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Reporters Without Borders condemns leading radio journalist Bob Rugurika's arbitrary detention for the past week and the charges brought against him, which include complicity in the murder of three Italian nuns last September. Rugurika is the director of Bujumbura-based Radio Publique Africaine (RPA), which is renowned for its investigative reporting and is Burundi's most popular privately-owned radio station. He was arrested on the orders of a prosecutor and taken to Bujumbura's main (...)
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At least 9 newspapers were banned based on the Anti-Terror Act, 23 people were sentenced to 58 years imprisonment and fines summing up to 9,740 TL; 101 people were convicted of “attacks on personal rights”, received prison sentence of 98 years in total and were sued for compensation claims of 1,408,680 TL. Journalist Cihan Hayırsevener was killed due to the state’s indifference to violence. The process of the “Kurdish initiative” [...]
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190 People Sued for Their Opinions The latest quarterly BIA Media Monitoring Report is dominated by cases concerned with “incitement of hatred and hostility” and “spreading propaganda for an illegal organization”. 6 journalists were attacked and seek justice in court. 46 people under charges of “defamation” face prison sentences of more than 76 years altogether and fines of 1,186,610 TL in compensation… Erol ÖNDEROGLU hukuk@bianet.org Istanbul – BIA News Center [...]
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According to the report published by the Media Monitoring Desk of the Independent Communications Network (BIA) for the period of July-August-September 2008, total of 116people, 77 of whom are journalists, were prosecuted in the 73 freedom of expression cases. The report presents the violations under the following headings: “Attacks and Threats”, “Custodies and arrests”, “Cases and Attempts”, “Arrangements and seeking of rights”, “European Court of Human Rights”, “Reactions to censorship [...]
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Somalia is one of the most dangerous places on earth to be a journalist. In a country racked by conflict, journalists have been deliberately targeted. At least nine have been killed since February 2007, even more have been threatened, arrested and harassed. More than 50 have been forced to leave the country. Radio stations and other media outlets have been repeatedly closed. The spate of attacks on journalists and the [...]
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BETWEEN IMPOTENCE, COWARDICE AND DUPLICITY Journalists have a tough time earning a living. Their defenders seem less effective than ever. It may seem odd for Reporters Without Borders to say that, but without wringing our hands (we’ve long known our strengths and weaknesses) we have to recognise that journalists are not adequately and sufficiently defended around the world. The most repressive regimes can easily dispose of freedom of expression and [...]
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The joy that greeted the release of BBC 
journalist Alan Johnston in March after his
 three-month kidnapping ordeal at the hands
of Palestinian extremists provided the high 
point in an otherwise bleak year for journalism as the
 crisis of violence against media has intensified. For the third year in succession, the IFJ reports an 
extremely high number of deaths of journalists and 
people who work with them. Many killings were 
targeted [...]
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More than two hundred and fifty violations of media freedoms through 2007,which Stained in journalists blood, and is the worst in terms of violations from Palestinian sides Last year is considered one of the worst on Palestinian media since the establishment of the Palestinian National Authority on 1993, it has witnessed more than two hundred and fifty media freedom violations, more than half of them and the worst were committed [...]
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At least 86 journalists were killed around the world in 2007. The figure has risen steadily since 2002 – from 25 to 86 (+ 244%) – and is the highest since 1994, when 103 journalists were killed, nearly half of them in the Rwanda genocide, about 20 in Algeria’s civil war and a dozen in the former Yugoslavia. You can also visit Reporters Without Borders website for further information.
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This Special Report is the third in a series issued by the Office of the OSCE Representative on
 Freedom of the Media that seeks to offer clarification about problematic aspects and best
 practices of the framework for the media in the OSCE area.
The first two reports, issued in October 2006 and March 2007, examined the function of
 journalists’ accreditation and the issue of registration of the print media.
This Special Report [...]
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