Call for leniency for Muntadar al-Zaidi after shoe throwing protest

first_img Follow the news on Iraq Help by sharing this information RSF_en Reporters Without Borders today called for the release of Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi, of al-Bagdhadia television arrested after hurling his shoes at George W Bush at a Baghdad press conference during a surprise visit by the US president on 14 December 2008.“We obviously regret that the journalist used this method of protest against the politics of the American president”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “But for humanitarian reasons and to ease tension, we call for the release of Muntadar al-Zaidi who has been held by the Iraqi authorities for two days.”“Given the controversy surrounding this incident, we urge the Iraqi security services to guarantee the physical wellbeing of this journalist, who was clearly injured during his arrest”, it added.“While we do not approve of this kind of behaviour as a means of expressing an opinion or convictions, the relaxed way in which George W Bush spoke about the incident afterwards, should give the Iraqi authorities all the more reason to show leniency”, the organisation concluded.Head of operations at the interior ministry, Abdel Karim Khalaf, told Reporters Without Borders that Muntadar al-Zaidi had been caught red handed and that he faced proceedings under Articles 223, 225 and 227 of the Iraqi criminal code. The journalist could be sentenced to up to seven years in prison for “insulting a foreign head of state”. Muntadar al-Zaidi is being examined by judges in connection with the investigation. Abdel Karim Khalaf said the he had not been subjected to any ill-treatment before concluding, “A journalist’s only weapons are words”. IraqMiddle East – North Africa Muntadar al-Zaidi achieved instant notoriety as a result of his gesture seen on television screens around the world. News “We obviously regret that the journalist used this method of protest against the politics of the American president”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “But for humanitarian reasons and to ease tension, we call for the release of Muntadar al-Zaidi who has been held by the Iraqi authorities for two days. IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Organisation Newscenter_img December 28, 2020 Find out more Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News February 15, 2021 Find out more Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan News December 16, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for leniency for Muntadar al-Zaidi after shoe throwing protest Receive email alerts to go further December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Press freedom recommendations for President Mubarak’s fifth term

first_img Organisation News Help by sharing this information News February 1, 2021 Find out more EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff September 9, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Press freedom recommendations for President Mubarak’s fifth term Follow the news on Egypt RSF_en to go further February 6, 2021 Find out more In an appeal to President Hosni Mubarak after his presumably successful re-election bid yesterday, Reporters Without Borders today said reforms were essential and urgent in order to give Egypt more press freedom, and it voiced particular concern about the authoritarian and undemocratic measures against journalists of the past few months.“Free expression will not be guaranteed in Egypt as long as journalists continue to be systematically imprisoned,” the organisation said. “This is why the press law must be amended, as you yourself promised in February 2004, in order to decriminalise press offences and assure freedom of expression without discriminating against language, religion or political opinion.”Instead, Reporters Without Borders said it had seen a harsher attitude and behaviour towards the press in Egypt since the start of 2005.“We were shocked to see members of the security forces attacking journalists covering the demonstration held on 25 May by the Kefaya (Enough) opposition movement,” the organisation continued. “There were other intimidation attempts in May and several women journalists were attacked and sexually molested by members of the ruling National Democratic Party. None of these incidents was investigated.”Meanwhile, the authorities have closed down more newspapers than ever, and self-censorship is practiced in all the tolerated newspapers, whether governmental, opposition or independent.“We reiterate our appeal to President Mubarak to undertake the political reforms worthy of a democracy and to comply with the Arab Charter on Human Rights during his fifth term,” Reporters Without Borders concluded. In an appeal to President Hosni Mubarak after his presumably successful re-election bid yesterday, Reporters Without Borders today said reforms were essential and urgent in order to give Egypt more press freedom, and it voiced particular concern about the authoritarian and undemocratic measures against journalists of the past few months. News January 22, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolutionlast_img read more

Vietnam’s bloggers denied all contact with outside world

first_img News Follow the news on Vietnam Organisation RSF_en News April 27, 2021 Find out more News In a recent case, security officers at Noi Bai international airport stopped Vu Quoc Ngu, the editor of the Defend The Defenders human rights website, from boarding a flight to Bangkok on 26 September. They cited Decree No. 136 and “national security” as their grounds from preventing him from leaving the country.“The Vietnamese government tries by all possible means to isolate journalists and bloggers from the rest of the world,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “We urge the international community not to ignore these serious violations of the fundamental freedoms of journalists and human rights defenders in Vietnam.”The authorities have repeatedly prevented Ngu from travelling abroad during the past two years, including in July 2015 when he was invited to attend a cyber-security seminar organized by RSF in Bangkok. He was also barred from attending meetings with foreign diplomats including US assistant secretary of state Tom Malinowski during President Barack Obama’s 23-25 May visit to Vietnam.Fired for quoting exiled bloggerThe Communist Party government keeps a close control on the media in what is another form of isolation affecting many bloggers and journalists. The latest victims include Nguyen Nhu Phong, the editor of the state-owned PetroTimes news website, who was fired and stripped of his press card for publishing extracts from an interview with Bui Than Hieu, a exiled dissident blogger also known as Wind Trader.On 3 October, the ministry of information and communication said Phong had been sanctioned “for committing wrongdoing in press activities.” The authorities added that the website had also been closed for three months without explaining the “power cut” it suffered after the interview was published.Vietnam is ranked 175th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. The Communist Party runs the entire country and exercises a draconian level of control at all levels of the administration and society. VietnamAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison October 7, 2016 Vietnam’s bloggers denied all contact with outside world Receive email alertscenter_img Reporters Without Borders condemns the Vietnamese government’s policy of isolating Vietnamese journalists and bloggers and its systematic reprisals against those who dare to connect with the outside world. Photo : Hoang Dinh Nam / AFP Help by sharing this information VietnamAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam News April 22, 2021 Find out more to go further April 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more