Threatening environment for journalists

first_imgPhoto : Le Nouveau Réveil N°3539 from Wenesday, 20th November 2013 Organisation to go further Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire October 16, 2020 Find out more News News Receive email alerts October 29, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by the climate of intimidation for Ivorian journalists after Tomorrow Magazine editor Désiré Oué’s murder on 14 November and Le Nouveau Réveil reporter Dieusmonde Tadé’s overnight abduction four days later.“Even if the current state of the investigation into Désiré Oué’s murder does not allow us to link it to his journalistic work, these two events in the space of a week suggest a threatening environment for media workers,” Reporters Without Borders said.“We hope the authorities will make every effort to restore a climate of safety for journalists. President Ouattara undertook, on World Press Freedom Day, to ensure that ‘journalists can work with complete freedom’ and we urge him to keep this pledge.”Oué was murdered at his home on 14 November by armed men who appeared to be carrying out a burglary. Kidnapped on 18 November, Tadé was released the next day 60 km outside Abidjan. He had previously received death threats over an article in which he referred to a former warlord in the pro-Ouattara rebellion.This is the second time since Alassane Ouattara replaced Laurent Gbagbo as president two and a half years ago that an Ivorian journalist has been killed in unclear circumstances. Sylvain Gagnetaud of Radio Yopougon was killed during a military operation by pro-Ouattara forces in the northern town of Yopougon in May 2011.The United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI) issued a statement yesterday appealing to “all parties concerned to work for freedom of information and expression.”Côte d’Ivoire is ranked 96th out of 179 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. November 27, 2020 Find out more Côte d’IvoireAfrica RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News Help by sharing this information November 21, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Threatening environment for journalists RSF_en Côte d’IvoireAfrica Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election Reportslast_img read more

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Support for a journalist and a human rights activist imprisoned in Turkmenistan

first_imgNews RSF_en March 31, 2020 Find out more Organisation Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information #CollateralFreedom: RSF now unblocking 21 sites in 12 countries Four-year jail term for independent website’s correspondent in Turkmenistan to go further Coronavirus off limits in Turkmenistan Follow the news on Turkmenistan After Ogulsapar Muradova’s death under torture, journalist Annakurban Amanklychev (photo) and human rights activist Sapardurdy Khajiyev are still in prison in Turkmenistan. Reporters Without Borders launches a petition on their behalf, and an appeal for donations. News TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia Dear colleagues and friends,Journalists and human rights activists Annakurban Amanklychev, Ogulsapar Muradova and Sapardurdy Khajiyev were arrested between 16 and 18 June and were sentenced to prison terms ranging from six to seven years. Their crime was to have helped foreign news media, thereby contributing to criticism of Separmurad Nyazov, who was proclaimed “President for Life” of this former Soviet central Asian republic in 1999.We were deeply saddened and appalled to learn on 14 September that Muradova (photo) died as a result of beatings of unprecedented brutality she received while serving her sentence in one of the country’s top-security prisons, where those considered to be enemies of the regime get “special treatment.” A 58-year-old mother of three, Muradova paid with her life for her commitment to the survival of a free press in a country where there are no longer any privately-owned media, where those who work for the foreign media and NGOs are hounded, and where the Internet has been made inaccessible for the population.Muradova is dead, leaving three children behind. Amanklychev and Khajiyev are still alive but in what condition? As for their relatives, they are subject to surveillance and intimidation by one of the world’s most repressive regimes, some of them have lost their jobs, and they are generally regarded as a threat.To support Amanklychev, Khajiyev, their families and Muradova’s family, to prevent their being forgotten and to prevent those who decided to gag the press from enjoying total impunity, we ask you to sign this petition.They need us. Do not abandon them. We, the signatories of this petition, demand an immediate investigation into Ogulsapar Muradova’s murder. We call for the immediate release of Annakurban Amanklychev (photo), who is imprisoned in Turkmenistan because of his journalistic work. We also call for the release of Sapardurdy Khajiyev, an International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights activist. We demand an immediate end to any physical mistreatment of them and we demand that their families are restored all of their basic rights. This petition will be sent to the authorities in Turkmenistan.We also urge you to contribute to a special assistance fund for journalists and human rights activists imprisoned in Turkmenistan. We need these free press activists to work.To contribute to the fund for journalists and human rights activists imprisoned in Turkmenistan, send your donation to Reporters Without Borders: 5, rue Geoffroy-Marie – 75009 ParisPlease specify that it’s a payment for the special fund for Turkmenistan. The money collected will be sent to the families of journalists and activists in jail.You can also sign the petition on Reporters Without Borders’ website: www.rsf.orgRead the last press release about the three journalists and human rights defenders TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia October 3, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Support for a journalist and a human rights activist imprisoned in Turkmenistan December 18, 2020 Find out more News March 13, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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