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CPJ urges OAS not to weaken human rights system

Dear OAS Ministers of Foreign Affairs: Ahead of the assembly of the Organization of American States on Friday, the Committee to Protect Journalists urges you to oppose any attempts to debilitate the regional human rights system. The failure of member states to preserve the autonomy and independence of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and its special rapporteur on freedom of expression would make citizens throughout the hemisphere more vulnerable to human rights violations and represent a blow to democracy in the Americas.

March 18, 2013 12:40 PM ET

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Guyana president suspends television station

Guyana President Bharrat Jagdeo has suspended a TV station for four months. (Reuters)

New York, October 6, 2011--Guyanese president Bharrat Jagdeo has suspended television station CNS6 from broadcasting for four months in the period leading up to the presidential elections, according to local news reports. The suspension stemmed from a May 4 broadcast that aired comments about a local bishop who is a close associate of the president, news reports said.

"We are alarmed that President Bharrat Jagdeo has decided to suspend television station CNS6," said CPJ's Americas Senior Program Coordinator Carlos Lauría. "All Guyanese media must be allowed to report the news freely before the presidential election so that citizens can access information from multiple sources."

October 6, 2011 4:16 PM ET

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Four slain, two wounded in vicious attack at Guyanese printing plant

New York, August 9, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a murderous attack against the Kaieteur News printing plant that came amid a series of violent episodes in Georgetown, Guyana’s capital, on Tuesday night. Masked assailants with automatic weapons killed four printing staff employees execution-style, the newspaper’s owner told CPJ today. A fifth printing plant employee was critically wounded, he said, and a security guard was injured.
August 9, 2006 12:00 PM ET

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