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CPJ Internet Channel: Weak cyber protections lead to personal, institutional risk

6 Aug

The Syrian civil war is also a propaganda war. With the
Assad regime and the rebels both attempting to assure their supporters and the
world that they are on the brink of victory, how the facts are reported has
become central to the struggle. Hackers working in support of Assad loyalists
this week decided to take a shortcut, attacking the Reuters news agency’s blogging
platform
and one of its Twitter
accounts
, and planting
false stories
about the vanquishing of rebel leaders and wavering support
for them from abroad.

from Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/internet/2012/08/weak-cyber-protections-lead-to-institutional-perso.php

Gabon suspends 2 newspapers critical of government

6 Aug

Two newspapers banned in Gabon are critical of President Ali Bongo. (Reuters/Mal Langsdon)

New York, August 6, 2012–The Committee to Protect
Journalists condemns Friday’s decision by Gabon’s state-run media regulator to
suspend two private newspapers for six months over criticism of top officials. 

In a press statement obtained by CPJ, the National
Communications Council accused weeklies Ezombolo
and La Une of disrespecting public
institutions “and the personalities that embody them.” Local journalists told
CPJ that the council appeared to be singling out critics of the government.

from Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/2012/08/gabon-suspends-2-newspapers-critical-of-government.php

Somaliland police beat TV reporter with rubber pipe

6 Aug

A journalist in the
northern breakaway republic of Somaliland was attacked by police while covering
a child custody dispute in a local court on
Saturday, according to local journalists and news reports. 

from Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/2012/08/somaliland-police-beat-tv-reporter-with-rubber-pip.php

Journalist’s house attacked by gunmen in Honduras

6 Aug

New York, August 6, 2012–Authorities in
Honduras must immediately investigate the attack on the house of a radio
journalist in the state of Yoro, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
José Encarnación Chinchilla López, a reporter for Radio Cadena Voces in the
city of El Progreso, told reporters that he was certain he was the target of
the attack, according to news reports.

from Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/2012/08/honduran-journalists-house-attacked-by-gunmen.php

Arrest of NYT photographer must be investigated

6 Aug

New
York, August 6, 2012–The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the
arrest and alleged beating of a New York
Times
photographer while he was on assignment Saturday evening in New York City.

“The
report by The New York Times on the
arrest of its photographer, Robert Stolarik, raises questions about police
tactics
of blocking reporters covering street unrest and protests,” said
CPJ Deputy Director Robert Mahoney. “The New York City Police Department must
investigate this disturbing incident and ensure that officers allow all journalists
to do their job freely.”

from Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/2012/08/arrest-of-nyt-photographer-must-be-investigated.php

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