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Unknown men abduct radio journalist in Colombia

26 Jul

New
York, July 26, 2012–The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the
kidnapping of a Colombian journalist and calls on authorities to secure her
safe return. Élida Parra Alonso, who covers children’s rights and hosts a
program for Sarare Estéreo radio station, was abducted from her home on
Tuesday, according to news reports.  

from Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/2012/07/unknown-men-abduct-radio-journalist-in-colombia.php

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Blog: Where is Meles Zenawi? Ethiopians don’t know.

26 Jul

Rumors abound about the health and whereabouts of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. (AFP/Simon Maina)

If you search for the name of Ethiopia’s prime minister, Meles Zenawi,
on Twitter these days, you’ll see a flurry of incongruent postings: Meles is hospitalized
in critical
condition
; he’s fine and returning to work; he died two weeks ago;
he’s on holiday.
Journalists for international news outlets have tried to sort out fact from
rumor, but they’ve gotten no help from Ethiopian government officials who
offered only vague assurances that the country’s longtime leader was ill but recovering.
In Ethiopia, where the government has imposed increasingly repressive measures
on the domestic press corps, news coverage has been minimal and contradictory.

International news outlets, such as ReutersThe Associated Press, and the BBC, reported last week that Meles was hospitalized for an undisclosed condition. Reuters, citing diplomatic sources, said he was being treated in Brussels, although even that scant nugget of information was not officially confirmed.

from Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/blog/2012/07/where-is-ethiopias-meles-zenawi-the-public-doesnt.php

Turkey – Azadiye Welat editor released from jail

26 Jul

In 2009, Vedat Kursun was sentenced to 166 years in prison for publishing several Kurdish newspapers; the sentence was later reduced to 10 years.

via IFEX

CPJ Impact

26 Jul

News from the Committee to Protect Journalists, July 2012

CPJ calls for release of jailed Ethiopian blogger

CPJ’s condemnation of the trial and conviction of Ethiopian
blogger Eskinder Nega this month has received widespread coverage
in the international media, as has a follow-up story
on the Ethiopian government’s attempts to cover up news of Prime Minister Meles
Zenawi’s failing health.

CPJ joined a coalition of international rights groups,
including the PEN American Center, in calling for the release of Eskinder, who
was sentenced
on vague terror charges. Members of the coalition issued a combination of petitions
and protest letters
in the international media to bring an international focus to the blatant
violations of press freedom in Ethiopia. CPJ board member Charlayne
Hunter-Gault also wrote a blog
on how Ethiopians, especially Eskinder, are being denied the right to exercise
their constitutional rights, such as freedom of expression or freedom of
association.

Through its advocacy, CPJ has helped garner widespread
global attention to the prosecution of journalists in Ethiopia as well as the
country’s restrictions on press coverage of high-ranking officials. Our
advocacy has helped make Eskinder a key symbol in the global fight for press
freedom. 

from Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/2012/07/cpj-impact-40.php

Mexico – Crime journalist reported missing in Veracruz

26 Jul

Local journalists told CPJ that Miguel Morales Estrada’s disappearance is heightening fear among the Veracruz press corps.

via IFEX

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