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Blog: Amid assaults on press, Uganda police promise reforms

8 Jun

Ugandan journalists protest on World Press Freedom Day in 2011. (Edward Echwalu)

Joseph Mutebi, a photojournalist for the popular vernacular
state-owned daily Bukedde, spent his afternoon trying to
file a complaint with the police in the capital, Kampala. “First they told me
the officer who assaulted me was based at another station, so I went there and
now they are telling me he is based at the police station where I originally
went. So I am confused. I think they are just playing with me.” Mutebi’s case
is not uncommon–both in terms of the constant threat journalists face from
Uganda’s police force and the challenges they encounter trying to file a
complaint.

from Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/blog/2012/06/amid-assaults-on-press-uganda-police-promise-refor.php

Child labour facts

8 Jun

2012 will mark the 10th anniversary of the World Day against Child Labour. The ILO launched the first World Day in 2002 as a way to highlight the plight of working children and to serve as a catalyst for the growing worldwide movement against child labour. This year the World Day will provide a spotlight on the right of all children to be protected from child labour and from other violations of fundamental human rights.

  • June 12 is World Day Against Child Labour.
  • 2016 is the target date for eliminating the worst forms of child labour.
  • The Hague Global Conference on Child Labour in 2010 called for more action on the worst forms of child labour, including kids working in trafficking situations.
  • World Vision is launching an End Child Slavery campaign to tackle the worst forms of child labour (endchildslavery.ca).
  • According to the UN’s International Labour Organization (ILO), an estimated 115 million children do hazardous work.
  • That’s about 53% of the 215 million child labourers and more than 7% of all children aged 5-17 in the world
  • About 48 million children – aged 5 to 17 – do hazardous work in Asia and the Pacific.
  • About 9.5 million are involved in hazardous work in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Almost 39 million have been counted in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • And an additional 18.9 are involved in hazardous work in other regions.
  • ILO officials have found a 20% increase over the past four years in the in hazardous work done by older children.
  • There has been a substantial decrease in hazardous work done by younger children — aged 5 to 14.
  • Child labourers are those up to the age of 17
  • Children have a higher rate of injury and death at work than adults.
  • There has been success in getting children out of unsafe work environments, largely due to international efforts to reduce child labour numbers.

Toronto Sun.

Yemen – Provincial reporter given one-year jail sentence over Facebook post

8 Jun

Majed Karout was tried over a composite photo posted on Facebook by another person on 18 February 2011 in which Karout was tagged. It implied that the head of the Al-Bayda branch of the state communications agency was involved in corruption.

via IFEX

Five citizen journalists killed over two days in Syria

8 Jun

An image released by the Shaam News Network shows heavy shelling in Homs. At least five journalists were killed in Syria at the end of May, two of them in Homs. (AP/Shaam News Network)

Cairo, June 8, 2012–Five citizen journalists have been
killed in Syria while documenting unrest in Damascus and Homs, according to
news reports and local journalists. All of the deaths occurred over a two-day
period at the end of May.

from Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/2012/06/five-citizen-journalists-killed-over-two-days-in-s.php

CPJ Internet Channel: State-sponsored attacks: open season on online journalists

8 Jun

The last few weeks have offered the strongest indications
yet that nation-states are using customized software to exploit security flaws
on personal computers and consumer Internet services to spy on their users. The
countries suspected include the United States, Israel, and China. Journalists
should pay attention–not only because this is a growing story, but because if
anyone is a vulnerable target, it’s reporters.

from Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/internet/2012/06/state-sponsored-attacks-open-season-on-online-jour.php

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