News RSF_en to go further Six press freedom NGOs ask the European Commission to respond publicly to Slovenian Prime Minister’s attacks on the media Follow the news on Slovenia Receive email alerts Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Help by sharing this information March 16, 2021 Find out more News Public media independence under threat in the Czech Republic and Slovenia Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns a 13 December decision by a Ljubljana court ordering Finnish journalist Magnus Berglund and the Finnish state-owned TV station YLE to pay former Slovenian prime minister Janez Janša 15,000 euros in damages for accusing him in a 2008 programme of taking kickbacks from Finnish defence contractor Patria.The court also ordered them to make public retractions on Slovenian and Finnish state television, and ordered Bojan Potocnik, a former Slovenian police inspector who supported the allegations in the programme, to pay 6,500 euros in damages.Janša brought his defamation suit against Berglund and YLE for claiming in the “Truth about Patria” programme broadcast on 1 September 2008 that Patria paid 20 million euros in illegal commissions to win a Slovenian government contract worth 275 million euros for the purchase of armoured vehicles. The alleged recipients of the bribes included Janša, who was prime minister at the time, other senior government officials, high-ranking military officers and several politicians.Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the questionable procedure adopted by the judge, which is unacceptable in a European judicial system. Berglund and YLE wanted to defend themselves in court but Judge Matej Papler refused to let them testify and just let Janša present his viewpoint. The judge concluded that the programme did not present enough evidence to support its claims.“Accusing Berglund and YLE of not having enough evidence and then preventing them from producing additional evidence requires an exceptional degree of bad faith,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We also point out to Judge Papler that he probably lacks the necessary judicial authority to force a Finnish public TV station to broadcast a retraction.“We would have hoped for a bit more coherence from the Slovenian judicial system in this case, especially as the justice minister confirmed at the start of this month that 84 pages of evidence in its investigation into the Patria allegations have mysteriously disappeared and must be regarded as having been lost forever. The judicial system should refrain from demanding the very evidence in this case that it has a curious tendency to misplace.“We call on Ljubljana courts to reexamine this case without delay as defence rights were violated. If they decide not to dismiss the case against Berglund outright, they must organize a new public hearing so that all parties to the case can give their evidence and a fair decision can be reached.”Janša is meanwhile one of around 30 people in three countries who have been investigated by the police in Finland, Austria and Slovenia on suspicion of corruption and espionage. Interpol and Eurojust coordinated the three-year investigation, which is about to conclude with a trial starting in Austria in January and a trial due to get under way in Finland within the next few months. SloveniaEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation SloveniaEurope – Central Asia May 21, 2021 Find out more December 15, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Former premier improbably wins Ljubljana defamation case against Finnish journalist News News
LONDON (29 June 2015) – An innovative handbook published today aims to become the ultimate tool for journalists and bloggers worldwide seeking guidance on the international legal framework protecting their rights to freedom of expression. RSF_en Organisation News Related documents handbook-rsf.pdfPDF – 3.81 MB Produced by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Reporters Without Borders, and Paul Hastings, the Defence Handbook for Journalists and Bloggers is unique in its kind as it focuses specifically on the application of international legal principles to the work of journalists. It also includes previous decisions and recommendations made by international and regional bodies and courts in relation to various aspects of freedom of speech.Because journalists operate within an international legal framework, their rights to freedom of expression are protected but also restricted in specific circumstances. The Handbook looks at how freedom of speech is balanced with other rights and issues, such as the right to privacy, the protection of public morality, and the national security of states. It compiles rules and principles professionals can easily consult and apply, and provides critical practical guidance on important issues affecting their work: from the extent to which they can criticise public figures; to the circumstances in which state secrets can be released; to the different rules and principles regulating blasphemy laws.“Journalists around the world are more and more under threat and often become targets,” said Monique Villa, CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “Terrorist groups, but also powerful lobbies and a number of governments are increasingly trying to censor the media, preventing opinion sharing and the release of vital information to the public. Now more than ever, journalists need to be brave, avoid self-censorship, and be aware that they can seek refuge in international law. This guide is a very powerful weapon.”“Freedom of expression can never be taken for granted. It must, at all times and in all countries, be advocated, promoted, and defended. The world needs independent journalists, who engage in the pursuit of the truth, who respect standards of ethics, and whose mission is to give citizens of this world tools to understand what surrounds them. This Handbook will be extremely useful to all reporters, whether professional or not, wherever they work, whatever the circumstances, and whether they face prosecution or just want to know their rights,” said Christophe Deloire, Secretary-General of Reporters Without Borders.The Defence Handbook for Journalists and Bloggers is also intended for lawyers who defend journalists but may not have easy access to international legal resources. Human rights activists, civil society organizations and NGOs should also find it a useful working tool and reference on international standards of freedom of expression.“By the very essence of our beliefs and commitments, lawyers identify naturally with journalistic principles relating to freedom of expression. This explains perhaps why so many of our lawyers from offices around the world wanted to participate in this pro bono project”, said Pierre Kirch, a litigation partner in the Paul Hastings Paris and Brussels offices, who led the team of lawyers which researched and drafted the handbook.The Handbook is the result of a unique global partnership between TrustLaw, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono programme; Reporters without Borders; and over 70 lawyers at Paul Hastings, who provided close to 3,000 hours of invaluable pro bono expertise.Formally launched at an event on freedom of speech held in London on June 29, the Handbook is intended as a participatory project for all journalists. In the next few months, reporters, NGOs and lawyers will be invited to add their input and insights to the existing body of research. This online process will ensure the Handbook is constantly updated and relevant. June 30, 2015 – Updated on July 29, 2016 Innovative Handbook Highlights International Laws Protecting Journalists’ Rights to Freedom of Speech Help by sharing this information
April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say May 14, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Obama opposes release of torture photos United StatesAmericas to go further WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Follow the news on United States June 3, 2021 Find out more News Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says United StatesAmericas Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders expressed disappointment today that President Barack Obama intends to try to block the court-ordered release of photos depicting the abuse of prisoners by US military personnel in Afghanistan and Iraq.“Given the administration’s pledge last month not to fight the court ruling, as well as President Obama’s emphasis on promoting transparency and open government when he took office, the decision is very disappointing” stated the international press freedom organization.In a Freedom Of Information Act lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a federal appeal court panel concluded that it was insufficient to claim the documents would endanger US troops and coalition forces, and ordered the Defense Department to release the photographs by May 28th 2009.In April, the Obama administration told a judge it would not oppose an order to release the photos in response to the ACLU’s lawsuit. However, President Obama took back his promise on Wednesday and claimed that publication of these photos would not add any additional benefit to the public’s understanding of the story.“This is a complete contradiction of the President Obama’s January 21st memorandum on the Freedom of Information Act, in which he stated that ‘speculative‘ or ‘abstract fears‘ were not sufficient reasons to justify excessive confidentiality and classification,” added the international press freedom organization. “ The government cannot dictate to the public what is news-worthy and what is not. This is a blow to press freedom and to democracy’s system of checks and balance. We urge the President to respect the court’s decision and stand by his earlier commitment to transparency and accountability.” Receive email alerts News News June 7, 2021 Find out more Organisation News
Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Organisation Follow the news on Syria RSF_en to go further March 8, 2021 Find out more News ————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org Press release in Kurdish Help by sharing this information Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists March 12, 2021 Find out more News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa SyriaMiddle East – North Africa September 21, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Arrest of 4th online journalist in 16 months makes Syria the Middle East’s biggest jail for cyber-dissidents Reporters Without Borders called for the release of online journalist Muhened Abdulrahman, arrested on 7 September for posting articles on independent news websites and urged diplomats in post in Damascus to intervene on behalf of the four cyber-dissidents now in Syrian jails.”Syria is today the Middle East’s biggest prison for cyber-journalists. We know that prisoners of opinion are subjected to torture in prison. We must campaign urgently for these men before they are destroyed,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.Abdulrahman, 25, was picked up by security services in Damascus on his return from the village of Qamishly in Syrian Kurdistan where he had interviewed a Kurdish political leader. His family has had no news of him since his arrest.The young graduate from Damascus University of journalism was working for independent news sites Rezgar.com and Syrianforum.org. His work included numerous interviews and profiles of Syrian political figures.The three other cyber-dissidents imprisoned since the beginning of May 2005 are: Habib Saleh, writer and contributor to news site Elaph.com, arrested in Mai 2005 and sentenced 15 months later to three months in prison; Mohammed Ghanem, who ran www.surion.org, arrested on 31 March; Ali Sayed al-Shihabi, editorialist on Rezgar.com, arrested on 10 August 2006. Receive email alerts News Reporters Without Borders called for the release of online journalist Muhened Abdulrahman, arrested on 7 September for posting articles on independent news websites and urged diplomats in post in Damascus to intervene on behalf of the four cyber-dissidents now in Syrian jails. Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria News February 3, 2021 Find out more
Receive email alerts IranMiddle East – North Africa Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News IranMiddle East – North Africa June 9, 2021 Find out more August 2, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Inhuman treatment of journalists, more efforts to cover up Beheshti case News News News Organisation Reporters Without Borders reiterates its deep concern about the conditions in which many Iranian journalists are being held.Mehdi Karoubi, 76, a dissident theologian, former parliamentary speaker and owner of the closed newspaper Etemad Melli, was transferred to an unknown destination on 31 July after an angioplasty operation in a Tehran hospital. It was the third time he had been hospitalized in a week with various ailments including a heart condition.Like Mir Hossein Mousavi, the owner of the closed newspaper Kalameh Sabaz, and Mousavi’s wife, the writer Zahra Rahnavard, Karoubi has been under house arrest since February 2011. But Mousavi and Rahnavard have been held at their home, on the intelligence ministry’s orders, whereas Karoubi has been held at an unknown location.“It is worse than a prison,” one of Karoubi’s relatives told Reporters Without Borders. “Prisoners, even those in solitary confinement, are allowed into the courtyard once a day, but he is only allowed to walk in the building’s car park.”“Neither national law nor international standards offer any legal basis for the arbitrary detention of Karoubi, Mousavi and Rahnavard,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Their detention is a gross violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as they are being denied the right to a fair trial. We are also worried about their health. The Islamic Republic must end this situation.”Reporters Without Borders also condemns the Islamic Republic’s violation of the rights of prisoners of opinion, including imprisoned journalists who could shed light on the blogger Sattar Beheshti’s death in detention in November 2012.Ali Nazeri’s transfer on 18 July from Tehran’s Evin prison to a prison in the northeastern city of Zabol has been the subject of protests in Evin prison’s Section 350 ever since. Friction between Evin’s guards and political prisoners, especially the journalists and netizens held in this section, has been growing steadily. Riot police have even been used to stifle protests.Abolfazl Abedini Nasr, a journalist held since March 2010 who was sentenced to 11 years in prison in April 2011 for journalistic activities, has also been the subject of a transfer. Without any explanation or legal grounds being given, he was transferred to Karon prison in the southern city of Ahvaz, one of the worst prisons in the country, on 27 July. Nasr was one of the prisoners who saw Beheshti during the 12 hours he spent in Evin prison’s Section 350 on 31 October 2012, four days before his death in police custody.Nasr was previously transferred to Karon prison on 15 November 2012 but was sent back to Evin on the Tehran prosecutor-general’s orders the next day and was placed in an isolation cell. He went on a hunger strike at the time against these punitive measures.The authorities are continuing to persecute Hossein Ronaghi Malki, a netizen and human rights activist who was arrested in December 2010 and who is serving a 17-year jail sentence despite having undergone several kidney operations and being in very poor health. Malki was let out of Evin prison to receive medical treatment but was ordered to return on 22 May 2013. His father wrote an open letter to the judicial authorities at the time, accusing them of negligence towards his son. “He is ill and must receive appropriate treatment,” he wrote.One of the reasons for the unrelenting treatment received by Malki could be linked to recent statements by Beheshti’s mother. She said that Malki, who was one of the prisoners who saw Beheshti in Section 350, could testify in court and could confirm that Beheshti was mistreated and tortured during interrogation by the police.She also said that her family’s lawyer, Ghiti Pourfazel, had been subjected to questioning by intelligence ministry officials in an attempt to silence her (Pourfazel). Since then, Pourfazel has been unable to give any interviews to the media. Help by sharing this information Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Follow the news on Iran to go further After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists March 18, 2021 Find out more February 25, 2021 Find out more RSF_en
to go further October 28, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cracking down remorselessly, Tehran shows its true face June 9, 2021 Find out more Organisation Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Developments in the past two weeks confirm that the Iranian government is continuing its relentless crackdown on the media. A journalist was arrested for the second time in a year and courts imposed or upheld jail sentences on two women journalists whose journalist husbands are already in prison.Two of these developments took place on 22 October, just two days after Reporters Without Borders released its annual press freedom index, in which Iran was ranked 175th out of 178 countries.One was a raid by intelligence ministry officials on the home of Mohammad Reza Moghisseh, the editor of Biste Saleha and a contributor to various other pro-reform media, who was taken away to an unknown location. A member of a committee that has been monitoring arrests and human rights violations since the disputed June 2009 presidential election, Moghisseh was previously arrested on 14 October 2009 and spent 150 days in solitary confinement in Tehran’s Evin prison. Sentenced to six years in prison by a Tehran revolutionary court, he was released on bail on 1 March pending the outcome of his appeal.The other development on 22 October was a Tehran appeal court decision to uphold the sentence of one year in prison followed by a 30-year ban on working as a journalist which a Tehran revolutionary court imposed earlier this year on blogger and reporter Jila Bani Yaghoob. She had been notified of the revolutionary court’s sentence on 8 June.Yaghoob and her husband, Bahaman Ahamadi Amoee, were arrested on 20 June 2009 along with around 20 other journalists during the demonstrations that followed the presidential election held eight days earlier. She was released on 24 August 2009 but her husband remained in detention and was given a five-year jail sentence.Yaghoob’s “We are journalists” blog was a winner in the “Reporters Without Borders Freedom of Expression” category in this year’s international “Best of the Blogs” competition that Deutsche Welle organized in Berlin from 13 to 15 April.The other woman journalist, Mahssa Amrabadi, was sentenced to a year in prison by a Tehran revolutionary court on 14 October. Arrested on 14 June 2009, two days after the presidential election, she was released on 22 August 2009 on bail of 200 million toman (165,000 euros).Her journalist husband, Masoud Bastani of the daily Farhikhteghan, is in Rajaishahr prison. Arrested on 4 July 2009, he was tried along many other journalists in the Stalinist-style mass trials that the government began organizing in Tehran in August 2009. A revolutionary court sentenced him to six years in prison on 1 November 2009.Journalist Hider Karimi of Sina, a weekly that has been closed since December 2009, was meanwhile released on 21 October on bail of 220 million toman (151,000 euros) after four months in prison. He was arrested on 9 June when intelligence ministry officials in plain clothes raided his home in the northwestern city of Khoy. IranMiddle East – North Africa News Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Receive email alerts IranMiddle East – North Africa News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists RSF_en Follow the news on Iran March 18, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News News February 25, 2021 Find out more
The press freedom organisation has seen a copy of the complaint brought against Shadrake by the attorney-general’s office. It consists of just a series of biased and malicious allegations that show that the case is an abuse of judicial authority. Follow the news on Singapore News RSF’s denounces Singapore’s disregard of press freedom ahead of its Universal Periodic Review SingaporeAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the contempt of court charges that have been brought against British freelance journalist Alan Shadrake in connection with his new book, “Once a Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the Dock.” Freed on bail last night, Shadrake is due to appear before the Singapore high court on 30 July. Organisation July 20, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Released on bail, British journalist accused of contempt of court April 10, 2020 Find out more to go further October 2, 2020 Find out more The police have confiscated his passport and mobile phone.————–19 July 2010Call for the release of detained British journalistReporters Without Borders today called for the immediate release of British freelance journalist Alan Shadrake, author of a book about the death penalty in Singapore, who has been held by the police Criminal Investigation Department since early yesterday morning.Shadrake, author of Once a Jolly Hangman-Singapore Justice in the Dock, is investigated for “criminal defamation” and “contempt of court”.“To hold the 75-year-old author of an investigative book who is in fragile health for nearly two days and at a secret location, is shocking and totally disproportionate”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “We urge the interior minister and deputy prime minister Kan Seng Wong to order the immediate release of Alan Shadrake and the dropping of charges against him. The death penalty should be freely debated and by whomsoever in Singapore as anywhere else. Alan Shadrake has no business being in a police cell”, the organisation added.Police spokesman, Sew Wei Ler, refused to reveal his place of detention to Reporters Without Borders. “The law allows us to hold him for 48 hours, but I cannot tell you if he will be released before then”, he said. The journalist, who was arrested at his hotel, had attended a private event to promote the book the previous day. His lawyer, Mr Ravi, said that police had not given him any news about his client’s situation despite the fact that he put in a formal request for such information. “The police have not even found time to call me back”, he said. “It is an extremely harsh position to adopt in relation to my right to access to my client”, he added. Shadrake faces up to two years in prison. The book, which was published in Malaysia, includes interviews with a former chief executioner, lawyers and police officers. The authorities claim that Shadrake contested the impartiality of Singapore’s justice system, as well as the independence of some judges. As a result he also faces charges for alleged contempt of court. The prosecutor’s office declined to comment on the case when Reporters Without Borders got in touch by telephone.Shadrake’s arrest came after a complaint was laid by the Media Development Authority on 16 July. Several Singapore citizens have confirmed that it is almost impossible to find the work in bookshops, even though it has not been officially banned. A government representative told the BBC that the government has the right to advise book shops not to stock it. Elsewhere, the documentary-maker Martyn See told Reporters Without Borders that he had been obliged to delete from YouTube.com his film about former political prisoner, Lim Hock Siew. He received a letter from an official at the Media Development Authority threatening him with proceedings under Article 35 of the Films Act if he did not pull the documentary from YouTube and his personal website before 14 July 2010. “Two of my films are now banned”, said See.The film deemed to be contrary to the “public interest” was posted online by other Internet users: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nEyfVOKrPo&Singapore is ranked 133 out of 175 countries in Reporters Without Borders’ 2009 world press freedom index. “He was very tired and shaken when he was released,” Shadrake’s lawyer, M. Ravi, told Reporters Without Borders. “During our interview, he broke down in tears because of the pressure he had been under during the interrogations sessions. The police questioned him again today for several hours. My client insists that everything he wrote in his book is true,” Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News News Shadrake was released from the headquarters of the Singaporean Criminal Investigation Department at 11:30 pm yesterday after payment of 10,000 Singaporean dollars in bail. He spent a total of 39 hours in police custody, during which he had to sleep on the floor of his cell and was interrogated for several hours at a stretch about his book. The complaint says that parts of the book, which is about Singapore’s use of the death penalty, “contains imputations against the independence and integrity of the Singapore judiciary.” In evidence, it quotes around 20 passages which for the most part contain widely-known facts about Singapore’s justice system. October 15, 2020 Find out more Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources Singaporean website prosecuted over election coverage RSF_en News SingaporeAsia – Pacific Shadrake is facing a possible two-year jail sentence and a heavy fine if convicted. Reporters Without Borders calls on the British government to do everything possible to get the Singaporean authorities to drop the charges. In response to a question from Reporters Without Borders, a Singaporean diplomat in London confirmed that Shadrake would have to remain in Singapore “to assist the police” with their investigation.
July 7, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 French student held because of photos and emails June 9, 2021 Find out more News IranMiddle East – North Africa Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Help by sharing this information to go further RSF_en Follow the news on Iran IranMiddle East – North Africa News February 25, 2021 Find out more Organisation After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists News Receive email alerts March 18, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is very worried by French graduate student Clotilde Reiss’s arrest at Tehran airport as she was about to leave the country on 1 July. Reiss, who was working as a teaching assistant at Isfahan University, has been accused of spying.Relatives told Reporters Without Borders that Reiss’s digital camera contained photos of demonstrations that took place in Isfahan after the announcement of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed election victory. She had also reportedly sent emails about the demonstrations together with photos of them.“Reiss’s arrest is typical of the crackdown that the Iranian authorities have orchestrated since 12 June, “Reporters Without Borders said. “The international community must urgently press for her release. Her fate is similar to that of the hundreds of Iranians who are currently being held in Iran for circulating news and information.”Reiss has been taken to Tehran’s Evin prison. Notified on 2 July of her arrest, the French consular authorities have not yet been able to visit her but they have been in regular touch by telephone. A political science graduate with a keen interest in Iran, Reiss had been in Isfahan since February. Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News
Organisation AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Azerbaijan Reporters Without Borders today condemned threats and physical attacks that have taken place in the past four days on the Khagani Street building in Baku that houses several opposition newspapers and the headquarters of the opposition Popular Front of Azerbaijan. The victims blame the attacks on government supporters.”We reiterate our call to pro-government parties and media to stop denigrating and harassing privately-owned newspapers and to comply with the undertakings which the president gave to the Council of Europe and the OSCE,” the press freedom organisation said.The opposition daily Azadlig has been singled out in recent days in the governmental media, with the television station Lider TV and the newspaper Yeni Azerbaidjan carrying reports that it has been occupying its premises illegally since 1992. The real targets appear to be several other media and journalistic organisations in the same building, namely the news agency TURAN, Bizim yol paper and the Confederation of Journalists.On 6 and 8 August, the building was attacked by “demonstrators” who included members of the youth wing of the pro-government party Yeni Azerbaijan as well as plain-clothes police and municipal employees. They tried to break the building’s windows, threw stones, eggs and tomatoes, and insulted and hit journalists present, shouting, “We are going to throw you out.”The journalists who work in the building and Popular Front of Azerbaijan members were yesterday warned of threats to set fire to the building. Azadlig staff members and journalists with independent media are taking turns to keep a constant watch in the building in an attempt prevent the threats from being carried out.Representatives of the newspapers Azadlig, Zerkalo, Gun-Sahar, Yeni Musavat, Baki Habar, Novoye Vremya and Bizim Yol, the news agency TURAN, the Confederation of Journalists’ Unions and the Democratic League of Journalists issued a joint appeal on 8 August to the international community to press the Azerbaijani authorities to respect press freedom and stop this harassment.These incidents have come at a moment of great tension in the run-up to legislative elections scheduled for November. RSF_en April 9, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan June 8, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says to go further August 10, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Threats and physical attacks on opposition news media News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia June 4, 2021 Find out more News Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh The offices of several opposition newspapers have been the target of physical attacks and attempts to eject them from the building they share in Baku. Reporters Without Borders calls on pro-government parties and media to stop denigrating and harassing opposition newspapers.
Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says May 29, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Security guards attack TV crew outside parliament AfghanistanAsia – Pacific News Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” to go further March 11, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation Receive email alerts Follow the news on Afghanistan News RSF_en News AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information May 3, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today condemned an attack by security guards on a three-member Ayna TV crew that went to the Afghan parliament on 27 May 2006 to cover the selection of candidates for the presidency of the supreme court.“This use of violence was a serious obstruction to the work of the press,” the organisation said. “We call on the authorities to punish the security guards responsible and to ensure that journalists have unrestricted access to parliament.”Ayna TV reporter Nasir Ahmadi and the two cameramen accompanying him, Basheer Ahmad Asim and Rafi Osooq, were stopped by security guards outside the parliament building. When one of the cameramen got out of their car to request permission to enter, a guard attacked him. Other guards hit Ahmadi and the other cameraman with their rifles when they began filming the attack on their colleague.The incident comes just a few weeks after a Tolo TV cameraman was attacked by parliamentarians. For more information on that case: see article. News RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan