February 2017

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February 2017

The following are links to articles related to media safety. The stories compiled here are from other sources and for informational purposes only. SAG-AFTRA does not verify their accuracy and posting them here does not imply an endorsement of the source.

Journalist Killed in Political Party Clash in Bangladesh
Feb. 3, 2017 — The Express Tribune
A Bangladeshi journalist was killed while covering clashes between two factions of the ruling Awami League party in a northern district, police officials said Friday. Abdul Hakim Shimul, a correspondent in Sirajganj in northern Bangladesh for Bangla daily Samakal, was reporting on clashes between two factions of the ruling Awami League activists on Thursday, a local police inspector said.
“One group suddenly opened fire on the other when Shimul was shot,” the official told AFP on the condition of anonymity, adding that the journalist was hit in the head and chest.
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Surveillance of Journalists and Court Orders Puts Canada's Press Freedom at Risk
Feb. 3, 2017 — Committee to Protect Journalists
On February 6, VICE News reporter Ben Makuch is due to appear in court to appeal an order requesting that he hand over details of his communication with a source. The hearing comes ahead of a day of action being planned in Canada for February 25, when press freedom and privacy activists are due to lobby the government over issues including surveillance powers and an anti-terrorism bill.
As well as the legal action against Makuch, news outlets reported in 2016 that police had issued warrants to spy on at least eight journalists, checked phone records to see if officers had been in contact with journalists, and seized a journalist's laptop. Authorities also called for increased police surveillance powers and criticized encryption for hampering police work.
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Meet Lewis Wallace: Trans Reporter Fired for Writing About Journalistic Integrity in Trump Era
Feb. 3, 2017 — Truthout
Until last week, Lewis Wallace was the only out transgender reporter at the public radio show "Marketplace." Then he published a blog post on the website Medium about journalistic neutrality and the challenges of being a transgender journalist who covers the current administration. Under the headline "Objectivity is dead, and I'm okay with it," he questioned whether people who hold "morally reprehensible" positions, such as supporting white supremacy, can be covered objectively, and he argued journalists shouldn't care if they are called "politically correct" or "liberal." "Marketplace" said Wallace's blog post violated its code of ethics. It suspended him for writing it and asked him to take it down. When he later republished it, he was fired. Lewis Wallace joins us to explain what he wrote, and why.
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Russian Activist Suffers Symptoms of Poisoning for 2nd Time in 2 Years
Feb. 3, 2017 — USA Today
A prominent Russian opposition activist who almost died from an apparent poisoning two years ago was in stable but critical condition Friday after suddenly falling ill during a trip to Moscow. Vladimir Kara-Murza, a U.S. green card holder with dual British-Russian citizenship, was in Russia promoting a documentary film about Boris Nemtsov, his close friend and Russian opposition leader who was shot and killed only a few hundred yards from the Kremlin in 2015. Kara-Murza, a journalist who lives in Virginia with his wife, Evgenia, is chairman of the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom and coordinator of the Open Russia Foundation, which promotes civil society and democracy. He has also testified before Congress on political repression in Russia.
Kara-Murza's condition is similar to 2015 when he almost died from sudden kidney failure in a suspected poisoning in Moscow. His lawyer, Vadim Prokhorov, said in a posting on Facebook that his condition stabilized but that Kara-Murza remained in critical condition with kidney failure after falling ill Thursday.
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Journalist Faces Charges After Arrest While Covering Dakota Access Pipeline Protest
February 5, 2017 — The Los Angeles Times
Journalist arrested in a broad sweep of a “rogue” protest camp near the Standing Rock reservation is facing criminal charges from North Dakota authorities. Jenni Monet, 40, on assignment for Indian Country Today and the Center for Investigative Reporting, has been arrested and charged with criminal trespass and “engaging in a riot” by Morton County prosecutors. She was arrested Wednesday and released on bond late Thursday.
Monet was arrested as authorities rounded up about 75 “water protectors” attempting to set up a new protest camp on private land near the Cannonball River. Police moved in Wednesday afternoon to prevent the establishment of the “Last Child Camp,” locking down the area with highway barricades. Monet said she was there to document the story. She said she scaled a hill above the river, where dozens of opponents of the Dakota Access pipeline had erected tepees and stood, arms locked, facing police.
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Veracruz, Mexico is LatAm's Epicenter of Violence Against Journalists
Feb. 6, 2017 — InSight Crime
Mexico's eastern state of Veracruz became the most dangerous place for journalists in Latin America during the regime of fugitive ex-governor Javier Duarte, according to a new report that illustrates how a corrupt state often represents the principal threat journalists face. In its report "Veracruz: Journalists and the State of Fear," Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières - RSF) reports 19 journalists were murdered and four more disappeared in Veracruz between January 2000 and September 2016. This means 20 percent of all journalist murders and 20 percent of disappearances in Mexico over that period took place in the state.
However, it is only after 2010, when Gov. Javier Duarte took power, that Veracruz claimed the mantle of the most dangerous Mexican state for journalists. In the six years of the Duarte administration, which came to an abrupt end when the governor fled to avoid corruption charges in late 2016, 17 of the murders and three of the disappearances took place. According to RSF's research, although Veracruz is plagued by criminal networks such as the Zetas, the main threat to journalists has come not from organized crime but from the state, especially during the Duarte administration.
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Family of Yemeni Journalist Killed by Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Seek Probe
February 6, 2017 — Al Arabiya
The family of a Yemeni investigative journalist and rights groups have demanded an investigation into his sudden death after an autopsy showed he was poisoned, activists reported on Sunday. Mohammed al-Absi, 35, died suddenly on December 20, after publishing reports about corruption in Yemen. Local media reports accused Houthi militias, who took control of the capital Sanaa since September 2014, of poisoning him.
“We are looking for an experienced team of investigators to aid the prosecution, but the team has to be neutral,” Abdulrashid al-Faqih, head of Mwatana human rights organization told AFP news agency.
The team should investigate “the circumstances of the death after the autopsy confirmed that poison is the cause,” he said. Absi’s family, Mwatana and other Yemeni organizations including the union of journalists, issued a statement on Sunday saying that the result of an autopsy done on samples flown to Jordan has shown that poison was the cause of death.
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Kenya: End media crackdown and allow British journalist to return
February 7, 2017 — Amnesty International UK
The Kenyan government must halt its crackdown on media freedom and allow Jerome Starkey to return to the country, said nine human rights organizations today, two months after the British journalist was detained and deported. The organizations, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, have sent a letter to Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Internal Affairs and Coordination of National Government Joseph Nkaissery, and other senior government officials, calling for Jerome Starkey to be allowed to return to Kenya to resume his work, and that the government publicly reaffirm its oft-expressed commitment to the right to freedom of expression and media freedom.
Justus Nyang’aya, Amnesty International Kenya Country Director, said: “It’s a travesty that Jerome Starkey, a well-respected international journalist was detained and deported under questionable circumstances and is now no longer able to carry out his work in Kenya. But this is just one of many cases of media harassment and intimidation of journalists carried out by the Kenyan authorities. Journalists must be allowed to investigate and report on important issues without fearing for their safety. In the run-up to elections and beyond, Kenyan authorities must publicly declare their commitment to freedom of the press and show that they mean it, by investigating all allegations of attacks on journalists and ensuring that suspected perpetrators are brought to justice in fair trials.”
The statement also calls for thorough, impartial and transparent investigations into all attacks against journalists in Kenya, including the murder in 2015 of John Kituyi, the editor of a regional newspaper.
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Update on the Journalist Kicked Off Facebook
February 8, 2017 — National Public Radio
A Zimbabwean investigative reporter was kicked off Facebook while investigating a case of child abuse. Now she's reinstated and still pained by the experience, but happy to be connected again.
STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: We have an update on the investigative journalist who was kicked off Facebook. She's a reporter from Zimbabwe. And as we have reported, she was in the midst of working on a story about child abuse when Facebook's software detected her activity and expelled her. NPR'S Aarti Shahani reports on what's happened since.
AARTI SHAHANI, BYLINE: Sandra Nyaira got kicked off about eight months ago. She was investigating a child abuser. She tried to use Facebook Messenger, the private chat tool, to share pictures of two little girls being abused with a fellow journalist. And Facebook's computer software did not approve. Nyaira pleaded to Facebook through emails and forms, but her pleas went nowhere - until, that is, last week.
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Human Rights Groups say Kenya Must End Media Crackdown
Feb. 8, 2017 South African Broadcasting Corporation
The Kenyan government must halt its crackdown on media freedom and allow Jerome Starkey to return to the country, said nine human rights organisations on Wednesday, two months after the British journalist was detained and deported. The organisations, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and PEN International, sent a letter to Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Internal Affairs and Coordination of National Government Joseph Nkaissery, and other senior government officials, calling for Jerome Starkey to be allowed to return to Kenya to resume his work, and that the government publicly reaffirm its oft-expressed commitment to the right to freedom of expression and media freedom.
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Mahmoud Hussein Detained for More than 50 Days
Feb. 9, 2017 Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein has been detained in Egypt for more than 50 days in inhumane conditions that do not meet even the minimum required by law.  Hussein, an Egyptian who lives in Qatar, was stopped, questioned and detained by the Egyptian authorities on December 20 after travelling to Cairo for a holiday.
He has said that he suffers constant mistreatment in detention, that he is being denied his legal rights, that he is being kept in an individual cell and that he is being denied enough food and clothing.  Human rights and media organisations have denounced his detention.  Al Jazeera has demanded that Egypt unconditionally release Hussein and condemned a court order that extended his imprisonment for 45 days. His detention has been extended four times so far, with the latest order issued on February 5.
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Anniversary of Iran Revolution Ignores Iranian Regime’s War on Journalists
Feb. 11, 2017 The Media Express
During the Shah’s rule in Iran over 38 years ago, oppression of the media was one of the key demands of the revolution. They wanted to have the freedom of expression, religion and press that was denied by the Shah. The revolution swept Ayatollah Khomeini to power 38 years ago, but the promise of these freedoms was never kept by the incoming regime. In fact, Iran is now one of the biggest prisons of journalists, with a total of 29 journalists and citizen journalists detained. The persecution of journalists has not stopped, despite changes within the hierarchy of the regime itself. In fact, control of the media is one of the key components to the longevity of the regime. For the first 10 years of the regime’s existence, it was marked by massive arrest and the execution of several journalists, who at the time supported the Shah’s regime. After those official executions, the years since have included many extra-judicial executions to eliminate journalists.
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Mohammad al-Qiq surpasses 10 days on hunger strike
Feb. 15, 2017 — Alternative Information Center
Mohammad al-Qiq, a Palestinian journalist imprisoned without charge or trial under Israeli administrative detention, surpassed ten days of hunger strike on February 15, 2017. Israeli occupation forces seized al-Qiq, 35, at Beit El checkpoint near Ramallah one month prior, on January 15. At the time, he was on his way home from a demonstration in Bethlehem against the Israeli policy of confiscating the corpses of slain Palestinians.
His wife and fellow journalist Fayha Shalash reports [Arabic] that following the initial arrest, al-Qiq was detained, severely interrogated and subject to cruel, inhumane and torturous treatment for 22 days. Israeli authorities subsequently ordered him to administrative detention – i.e. indefinite incarceration without charge or trial.
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Facebook Live Killing of Dominican Journalists Leads to Arrest of 3 Men
Feb. 15, 2017 — The New York Times
Three men have been arrested in the Dominican Republic after two radio journalists were fatally shot during a Facebook Live broadcast on Tuesday, according to local news reports. Gunmen opened fire while one journalist, Luís Manuel Medina of Milenio Caliente, was reading the news at the FM radio station 103.5 in a shopping center in San Pedro de Macorís, east of Santo Domingo, the capital.
In a video uploaded to YouTube, shots can be heard in the background as Mr. Medina keeps reading. A woman is heard yelling off camera: “Shots! Shots! Shots!” Mr. Medina looks up from the screen, and then the broadcast is abruptly cut. His producer, Leo Martínez, also a director of Milenio Caliente (Hot Millennium), was killed in an adjacent office. A woman identified in news reports as a station secretary was seriously injured in the attack and hospitalized, the authorities said. The police said the motive for the killings was unclear.
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OSCE conference in Kosovo participants call for creation of commission on murdered and missing journalists
Feb. 15, 2017 — Diplomatic Intelligence
An OSCE conference on safety of the media in South-Eastern Europe concluded yesterday with the adoption of several recommendations, including the creation of a commission to investigate cases of murdered and missing journalists in Kosovo, the provision of special protection to journalists and the adequate prosecution of perpetrators of threats and intimidation against female journalists.
The conference brought together over one hundred representatives of journalist associations, media and civil society from Belgrade, Podgorica, Prishtinë/Priština, Sarajevo, Skopje and Tirana, who discussed the progress made in investigating cases of murdered and missing journalists, regional models for dealing with this issue and threats faced by female journalists reporting online. They also examined ongoing initiatives and efforts to ensure the safety of journalists.
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Mob Attacks Lebanese TV Station
Feb. 15, 2017 — Committee to Protect Journalists
Lebanese authorities should immediately investigate yesterday's attack on the independent TV channel Al-Jadeed, bring those responsible to justice, and take steps to ensure the safety of journalists operating in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A crowd of approximately 300 people, some waving flags of the Lebanese political party Amal, surrounded Al-Jadeed's office in Beirut early yesterday evening and attacked the building with fireworks, firebombs, and rocks, the news website Ya Libnan reported. At least one police officer was lightly injured dispersing the crowd, according to press reports. Video footage posted to YouTube by Al-Jadeed journalist Ramez El-Kadi showed the building's smashed front windows smashed and debris scattered around the entrance, as well as the remains of firebombs.
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‘Salama’ App Helps to Keep Journalists Safe
Feb. 17, 2017 – International Journalists’ Network
From Mexico to Iraq to the United States, journalists around the world face severe threats to their physical safety and digital security every day. For this reason, I created a free risk assessment web application, called Salama, that’s designed especially for journalists and bloggers to help keep them safe on the job. Journalists from more than 130 news organizations in Latin America, the U.S., Africa and the Middle East have conducted their first-ever risk assessment using Salama. Among the media that have identified and closed critical security holes using Salama are Mexico’s El Universal, Aristegui Noticias and El Noroeste de Culiacán, as well as Colombia’s Pacifista-Vice.
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Journalists Covering Standing Rock Face Charges as Police Arrest Protesters
Feb. 17, 2017 – Committee to Protect Journalists
For months, environmental protesters have clashed with police and private security companies over plans for the Dakota Access Pipeline, a $3.7 billion project that opponents say will destroy Native American sites and affect the region's water supply. While mainstream media have covered flashpoints in the protests, a core of mostly freelance, left-/wing, and Native American outlets have remained at the site to provide daily coverage. Several of those journalists are facing charges, including trespass and engaging in riots, after being caught in mass arrests as police cracked down on protestsor tried to clear camps in recent months. CPJ is aware of at least 10 journalists covering the story who are facing charges.
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AP Photographer Killed, Reporter Wounded
Feb. 19, 2017 – The Apopka Voice
A veteran Associated Press photographer was killed, and an AP reporter was wounded on Friday when an Afghan policeman opened fire while they were sitting in their car in eastern Afghanistan. Anja Niedringhaus, 48, an internationally acclaimed German photographer, was killed instantly, according to an AP Television News freelancer who witnessed the shooting. Kathy Gannon, an AP correspondent who for many years was the news organization’s Afghanistan bureau chief and currently is a special correspondent for the region, was shot twice and later underwent surgery. She was described as being in stable condition and talking to medical personnel.
“Anja and Kathy together have spent years in Afghanistan covering the conflict and the people there. Anja was a vibrant, dynamic journalist well-loved for her insightful photographs, her warm heart, and joy for life. We are heartbroken at her loss,” said AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll, speaking in New York.
The attack came on the eve of nationwide elections in Afghanistan. The Taliban have vowed to disrupt Saturday’s vote for a new president and provincial councils.
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Should American Journalists Fear for Their Physical Safety?
Feb. 21, 2017 – Paste Magazine
Donald Trump  has been on record several times brushing off the accusation that Russian President Vladimir Putin kills journalists who are critical of him. Sure, sure, it’s bad, seems to be Trump’s attitude, but America kills people, too: “You think our country’s so innocent?”  This should, and does, alarm journalists, but the most frightening part isn’t necessarily Trump’s willingness to shrug off the state-sponsored murder of journalists. The most frightening thing here is in our general misperception of Putin and in Trump’s misperception of himself. Trump has created a world where violence is possible in new ways, where before it was not. Regardless of whether Trump can hold onto the presidency for the next few months, journalists should be concerned for their personal safety and worried about this culture of violence: violence against journalism (led by Trump) and violence against journalists (inspired by Trump). As you’ll see, the two are closely related.
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Journalists Face Rising Threats in Trouble Spots: Watchdog
Feb. 21, 2017 – The Daily Mail
Journalists in conflict zones are facing unprecedented threats amid a rise in violent non-state actors, a decline in rule of law and increased reliance on freelancers, a media watchdog said Tuesday. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said in a 28-page report that more needs to be done to ensure the safety of reporters deployed to global hot spots. "The collapse of old political structures, the rise of militias, the failure of Western governments to rein in repressive regimes, and the disruption of the news industry by technology have churned up the threat landscape for journalists globally since the 1990s," the CPJ report said.
The report noted that journalists have become increasingly targets since the early 2000s, citing the 2002 kidnapping and videotaped beheading of Wall Street Journal correspondent Daniel Pearl in Pakistan. "His death signaled a new era in which violent non-state actors use journalists as pawns in asymmetrical warfare with foreign powers," the report said.
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UN Secretary General Pledges to Take Action on Journalist Safety
Feb. 24, 2017 – Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Secretary General Christophe Deloire and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Executive Director Joel Simon met with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres today to discuss the #ProtectJournalists campaign to appoint a UN Special Representative for the safety of journalists. David Callaway, board nominee for president of the World Editor’s Forum, part of WAN-IFRA, an early supporter of the campaign, also attended the meeting.“On behalf of RSF, I welcome Secretary General Guterres’ strong personal commitment to the safety of journalists and a free and independent press,” said Christophe Deloire, RSF's Secretary General. “The UNSG believes that these issues are fundamental to democracy and human rights and has pledged to take action. We are counting on him to make the UN more efficient so that journalists can be better protected.” “As journalists around the world are increasingly under attack physically and verbally it is encouraging and gratifying to have this kind of support from the Secretary General,” said Joel Simon, CPJ's Executive Director. “We look forward to working with him to move this commitment forward.”
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At-Risk Journalists Can Turn to 'Emergencies Response Team' for Help
Feb. 24, 2017 – International Journalists’ Network
What the International Red Cross is to victims of famine and floods, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is to reporters and editors operating under siege in the deadliest spots around the globe. On Feb. 21, CPJ expanded its outreach with the launch of a new Emergencies Response Team led by Colin Pereira, former director of security for London’s Independent Television News and deputy head of the BBC’s High Risk Team.  A special CPJ report on the unprecedented threats to journalists was released at the same time.
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The Murders of My Colleagues
Feb. 25, 2017 – The New York Times
A year ago, at least eight gunmen in military fatigues stormed the home of the crime reporter Anabel Flores near the city of Orizaba and dragged her away from her pleading family. The next day her body was found on a road; she was dead at 32, just a few weeks after giving birth to her second child. In May and August, police arrested two suspected members of the Zetas drug cartel for the killing, but haven’t released their names or more details, leading the Committee to Protect Journalists to report that “the case remained opaque” — like the homicides of so many of her colleagues here.
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Tributes for Shifa Gardi, 'Courageous' Journalist Killed in Mosul Reporting Isil Atrocities
Feb. 26, 2017 – The Guardian
Colleagues have paid tribute to a Kurdish journalist who was killed by a roadside bomb while reporting on the battle to recapture Mosul from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). Shifa Gardi, a presenter and head of output for Rudwar, an Iraqi Kurdish television station Rudaw, was killed on Saturday while investigating mass graves left behind by Isil in the Mosul area. Gardi, 30, was interviewing the commander of a Shiite militia unit near a large hole believed to have been used as a mass grave when the commander inadvertently stepped on a trip wire that set off the bomb on Saturday afternoon. The blast killed Gardi, the commander, and four other fighters, Rudaw said in a statement on Sunday. Younis Mustafa, her cameraman, and seven other fighters were injured.
Gardi and Mustafa had been making a report about the so called “valley of death,” an area 20 kilometers south of Mosul and five kilometers from the main Baghdad-Mosul road that is believed to have been used by Isil for mass executions. Ms. Gardi, 30, was the presenter of Focus Mosul, a special a daily news program focusing on the battle to recapture Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).
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Russian protesters mark anniversary of Boris Nemtsov's death
Feb. 26, 2017 – CNN
Thousands of Russians packed streets in Moscow on Sunday to mark the second anniversary of Putin critic Boris Nemtsov's death. Nemtsov, 55, was shot in the back while walking with his Ukrainian girlfriend in central Moscow on February 28, 2015. A gunman in a car opened fire, prompting immediate speculation that the killing was targeted. A deputy prime minister in the late 1990s under President Boris Yeltsin, Nemtsov had been one of current President Vladimir Putin's most vocal critics. Nemtsov was a top official with the Republican Party of Russia/Party of People's Freedom, a liberal opposition group. He was a vocal critic of the Kremlin's handling of the Ukraine crisis. His life had been threatened on social media weeks before his death, his lawyer said.
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Ethiopian Journalist's Wife Urges UK and US to Call for His Release
February 27, 2017 – The Guardian
The wife of a blogger and journalist detained in Ethiopia has called on the international community to pressure local authorities to release her husband, who is among tens of thousands held since a state of emergency was declared in the emerging east African power last year. Anania Sorri, a 34-year-old writer and intellectual, was arrested in November on his way to a meeting at the US embassy in Addis Ababa. He is being held in a high security prison in the Ethiopian capital and has not yet been formally charged with any offence.
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Algerian Journalist Faces Treason Charges
Feb. 27, 2017 – AllAfrica
Algerian authorities should immediately drop all criminal charges against Marzoug Touati, an editor of the news website Al-Hogra, and release him without condition or delay, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Algerian security forces arrested Touati from his home in the coastal city of Béjaïa on January 18 and have since held him in administrative detention on treason and incitement charges, according to his employer, lawyer, and news reports. Until yesterday, Touati feared international attention might harm his chances for release. According to the London-based regional daily Al-Sharq al-Awsat, security forces interrogated Touati about his publication on January 9 of a video interview conducted via teleconference with Hasan Kaabiah, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman. In that interview, the official said Israel has had a liaison office in Algiers since before 2000. Algeria and Israel do not have full diplomatic relations, and Algeria's government is frequently critical of Israeli actions.
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Chadian Journalist Abducted, Two Others Threatened by Intelligence Agency
Feb. 28, 2017 – Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) joins the Union of Chadian Journalists in condemning the intimidation of two newspaper publishers by Chad’s National Security Agency (ANS) during the past few days and the abduction of one of their reporters two days ago. Tribune Info publisher Eric Kokinangué and Mutations publisher Malachie Dionbé Mbaigara have been in hiding since they began getting threatening phone calls from the ANS, Chad’s counter-espionage and intelligence agency, that depends directly from the Presidential palace.
“We condemn these attempts to intimidate journalists and we urge the authorities to respect the rule of law,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “Practices of this kind just perpetuate the prevailing violence and impunity, which are incompatible with lasting democratization.”
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Israel: Detention of Palestinian Journalist on Hunger Strike without Charge ‘Unjust and Cruel’
Feb. 28, 2017 – Amnesty International
The Israeli authorities’ administrative detention of Muhammed al-Qiq, a Palestinian journalist, is unjust and cruel, said Amnesty International after a military judge approved an order confirming his detention for three months, which can be renewed indefinitely.
Muhammed al-Qiq, who was placed in solitary confinement following his arrest, has been on hunger strike since 6 February in protest at his detention. According to his lawyer his health has deteriorated in recent weeks and he is in need of specialized medical care. Israel uses administrative detention to jail Palestinians indefinitely without charge or trial based on secret evidence.
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