Local reporter found beheaded in Mexico’s Veracruz state

first_imgNews MexicoAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Organized crimeFreedom of expressionViolence May 5, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies The other four journalists to have been murdered in Mexico 2020 are Pablo Morrugares, Víctor Fernando Álvarez Chávez, Jorge Miguel Armenta Ávalos and Maria Elena Ferral Hernández, who was also from Veracruz state. Veracruz is one of Mexico’s most dangerous states (see, for example, RSF’s 2017 report), with three journalists murdered there since Cuitláhuac García was sworn in as governor in December 2018. The body of Julio Valdivia Rodríguez, 41, was found yesterday afternoon a few kilometres outside Tezonapa, a municipality 100 km southwest of the city of Veracruz. RSF has been told residents called the police after finding his headless body and, a few meters away, his head and his motorcycle with his newspaper’s logo. Rodríguez had been a Tezonapa-based local correspondent for the daily Diario El Mundo for the past seven years, covering general news. Because of an increase in violence in the area this year, he recently began specializing in what the Mexican media call “nota roja” – crime, accidents and natural disasters. His last report, on 7 September, was about an armed clash between the police and a local criminal gang. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its appeal to Mexico’s federal and local authorities to take urgent measures to protect journalists throughout the country and, in particular, in the eastern state of Veracruz, where a local newspaper reporter yesterday became the fifth Mexican journalist to be murdered this year. Organisation Mexico is ranked 143rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Rodríguez was given protection by the Veracruz State Commission for the Attention and Protection of Journalists (CEAPP) in 2015 after the murder of Armando Saldaña Morales, a fellow journalist from Tezonapa. The protection was soon withdrawn and since then Rodríguez had not reported receiving any specific threat to the CEAAP. Located in mountains on the border with Oaxaca state, Tezonapa and the adjoining Oaxacan municipality of Cosolapa have become a strategic centre for the region’s criminal groups, who wage turf wars and compete for privileged links with local politicians. Illegal trafficking in fuel, extortion, kidnappings and murders have all become common there in the past three years. News May 13, 2021 Find out more MexicoAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Organized crimeFreedom of expressionViolence Receive email alertscenter_img Ten journalists were murdered in connection with their work in Mexico in 2019, which made it the world’s deadliest country for media personnel. Help by sharing this information Reports Follow the news on Mexico September 10, 2020 Local reporter found beheaded in Mexico’s Veracruz state “A crime of such brutality cannot go unpunished,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau. “The Veracruz authorities must lose no time in identifying this murder’s perpetrators and instigators and should focus their investigation on a link with the victim’s journalistic work. Reporters in Veracruz have been subjected to an absolutely appalling level of violence for more than a decade. We call on the local and federal authorities to take stock of the extreme vulnerability of journalists in Veracruz and do what is necessary to guarantee their safety.” to go further Source: Colima Noticias News Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state RSF_en NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Journalist freed after two months in captivity in Tribal Areas

first_img News Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire April 21, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific RSF_en Receive email alerts News News Organisation Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder October 14, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist freed after two months in captivity in Tribal Areascenter_img Follow the news on Pakistan January 28, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders hails journalist Rehmatullah Darpakhel’s release after two months as a hostage in North Waziristan, one of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. Darpakhel, who works for the Urdu-language daily Ausaf and Aaj TV in the North Waziristan capital of Miranshah, was released safe and sound by his captors on 12 October.“We salute the courage shown by Darpakhel, who has survived a traumatic ordeal, and we are relieved by the outcome,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge the federal authorities not to close this case. They have a duty to find his abductors and bring them to justice. The impunity prevailing in Pakistan encourages self-censorship and threatens the entire journalistic community.”Darpakhel, 45, was kidnapped shortly after leaving the Miranshah Press Club on 11 August. According to Nor Behram, a Miranshah resident who was with him at the time, he was walking though the town’s market when gunmen in two cars with tinted windows fired in the air and forced him to get into one of the cars.The climate for journalists in Pakistan continues to be extremely dangerous. Faisal Qureshi, a reporter for The London Post online newspaper, was murdered in Lahore, the capital of Punjab province, on 7 October shortly after receiving death threats.Pakistan has been the world’s deadliest country for the media in 2011, with at least eight journalists killed in connection with their work since the start of the year. News to go further Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists PakistanAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh

first_imgSince last February, at least ten foreign journalists have been denied entry by the Russian peacekeeping troops controlling access to Nagorno-Karabakh from Armenia via the so-called Lachin corridor. RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan AzerbaijanArmeniaRussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Armed conflictsCouncil of EuropeFreedom of expression June 8, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says RSF_en June 7, 2021 Find out more Читать на русском / Read in RussianAn enclave populated by Armenians that is located in Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh is now at peace after last autumn’s six weeks of bloody fighting, and is secured by Russian peacekeepers, but control over journalistic activity has been stepped up.  At least seven journalists were injured during the Nagorno-Karabakh war from 27 September to 9 November. Three journalists who were injured when missiles were fired on the town of Martuni on 1 October – Armenia TV’s Avetis Harutyunyan and Aram Grigoryan and the Armenian news agency 24news.am’s Sevak Vardumyan – and the brother of a fixer who was killed the same day filed a case against Azerbaijan at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg on 26 March. The cease-fire agreement that the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia signed under Russia’s aegis on 9 November 2020 has no specific provision for the entry of journalists. Press accreditation is issued by the consulate of Nagorno-Karabakh’s unrecognised Republic of Artsakh or by the Armenian foreign ministry but it is the Russia peacekeepers who grant or refuse entry to foreign citizens, who are notified of the decision on the eve of their planned visit. Armenians and Russians just need to show their passports in order to enter. Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia Credit: KAREN MINASYAN / AFP Cavelier added: “Without international media, Nagorno-Karabakh is liable to become a news and information ‘black hole.’ We call on the Russian authorities to allow journalists access, regardless of their nationality. And we call on the UN and Council of Europe to ensure respect for the right to the freedom to inform, which is all the more essential in a conflict or post-conflict situation.” Access to Nagorno-Karabakh is also restricted via Azerbaijan, which is ruled by the authoritarian President Ilham Aliyev. TV crews from France 24 and the European channel Arte made highly controlled visits from Azerbaijan and were not able to report freely. With some difficulty, reporters Jonathan Walsh and Mohamed Farhat from the French TV news channel France 24 managed to get in at the start of March thanks to a privileged contact on the spot, but they are among the very few journalists to have succeeded. AzerbaijanArmeniaRussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Armed conflictsCouncil of EuropeFreedom of expression They include the French photographer Christophe Petit-Tesson, who said: “I spent several days there in January but the rules have changed since then.” Vincent Prado, a reporter for the Enquête Exclusive current affairs programme on the French TV channel M6, has had his requests to visit the territory refused several times by the Russians without any explanation.Similar unexplained refusals have been received by Neil Hauer, a Canadian freelancer for the Guardian and CNN, and Mark Stratton, a British journalist who described his frustration in an interview for the BBC. The photographer Kiran Ridley received permission to visit the enclave but was turned back at the Russian checkpoint on 4 April. center_img News “A growing number of foreign journalists are being systematically refused entry by Russian soldiers,” said Jeanne Cavelier, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “There are no objective grounds for this obstruction. The reporters do not pose a threat to the territory’s safety, which is guaranteed by peacekeeping troops.”  Help by sharing this information Organisation News Receive email alerts Related documents Читать на русском / Read in RussianPDF – 131.83 KB to go further News June 4, 2021 Find out more Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Russia, whose peacekeepers have controlled access to Nagorno-Karabakh from Armenia since the end of last autumn’s war between Azerbaijan and Armenia over this disputed territory, to stop denying entry to foreign reporters. RSF also urges the UN and Council of Europe to ensure respect for the right to the freedom to inform. News Armenia is ranked 61st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, Russia is ranked 149th and Azerbaijan is ranked 168th. April 9, 2021 Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakhlast_img read more

Journalist Chang Ping yet to receive a work permit

first_imgJean-François JulliardSecretary General, Reporters Without Borders Reporters Without Borders, an organization that campaigns for freedom of the press and freedom of information, wishes to draw your attention to the case of Mr. Zhang Ping, also known as Chang Ping (长平). A journalist and blogger, he is a former deputy editor of Nanfang Zhoumo (南方周末) and for the past five months he has been unable to take up his post in Hong Kong as editor of the online magazine Sun Affairs (阳光时务), owned by Sun TV, which he was due to have started in July this year. Up till now, Zhang Ping has faced unexplained silence on the part of the Hong Kong Immigration Department. Hong KongAsia – Pacific April 29, 2021 Find out more After he was appointed to the post in March, Mr. Zhang Ping applied to your government’s Immigration Department for a work visa. As a general rule, applications of this kind are dealt with in four weeks. As of today, he has received no response, either accepting or rejecting his request. No explanation has been given for this silence. The department concerned has merely informed him that his application is under review. This unusual and unexplained delay leads us to fear there has been direct political interference by the Beijing authorities with the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in order to prevent the journalist from taking up his post with a newspaper that Chinese officialdom has had in its sights for several years. The recent blockage of the website of the Sun TV online magazine that he was meant to edit is not unrelated to our concerns. With no warning or explanation, the television station was refused permission by the Chinese authorities to broadcast its programmes by cable at the end of 2009.On several occasions Mr. Zhang Ping, a respected journalist in China, has paid for his stand in favour of press freedom and his refusal to work under censorship. In 2008, he was dismissed as deputy editor of the daily Nandu Zhoukan Zazhi (应为南都周刊杂志) for publishing editorials on Tibet that were at odds with the official line. On 28 January this year, he was forced to resign from his post with Nanfang Baoye Jituan (南方报业集团) for refusing to make changes to articles he had written. Since then, he has been banned from publishing anything he has written in any medium, whether in newspapers or on the Internet. All of his articles published online have been deleted. Organisation 6 December 2011 In the light of these worrying events, we request that you do all in you power to ensure that Mr. Zhang Ping’s work visa is granted without delay so that he can take up his appointment as soon as possible. Thank you for your consideration of this matter and please accept my sincere regards. May 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en In an open letter in the Hong Kong government, Reporters Without Borders asks why the visa request by journalist Chang Ping remains unanswered. Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK): Patrick Li, Director of Broadcasting or political commissar? Help by sharing this information May 26, 2021 Find out more Dear SirVisa application by Mr. Zhang Pingcenter_img News Hong KongAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Hong Kong to go further Donald TsangChief ExecutiveHong Kong Special Administrative RegionPeople’s Republic of ChinaTamar, Hong Kong News Immigration Dept.Immigration Tower,Wan Chai, Hong Kong In order to bypass journalists, Hong Kong Chief Executive launches her own talk show on public television Hong Kong: RSF appeals to the UN to act for the release of Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai December 6, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist Chang Ping yet to receive a work permit News Receive email alerts Newslast_img read more

Reporters Without Borders fears new upsurge of violence against press after bloody attack against Shiite in Quetta

first_imgNews Help by sharing this information Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists April 21, 2021 Find out more to go further Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) is extremely concerned about the risk of violence spilling over against the press after a bomb and gunfire attack against Shiites faithful in south-western Quetta that left around 44 dead.The international press freedom organisation called on the authorities to take all necessary steps to protect the threatened media and also urged the Pakistani press to resist all incitement to hatred among the religious communities.Within two days, Shiite demonstrators have attacked the press club in Karachi and torched the offices of the daily Jang in Quetta. The demonstrators accused the privately-owned Geo TV which is part of the Jang, press group of having broadcast “insulting remarks” on 24 February.The bomb and machine-gun attack against a procession to mark the Shia holy day of Ashura on 2 March left at least 44 dead. On the fringes of the scene of the attack, demonstrators torched cars and businesses, including the offices of the national daily Jang in Quetta. The authorities imposed a ceasefire in a bid to restore order.A group of Shiite demonstrators ransacked a part of the press club in southern Karachi on 29 February. Several hundred people came to protest against Geo TV. This followed a broadcast at the end of February during which members of the Sunni religious community reportedly made insulting remarks towards the Shia community.Some 20 demonstrators scaled the walls and broke windows at the press club. They also beat a watchman, who tried to stop them. He needed hospital treatment but his injuries were not life-threatening. The journalists inside the building took refuge in a room on the first floor while the demonstrators ransacked the premises. The demonstrators then made their way to the Geo TV studios but police blocked their way.President of the Karachi Journalists’ Union, Mazhar Abbas, told Reporters Without Borders that the press had been deliberately targeted. News March 2, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders fears new upsurge of violence against press after bloody attack against Shiite in Quetta Organisation Receive email alerts Follow the news on Pakistancenter_img June 2, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire News RSF_en News January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Cuban regime fears bloggers more than “traditional” dissidents

first_img October 15, 2020 Find out more December 29, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cuban regime fears bloggers more than “traditional” dissidents News New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council RSF_en CubaAmericas Organisation News News Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet Newscenter_img Cables: 09HAVANA221, 10HAVANA9, 09HAVANA592According to US government cables leaked by WikiLeaks, American diplomats based in Havana believe that the Cuban regime fears the country’s bloggers much more than “traditional” dissidents.In a cable dated 15 April 2009, Jonathan Farrar of the US Interests Section in Havana said the dissident movement in Cuba has become as “old and as out of touch” with the lives of ordinary Cubans as the regime itself. “We see very little evidence that the mainline dissident organizations have much resonance among ordinary Cubans,” he wrote, adding that they nonetheless were the “conscience of Cuba” and deserved US support.In a cable sent on 20 December 2009, Farrar said the Cuban government saw bloggers as its “most serious challenge.” Referring to Cuba’s netizens as “a group that frustrates and scares the (government of Cuba) like no other,” he said their reporting of the arrests and mistreatment they underwent constituted a useful political tool. “The bloggers’ mushrooming international popularity and their ability to stay one tech-step ahead of the authorities are causing serious headaches in the regime,” Farrar wrote, adding: “We believe it is the younger generation of ‘non-traditional dissidents’ that is likely to have a greater long term impact on post-Castro Cuba.”Another cable noted: “Younger individuals, including bloggers, musicians, and performing and plastic artists do not belong to identifiable organizations, though they are much better at taking ‘rebellious’ stands with greater popular appeal.”Read the cables:http://www.wikileaks.ch/cable/2009/04/09HAVANA221.htmlhttp://www.wikileaks.ch/cable/2010/01/10HAVANA9.htmlhttp://www.wikileaks.ch/cable/2009/09/09HAVANA592.html RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago May 6, 2020 Find out more CubaAmericas to go further Follow the news on Cuba Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts October 12, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

Call for the authorities to respect press freedom ahead of South Sudan independence vote

first_img News News March 29, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders today called on the authorities in Southern Sudan and the government in the capital Khartoum to guarantee the safety of journalists and pluralism of news and information two days ahead of an historic referendum on independence for South Sudan. The South Sudanese will vote on 9 January – marking a decisive step in their history – whether or not to secede from the rest of Sudan, bringing about partition of Africa’s largest country, on the sixth anniversary of the peace agreement that ended a civil war that tore the north and south apart for nearly 20 years. Reporters Without Borders has noted, along with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, restrictions to press freedom that occurred during 2010 in the lead up to the referendum. We hope that these violations will not be repeated.“As in so many elections on the African continent, there is a real risk of freedom of expression being flouted and journalists prevented from working normally”, the organisation’s Secretary General, Jean-François Julliard said. “We remind the authorities of their responsibility to guarantee the people the right of access to free, pluralist and balanced news and information, and journalists to freely carry out their work”. The referendum is being held against a background of deep uncertainty as people feel themselves caught between hope and fear of the outcome. Some observers have warned of a serious humanitarian crisis, even a civil war, as a result of the poll. After saying he would refuse to countenance partition, President Omar al-Bashir has promised to respect the results of the referendum and to “help” Southern Sudan establish a “secure and stable” state in the event of secession. Reporters Without Borders hopes that the vote will go ahead peacefully in complete respect of human rights, democracy and freedom of the press.Sudan is ranked 172nd out of 178 countries in Reporters Without Borders’ 2010 world press freedom index. Its poor position in the rankings is due to President al-Bashir’s failure to keep his promise to lift prior censorship on the written press, to the ban on some privately owned publications, to the surveillance of many journalists in Khartoum and elsewhere in the country as well as continued arrests of journalist and harsh prison conditions. Three journalists on the opposition daily Rai al-Shaab (the People’s Opinion), Abuzar al Amin, Ashraf Abdelaziz and Altahir Ibrahim (alias Altahir Abugawhara), have been held in custody since February 2010. Another journalist, Gafar Alsabki Ibrahim, of the independent newspaper Alsahafa, has been held since the start of November 2010. For more information Crédit photos : AFP Receive email alerts News SudanAfrica Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa to go furthercenter_img Help by sharing this information Organisation April 10, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Sudan Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent Sudan : Press freedom still in transition a year after Omar al-Bashir’s removal January 7, 2011 – Updated on May 31, 2016 Call for the authorities to respect press freedom ahead of South Sudan independence vote April 6, 2020 Find out more SudanAfrica last_img read more

Politically-motivated attacks on journalists in Haitian town

first_img November 14, 2019 Find out more Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti At least five journalists have been the victims of physical or verbal attacks in the past month in Petit-Goâve, a coastal town 65 km west of Port-au-Prince.The latest victim was Guyto Mathieu, the director of Radio Préférence FM and correspondent for the Haïti Libre news website, on 9 September. He has repeatedly been subjected to insults and derogatory comments.According to a Petit-Goâve journalists organization, a group opposed to the local government is responsible for these verbal attacks against Mathieu, who was threatened during a demonstration on 4 September. Mathieu is regarded as a supporter and defender of Jacques Stevenson Thimoléon, a parliamentarian who is one of the targets of the Petit-Goâve opposition.Other journalists have been victims of the political polarization in Petit-Goâve. Pro-Thimoléon demonstrators attacked reporter Ephesien Joseph on 29 August, the local media sources said.Duralph Emmanuel François, another journalist, was also attacked recently, while a local judge threatened Radio Vision Plus director Gibsonne Bazile with arrest.“We urge the local authorities to protect Petit-Goâve’s journalists, who are too often being identified and targeted as political actors at a time of considerable polarization,” said Camille Soulier, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Americas desk.“The local government’s defenders and opposition representatives must agree to put an end to these repeated attacks on journalists in the area.”The protest movement against Thimoléon and Petit-Goâve mayor Sandra Jules –accused by the opposition of embezzlement – is continuing despite the justice minister’s nationwide ban on demonstrations during the first week of school after the summer break.Haiti is ranked 47th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News HaïtiAmericas News Organisation HaïtiAmericas September 11, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Politically-motivated attacks on journalists in Haitian town Follow the news on Haïticenter_img News Receive email alerts News to go further Another journalist murdered in Haiti RSF_en October 11, 2019 Find out more Help by sharing this information June 11, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

More news providers killed by regular army, rebels or Kurdish militia

first_img Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists News November 23, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 More news providers killed by regular army, rebels or Kurdish militia Organisation Receive email alerts February 3, 2021 Find out more At least four journalists and citizen-journalists have been killed by the regular army, the rebel Free Syrian Army or Kurdish militiamen in the past week.A Syrian state TV journalist, Bassel Tawfiq Youssef, was killed on 21 November in the southern Damascus suburb of Tadamun. The official news agency SANA said he was killed by “terrorists” while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said he was shot by rebels who accused him of belonging to a pro-government “shabbiha” militia. The Syrian Journalistic Association (SJA) quotes the Syria Stamp network as saying one of its members, the citizen-journalist Hozan Abdel Halim Mahmoud, was killed while filming clashes between the rebel Free Syrian Army and a militia operated by the Democratic Union Party (PYD), a Kurdish party, in Ras Al-Ain, in the northeastern province of Al-Hasaka, on 20 November. Mahmoud had been very active covering demonstrations in the nearby city of Qamishli. Abed Khalil, the president of Ras Al-Ain’s Kurdish municipal council, was meanwhile killed by a Free Syrian Army sniper during clashes on 19 November. Khalil was a journalist by profession.Mohammed Al-Khalid, a citizen-journalist from Homs, was executed by the Diraa Al-Shahba Brigade’s Namr Battalion in Aleppo on 18 November for repeatedly criticizing the battalion’s actions in the city.The SJA also reports that Abdullah Hassan Kaake, a citizen-journalist, died under torture by military intelligence personnel in Aleppo on 17 November. Two of his brothers – Abdel Ghani, another citizen-journalist, and Ahmed Kaake – have already been killed since the start of the uprising in Syria.According to a Reporters Without Borders tally, at least 15 journalists and 41 citizen-journalists have been killed in connection with their journalistic activities since the start of the armed conflict.Two other citizen-journalists have been killed by shells in the past week. Mohammad Al-Zaher, also known as Abu Nasser Na’imi, was killed during shelling of the Damascus suburb of Al-Buaida on 19 November while Mustafa Kerman was fatally injured during shelling of the Aleppo district of Al-Bustan Al-Qassir on 16 November.Reporters Without Borders hails the Syrian government’s release of the Turkish cameraman Cüneyt Ünal on 17 November. An employee of US-funded Al-Hurra TV, Ünal was abducted on 20 August in Aleppo. The following three foreign journalists are still being held by their abductors or are missing: – Ankhar Kochneva, a Ukrainian journalist who has worked for many Russian news media, especially as an interpreter, was kidnapped by an FSA faction on 9 October. She was able to confirm by telephone the same day that she had been taken hostage. And then, on 12 and 13 October, she was able to contact NTV, one of the Russian media she has worked for as an interpreter. A video was released on 8 November in which she asked the Ukrainian, Russian and Syrian authorities to agree to her captors’ demands.- Bashar Fahmi Al-Kadumi, a Jordanian reporter working for Al-Hurra, went missing in Aleppo on 20 August, at the same time as his Al-Hurra colleague, Cüneyt Ünal. After his release, Ünal reported that Kadumi was wounded in the stomach by a shot fired by a Free Syrian Army sniper.- Austin Tice, a US freelancer who worked for the Washington Post, Al-Jazeera English and McClatchy, went missing while reporting in a Damascus suburb on 13 August. A video showing him held by Jihadis was posted online on 26 September. The only sign of life since his disappearance, it gave no indication as to where he is currently being held, exactly who is holding him and what their demands are. His parents gave a news conference in Beirut on 12 November to request his release. Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Syria Read in Arabic (بالعربية) March 8, 2021 Find out more Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law March 12, 2021 Find out more News News News RSF_en SyriaMiddle East – North Africa to go furtherlast_img read more

Martin O’Hagan not forgotten four years after his unsolved murder

first_img Safety of journalists remains active concern in Northern Ireland as BBC Panorama team is threatened to go further RSF_en Organisation News Receive email alerts Solidarity with Swedish media outlet Realtid ahead of UK defamation case hearing March 23, 2021 Find out more United KingdomEurope – Central Asia On the eve of the fourth anniversary of the murder of Irish investigative journalist Martin O’Hagan of the Sunday World on 28 September 2001 near Belfast, in Northern Ireland, Reporters Without Borders today called on the British authorities not to abandon their investigation into this unsolved crime.“Let us not forget that O’Hagan was killed for doing his job,” the press freedom organisation said. “This unpunished murder highlights the dangers that often exist for journalists working in Northern Ireland, especially those probing sensitive issues. We call on Peter Hain, the British minister for Northern Ireland, to promise to pursue the investigation into O’Hagan’s murder until the truth is revealed and those responsible are punished.”O’Hagan was probably the first journalist to be deliberately murdered by Northern Ireland’s loyalist paramilitary militias. He was almost certainly killed for investigating collusion between the Northern Irish police, military intelligence, armed groups and drug gangs. Seamus Dooley, the Irish Secretary of the National Union of Journalists, and many of O’Hagan’s former colleagues continue to condemn the “wall of silence” around the police investigation.Since the start of the investigation, eight suspects have been arrested and then released for lack of proof. The police have denied claims by journalists that some of the suspects were cleared because they were former police informants.O’Hagan’s murder marked a shift in the security climate for journalists in Northern Ireland. “The number of journalists threatened by loyalist groups in 2001 was no more than three, but today it is more like 15,” said the Reporters Without Borders correspondent in the United Kingdom.The Sunday World was the target of a campaign of intimidation this summer after it ran several reports about the lavish lifestyle of certain Protestant armed group members who are also organised crime leaders. Several newspaper vendors in loyalist neighbourhoods were repeatedly the victims of paramilitary violence aimed at forcing them to stop selling the Sunday World.“If this kind of intimidation took place on the streets of Liverpool or Manchester and if the newspapers in those cities were targeted like ours is, there would have been a national outcry, but as it is happening in Northern Ireland, no one seems to pay any attention,” Sunday World editor Jim MacDowell told Reporters Without Borders.Aged 51, O’Hagan was gunned down in Lurgan, near Belfast, as he was returning home from a night out with his wife. The day after his murder, a caller to the BBC claimed responsibility on behalf of the “The Red Hand Defenders,” a name used by loyalist paramilitary groups, especially the “Loyalist Volunteer Force” (LVF). Help by sharing this information September 27, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Martin O’Hagan not forgotten four years after his unsolved murder News United KingdomEurope – Central Asia RSF condemns BBC broadcast ban as example of Chinese government reprisal Irish reporter Martin O’Hagan of the Sunday World was gunned down on 28 September 2001 near Belfast. Four years later, the investigation has ground to a halt and those who did it have still not been identified. News Follow the news on United Kingdom February 12, 2021 Find out more News February 11, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more