Latest Press Freedom Letters

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Morocco
Wednesday, 11 August 2004
As an independent non-partisan organization that has defended press freedom around the world for 65 years, we write to protest a troubling wave of arrests and expulsions from your country of journalists from France and Norway
Zimbabwe
Wednesday, 11 August 2004
Once again, our non-partisan organization, which has defended press freedom throughout the world for 65 years, must protest the callous efforts of your government to obstruct the rights of journalists. It is apparent to organizations like ours, which are dedicated to defending free expression, that...
Iran
Monday, 09 August 2004
The Overseas Press Club of America (OPC) is outraged over the verdict in the Zahra Kazemi murder case, as well as Iran’s unbelievable explanation for her death. The OPC also calls on Iran’s leadership to end its on-going war on the media. The latest tally shows Iran to be a major human rights...
Israel
Tuesday, 03 August 2004
The Overseas Press Club of America writes to express its deep concern with recent news from Israel, and to ask your assistance in clearing up extremely serious allegations, or to assure us that proper measures are being taken.
Azerbaijan
Friday, 30 July 2004
It is shocking to our non-partisan organization, which has been defending press freedom throughout the world for 65 years, to realize the extent to which the press in Azerbaijan is not free.
Bangladesh
Friday, 30 July 2004
The Overseas Press Club of America (OPC) is dismayed at the recent record of threats, abuses and actual assassination directed at journalists in Bangladesh. Since our last letter little more than a month ago, the Committee to Protect Journalists has reported that at least 24 journalists and writers...
Kazakhstan
Monday, 26 July 2004
It was shocking to hear of the death of journalist, Askhat Sharipzhanov, of the on-line publication, Navigator. He was hit by a car just hours after interviewing two leading reformist politicians and died of a brain hemorrhage four days later.
Russian Federation
Monday, 26 July 2004
We protested to you recently about growing governmental control and the consequent deterioration of independent media and free expression in Russia. Today, we write about the apparent atmosphere of lawlessness and intimidation that pervades your country. Tragically, journalists as a target for...
Congo
Friday, 16 July 2004
We are outraged to learn that Nicaise Kibel-Bel-Oka, publisher of Les Coulisses in Beni, has been imprisoned on criminal defamation charges for articles published in his newspaper. Our indignation is owing not only to the fact that the reporting at issue has been substantiated at trial. We object...
Russian Federation
Wednesday, 14 July 2004
We have often written -- most recently on June 22, less than a month ago -- to deplore the deterioration of press freedom in Russia, and to call your attention to the widening gap between your promise, on taking office, to defend the press, and your actions ever since in harassing the media and...