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December 31, 2009

Wars and disputed elections: most dangerous stories for journalists

Two appalling events marked 2009: one was the largest ever massacre of journalists in a single day – a total of 30 killed –by the private militia of a governor in the southern Philippines and the other was an unprecedented wave of arrests and convictions of journalists and bloggers in Islamic Republic of Iran following President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed reelection.

December 31, 2009

2009 leaves one of worst records for targeted killings of journalists, says IFJ

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today called for more action from governments and the United Nations to protect media as it announced a grim total of 137 journalists and media personnel killed during 2009. The number of targeted killings at 113 is one of the highest ever recorded says the IFJ

December 31, 2009

Violence and death, displacement and detention: Working life for Somali journalists

2009 has been a year of darkness, death, displacement, detention and violence against journalists and the entire media fraternity in the Republic of Somalia, according to the annual report unveiled today by the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ).

December 30, 2009

Croatia elections generally in line with international standards

The 23 November elections to the Parliament of the Republic of Croatia were conducted generally in line with OSCE commitments and international standards for democratic elections. However, some issues remain to be addressed, concluded the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) Election Observation Mission (EOM).

December 30, 2009

2009: застой і дынаміка адначасова

Для беларускага трэцяга сектара сыходзячы 2009 год адзначыўся як багаты на падзеі, супрацьлеглыя па сваіх ідэалагічных накірунках: аўтарытарныя тэндэнцыі ішлі рука аб руку з адлігай лібералізацыі. Які ж з накірункаў быў больш заўважным і моцным на агульным сацыяльна-палітычным полі краіны?

December 30, 2009

Новый выпуск кавказского независимого журнала «ДОШ»

Основная часть материалов, собранных в последнем выпуске «ДОШ» уходящего года, посвящена 15-летию начала так называемой первой войны, когда 11 декабря 1994 года с трех направлений в сторону Чеченской республики двинулись российские войска.

December 29, 2009

London Open Word House 2009 summary

In 2009, Index on Censorship, English PEN and ARTICLE 19 became part of the Free Word Centre, an international centre for literature, literacy and free expression. The three organisations played a leading and formative role in the development of the centre. Here is a summary of the NGOs’ activities in 2009.

December 29, 2009

Rafto House in Bergen: moments of the year gone by

2009 Rafto Prize for a journalist from Republic of Azerbaijan, release of a documentary describing North Korean concentration camps, demonstration in Bergen calling for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and a free Burma and release of DVD presenting 2008 Rafto Prize winner’s Pastor’s Bulambo’s work in DR Congo were the main activities of the Rafto House in Bergen. We suggest a summary of the NGOs’ activities in 2009.

December 29, 2009

Ethiopian journalists accuse media owner of curtailing their professional freedom

Three editors at the weekly Amharic The Reporter newspaper have accused the owner and publisher of interfering with their editorial independence by dictating to them what to write. Ethiopia’s new media law stipulates that media professionals should be free from the influence of media owners.