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Saudi Arabian columnist under threat for Twitter posts

9 Feb

New York, February 9, 2012–The Committee to Protect
Journalists condemns death threats and a publishing ban against columnist Hamza
Kashgari for comments he posted on Twitter addressing the prophet Mohammed.

from Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/2012/02/saudi-arabian-columnist-under-threat-for-twitter-p.php

Yemeni newspaper office under siege

9 Feb

Yemeni protesters demonstrate in the capital Sana'a Thursday demanding active participation in the early presidential elections to be held this month. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)

New York, February 9, 2012–The Committee to Protect
Journalists calls on Yemeni authorities to end an ongoing siege at the offices
of a daily newspaper and ensure the protection of journalists and their
equipment. Armed men last week surrounded the offices of two Yemeni newspapers,
one of which remains under attack, according to news
reports
.

from Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/2012/02/yemeni-newspaper-office-under-siege.php

Bahrain should grant entry to journalists

9 Feb

New York, February 9, 2012–Bahrain has rejected at least six
journalists’ applications for entry visas ahead of the anniversary of antigovernment
protests that swept the country in February 2011, according to news
reports
. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to allow
journalists into the country to carry out their work freely.

from Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/2012/02/bahrain-should-grant-entry-to-journalists.php

Blog: In hi-tech China, low-tech media control works too

9 Feb

Tibetan monks lead a prayer vigil outside the Chinese Embassy in London Wednesday. (AFP/Justin Tallis)

China’s investment in high-tech Internet surveillance
technology is well known, and the byzantine rules of its Central Propaganda
Department have inspired books and academic treatises.

But among the many tools in the box for media control,
there’s one that’s very simple and low-tech: Keep journalists away.

from Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/blog/2012/02/in-hi-tech-china-low-tech-media-control-works-too.php

Blog: Rousseff quiet as Cuban blogger denied travel to Brazil

9 Feb

Blogger Yoani Sánchez says she has been denied permission to leave Cuba 19 times. (AFP/Adalberto Roque)

The response from Cuban officials did not take anyone by
surprise. Prominent Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez had been, once again, denied
permission to leave her country after she was granted a visa by the Brazilian Embassy
in January to attend a film festival. “I feel like a hostage kidnapped by
someone who doesn’t listen nor provide explanations. A government with a ski
mask and a gun in a holster,” tweeted
Sánchez on Friday after the Cuban government denied her request to travel to
Brazil. It was, according to the blogger, the 19th time Cuban officials have
turned down her request to leave the island. As in the past, officials gave no reason for
the rejection.

from Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/blog/2012/02/rousseff-quiet-as-cuban-blogger-denied-travel-to-b.php

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