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China: New Rules for Taiwan Journalists

(Nov. 14, 2008) On November 1, 2008, the Taiwan Affairs Office of China's State Council (SCTAO) promulgated Measures on Reporting by Taiwan Journalists in the Mainland of China. The new Measures, which contain 12 articles, became effective immediately, replacing the earlier Provisions on Taiwan Journalists Coming to the Mainland of China for Reporting (1996, revised […]

China: Restrictions on Foreign News Media Eased

(Oct. 30, 2008) On October 17, 2008, the State Council of the People's Republic of China (PRC) issued new regulations governing foreign news media coverage on its territory. (Regulations of the PRC on News Coverage by Resident Foreign News Agencies and Foreign Journalists [in Chinese], Central People's Government of the PRC official website, Oct. 18, […]

Niger: Journalist Provisionally Released

(Oct. 14, 2008) On October 8, 2008, an appeals court in Niamey, Niger's capital, ordered Moussa Kaka released on bail pending trial. Kaka is a well-known journalist currently charged with “undermining national territorial integrity through conspiracy with Tuareg rebels,”according to his attorney, Boureïma Fodi. Kaka could be punished with five years in prison under this […]

Turkey: Website Bans to Continue

(Oct. 14, 2008) Speaking on October 8, 2008, at an international technology meeting in Istanbul, Turkey's Transportation Minister, Binali Yildirim, said that the practice of banning websites deemed to have inappropriate content will continue. “Practices are needed to protect young people and the public at large from harmful material online,” he stated. Since the adoption […]

Niger: Broadcaster Ordered to Suspend Operations

(Aug. 29, 2008) On August 19, 2008, the Higher Council for Communications, the media regulatory body of Niger, ordered a radio and television broadcast company to suspend operations for a month. The broadcaster, Dounia, based in the capital city, Niamey, was not given any explanation beyond the statement that it had failed to “respect the […]

China: Classified Memo on Foreign Journalists

(May 2, 2008) On March 30, 2008, the Paris-based media freedom organization Reports Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) (RSF) issued a press release making public a purportedly classified memo dating from 2007, obtained from Chinese sources, advising provincial-level officials on the behavior they should adopt towards foreign journalists before and during the Beijing Olympic Games. […]

Zimbabwe: Court Dismisses Government’;s Case Against Foreign Journalists

(May 2, 2008) A Zimbabwean court dismissed charges against a NEW YORK TIMES journalist and a British man for reporting Zimbabwe's election “without proper accreditation.” The court cited the state's failure to prove “reasonable suspicion of them practicing as journalists” as the reason for throwing out the case. (Zimbabwe Court Clears 2 Foreign Journalists, AP, […]

Brazil: Freedom of the Press

(Apr. 2, 2008) The Brazilian Federal Supreme Court preliminarily suspended for six months 20 articles of the Brazilian Press Law. Within this period, the highest court of Brazil will analyze the merit of the lawsuit and discuss all 70 articles of the law. At the end of this period, the court may decide to completely […]

Chad: Radio Station Closed

(Feb. 2, 2008) On January 16, 2008, police in Chad's capital city, M'Djamena, raided a privately-owned radio station and closed it. Radio FM Liberté's manager, Djekourninga Kaoutar Lazar, was arrested the same day. When the 15 policemen entered the radio station's studios, they asked to see the manager, who was not present, and then asked […]

United States: Media Gag Rejected

(Feb. 2, 2008) The British Ministry of Defence lost an attempt to prevent a newspaper, THE GUARDIAN, from reporting allegations of serious abuse of Iraqis by soldiers from the United Kingdom; in part the issue was the naming of the individual soldiers in the report. Lord Justice Moses of the high court ruled that the […]