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Corrupting the Press is the Hallmark of Ben Ali
Omar_MestiriAn interview with Omar Mestiri, who has a lot to say about Tunisia, as well as the pressure and repression faced by its free press. More
02 July 2007
 
Table Mountain Report
Noting that in country after country, the African press is crippled by a panoply of repressive measures, the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) and the World Editors Forum (WEF) adopted the Declaration of Table Mountain on 3 June 2007 in Cape Town, South Africa. More
26 June 2007
 
El Watan, an Algerian Success Story
OBelhouchet.jpgInterview with the editor-in-chief of El Watan, one of Algeria’s leading French-language daily, which continues to thrive despite a climate that does not always foster freedom of speech.
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25 June 2007
 
Tunisia: Suffocating Free Speech
Optimists wanted to believe that the election of the Tunisian activist Souhayr Belhassen as president of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) on 26 April 2007 would benefit freedom of speech in her native country. This weak glimmer of hope did not last for long. More
20 June 2007
 
Taboos Melt Away, but Problems Persist
MamadouSy_1.jpgThe situation of the press in Mauritania has improved significantly in the past years. Yet despite the progress made, the sector still faces a number of challenges including the training of journalists. More
15 June 2007
 
Moroccan Journalist Wins Press Freedom Award
The Moroccan journalist Ahmed Reda Benchemsi recently won the Samir Kassir Award for Press Freedom thanks to an article addressing a sensitive topic: the cult of personality around the king of Morocco. More
14 June 2007
 
Golden Pen of Freedom Awarded to Shi Tao
A Chinese journalist serving a 10-year prison sentence for revealing his government's orders to newspapers to censor their reporting of the Tiananmen Square massacre anniversary, has been awarded the 2007 Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom prize from the World Association of Newspapers.
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08 June 2007
 
Tunisian Authorities Increase Pressure on Kalima
The World Association of Newspapers strongly condemns the continuing pressure exerted against the Tunisian independent online newspaper Kalima. More
08 June 2007
 
Sign the Petition for the Release of Egyptian bloggers

Six months after the arrest of Kareem Amer, Reporters Without Borders has launched an international petition calling for the blogger’s release and that of another Egyptian blogger Abdul-Moneim Mahmud.

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25 May 2007
 
The High Cost of Critical Journalism

MBenchicou.jpg“The aim of sending me to prison was to make me suffer as much as possible". APN met with Algerian publisher Mohammed Benchicou one year after he was released from prison.

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20 July 2017
 
'The least we can do is insult the President'
mona_pic.jpgIn her editorial, the award-winning journalist Mona Eltahawy discusses the current political situation in Egypt and how President Mubarak has clamped down on the community of bloggers in the country.
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04 May 2007
 
WAN protests kidnapping of BBC journalist
WAN has expressed concern for the safety and well-being of the Alan Johnston, a BBC correspondent in Gaza, who was kidnapped on 12 March in Gaza City. More
04 May 2007
 
3 May is World Press Freedom Day
On 3 May, newspapers around the world will be celebrating World Press Freedom Day. How will your newspaper bring attention to this day? WAN offers a range of materials that media can publish free of charge to celebrate this important day. More
30 April 2007
 
Defamation ABC released in Arabic
article19.gifARTICLE 19 has released its publication 'Defamation ABC' in Arabic and French translations. The ABC is intended both as an accessible introduction to the law of defamation, and as a tool for those interested in progressive reform of defamation statutes, whether lawyers or non-lawyers. More
26 April 2007
 
World Press Freedom Day, 3 May: to Publish or Not? The Dilemma of Uncovering Government Secrets

WPFD_1.jpgThe decision to publish government secrets is never an easy one, but has become even more difficult since the September 11 attacks, says Bill Keller, Executive Editor of the New York Times, in an exclusive interview with the World Association of Newspapers that is being offered to newspapers world-wide for publication on World Press Freedom Day, 3 May.


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24 April 2007
 
WAN Denounces UN Human Rights Council Resolution as Suppression of Freedom of Expression

logowan.jpgOn 30 March 2007, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on “Combating Defamation of Religions.” Under the guise of protecting religious sensibilities, WAN has denounced this resolution as a facilitator to the attack on freedom of expression.

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19 April 2007
 
Courts, press law undermine Moroccan press freedoms
cpj_logo.gifA delegation from the Committee to Protect Journalists voiced concern about a troubling pattern of punitive judicial sanctions that have threatened Morocco’s independent press. More
18 April 2007
 
Freedom of Expression Under Siege in Tunisia

TMG.jpegIncreasing repression by the Tunisian government has caused a "serious deterioration" in press freedom in the country, according to an international coalition of freedom of expression  and human rights groups, including the World Association of Newspapers.

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13 April 2007
 
Press Under Surveillance: WAN launches its 3 May Campaign

WPFD_1.jpgMajor terrorist attacks and threats against countries world-wide have led to the widespread tightening of security and surveillance measures which all too often are also used to stifle debate, individual liberties and freedom of the press, according to the World Association of Newspapers.

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12 April 2007
 
Rugby Board Puts Commercial Interests Ahead of Press Freedom

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A former director of New Zealand rugby has called on the International Rugby Board to drop restrictions on press coverage of the 2007 World Cup, saying the Board is "improperly seeking to interfere in the gathering and publishing of news in the short term pursuit of the dollar."

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03 April 2007
 
Yemen media law under review

article19.gifConvened by the independent human rights organisation ARTICLE 19, Global Campaign for Freedom of Expression and the Yemen Female Media Forum, a Media Law Working Group held its first meeting on 21-22 March 2007 in Sanna’a.

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29 March 2007
 
An Award for jailed Egyptian blogger

KA.jpgI say to Al-Azhar and its university and its professors and preachers who stand against anyone who thinks differently to them: 'You are destined for the rubbish bin of history, where you will find no one to cry for you and your regime will end like others have'. The author of these words, Abdel Karim Suleiman, a 22-year old Egyptian blogger, was sentenced last February to four years imprisonment.

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16 March 2007
 
RSF protests outside the Tunisian Tourist Office
abbou_2.jpgAs Tunisian lawyer and cyberdissident Mohamed Abbou began his third year in prison, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) activists demonstrated outside the Tunisian Tourism Office in Paris on 1March 2007 to protest against his continued detention. Mohamed Abbou was jailed two years ago for criticising President Ben Ali in online articles. More
08 March 2007
 
Tunisia: Abbou Begins Third Year In Prison

The World Association of Newspapers has joined an international day of action calling for the release of Mohamed Abbou, a Tunisian lawyer and human rights activist, jailed for having exercised his freedom of expression.

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01 March 2007
 
2006 Mixed Year for Freedom of Speech in Jordan

A growing number of training programmes in the past year have encouraged Jordanian journalists to be more outspoken, even though the media are still facing a number of problems.

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28 February 2007
 
Tunisia: New Breaches of the Right to Freedom of Expression
WAN and the IFEX Tunisia Monitoring Group express their serious concern that Tunisian authorities arbitrarily ordered Dar Assabah not to issue its new weekly magazine L'Expression and banned the French magazine Historia Thématique. These are the latest acts in a campaign of state harassment of the media, a campaign that includes censoring publications and jailing journalists, the coalition of 16 press freedom and freedom of expression organisations said. More
24 January 2007
 
Tunisia: Freedom of Expression Still Under Siege
More than one year after it hosted the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the government of Tunisia has failed to address human rights and freedom of expression concerns, the Tunisia Monitoring Group of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange said. The Group, which includes the World Association of Newspapers, appealed to incoming United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to remind the government of Tunisia of its international obligations. More
22 January 2007
 
Morocco: Weekly Nichane Banned and Journalists Prosecuted

The World Association of Newspapers and the World Editors Forum strongly condemn the ban imposed on the Moroccan weekly newspaper Nichane and the legal proceedings against its publisher, Driss Ksikes, and journalist Sanaa Elaji.
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04 January 2007
 
Latest Press Freedom News From the Region
A photographer and a TV technician killed by Israelil missiles in Lebanon and a cameraman wounded by Hezbollah's rockets in Israel are some of the victims of the war in Lebanon. More
Newsletter No 32
25 July 2006
 
New Group to Defend Press Freedom in North Africa
Journalists and human rights activists attending a meeting held on 6-7 June in Casablanca, Morocco, have decided to join efforts by establishing the Working Group on Press Freedom and Free Expression in North Africa (WGFENA) following the deteriorating press freedom situation in their countries.
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Newsletter 31
11 July 2006
 
Latest Press Freedom News From the Region
The art director of a Yemeni newspaper was assassinated while in Iraq two more journalists were killed. In Algeria journalists benefited from a presidential pardon while two journalists were sentenced to one year of prison in Egypt. In Lebanon, an article about Mohamed carried by the French weekly Le Courrier International was censored.
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Newsletter No 31
11 July 2006
 
Latest Press Freedom News from the Region
While journalists continue to be killed in Iraq, in Egypt, journalists were assaulted and in Jordan two editors were convicted for “offending religious feelings” following the publication in February of the Danish Cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed. In Palestine, journalists are caught between the Israeli occupation and the struggle for power between the Palestinian factions.
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Newsletter No 30
22 June 2006
 
First Press Freedom Report from the Federation of Arab Journalists
Self-censorship among editors in chief is bigger than censorship practiced by security bodies or governmental institutions, says the 2005 Press Freedom Report issued by the Federation of Arab Journalists on 3 June in Cairo.
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Newsletter No 30
22 June 2006
 
Newspapers Punished and Information Controlled in Tunisia

An elaborate system of administrative restrictions severely llimits press freedom in Tunisia today. Despite a constitution that guarantees press freedom, Tunisian media are far from being free. Financial reprisals and severe restrictions over the flow of information are the main methods to keep newspapers under control.

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Newsletter No 30
22 June 2006
 
Eight Journalists and Media Workers Killed in Less than a Week in Iraq
Iraq continues to be the deadliest country for journalists. In five days, eight Iraqi journalists and media assistants have been killed.
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Newsletter No 29
23 May 2006
 
Latest Press Freedom News from the Region
Journalists were convicted in Iraq and Morocco, assaulted in Egypt and detained in Tunisia. Algerian President Abdelaziz Buteflika granted an amnesty to journalists convicted of defamation and three newspapers were allowed to reopen in Yemen. Still, their editors are accused of "offending Islam" for publishing ther Danish cartoons depicting the Prohet Mohammed.
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Newsletter No 29
23 May 2006
 
Morocco: Editorial Boldness Costs Advertising Revenues
As one of the best selling weeklies in Morocco, Le Journal Hebdomadaire enjoys a great degree of popularity among readers. This has not, however, attracted advertising to the newspaper. The publication believes this lukewarm interest from advertisers is directly linked to its editorial line. Today, the record damages imposed to the newspaper in a defamation case could force it close.
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Newsletter No 28
03 May 2006
 
Latest Press Freedom News from the Region
Journalists were arrested in Egypt, attacked by armed forces in the West Bank and killed in Baghdad. In Tunisia, a mission of international press organizations said freedoms of expression and of the press reamins well below international standards. More
Newsletter No 28
03 May 2006
 
Publish Editorial Materials in Arabic on World Press Freedom Day
WAN is encouraging Arab-language newspapers to take part in its 3 May World Press Freedom Day campaign by downloading and using specific materials from the World Press Freedom Day website. Materials are offered free of charge at www.worldpressfreedomday.org.
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Newsletter No 27
25 April 2006
 
Consequences of Suspension: Losing Money and the Brand
Press freedom in Yemen has deteriorated significantly since 2004. Journalists have been the targets of numerous attacks. Cases of independent and opposition journalists arrested, abducted and beaten as well as publications suspended or banned are regularly reported by press freedom organizations.
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Newsletter No 27
25 April 2006
 
Report on Iraqi Media Situation
Iraqi media are controlled by political and religious sectarian groups, according to a report on the conditions of culture and media in the country since March 2003. This and the lack of protection and means are the causes of the “shameful situation” Iraqi media are in.
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Newsltter No 27
25 April 2006
 
Latest Press Freedom News from the Region
In Iraq, the home of a press freedom activist was assaulted. In Morocco, Le Journal Hebdomadaire was sentenced to pay the highest damages ever imposed to a publication in Morocco, what could put the weekly out of business. The trial is suspect to have being politically motivated. Saudi journalist Rabah Al Quwai was released. He wasaccused of “denigrating Islamic beliefs” in his writings. In Tunisia, a second Al-Chourouq journalist went on hunger strike to protest her dismissal.
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Newsletter No 27
25 April 2006
 
It is Vital to Draw Attention to the State of Press Freedom

"I believe it is vital to draw the attention of world public opinion on the state of press freedom in Arab countries in general. With a very few rare exceptions, press freedom there remains a hollow slogan and media professionals are sycophants to regimes hostile to reform in a fast-changing world," so says Algerian journalist and writer Hamid Skiff in an article part of a package of editorial materials being offered by WAN for publication on 3 May, World Press Freedom Day.


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Newsletter No 27
25 April 2006
 
Latest Press Freedom News from the Region
In Egypt, a journalist could be imprisoned if he fails to pay a fine after been convicted of defamation while a report comissioned by press agency Reuters found the killing of one of its staff by Us forces in Iraq in 2005 "unlawful." More
Newsletter No 26
18 April 2006
 
Tunisian Sihem Bensedrine Wins Index Freedom of Expression Award
Sihem Bensedrine, Editor-in-Chief of the Tunisian Kalima webzine –banned in the country— and a prominent activist for press freedom, has received the Index on Censorship’s Freedom of Expression Award.
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Newsletter No 25
11 April 2006
 
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Newsletter No 25
11 April 2006
 
Latest Press Freedom News From the Region
Journalists were arrested in Algeria, Comoros and Syria while three newspapers in Yemen are facing trials. Iraq was the origin of a good new: the release of abducted journalists Jill Carroll.
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Newsletter No 24
04 April 2006
 
World's Press Organizations Protest Against Journalists in Egypt
The World Association of Newspapers and World Editors Forum have protested to the Egyptian government against the sentencing of a journalist on libel charges in a case that comes two years after President Hosni Mubarak promised to abolish imprisonment for publishing offenses.
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Newsletter No 23
28 March 2006
 
Latest Press Freedom News From the Region
Ali Abdallah Al Fayad is the fourth journalist to be kidnapped in Iraq this year. Also in Iraq, a cameraman for CBS who had been held by the US forces a year without formal charges will appear in court on 5 April. Journalists in Algeria and Yemen also face prison sentences for publishing the cartoons depicting Mohammed.
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Newsletter No 23
28 March 2006
 
CPJ's Special Report: In Yemen, Press Climate is Deteriorating
The Committee to Protect Journalists has published a special report on the situation of freedom of the press in Yemen. The report, entitled "Attacks, Censorship, and Dirty Tricks”, describes a worsening environment for publishers and journalists. More
Newsletter No 22
14 March 2006
 
Last Press Freedom News From the Region
In Egypt, a former housing minister withdrew 37 defamation complaints he had lodged against journalists. In Iraq, two TV reporters have been killed in less than a week and Syria the correspondent in Damascus for An-Nahar Lebanese daily, was released on bail on 7 March, according to report.
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Newsletter No 22
14 March 2006
 
Latest Press Freedom News From the Region

Algeria, Tunisia and Syria are countries where journalists face imprisonment for doing their work.

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Newsletter No 21
07 March 2006
 
Latest Press Freedom News From the Region
In Algeria, Bashir Al Arabi, regional correspondent of the El Khabar daily was freed after serving a one-month prison sentence for defamation. In Egypt, a one-year prison sentence against a journalist of Al Masry Al Youm independent daily was upheld by a Cairo criminal appeals court exactly two years after president Mubarak promised to abolish imprisonment for publishing offences. In Iraq, an Al Arabiya TV Station crew of three was kidnapped and their bodies found the following morning. In Saudi Arabia, the Shams daily was suspended after reproducing the cartoons of the prophet Mohammed earlier published in a Danish newspaper and that have caused great uproar among Muslims all over the world. In Tunisia, journalist Hamadi Jebali and the internet “Group of Zarzis” were released from prison among 1,600 prisoners who received presidential pardons.
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Newsletter No 20
01 March 2006
 
World Press Protests Arrests, Closures Over Mohammed Cartoons
The World Association of Newspapers and World Editors Forum have protested against a wave of repressive action against editors and other journalists in Arab and Muslim countries who have published the cartoons of Mohammed at the centre of the current controversy.
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Newsletter No 19
21 February 2006
 
Center Aims to Be Press Freedom Watchdog in Arab World
The Federation of Arab Journalists (FAJ) has announced plans to establish a center to monitor press freedom in Arab countries, according to the Al-Mashreq Al-Ilami news site, which is published by the Arab Media Institute in Jordan.
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Newsletter No 19
21 February 2006
 
Latest Press Freedom News From the Region
In Algeria, a cartoonist  has been condemned  to a one-year prison sentence and a 50,000 dinars (500 USD) fine for publishing twelve cartoons of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. In Mauritania the editor of the daily Arabic-language Al Akhbar was attacked by armed men, according to reports. In Morocco, the independent weekly Le Journal Hebdomadaire has been condemned to pay 3 million dirham (over 325,000 USD) for defamation. It is the highest fine ever imposed on journalists in Morocco and could lead to the closure of the publication. A Belgian think tank had alleged the publication had defamated them by criticizing a report on Western Sahara issued by the center.
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Newsletter No 19
21 February 2006
 
World Press Organizations Protest Against Jailings in Jordan Over Muhammad Cartoons
The World Association of Newspapers and World Editors Forum have protested to the Jordanian government against the prosecution of two editors who published the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that have caused a storm of Muslim protest around the world.
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Newsletter No 18
14 February 2006
 
Latest Press Freedom News From the Region
Editors in other countries in the region also faced problems for re-publishing the controversial cartoons depicting Mohammed that a Danish paper first published on September 2005, while in Iraq, kidnappers of American reporter Jill Carroll have threatened to kill her, and in Morocco a weekly was ordered to pay 500,000 dirhams (US 60,000) in damages for a libel case.
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Newsletter No 18
14 February 2006
 
Latest Press Freedom News From the Region

In Jordan, two editors were reportedly arrested on 6 February for the second time in three days after their publications reproduced cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed. In Yemen, the license of the independent weekly Al Hurriya was revoked, while the prosecutor has issued a detention order against the publication’s Editor-in-Chief for publishing the cartoons. In Morocco, the Spanish daily El Mundo was banned on 2 February for carrying an article written by an exiled Moroccan journalist, while two journalists are accused of publishing “false information” and publishing pictures of the royal family without permission and faced a year in prison.

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Newsletter No 17
07 February 2006
 
WAN: 58 Journalists Killed Worldwide in 2005
Fifty-eight journalists and other media workers were killed world-wide because of their professional activities in 2005, with 22 of them killed in Iraq, by far the most dangerous place for journalists on the planet, the World Association of Newspapers said on Monday 30 January.
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Newsletter No 16
01 February 2006
 
Latest Press Freedom News From the Region
In Iraq, a journalist was killed during clashes between US army and Sunni rebels while two others were seriously injured in a roadside bombing. In Morocco, the trial against Al Ayam weekly was posponed and the editor of the weekly Akhbar al-Ousboua, who had been in prison since 29 September 2004 for libeling a government minister, was released from prison.
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Newsletter No 16
01 February 2006
 
Latest Press Freedom News From the Region
In Algeria a journalist for El Khabar newspaper was arrested and detained after court had found him guilty of libel on 29 September and sentenced him to a month of firm prison. In Iraq, The US-army has released a freelance cameraman for Reuters who was arrested in May and held in prison without charges. In Lybia cyber-dissident Abdel Razak Al Mansouri marked the first year of an 18-month prison sentence for posting articles on the internet criticizing President Muammar Al Gaddafi. In Spain, the High Constitutional Court agreed to re-examine the case against Al-Jazeera reporter Tayseer Alluni. In Tunis two weekly newspapers were seized from newsstands. In Yemen, Women Journalists Without Constraints (WJWC) has published its first report on Press Freedom in the country. “2005 has been a black year for journalism in Yemen,” it says.
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Newsletter No 15
24 January 2006
 
Latest Press Freedom Alerts From the Region
In Egypt, several organizations expressed their concern over the prosecutor general’s decision to close the investigation on attacks and sexual harassment by government supporters against female journalists covering a referendum to amend the Constitution on 25 May 2005. In Iraq, a writer was condemned to 30 years of prison for defamation and the US army released two Iraqi journalists and who had been held several months in Abu Ghraib prison without charges.
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Newsletter No 14
17 January 2006
 
IFJ Protests to President Ben Ali over its Web Site Ban
The International Federation of Journalists protested on 4 January to the Tunisian government over the blocking of the Federation’s web site in Tunisia. In recent weeks, following the World Summit on the Information Society in November when the IFJ sharply criticized restrictions on Internet use and harassment of human rights activists, the IFJ web site has been unobtainable.
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Newsletter No 13
10 January 2006
 
Latest Press Freedom News from the Region
In Iraq, an American journalist was kidnapped and her translator killed. The Moroccan Association for Human Rights (AMDH) has condemned a "campaign against the independent press". A journalist at the Pan Arab TV station Al Arabiya, was stopped from entering the Palestinian Territories by the Israeli authorities. In Sudan, a columnist at Al-Sahafa newspaper was jailed for writing that President Omar Al Bashir seems not to worry about the problem's of Sudan citizens.
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Newsletter No 13
10 January 2006
 
Emergency Fund for Journalists and Writers Under Financial Censorship to be Created
An emergency fund for journalists, cartoonists, writers and artists subjected to repression in their countries is the goal of an agreement reached during the Conference of Freedom of Expression in the Arab World held in Amman earlier this month.
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Newsletter No 12
27 December 2005
 
Latest Press Freedom News from the Region
In Egypt, a journalist is facing legal harassment for writing about corruption. In Morocco, the US-based website Anonymizer that allows internet surfers to avoid censorship have been blocked. In the United Arab Emirates, a freelance journalist was arrested and had his passport confiscated for allegedly libeling a jewelry chain by reporting that it ordered its employees to shave their beards and moustaches.
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Newsletter No 12
27 December 2005
 
Latest Press Freedom News from the Region
In Morocco, a weekly was banned from printing because of a heading while in Somalia threatened STN radio editor Awale Jama has been able to come out of hiding after intervention by the Transitional Government. More
Newsletter No 11
20 December 2005
 
Latest press Freedom News From the Region
In Egypt, more than 15 journalists were prevented from working while covering the third phase of the legislative elections. In Lebanon, Gebran Tueni, publisher of An-Nahar newspaper was murdered on 12 December by a car bomb. In Yemen, Mohammad Sadiq Al Odaini, secretary-general of the Center for Training and Protecting Journalist Freedom, was threatened and intimidated by security officers.
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Newsletter No 10
13 December 2005
 
WAN Condemns Murder of Lebanese Publisher Gebran Tueni
The World Association of Newspapers today expressed its outrage and sorrow on the car bomb assassination of Gebran Tueni, its Board Member for Middle East Affairs. "We condemn in the strongest possible terms the killing of Mr Tueni, an outstanding, brave, and determined publisher and journalist," said WAN, which called on the Lebanese government to do everything possible to ensure that the killers are swiftly brought to justice. More
12 December 2005
 
Latest Press Freedom News from the Region
In Egypt, journalists keep facing obstacles to cover the legislative elections. In Somalia, a reporter has been jailed by one of the armed factions in the country. In Yemen, journalists and publishers continue to face trials for criticizing authorities. More
Newsletter No 9
06 December 2005
 
WAN Calls for Release of Golden Pen Winner
The World Association of Newspapers has asked the President of Iran, Mahmud Ahmadi-Nejad, to unconditionally release the laureate of its 2006 Golden Pen of Freedom, journalist Akbar Ganji. More
Newsletter No 8
29 November 2005
 
Latest Press Freedom News from the Region
In Egypt, journalists continue to be harassed and prevented from doing their job while covering the legislative elections. In Somalia, a journalist has been forced to hide due to police harassment. In Yemen, an opposition newspaper has been closed in a deteriorating press freedom environment. More
Newsletter No 8
29 November 2005
 
WAN Press Freedom Report: The Arab World One of the Most Troubling Regions
The World Association of Newspapers’s press freedom review was presented to its Board, meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 14 November. The report states that the Middle East and North Africa is one of the most troubling regions in the world for press freedom, and events in recent months have proved no exception.
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Newsletter No 7
22 November 2005
 
World's Press Criticizes Arab Pressure on Danish Newspaper
The World Association of Newspapers has called on the summit meeting of the Islamic Conference in December to drop from its agenda an item concerning caricatures of Mohammed that were published in a Danish newspaper. More
Newsletter No 7
22 November 2005
 
Jailed Iranian Journalist Wins WAN Golden Pen of Freedom Award
Akbar Ganji, a leading investigative journalist who is now one of Iran's most renowned political prisoners, has been awarded the 2006 Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom prize of the World Association of Newspapers. More
Newsletter No 7
22 November 2005
 
Latest Press Freedom News From the Region
In Egypt, several journalists have been harassed since the opening of the first round of the legislative elections. In Yemen, a journalist was assaulted by masked men in broad daylight. More
Newsletter No 7
22 November 2005
 
RSF 2005 Press Freedom Index: Situation in Arab Countries Still Very Poor
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has published its annual worldwide press freedom index. According to the international freedom of expression organization, there has been none or very little improvement in the Middle East and North Africa region.
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Newsletter No 5
03 November 2005
 
Latest Press Freedom News from the Region
In Iraq, the hotels were most of the foreign correspondents are based were attacked. Seventeen hotel employees and passers-by were killed and nine journalists injured. In Tunisia, eight oposition figures begun a hunger strike on 18 October to demand respect for freedom of expression. More
Newsletter No 5
03 November 2005
 
Press Freedom Situation in Jordan Improves, but Not Enough
When King Abdullah II came to power in February 1999, he expressed his will to improve the press freedom standards in Jordan. Some steps have been taken, however, there is still a lot of room for improvement.

APN spoke to Nedal Mansour, president of the Jordanian Center for Defending Journalists (CDFJ), a non-governmental press freedom organization founded the same year King Abdullah accessed the throne.
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Newsletter No 5
25 October 2005
 
Latest Press Freedom News from the Region
In Iraq, the secretary-general of the Iraqi Journalists Syndicate was shot dead; in Somalia a journalist was arrested for the second time in four months; while in Yemen a journalist has received death threats for carrying out his work. More
Newsletter No 4
25 October 2005
 
Latest Press Freedom News from the Region
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Newsletter No 3
13 October 2005
 
Latest Press Freedom News from the Region
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Newsletter No 2
06 October 2005
 
Al Jazeera Journalist Gets 7 Years Prison Sentence
Tayssir Alluni, Al Jazeera’s correspondent was sentenced to seven years in prison on 26 September for his alleged collaboration with Al Qaeda. Press freedom groups have expressed their concern after the verdict and Al Jazeera reports they will appeal the sentence. More
Newsletter No 1
28 September 2005
 
Latest Press Freedom News from the Region
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Newsletter No 1
28 September 2005
 
Interview with WAN 2005 Golden Pen of Freedom Winner, Maahjoub Mohamed Salih of Sudan
Mahjoub Mohamed Salih, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Sudan’s oldest independent newspaper, Al Ayam, was awarded the 2005 Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom award of the World Association of Newspaper, for his great contribution to a free and independent press in his home country. For over half a century, Salih has confronted obstacles and pursued his work as a journalist and editor in one of the most restrictive media environments in Africa. Salih spoke to WAN about the press freedom situation in Sudan and what has driven him to remain in the profession for more than fifty years. More
15 June 2005