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Pakistan
Tuesday, 05 January 2010

For more than seventy years, we have been among the prime watchdogs over the freedom and rights of expression of our international colleagues and we understand the unique complexity of those issues for the Pakistani government at the present moment. However, though ruthless and violent attacks...

Brazil
Wednesday, 23 December 2009

This past year was in many ways a great one for Brazil -- a booming economy and then the news that Rio de Janeiro will play host to the 2016 Olympics. Brazil is in a spotlight brighter than ever before, and with that new scrutiny has come heightened awareness of the frequent threats to our...

Bolivia
Monday, 21 December 2009

The OPC takes this occasion to express its alarm over what appear to be government-inspired attacks on the press, both physically and verbally.

Ecuador
Tuesday, 08 December 2009

The OPC would like to endorse the declaration of the Inter-American Press Association that the Communications Law placed before the National Assembly is a clear threat to the freedom of information in Ecuador. Taken at face value, the proposed law might not seem overly threatening. But these...

Russian Federation
Thursday, 03 December 2009

Once again, a Russian reporter who has angered government officials has died under mysterious circumstances. Once again, the authorities have decided -- with no evidence at all, and very little plausibility -- that Olga Kotovskaya committed suicide. But this time, after her colleagues insisted...

Philippines
Tuesday, 24 November 2009

The members of the Overseas Press Club of America are stunned by the news received today of the massacre of 12 journalists along with more than nine other people in Mangudadatu Province, Mindanao Island. This is an atrocity which demands the swiftest and fullest action by your government to...

Gabon
Monday, 23 November 2009

The OPC is alarmed by the continuing and apparently increasing efforts by Your Excellency’s government to muzzle and intimidate the press in Gabon.

United States
Thursday, 19 November 2009

The OPC is in regular contact with petty (and too often not-so-petty) tyrants in countries where an assertive press provokes the irritation of public officials who do not wish to be provoked. You can imagine how disorienting it is, then, to hear a public official in America telling a local news...

Ghana
Wednesday, 18 November 2009

We write to show our solidarity with James Donkor, a journalist with Radio Progress in Wa, who was arrested on October 24. According to his own testimony, Donkor was on a visit to the Wa Polytechnic when he saw a large crowd gathering outside. He entered the crowd and saw a man tied to an...

Morocco
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Press suppression in Morocco grows with at least three recent cases: The editor of Al Michaal -- sentenced to a year in jail for publishing information about H.M. King Mohamed VI’s health -- the government's ban of foreign newspapers, the destructin of iissues of a Moroccan magazine, and the...