Attacks on the Press in 2007

Attacks on the Press

Attacks on the Press 2007: Contents

Worldwide Survey by the Committee to Protect Journalists

February 5, 2008 12:13 PM ET

Attacks on the Press   |   Colombia, Iraq, Philippines, Russia

Attacks on the Press 2007: Preface

By Christiane Amanpour

Murder is a terrifying reality for independent journalists around the world. A group or government embarrassed by a critical report hires a gunman rather than a lawyer to silence the messenger. More than 60 journalists were killed for their work in 2007, the second-deadliest year for the press that CPJ has ever documented.

February 5, 2008 12:11 PM ET


Attacks on the Press   |   China, Colombia, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Iraq, Mexico, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Somalia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam

Attacks on the Press 2007: Introduction

By Joel Simon

In August 2008, when the Olympic torch is lit in Beijing, more than 20,000 journalists will be on hand to cover the competition between the world's greatest athletes. Behind the scenes, another competition will be taking place. If the Chinese government has its way, this one will remain hidden. It will be a battle over information, and it will have far greater implications for the world than the medal count.
February 5, 2008 12:11 PM ET

Attacks on the Press   |   China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Togo

Attacks on the Press 2007: Africa Analysis

When Press Freedom and Democracy Are Out of Step
By Tom Rhodes

Ballots may have replaced bullets in much of Africa since the dawn of this new century, but one of the great political ironies for at least part of the continent has been a loss of press freedom following the voting. Leaders in a large swath of sub-Saharan Africa have drawn approving nods from Western politicians for holding sometimes unprecedented elections. Three such countries are the Gambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Ethiopia. All have democratically elected presidents and Western support. Yet between them they hold the unenviable record of placing at or near the top of CPJ's 2007 list of the world's worst backsliders on press freedom.
February 5, 2008 12:10 PM ET

Attacks on the Press   |   Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Panama, Venezuela

Attacks on the Press 2007: Americas Analysis

Preaching Without A Choir
By Carlos Lauría

At June's annual assembly of the organization of American states (OAS) in Panama, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged foreign ministers to send the group's secretary-general, José Miguel Insulza, to investigate Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Frías' decision to pull the plug on the country's oldest private television station, RCTV.
February 5, 2008 12:09 PM ET


Attacks on the Press   |   Afghanistan, France, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Ukraine

Attacks on the Press 2007: Asia Analysis

Amid South Asian Conflict, Remarkable Resilience
By Bob Dietz

Traffic is sparse during a late-night run to the Bandaranaike International Airport north of the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. Because of insecurity caused by war between the Sinhalese-dominated government and Tamil separatists in the country's north and east, the streets are given over to police and army checkpoints. On this September night, the air still foggy from the day's monsoon, reporter Iqbal Athas rides in a rental car, on his way to catch a Thai Airways flight that would take him to Bangkok. An award-winning defense columnist for the English-language Sunday Times, Athas is leaving the country for his own safety: His recent reports on arms sales irregularities have drawn threats, harassment, and, on one occasion, an unruly mob of protestors outside his home. "The harassment and threats have come and gone in the past," Athas says, "and I have to assume they will again." He would return to Colombo in less than two weeks.
February 5, 2008 12:08 PM ET

Attacks on the Press   |   Azerbaijan, China, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan

Attacks on the Press 2007: Europe Analysis

Rewriting the Law to Make Journalism a Crime
By Nina Ognianova

In its 17 years on the air, Moscow-based Ekho Moskvy Radio has enjoyed, by Russian standards, extraordinary editorial independence. Nearly alone among Russian broadcasters in its critical approach, the station employs some of the country's most outspoken journalists, who produce in-depth reporting on the most sensitive issues of the day. But in the run-up to the March 2008 presidential election, even the unshakable Ekho has begun to feel a shudder of apprehension.
February 5, 2008 12:07 PM ET


Attacks on the Press   |   Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen

Attacks on the Press 2007: Middle East Analysis

Under the Radar, a New Kind of Repression
By Joel Campagna 

On a Wednesday afternoon last June, Yemeni security agents stormed the home of outspoken editor Abdel Karim al-Khaiwani and dragged him before a State Security Court in the capital, Sana'a. A prosecutor questioned al-Khaiwani and later rang him up on charges of belonging to a secret terrorist cell--charges that carry a possible death sentence. The arrest shocked Yemeni journalists, and some wondered aloud whether their colleague, known for his incendiary columns attacking the Yemeni government and its battle with rebels in the northwestern city of Saada, might have been involved in something nefarious. CPJ issued guarded statements of concern, unsure whether the charge had substance. 

February 5, 2008 12:06 PM ET


Attacks on the Press   |   Afghanistan

Attacks on the Press 2007: Afghanistan


Six years after the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, journalists were increasingly pessimistic about the future. The personal tragedies of several Afghan journalists illustrated how much the press situation had worsened amid political disarray, faltering security, and human rights abuses. Despite the adversity, domestic news media remained plentiful and assertive.
February 5, 2008 12:00 PM ET



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