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Burundi reporter sentenced to life imprisonment

20 Jun

Hassan Ruvakuki was sentenced today to life in prison. (Iwacu-burundi)

Nairobi, June 20,
2012–A Burundian appeals court must reverse the ruling against a
journalist sentenced to life in prison on vague terrorism charges, the
Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

A High Court in the eastern town of Cankuzo today found Hassan Ruvakuki, a reporter for local radio station Bonesha FM and French government-funded broadcaster Radio France Internationale, and 13 other defendants guilty of “participating in terrorist attacks” under the country’s penal code, Patrick Nduwimana, the interim director at Bonesha FM, told CPJ.

from Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/2012/06/burundi-reporter-sentenced-to-life-imprisonment.php

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International – UN expert supports International Day to End Impunity

20 Jun

The UN’s special rapporteur on free expression Frank La Rue has announced his support for the International Day to End Impunity, as well as other initiatives that fight unsolved crimes against journalists.

via IFEX

Mexico – Rights groups pressure Mexico to protect Veracruz journalists, end impunity

20 Jun

Reporter Victor Manuel Baez Chino spent the past 30 years covering the crime beat in Xalapa, the capital of Veracruz, most recently for the local edition of the national newspaper “Milenio” as well as for a news website called Police Reporters.

via IFEX

Bangladesh – Journalist hacked to death in Sharsha

20 Jun

In the latest incident in a series of particularly brutal attacks on journalists in Bangladesh, reporter Jamal Uddin was hacked to death in Sharsha, Jessore last week, possibly for reporting on a local drug-smuggling syndicate, report Bangladesh-based Media Watch and other IFEX members

via IFEX

Oman – Authorities arrest dozens of protesters, writers

20 Jun

Authorities have arrested at least 22 protesters and nine activists and writers since late May, in what the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) has called “the largest [crackdown] in months that has reached prominent members of the opposition and journalists.”

via IFEX

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