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Andrew Levinson

Andrew Levinson served as CPJ's media officer from 2007 to 2010, promoting the organization's work on multiple platforms.


Press freedom in the news 10/10/08

The Associated Press has coverage today of the detention of two journalists working for the Jordan Times who had been detained by Syrian officials when they tried to enter the country from Lebanon. The Wall Street Journal is also running the AP story.

Also today the Web site of the Philippine newspaper The Mindanao Examiner is running CPJ Deputy Director Robert Mahoney's report "A California Dream" about Iraqi cameraman Jehad Ali. Ali was shot 11 times in 2005, and has finally arrived in the U.S. for medical treatment.

October 10, 2008 10:35 AM ET



Press freedom in the news 10/08/08

The Associated Press has coverage today of our letter to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez expressing concern at the growing violence Venezuela. The Spanish-language Web site of Univision is also running the AP story.

The South Africa-based Web site Daily Dispatch Online has a story today about the troubled Zimbabwe media.

 Also making news today is the institution of a telephone hotline to help endangered journalists in IraqReuters has coverage of this story and reports that many journalists in Iraq are still working in fear despite this new attempt by the government to help protect them.

The New Times, a magazine, has Russian-language coverage of the letter we sent on September 26 to Russian president Dmitry Medvedev urging him to stop barring critical international journalists from entering the country.

Finally this morning, the Lebanese Web site Menassat is running CPJ Deputy Director Robert Mahoney's report "A California Dream" about Iraqi cameraman Jehad Ali's brush with death and subsequent journey to the U.S. to seek medical treatment. 

October 8, 2008 1:59 PM ET



Press freedom in the news 10/07/08

The Web site of news channel France 24 is reporting that today, on the two-year anniversary of the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, more than 200 people gathered in Moscow for a vigil. The story cites our alert from yesterday that criticized Russia's decision to try three men accused in the murder case in a military, rather than civilian, court.

Web site Monsters & Critics has a long piece today about media issues in Zimbabwe as the country transitions into a new era of power-sharing.

The Venezuela-based papers El Universal and Tal Cual  have coverage of our letter to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez expressing concern at the growing violence in the South American country. Also, our special report on Mexico, "The Disappeared," is covered today in Spanish daily ABC

October 7, 2008 11:54 AM ET



Press freedom in the news 10/06/08

Agence France-Presse has coverage of the arrest and subsequent release of Ali Ilyas Abdullahi, a Somali radio journalist. Abdullahi was detained by police in the Somali capital Mogadishu over the weekend after reporting on a mortar attack at the home of a government official.

Also making news today is an interview with recently released Yemeni journalist Abdulkarim Al-Khaiwani. The Yemen Times article recounts his five-month ordeal in prison as well as Al-Khaiwani's outlook on the current state of press freedom in Yemen

October 6, 2008 12:09 PM ET


Press freedom in the news 10/03/08

Voice of America takes an extensive look at free speech in Malaysia on its Web site this morning. Focusing on the recent sentencing of high profile blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin, the article looks at how the government is using various laws, including the Internal Security Act, to silence critics. CPJ reported on Raja Petra's case on September 23. The blogger was sentenced to two years in prison.

October 3, 2008 11:05 AM ET



Press freedom in the news 10/02/08

Fox News reports today that the U.S. government has given visas to two Cuban journalists who had been barred from re-entering the country despite holding accreditation for the United Nations. The Web site Caribbean Net News carried our alert, which we released earlier this week.

Also in the news, The Associated Press has updated its ongoing "Iraq: Key Figures since the war began" feature and uses CPJ's numbers on journalists killed.  

October 2, 2008 2:42 PM ET


Press freedom in the news 10/01/08

Our special report on press freedom in Mexico, "The Disappeared," has received a great deal of coverage in the Spanish-language press since its release yesterday. The report is covered in the Mexican dailies Excelsior, El Financiero, Tabasco Hoy, and La Cronica de Hoy. It was also covered in the Argentina-based Pagina12 as well as the Colombian news site Semana.

The International Herald Tribune is running AP's coverage of the news that the U.S. government has refused visas to two United Nations-accredited Cuban journalists who tried to return to New York after visiting Cuba for a short vacation.

Also today, The Compass blog has a posting examining press freedom in Russia and Putin's adoption of Soviet style tactics for suppressing free speech.

October 1, 2008 11:57 AM ET


Press freedom in the news 9/30/08

CPJ's September 26 letter to Russian President Dmitry Mededev is receiving additional coverage in both the English and Russian press today. The Institute for War and Peace Reporting has a story posted to their Web site and the Russian daily newspaper Novye Izvestiya is also reporting on the letter.

The Huffington Post is featuring a blog post this morning by Magda Abu-Fadil, who writes about the continued danger Iraqi journalists face in light of the recent murders of four TV journalists. Despite recent moves by the government to try to protect reporters, Abu-Fadil writes that violence and intimidation still threatens true freedom of the press in Iraq.

Also making news today is the detention of controversial blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin in Malaysia. CPJ reported on September 23 that Raja Petra was sentenced to two years in prison by the Malaysian government under the country's Internal Security Act. The Singapore-based Web site ZDNetAsia has an article examining the blogger's arrest, the culture of blogging in Malaysia, and why arrests like this may backfire on the government. 

September 30, 2008 11:48 AM ET



Press freedom in the news 9/29/08

CPJ's letter to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, which raised our concern over Russia's denial of admittance to international journalists, received coverage in various news outlets today. The English edition of The Moscow Times is running an article and the Russia-based Web site Lenta News has coverage of the letter in Russian.

On Saturday, the African Web site Afrik.net ran a news brief on the arrest of Hossam Al Wakeel, an Egyptian journalist who had been covering a demonstration in Alexandria. We released an alert raising concerns about his arrest on Friday.

CPJ's letter to Spanish President Zapatero urging him to pressure Cuba on jailed journalists received Spanish-language coverage on the Cuba Matinal Web site over the weekend.

September 29, 2008 10:53 AM ET


Press freedom in the news 9/25/08

The Canadian Press has coverage of the release of CTV reporter Jawed Ahmad, who was freed from U.S. detention on September 22. The article quotes Ahmad as saying that he believes the Canadian military "told them I was a risk." The piece also mentions our alert urging the U.S. military to reveal the evidence against Ahamd when he was initially detained in February. Legal blog The BLT posted an article about his release late yesterday.

The Media Line Web site has an article about the Iraqi government's new movement to help protect journalists working in the volatile region. The Iraqi Interior Ministry has developed a plan that will help train journalists on safety measures as well as instruct them on how to better approach conflict zones while they are covering dangerous events.

Also of note in the news today, the Lusaka-based newspaper Zambia Daily Mail has a news brief about a controversy over editorials printed about Zambian presidential candidate Rupiah Banda.

September 25, 2008 10:39 AM ET



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