. He also has healthier food and a bigger cell. He is still being held in Aguadores prison, but the authorities have promised to return him to Boniato prison.___________________________8.09.2003Yaraí Reyes Marín said her husband, Normando Hernández González, has been transferred to Kilo 5 1/2 prison in Piñar del Río province where, according to the prison authorities, he is in solitary confinement and is forbidden from making telephone calls and receiving family visits until he calls off his hunger strike.Carlos Herrera Acosta, for his part, has reportedly been transferred to a prison in the eastern province of Camagüey.————————————-4.09.2003Manuel Vázquez Portal has been sent to Aguadores prison, in Santiago de Cuba,according to his wife and sister, who were told by state security policeand prison officials at Aguadores. The families of the two otherstransferred, Normando Hernández González and Juan Carlos Herrera Acosta,have heard nothing.————————————-3.09.2003Reporters Without Borders expressed great concern today about a hunger-strike begun by three independent Cuban journalists – Manuel Vázquez Portal, Juan Carlos Herrera Acosta and Normando Hernández González – in Boniatico prison, in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba, to protest against their conditions of detention. Since they started the protest on 31 August, they have been transferred to another prison in an unknown location.”This is the second hunger-strike in the space of a month by journalists jailed in Cuba,” the press freedom organisation said. “They are being held in very bad conditions. Most have been sent to prisons hundreds of kilometres from their families, sanitary conditions are dreadful, food inadequate and medical care for ailing prisoners is minimal.”It called on the authorities to immediately tell the families where they had been transferred to and to allow them to visit as soon as possible.Vázquez Portal, of the Grupo de Trabajo Decoro news agency, Hernández González, of the CPIC agency, and Herrera Acosta, of the APLO agency, as well as three political prisoners, began the hunger-strike to protest against what they called “unfair” and “inhuman” treatment in Boniatico prison, including solitary confinement, no access to TV or the press, their distance from their families, dirty conditions and bad food. Yaraí Reyes, wife of Hernández González, said the food was often rotten, they had no electricity in their cells and were being refused any medical care. Herrera Acosta’s wife, Ileana Danger Hardy, said the journalists were also protesting against the disciplining of one of them.The three journalists, along with one of the political prisoners, were taken to the new prison on 1 September. Reyes said the aim was to separate them from other prisoners and force them to end the hunger-strike. She said she was “extremely worried” that reprisals might be taken against them.Three other jailed independent journalists – Mario Enrique Mayo, Adolfo Fernández Sainz and Ivan Hernández Carrillo – began a hunger-strike on 15 August to demand the right for chronically ill prisoners to receive proper medical treatment and suitable food. They ended the protest on 25 August when the authorities agreed to give Enrique Mayo a proper diet. Fernández Sainz reportedly lost 15 kg. Jailed journalist Manuel Vázquez Portal has ended his hunger-strike after his conditions of detention improved at Aguadores prison, in Santiago, where his wife was recently able to visit him. He had been sent there after he and two other independent journalists, Normando Hernández González and Carlos Herrera Acosta, began a hunger-strike on 31 August at Boniatico prison, also in Santiago. The wives of Gonzalez and Herrera, who were also moved from Boniatico, have now been told where their husbands are being held, after being without news for several days. Help by sharing this information New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council News Newslast_img read more