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January 27 2010


Press freedom gets a red flag as World Cup approaches

As South Africa prepares to host the 2010 World Cup and “soccer fever” reaches its height, press freedom may be left on the benches. Police have recently subpoenaed two journalists working for private station e.tv to reveal their sources in a story about a scheme to commit violent crimes during the big event.
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January 26 2010


Southeast Asia - battles ahead to defend media freedom

This year, in the first three weeks of January alone, we have already been given a sampling of the battles that must be waged to defend the press and journalists of the region.

With chairmanship of ASEAN in 2010 transferring from Thailand to Vietnam, the big question is, how far will ASEAN and AICHR go in recognizing press freedom as a legitimate agenda for the region’s leaders? The answer to that will only begin to be hinted at and explored over the course of the coming months. But it will be crucial to everything, from covering the elections in Burma and addressing impunity in the Philippines to protecting the integrity of the Internet as a democratic medium throughout the region.

January 25 2010


As Sri Lanka election nears, pro-opposition writer vanishes - Committee to Protect Journalists

New York, January 25, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by the reported disappearance of Prageeth Ekneligoda, a political reporter for the Sri Lankan news Web site Lanka eNews.

Lanka eNews Editor Sandurwan Senadeera told news organizations that Ekneligoda was last seen leaving the office on Sunday evening. He told news outlets that he fears the reporter may have been abducted. In its own account, Lanka eNews described Ekneligoda as a political analyst who has supported opposition presidential candidate Sarath Fonska, a retired general, in Tuesday’s election. The presidential election has already been marred by widespread violence and accusations of cheating by both sides.


Chinese human rights web sites suffer attacks

CNET is reporting that the sites of Chinese Human Rights Defenders and four related groups were targeted by cyberattacks over the weekend, according to the organisation. A distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack paralyzed the Chinese Human Rights Defenders site for about 16 hours on Saturday and Sunday. Also attacked were Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch, Independent Chinese Pen Center, New Century News, and Canyu, the group said.
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Media Freedom in Sri Lanka says a journalist attached to the Lanka e news website who has reported being followed in recent days has gone missing. The picture (above) is of the news realease emailed this morning.

January 20 2010


Interviews wanted at jailed Baku blogger's London protest

I'll have a small video camera at the demonstration outside the Azerbaijan Embassy on Friday Jan 22 @ 1pm.

The idea is to get short, 30" clips from some of those who made the effort to turn up.

The interviews will go into an article on Media Helping Media (MHM) and on MHM's You Tube site and our Facebook Group.

So if you see me with a small Flip camera and want to send a message, please say hi.


January 19 2010


Jordan court ruling threatens online press freedom

According to the Jordan Times the court's ruling empowers authorities to prosecute or impose fines on journalists, bloggers and editors for publishing online material that may be deemed offensive or imply criticism of the government, national unity or the economy.

Haiti: Press Freedom in the Disaster Zone

As the media continue to report on what will be a story for months, if not years, we hope that government officials and aid organisers will keep in mind the need for transparency and access to information for reporters around the world. At no greater time than during a war or a major disaster are we reminded of how critical the press is in imparting knowledge and holding organisations and governments, and sometimes citizens, accountable.

MDLF clients provide news to 32 million people

The Media Development Impact Dashboard 2009 reveals that more than 32 million people got their news from MDLF clients in 2008 and that after five years of working with us news businesses on average increased sales by 370%.
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