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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 […]

Nigeria: Publisher Charged with Sedition

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 10, 2007, in southern Nigeria, the publisher of a private newspaper was arrested by officers reported by some to be agents of the State Security Service, even though the local authorities denied they were involved. On October 16, Jerome Imeime, publisher of a newspaper in the State of Akwa Ibom, […]

Taiwan: Press Freedom Ranking Improved

(Nov. 2, 2007) According to the Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2007, issued by the international, Paris-Based press organization Reporters Without Borders, Taiwan is rated highest among its Asian neighbors in press freedom in 2007 and No. 32 worldwide. Among the other 168 countries that comprise the Index, Japan was ranked No. 37; the United States, […]