Journalists in Trouble
Friday 1 April 2011
March 28, 2011
More Charges of 'Hooliganism' in Belarus
Belarusian authorities imprisoned another journalist on charges of 'hooliganism' last week, marking the second such case in several days. After his release, Aleksandr Lashmankin, a Russian journalist and rights activist, was denied renewal of his accreditation, a credential that Belarusian authorities treat as a privilege and use (or refuse) to keep foreign journalists in line.
March 28, 2011
Azerbaijani Journalist Reports Being Abducted, Beaten
An opposition journalist in Azerbaijan reports being abducted and beaten over the weekend. Local press advocates say that attacks against the media have increased recently in response to upheaval in the Middle East and activism at home.
March 25, 2011
Belarusian Journalist Is Charged With 'Hooliganism'
An independent journalist was imprisoned yesterday in Belarus on charges of 'hooliganism,' providing a stern reminder that three months after the government unleashed a brutal crackdown against its opponents, political activists and the media, the repression continues.
March 24, 2011
Russian Journalist Who Wrote about Putin is Attacked
Yesterday, Sergei Topol, a veteran reporter who wrote articles about Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's personal life, was assaulted outside his Moscow apartment, the Moscow Times reports. The attack comes five months after the brutal beating of Russian journalist Oleg Kashin last November.
March 11, 2011
RFE Photographer Beaten as Azeri Demonstrators Demand Change
A freelance photographer for RFE's Azeri service was beaten by police today while filming a public protest organized as part of a FaceBook campaign. At least 20 activists were detained during the day, designated by the campaign as "Great People's Day."
March 11, 2011
Iraqi Journalists Press Charges Against Riot Police
In an unprecedented step, the Iraqi journalists' syndicate is pressing charges against the Interior Ministry's anti-riot unit, alleging members attacked five reporters covering a demonstration in the southern province of Basra last week.
March 08, 2011
RFE Colleague Dies in Moscow
Prominent Central Asian journalist Sanobar Shermatova died in Moscow last weekend of a cardiac arrest. For many years, Shermatova reported for RFE's Uzbek and Russian services, and has been remembered by former Kyrgyz president Askar Akaev as a brave voice in democratic politics in the region.
March 04, 2011
Reporters without Borders Joins Appeals for Iranian Opposition Leaders
In a conversation with RFE, a representative of media watchdog Reporters without Borders condemned the reported secret detention of two Iranian opposition leaders and their wives, and called for the disclosure of their whereabouts consistent with international law.
March 01, 2011
U.S. Envoy Urges Media Freedom, Criticizes Impunity
The U.S. Ambassador to Armenia told an audience of students, civic activists and media representatives in Yerevan yesterday that democracy will demand 'deep' reforms, including media freedom and punishment for 'criminals who assault journalists.'
February 15, 2011
'I Witnessed Prisoners Screaming'
Abdelilah Nuaimi, a journalist with RFE's Iraqi Service, spoke with colleague Feryal Hussein about his recent detention in Cairo. Nuaimi was one of two RFE reporters who traveled to Cairo last week to report on anti-government demonstrations. Both were detained and spent over 24 hours incommunicado in an interrogation facility.