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Algeria
Wednesday, 23 February 2005
We write to express our indignation at last month’s harsh and unjustified sentences imposed on eight journalists and four newspapers in Sidi M'hamed. Worse, these verdicts by a local court have -- by all accounts -- been greeted with indifference by Algeria’s central government.
Somalia
Wednesday, 23 February 2005
We write to condemn attacks on journalists in Somalia, including the recent physical attack and professional censorship of radio reporter, Abdiqani Sheik Mohamed. Mohamed reported on 26 September on Radio Banadir that the elders of the Jawhar community had asked the committee running one of the...
Thailand
Wednesday, 23 February 2005
The Overseas Press Club of America (OPC) writes to express serious concern for press freedom in Thailand, particularly in the wake of the fatal shooting of journalist, Pongkiat Saetang, who was murdered by gunmen on February 15 near a market in Had Yai in the Songkhla Province.
Nepal
Friday, 18 February 2005
We write to condemn the extreme censorship that your government has imposed on Nepal’s news media during the state of emergency you recently declared. Your suspension of fundamental constitutional rights, including freedom of expression, freedom of the press and the right to information, should be...
Venezuela
Friday, 18 February 2005
We write to express yet again the Overseas Press Club of America’s serious concern about threats to press freedom in Venezuela. Your government continues to write into law restrictive measures in order to stifle the private media and foster an environment of self-censorship.
Ukraine
Wednesday, 09 February 2005
The Overseas Press Club of America, which has been defending freedom of the press around the world for nearly 70 years, is heartened by your recent election and the promise it brings of an end to censorship, assaults and even murders of journalists in the Ukraine.
Philippines
Monday, 31 January 2005
In the ten weeks since we last wrote to you, five more journalists have been murdered in the Philippines, bringing the total number of Filipino journalist deaths in 2004 to twelve. These journalists had reported on corruption, illegal gaming, drug trafficking and other illegal activities. Whether...
Cameroon
Monday, 31 January 2005
Since late July, Eric Wirkwa Tayu has been in prison…and Cameroon has injured itself in the eyes of the world. Mr. Tayu, publisher of the private newspaper, Nso Voice, was imprisoned for allegedly defaming the mayor of Kumbo. The charge is that Mr. Tayu accused Mayor Donatus Njong Fonyuy of...
Gambia
Monday, 31 January 2005
We write to join the voice of the Overseas Press Club of America to all those protesting the murder of Deyda Hydara, another outrage in the recent epidemic of abuses of press freedom in Gambia.
Ivory Coast
Monday, 31 January 2005
It is shocking for the members of the Overseas Press Club of America, and indeed for the whole world, to witness the collapse of democracy and free expression in your country. The recent campaign of disinformation by the state-run media is disgraceful.