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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...
Belarus
Friday, 09 July 2004
The continuing efforts by the government of Belarus to stifle press freedom and freedom of expression have no place in a modern country.
China
Friday, 09 July 2004
The members of the Overseas Press Club of America, comprised of more than 600 professional journalists, many with experience in China and Hong Kong, are dismayed and disheartened by your governments’ continuing hostility to freedom of the press.
Mexico
Friday, 09 July 2004
For the second time this year, a working journalist has been murdered in Mexico, apparently because of his reporting on drug trafficking and corruption in the Tijuana area.
Mexico
Friday, 09 July 2004
For the second time this year, a working journalist has been murdered in Mexico, apparently because of his reporting on drug trafficking and corruption in the Tijuana area.
Cuba
Thursday, 08 July 2004
Under normal circumstances, we might rejoice at the news that two Cuban journalists imprisoned since March of last year have been released by your government. The provisional freedom given these two in no way atones for Cuba’s appalling record of suppressing journalists and others who express...
Egypt
Tuesday, 06 July 2004
It is shocking to learn that a court in Egypt has sentenced a journalist to two years in jail given your public commitment this past February to end prison sentences for press offences.
Saudi Arabia
Thursday, 01 July 2004
We write to express our shock and dismay at the June 6 attack on journalists in Saudi Arabia that left BBC cameraman, Simon Cumbers, dead and BBC security correspondent and al-Queda expert, Frank Gardner, injured and in critical condition. Gunmen opened fire on the two BBC journalists and their...
Russian Federation
Tuesday, 22 June 2004
Growing governmental control and deterioration of independent media and freedom of expression in Russia were demonstrated dramatically on June 1, 2004 when NTV, one of your country@quot;s leading TV channels, was compelled to ban Namedni , its popular news program and to fire the station@quot;s...