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Rwandan police arrest political reporter in Kigali

18 Jul

Idriss Gasana Byiringiro was arrested on Tuesday. (The Chronicles)

Nairobi, July 18,
2012–Police in Kigali are holding a newspaper reporter whose employer had
earlier filed a complaint alleging that security agents had seized and
interrogated him, according to news reports.

On Tuesday, police
arrested Idriss Gasana Byiringiro, a political reporter for the private weekly Chronicles, on
suspicion of providing false information, the paper reported. The journalist has
not been allowed access to his family or a lawyer, according to news reports
and local journalists. No formal charges have been publicly disclosed.

from Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/2012/07/rwandan-police-arrest-political-reporter-in-kigali.php

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Two Iraqi journalists killed in Syria

18 Jul

New York, July 18, 2012–Two Iraqi journalists living in Syria and covering
the conflict in that country were killed on Saturday although news reports
differed on crucial details. The Committee to Protect Journalists continues to
investigate the circumstances of the deaths, which come amid reports of
increasing violence toward Iraqis living in Syria.

from Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/2012/07/two-iraqi-journalists-killed-in-syria.php

Blog: Chinese censors move staff from outspoken papers

18 Jul

Xi Jinping's youth is the subject of an article that may be related to a newspaper editor's reassignment. Xi is expected to be China's next president. (AP/Jason Lee)

Top figures at two outspoken newspapers in China were shuffled
or suspended this week, according to online news reports.

from Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/blog/2012/07/chinese-censors-move-staff-from-outspoken-papers.php

KGB puts editor in jail over photos of teddy bears

18 Jul

A teddy bear carrying messages of press freedom lands in a tree. (Studio Total)

New
York, July 18, 2012–Belarusian security agents should immediately release a
website editor who has been jailed for publishing photographs of teddy bears,
the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The KGB, the nation’s
security service, is holding Anton Suryapin for alleged complicity in an
illegal border crossing–a charge that can bring up to seven years in
prison–after the editor ran photos of the stuffed animals, which were
reportedly dropped from the skies over Minsk as part of a publicity stunt.

“Are Belarusian security agents worried that teddy bears are engaged in an illegal border crossing? It would be hard to keep a straight face about these absurd charges were it not for the fact that Anton Suryapin is sitting in jail,” CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova said. “We call on authorities to immediately release Suryapin and drop these senseless criminal charges against him.”

from Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/2012/07/kgb-puts-editor-in-jail-over-photos-of-teddy-bears.php

Belarus – Website editor arrested for posting photos of free speech stunt

18 Jul

Anton Surapin is under investigation because he uploaded pictures of teddy-bears holding signs that read “We support the Belarusian struggle for free speech.”

via IFEX

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