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Nigerian airport journalists locked out, equipment held

7 Feb

Over 60 journalists reporting from the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital, are locked out of their long-time press center. (AP/Sunday Alamba)

New York, February 7, 2012–Nigerian authorities have locked
reporters based at the country’s biggest airport out of their press center and
withheld their equipment since Saturday, according to local journalists and
news reports.

from Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/2012/02/nigerian-airport-officials-lock-out-journalists-ho.php

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Ecuadoran journalists ordered to pay president $2 million

7 Feb

Ecuadoran journalists Christian Zurita (right) and Juan Carlos Calderón have been ordered to pay President Correa US$1 million each in damages for defamation. (AFP/Agencia Prensa Independiente)

New York, February 7, 2012–The Committee to
Protect Journalists condemns the sentence handed to two Ecuadoran journalists
yesterday after they were found guilty of defaming President Rafael Correa.

from Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/2012/02/ecuadoran-journalists-ordered-to-pay-president-2-m.php

Blog: Pakistan’s Abbas: journalists hostage to ‘power of gun’

7 Feb

CPJ award
winner
Mazhar Abbas
penned a strong Sunday op-ed piece, “Death
is the only news — Challenges of working in conflict zones
” for The News. It’s about conditions for
journalists working in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)
and Baluchistan. As Abbas says, “The killing of one journalist is a message for
another.” He goes on to describe the situation in FATA:

from Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/blog/2012/02/pakistans-mazhar-abbas-journalists-hostage-to-powe.php

Blog: Accreditation disputes at center of US arrests

7 Feb

The issue of press accreditation continues to reverberate. In
November, when the Occupy movement came into conflict with law enforcement
across the country and at least 20 journalists covering the events were arrested,
CPJ reported
that disputes over press accreditation were at the center of many of those arrests.
Last week, credentials played a role in the arrests of journalists not only at
tumultuous Occupy demonstrations in Oakland but also inside the more hushed
chambers of Capitol Hill.

from Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/blog/2012/02/accreditation-disputes-at-center-of-arrests-in-us.php

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