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  1. Detained Reuters journalist Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone are escorted by police while arriving for a court hearing after lunch break in Yangon, Myanmar February 14, 2018 GENEVA: Canada is gravely concerned by the imprisonment of two Reuters journalists in Myanmar, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland told the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday, adding that ethnic cleansing had taken place in Myanmar?s Rakhine state. ?For true democracy to flourish, fundamental freedoms such as freedom of the press must be respected. That is why Canada is gravely concerned by the imprisonment of two Reuters journalists who dared to report on the crimes in Rakhine state,? she said. Freeland, a former editor of Thomson Reuters Digital, was speaking at a meeting of the UN council in Geneva. Reuters journalists Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, were detained on Dec. 12 over allegations they violated Myanmar?s colonial-era Official Secrets Act. Court proceedings are under way to decide whether the pair will face charges under the act, with the next hearing scheduled for Wednesday. The two reporters had been working on a Reuters investigation into the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim men who were buried in a mass grave in northern Rakhine state after being hacked to death or shot by ethnic Rakhine Buddhist villagers and soldiers. After Reuters published its report on the killings on Feb. 8, calls have mounted for the release of the two reporters. Nearly 700,000 Rohingya have fled Rakhine state since Myanmar?s military launched a crackdown in late August in response to militant attacks. Myanmar has denied that ethnic cleansing has taken place, and said its troops were engaged in legitimate counterinsurgency operations. With reference to the Reuters journalists, Hau Do Suan, Myanmar?s ambassador to the United Nations, said this month that Myanmar recognized freedom of the press and the journalists were not arrested for reporting a story, but were accused of ?illegally possessing confidential government documents.?
  2. Journalists from South Waziristan visited the Inter-Services Public Relations office on February 4, 2018. Photo: ISPR RAWALPINDI: Journalists from South Waziristan on Sunday thanked the Pakistan Army for restoring peace in Waziristan and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). Director General (DG) ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor briefed the journalists about the ground situation in South Waziristan during their visit to the office of the army's media wing. The briefing was followed by an interactive session. The journalists shared their feedback on the security situation in South Waziristan Agency and the development work undertaken by Pakistan Army in the region, according to a press release issued by ISPR.
  3. Journalists from South Waziristan visited the Inter-Services Public Relations office on February 4, 2018. Photo: ISPR RAWALPINDI: Journalists from South Waziristan on Sunday thanked the Pakistan Army for restoring peace in Waziristan and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). Director General (DG) ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor briefed the journalists about the ground situation in South Waziristan during their visit to the office of the army's media wing. The briefing was followed by an interactive session. The journalists shared their feedback on the security situation in South Waziristan Agency and the development work undertaken by Pakistan Army in the region, according to a press release issued by ISPR.
  4. US Vice President Mike Pence visits the Western Wall ? a holy prayer site ? in Jerusalem's Old City, January 23, 2018. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun JERUSALEM: Women journalists covering US Vice President Mike Pence's visit Tuesday to the Western Wall criticised what they called discrimination after being forced to stand behind men under rules enforced by Jewish ultra-Orthodox authorities. The Western Wall ? one of the holiest sites ? is governed by the ultra-Orthodox Jewish establishment and women and men must visit it separately. The rule was applied to journalists gathering to cover Pence's visit, effectively forcing women to stand behind men, leaving them with worse access. A podium erected for journalists to cover the visit included a barrier between the male and female sides of the wall, with women journalists forced to stand behind it. After complaints, a tarp covering the podium was removed, allowing women to stand on chairs to be able to see over male journalists. Some women journalists at the site were posting on Twitter about the separation, using the hashtag #PenceFence. "I feel like a second-class citizen," Tal Schneider ? a journalist with Israeli paper Globes ? told AFP. "We are not allowed to do our work." Schneider said she was told by US officials that the arrangement was at the insistence of ultra-Orthodox Jewish authorities at the site. "Every effort was made to accommodate both female and male journalists while observing the rules in place at the Western Wall," Pence spokeswoman Alyssa Farrah said later. The holy site has long seen a controversy over the separation between women and men. Reformist Jewish movements have sought to change the rule, but the ultra-Orthodox authorities have firmly refused, citing Jewish law.
  5. Civilians flee fighting in an UN base in the South Sudanese city of Malakal in February 2016, where gunmen opened fire on civilians sheltering inside-AFP Journalists working for Agence France-Presse and Reuters were among three reporters being held by Sudanese authorities on Thursday a day after they were arrested covering demonstrations against rising food prices that were dispersed by police. Abdelmoneim Abu Idris Ali, a 51-year-old who has worked for AFP in Khartoum for nearly a decade, was covering the protests on Wednesday in the Sudanese capital's twin city of Omdurman, where riot police fired tear gas on some 200 protesters. Idris Ali was unreachable after the protest and authorities informed AFP on Thursday that he had been arrested along with two other journalists, including one working for Reuters, and was being held at a detention centre run by Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS). Authorities initially said Idris Ali would be released within hours but as of late Thursday, more than 24 hours after he was detained, he was still being held. Authorities said the three journalists ?are being investigated? but provided no further details. ?AFP management strongly condemns the arrest of Mr. Idris Ali and asks Sudanese authorities for his immediate release,? the agency said. Reuters did not name their detained reporter who they said was a stringer ? a term used to describe people who work for media outlets part time or on short term assignments when news breaks. The agency said they had last heard from their reporter just before they left to cover the protests. ?We do not know the circumstances of the detention and are actively seeking additional information about the situation,? a Reuters spokesperson said in their dispatch on the arrests. Several protesters were also reported to have been detained at the demonstration. Sporadic protests have erupted across Sudan after prices of food items, but mainly bread, surged following a jump in the cost of flour due to a shortage of wheat supplies. Wednesday's rally was called by the main opposition Umma Party, a day after a similar demonstration was held near the presidential palace in Khartoum following a call issued by the Communist Party. Tuesday's protest was also broken up by police. Similar protests were held in late 2016 after the government cut fuel subsidies. The authorities cracked down on those protests to prevent a repeat of deadly unrest that followed an earlier round of subsidy cuts in 2013. Rights groups said dozens of people were killed when security forces crushed the 2013 demonstrations, drawing international condemnation. Critics have repeatedly accused President Omar al-Bashir's regime of cracking down on the media in Sudan, with watchdog Reporters Without Borders ranking the country 174th out of 180 countries in its 2017 World Press Freedom Index.
  6. Police in Guatemala arrested a ruling party lawmaker Saturday for involvement in plotting a 2015 killing of journalists. Julio Juarez, of the FCN-Nacion party, was arrested near his home in San Bernardino, Suchitepequez, south of the capital. He is suspected of having masterminded the killings, a spokeswoman for prosecutors said. In December, the 37-year-old lawmaker made a US list of alleged human rights abusers and people engaging in corruption around the world. The two killings took place March 10, 2015 in Mazatenango. Prosecutors with a UN agency already had linked him to the crime last year. "I have not done anything. And all this will be cleared up," Juarez told local media. About 6,000 people are killed each year in Guatemala, with about half the crimes linked to drug trafficking and gangs.
  7. You might recall that only recently The Tribune exposed a UIDAI security breach that allowed anyone and everyone who has 10 minutes and a mere Rs. 500 at their disposal, to get access to the Aadhaar details of 1 billion Indians. This news obviously didn't go down well with the citizens of the country and what followed was widespread outrage. That very day, UIDAI went ahead and took to their social media accounts and outright declared The Tribune's story a case of misreporting. Tribune's Story “Rs 500, 10 minutes, and you have access to billion Aadhaar details” is a case of misreporting. No biometric data breach @thetribunechd @rsprasad @ceo_uidai @timesofindia @firstpost @IndiaToday @ZeeNews — Aadhaar (@UIDAI) January 4, 2018 The nation was waiting for a clear explanation from UIDAI about this fiasco while their website went down for a while. But what has now happened has stirred the country once again. UIDAI has now filed an FIR against The Tribune and its reporter Rachna Khaira. The FIR also names Anil Kumar, Sunil Kumar and Raj, all of whom were mentioned in The Tribune report as people who were contacted by Khaira in the course of her reporting. Harish Khare, the Editor-in-chief of The Tribune commented on the whole matter through the Twitter handle of the newspaper. The #Tribune Editor-in-Chief's statement on #Aadhaar #FIR pic.twitter.com/Mjmr5HK8Mb — The Tribune (@thetribunechd) January 7, 2018 What followed this news was eminent journalists raging with anger. While some condemn the act, others call it an attack on freedom of expression. Hey @UIDAI, Can you please file an FIR against yourself for gross negligence and endangering citizens? Since you are the only one who is allowed to file FIRs, please do it. A thorough investigation of UIDAI needs to be initiated. Thanks. — Meghnad (@Memeghnad) January 7, 2018 Totally wrong for UIDAI to file an FIR against the journalist who exposed #AadharLeaks If a loophole is pointed out Govt should work on fixing the flaw rather than try to shoot the messenger. Don't intimidate journalists. Not on. https://t.co/6mxDrZlrLC — Rahul Kanwal (@rahulkanwal) January 7, 2018 Instead of thanking Tribune reporter who exposed gap in Aadhaar security -- biometrics safe but y should email/phone/address be available? --so it can be plugged @uidai files FIR against reporter!Bad idea @ceo_uidai Had it not been for report,Uidai wouldn't even know about breach pic.twitter.com/iCdwvyFoIB — Sunil Jain (@thesuniljain) January 7, 2018 Ditto. Refute disagreements. If you think Tribune story defamatory or inaccurate argue it- on fact- but whats with the FIR against a reporter doing her job? https://t.co/yVUC2NSRZo — barkha dutt (@BDUTT) January 7, 2018 Dear @UIDAI: Reporter who showed that Aadhaar numbers are for sale deserves award, not FIR. https://t.co/bI8L73xrXC pic.twitter.com/iBxGByZl2I — Sadanand Dhume (@dhume) January 7, 2018 Tribune reporter blew the whistle on Aadhaar showing how easy it is to steal personal info from Aadhaar database.Instead of rewarding her as a whistleblower,the govt has registered an FIR against her!This is why Modi govt has not notified Whistleblower lawhttps://t.co/0szECv3dLD — Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) January 7, 2018 We should condemn the move by #UIDAI to file FIR against The Tribune newspaper and journalist @rachnakhaira for brave reportage exposing loopholes in #Aadhar and how easily for Rs. 500 an agent can share private information within 10 minutes. Shooting the messenger won't help. — Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) January 7, 2018 Filing FIR against reporter for exposing Aadhar breach, suing journalists for fact-based stories, calling them names are all part of the same trend: the msg to journos is, don't ask questions, become chamchas. Well, some will never do that — Sidharth Bhatia (@bombaywallah) January 7, 2018 Withdraw the FIR against @thetribunechd reporter, UIDAI. You can refute what you find unfair or wrong. But throwing cops at reporters is, as stupid as it is unsustainable https://t.co/o3vNtqFUsq — Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) January 7, 2018 Even the Editors Guild came out in support of The Tribune. After seeing this outrage, UIDAI again took to Twitter to declare that they do not intend to 'target' the media. However, they did make it clear that they still firmly by their decision of filing the FIR. In the recent case of The Tribune's report in which an FIR is filed, an impression is being created in media that UIDAI is targeting the media or whistleblowers or “shooting the messenger”. This is not at all true. 1/n@timesofindia @DeccanHerald @DeccanChronicle @IndianExpress — Aadhaar (@UIDAI) January 7, 2018 This is a case in which even though there was no breach of Aadhaar biometric database, it is for the act of unauthorized access, criminal proceedings have been initiated. 2/n @htTweets @FinancialXpress @TheQuint @EconomicTimes @ndtv @aajtak @CNBCTV18News — Aadhaar (@UIDAI) January 7, 2018 We respect Free Speech including the Freedom of Press and Media. However, our act of filing an FIR with full details of the incident should not be viewed as targeting the media or the whistle-blowers or “shooting the messenger. 3/n@ETNOWlive @abpnewstv @TimesNow — Aadhaar (@UIDAI) January 7, 2018 They also asked for The Tribune to cooperate and for their suggestions in this matter. UIDAI is committed to the freedom of Press. We're going to write to @thetribunechd & @rachnakhaira to give all assistance to investigate to nab the real culprits. We also appreciate if Tribune & its journalist have any constructive suggestion to offer. https://t.co/H3OtQSiFeJ — Aadhaar (@UIDAI) January 8, 2018 We don't know in which direction this matter would go in now, but we fear that it already has taken an ugly turn.
  8. Cameraman Lau Hon Meng from Singapore (L) and reporter Mok Choy Lin from Malaysia arrive for their first appearance in the court after they were detained for attempting to fly a drone near parliament in the capital, Naypyitaw, Myanmar November 10, 2017. Photo: Reuters NAYPYITAW: Myanmar on Friday freed two journalists for Turkey?s state broadcaster, their local interpreter and a driver after they completed a two-month jail sentence for violating an aircraft law by filming with a drone, a prison official said. Cameraman Lau Hon Meng from Singapore, reporter Mok Choy Lin from Malaysia, Aung Naing Soe ? a local journalist who was interpreting for the pair ? and driver Hla Tin were released from a prison at Yamethin, near the capital Naypyitaw. Police detained the two journalists on assignment for the TRT World television station and the two Myanmar men on October 27, when they attempted to fly a drone near Myanmar?s parliament building. A court last month sentenced them to two months in prison under the colonial-era Anti-Aircraft Act. All four were until this week also facing an additional charge for importing the drone, and the two foreigners were also facing immigration charges. ?We released Aung Naing Soe and the crew at 7:20am today because immigration and police have dropped the charges,? said Aung Myo Chun, chief of Yamethin prison. Geo News reporters given death threats, forced to leave Myanmar A social media propaganda campaign had been started against Geo News reporters covering the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar ?They have served their two-month prison sentence under the Anti-Aircraft Act.? A police officer told Reuters on Tuesday he had been ordered to drop the charges because the four had not intended to damage national security and to improve Myanmar?s relations with the journalists? home countries, Singapore and Malaysia. A local photographer said the two foreign nationals left Yamethin prison by car but Aung Naing Soe and Hla Tin walked out of the prison compound. Later, Aung Naing Soe told Reuters by phone that the release was a surprise. ?We have been arrested unexpectedly, and now we are so glad to be unexpectedly released like this,? he said. ?We didn?t know that we would be released in the morning until last night.? Reuters journalists in Myanmar appear in court, remanded for another 14 days Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were allowed to meet their families and their lawyer for the first time since their arrest The case came amid tensions between Buddhist majority Myanmar and mostly Muslim countries like Turkey and Malaysia over Myanmar?s treatment of the stateless Rohingya Muslim minority. In early September, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Myanmar of genocide in the western state of Rakhine, a charge that Myanmar denies. The United Nations has said an estimated 655,000 Rohingya have fled Rakhine for Bangladesh since the military launched a crackdown on militants in the state in late August. Two Reuters journalists, who had covered events in Rakhine, were arrested on Dec 12 and are still in detention over accusations they violated the Official Secrets Act, also a hangover from British colonial rule in Myanmar. Their families said at a news conference on Thursday that the reporters, Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, told them they were arrested almost immediately after being handed some documents by policemen who had invited them for a meeting.
  9. Supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hold placards that read "CNN, out of my country. For lying and manipulating" ? during a gathering to support Maduro?s government order of suspension of CNN's Spanish-language service ? outside the National Commission of Telecommunications (CONATEL), Caracas, Venezuela, February 16, 2017. REUTERS/Marco Bello/Files CARACAS: Venezuela saw almost 70 newspapers, TV, and radio stations close in 2017 while attacks on journalists rose, the main union representing the media said Wednesday, accusing the socialist government of trying to "silence" the press. The National Union of Press Workers (SNTP) said 46 radio stations, three television channels, and around 20 newspapers had been shuttered in the past year. The union also recorded 498 attacks on journalists as well as 66 arrests. It ascribed this to efforts by the government of President Nicolas Maduro to "silence -- at whatever price -- the discontent about the ever-worsening economic and social situation," which includes hyperinflation and scarcities of basic goods such as food and medicine. The number of attacks on members of the press was up 26.5 percent on 2016, when 360 acts of aggression against media workers were recorded, the union said. Most of the attacks took place during deadly anti-government street protests between April and June, which left 125 people dead, according to the union, which said that around 70 percent of those deaths were at the hands of the police or armed forces. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights issued an "urgent call" this year for the resumption of broadcasts by radio and TV stations that had been taken off the air. Maduro and his aides have denounced local and international media for what they term a "smear campaign" and "war-time propaganda" aimed at the government. Broadcasters have been forced to close down after their licenses expired and were not re-issued, while many newspapers have been unable to buy paper, whose distribution is managed by a government-controlled company. Those newspapers that did manage to remain in operation have had to cut the number of pages and print runs, the union said. International media have also had their operations impacted: CNN´s Spanish-language broadcasts, as well as channels from neighbouring Colombia, have been removed from cable packages at the government´s behest.
  10. Reuters reporter Kyaw Soe Oo looks out from a police vehicle as he leaves a court in Yangon, Myanmar, December 27, 2017. REUTERS YANGON: Two Reuters journalists who have been detained in Myanmar for the past two weeks were remanded in custody for a further two weeks on Wednesday as a probe continues into allegations they breached the nation?s Official Secrets Act. Judge Ohn Myint granted the 14-day extension in the case of the journalists, Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, at the request of the police, who then took them to Yangon?s Insein prison. They were previously being held in a police compound. When they appeared at the Mingaladon court for the proceedings, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were allowed to meet their families and their lawyer for the first time since their arrest. The two journalists had worked on Reuters coverage of a crisis in the western state of Rakhine, where - according to United Nations? estimates - about 655,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled from a fierce military crackdown on militants. They were detained on Dec 12 after they had been invited to meet police officials over dinner. The Ministry of Information has said they ?illegally acquired information with the intention to share it with foreign media? and faced charges under the British colonial-era Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years. The two journalists said they had not been mistreated in custody. ?The situation is okay,? Wa Lone said after the hearing. ?We will face it the best we can because we have never done anything wrong,? he said. ?We have never violated the media law nor ethics. We will continue to do our best.? A Reuters spokesperson said they should be freed. ?These two journalists are being held for simply doing their jobs and have done nothing wrong. It is time for Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo to be released,? the spokesperson said. About 100 journalists, lawyers and farmers held a protest in the town of Pyay, 290 km (180 miles) north of Yangon, to demand the release of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, one of the participants said. Members of the Protection Committee for Myanmar Journalists sat draped in chains in a public square in the center of the town and wrote the names of the two arrested reporters on their palms, an often used symbol in Myanmar of solidarity with those in jail. Government officials from some of the world?s major nations, including the United States, Britain and Canada, as well as top U.N. officials, have previously called for their release. Families travel to prison Dozens of reporters and cameramen were outside the courthouse in a northern district of Yangon for the appearance of the two journalists. They were brought in a white van, rather than a police truck, dressed in casual clothes and were not handcuffed. Their lawyer, Than Zaw Aung, who has been retained by Reuters, also said the two had only been doing their job as journalists. ?They are being accused under this charge while doing their work as media,? he told reporters. Lieutenant Colonel Myint Htwe, a senior staff officer from the Yangon Police Division, said: ?We took action because they committed the crime. It needs to be solved in court.? Only their lawyer and the families of the two journalists, along with police and government lawyers, were allowed into the courtroom. The families were later allowed to travel in the van as the two journalists were taken to prison. ?I believe that he didn?t commit any crime,? Pan Ei Mon, Wa Lone?s wife, told Reuters. ?I would like to request the government to consider releasing them.? Nyo Nyo Aye, a sister of Kyaw Soe Oo, said her brother told her he had not committed any offense. ?I believe that he can come home soon,? she said.
  11. YANGON: Two Reuters journalists detained in Myanmar will be allowed to meet their families once their first 14-day period of remand expires, according to local media reports. Reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been in detention for 11 days in an undisclosed location and have had no access to their families, lawyers or colleagues. They were arrested after being invited to meet police officials over dinner on the outskirts of Myanmar?s largest city, Yangon on Dec. 12. The authorities are investigating whether they violated the country?s colonial-era Official Secrets Act, which has a maximum prison sentence of 14 years. ?After the first remand (expires), they will be able to meet their families. They will be sent to the court for testimonies,? Tin Myint, permanent secretary of Ministry of Home Affairs, was quoted as saying by Radio Free Asia. In Myanmar, those remanded must be brought to court within 14 days. But it?s not immediately clear when the pair was first remanded and whether the authorities will seek court approval to remand them for a second 14-day period. The Home Affairs Ministry did not responded to several requests for comments. Family members of the two journalists say they have not received any official communication about the question of remand or the investigation, and neither has Reuters. Tin Myint said the case against the two Reuters reporters will be ?transparent? and the authorities will follow the rule of law, according to Daily Eleven newspaper. Major governments, including the United States, Britain and Canada, leading international political figures and top United Nations officials are among those who have demanded the release of the Reuters reporters. The two journalists had worked on Reuters coverage of a crisis in the western state of Rakhine, where an estimated 655,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled from a fierce military crackdown on militants. A spokesman for Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi this week told Reuters that the police had almost completed their investigation and the two reporters will be treated in line with the law. The Ministry of Information said last week that Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, had ?illegally acquired information with the intention to share it with foreign media?.
  12. Journalists protest against violence during a commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the murder of Mexican journalist Manuel Buendia at the Angel de la Independencia monument in Mexico City PARIS: Sixty-five journalists and media workers were killed worldwide in 2017, according to annual figures published by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Tuesday. Among them were 50 professional reporters, the lowest toll in 14 years. However, the downward trend is due at least in part to journalists giving up working in the world´s deadliest spots. War-torn Syria remains the most dangerous country in the world for journalists, RSF said, with 12 reporters killed, followed by Mexico where 11 were assassinated. They included Javier Valdez, one of the most prominent chroniclers of Mexico´s deadly drug war, whose murder in May sparked a public outcry. The 50-year-old AFP contributor was shot dead in broad daylight in the street in the violent northwestern state of Sinaloa. His last book, "Narco-journalism", recounted the tribulations of Mexican reporters who try to cover the country´s extremely violent "narcos" drug cartels. RSF said Mexico was the deadliest country not at war, saying those who "cover political corruption or organised crime are often systemically targeted, threatened and gunned down." ´Alarming comments´ The Philippines has become Asia´s most dangerous country for reporters, with at least five journalists being shot in the last year, four of whom died of their injuries. The rise comes after what RSF called an "alarming comment" by President Rodrigo Duterte who said in May that "just because you´re a journalist you are not exempted from assassination if you´re a son of a bitch." No journalists were killed in the country the previous year. The overall number of professional reporters slain worldwide, however, fell to its lowest number in 14 years, RSF said. Of the 65 killed, the report said 39 were murdered, while the rest died in the line of duty -- collateral victims of deadly circumstances likes air strikes or suicide bombings. War-torn Syria remains the most dangerous country in the world for journalists, RSF said, with 12 reporters killed The group said that the drop in the death rate may be because journalists were now being better trained and protected for war zones. "The downward trend is also due to journalists abandoning countries that have become too dangerous," it added. "Countries such as Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Libya have been haemorrhaging journalists." But the trend is not confined to countries at war, RSF added. Turkey jails most journalists "Many journalists have either fled abroad or abandoned journalism in Mexico, where the criminal cartels and local politicians have imposed a reign of terror," it said. Turkey is the world´s biggest prison for professional journalists, the figures show, with 42 reporters and one media worker behind bars. "Criticising the government, working for a ´suspect´ media outlet, contacting a sensitive source or even just using an encrypted messaging service all constitute grounds for jailing journalists on terrorism charges," the report said. With 52 languishing in jail, China, however, continues to lead the table when bloggers are taken into account. RSF accused Beijing of toughening its "arsenal of measures for persecuting journalists and bloggers. "The government no longer sentences its opponents to death but instead deliberately lets their health deteriorate in prison until they die," it added, referring to the deaths of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo and dissident blogger Yang Tongyan, who both died of cancer this year after being diagnosed in prison. Syria (24), Iran (23) and Vietnam (19) were the other top five jailers of journalists.
  13. Reuters journalist Wa Lone, who is based in Myanmar, is seen in this undated picture taken in Myanmar. REUTERS TOKYO/YANGON: The arrest of two Reuters journalists in Yangon this week was a signal that press freedom is shrinking in Myanmar and the international community must do all it can to get them released, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday. Guterres said his main concern over Myanmar was the ?dramatic violations of human rights? during a military crackdown in Rakhine State that forced more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee the country for southern Bangladesh, and the arrest of the journalists was probably related. ?It is clearly a concern in relation to the erosion of press freedom in the country,? he told a news conference in Tokyo, referring to the detention of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who had been working on stories about the strife in Rakhine State. ?And probably the reason why these journalists were arrested is because they were reporting on what they have seen in relation to this massive human tragedy,? he added. Myanmar?s Ministry of Information said in a statement on Wednesday that the Reuters journalists and two policemen faced charges under the British colonial-era Official Secrets Act. The 1923 law carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years. The reporters ?illegally acquired information with the intention to share it with foreign media?, the ministry said in its statement, which was accompanied by a photo of the two reporters in handcuffs. Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh say their exodus from the mainly Buddhist nation was triggered by a military offensive in response to Rohingya militant attacks on security forces at the end of August. The United Nations has branded the military?s campaign in Rakhine State ?a textbook example of ethnic cleansing? of the minority Rohingya. Guterres said the international community should do everything possible to secure the journalists? release and freedom of the press in Myanmar. He called for aid to be delivered, violence contained and reconciliation promoted in Rakhine State, and for the Rohingyas? right of return to be fully respected and implemented. Location Unknown Britain has expressed ?grave concerns? to the government of Myanmar over the arrest of the two journalists, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told reporters in London on Thursday. ?We are committed to freedom of speech and people?s ability to report the facts and bring into the public domain what is happening in Rakhine state,? he said. Canada?s Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland tweeted that she was ?deeply concerned? by the reports about the arrests. ?Freedom of the press is essential for democracy and must be preserved,? she said. And the president of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani also called on Myanmar to protect media freedoms and release the two. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo went missing on Tuesday evening after they had been invited to meet police officials over dinner on the outskirts of Yangon. The authorities have not confirmed where the journalists are being held and, as of Thursday evening, Reuters had not been formally contacted by officials about their detention. At Htaunt Kyant police station, where the journalists were charged, family members of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were told that the pair were being detained at another location by an investigative team. ?They are not here,? said Police Second Lieutenant Tin Htway Oo, according to Pann Ei, wife of reporter Wa Lone. ?The police investigation team took them soon after they were arrested.? He said he did not know where the journalists were, Pann Ei added, but he did tell her they would be brought back to the station in ?two to three days at most.? Reuters could not immediately reach Tin Htway Oo for comment. Police Lieutenant Colonel Myint Htwe of the Yangon Police Division told Reuters the reporters? location would not be disclosed until the investigation was complete. ?It will be known later. Please wait a while,? he said.
  14. Reuters journalists Wa Lone (left) and Kyaw Soe Oo, who are based in Myanmar, pose for a picture at the Reuters office in Yangon, Myanmar December 11, 2017. Photo: Reuters 1 YANGON: Myanmar?s government said on Wednesday that police had arrested two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. The reporters had been working on stories about a military crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority in Rakhine State that has caused almost 650,000 people to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh. The Ministry of Information said in a statement on its Facebook page that the journalists and two policemen face charges under the British colonial-era Official Secrets Act. The 1923 law carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years. The reporters ?illegally acquired information with the intention to share it with foreign media,? said the statement, which was accompanied by a photo of the pair in handcuffs. It said they were detained at a police station on the outskirts of Yangon, the southeast Asian nation?s main city. Geo News reporters given death threats, forced to leave Myanmar A social media propaganda campaign had been started against Geo News reporters covering the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo went missing on Tuesday evening after they had been invited to meet police officials over dinner. Reuters? driver Myothant Tun dropped them off at Battalion 8?s compound at around 8pm and the two reporters and two police officers headed to a nearby restaurant. The journalists did not return to the car. Blatant attack The Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh say their exodus from the mainly Buddhist nation was triggered by a military counter-offensive in Rakhine state that the United Nations has branded ?a textbook example of ethnic cleansing?. ?Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been reporting on events of global importance in Myanmar, and we learned today that they have been arrested in connection with their work,? said Stephen J Adler, president and editor-in-chief of Reuters. ?We are outraged by this blatant attack on press freedom. We call for authorities to release them immediately,? he said. A spokesman for Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi confirmed that the two journalists had been arrested. ?Not only your reporters, but also the policemen who were involved in that case,? spokesman Zaw Htay said. ?We will take action against those policemen and also the reporters.? In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert emphasised that the agency was ?following this closely.? She said that US Ambassador Scot Marciel on Wednesday had a conversation with two government officials in Myanmar who seemed ?genuinely unaware? of the situation. ?We care about the safety and security of international reporters who are simply just trying to do their jobs. So we?re going to continue to try to stay on that,? Nauert said. The US embassy in Yangon said in a statement posted on its website on Wednesday it was ?deeply concerned by the highly irregular arrests of two Reuters reporters after they were invited to meet with police officials in Yangon last night?. ?For a democracy to succeed, journalists need to be able to do their jobs freely,? the embassy said. ?We urge the government to explain these arrests and allow immediate access to the journalists.? The European Union?s mission in Yangon also voiced concern. ?The EU delegation is closely following their case and we call on the Myanmar authorities to ensure the full protection of their rights,? it said in a statement. ?Media freedom is the foundation of any democracy.? The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists called for the reporters? immediate and unconditional release. ?These arrests come amid a widening crackdown which is having a grave impact on the ability of journalists to cover a story of vital global importance,? said Shawn Crispin, CPJ?s senior Southeast Asia representative. Texted four words Wa Lone, who joined Reuters in July 2016, has covered a range of stories, including the flight of Rohingya refugees from Rakhine in 2016 and, in much larger numbers, this year. He has written about military land grabs and the killing of ruling party lawyer Ko Ni in January. This year he jointly won an honourable mention from the Society of Publishers in Asia for Reuters coverage of the Rakhine crisis in 2016. He previously worked for The Myanmar Times, where he covered Myanmar?s historic 2015 elections, and People?s Age, a local weekly newspaper, where his editor was Myanmar?s current Minister of Information Pe Myint. Kyaw Soe Oo, an ethnic Rakhine Buddhist from state capital Sittwe, has worked with Reuters since September. He has covered the impact of the Aug 25 attacks on police and army posts in the northern Rakhine, and reported from the central part of the state where local Buddhists have been enforcing segregation between Rohingya and Rakhine communities. He previously worked for Root Investigation Agency, a local news outlet focused on Rakhine issues. ?I have been arrest? were the four words that Wa Lone texted to Reuters Myanmar Bureau Chief Antoni Slodkowski on Tuesday evening to let him know what was happening. Very soon after that Wa Lone?s phone appeared to have been switched off. Over the next 24 hours, Reuters colleagues in Yangon filed a missing persons report, went to three police stations, and asked a series of government officials what had happened to the two reporters. They got no official information until Wednesday evening.
  15. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Chairperson Nawaz Sharif shared lighthearted moments with party workers while speaking to them at Punjab House on December 4, 2017. Photo: Geo News screen grab ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Chairperson Nawaz Sharif shared lighthearted moments with journalists and party workers on Monday. While leaving the accountability court Monday morning, he quipped: ?It seems as if Nawaz Sharif will be disqualified in the disqualification cases against Jahangir Tareen and Imran Khan.? Later in the day, while interacting with party workers at Punjab, Nawaz said: ?We had promised to finish load shedding by 2018 but we have fulfilled our promise in 2017. ?Nawaz has violated his promise, we have no option but to claim that Nawaz is no longer sadiq [truthful] or amin [honest],? Nawaz quipped. He then questioned party workers, ?Do you understand now?? During the interaction, Nawaz pointed out that Constitution is a sacred document. ?No amendment to the existing laws can be brought without the support of two-third majority in both National Assembly and Senate,? he said. When the judges don?t have the power to amend the laws then how come former president Pervaiz Musharraf got this power, he asked. Nawaz also shared a lighter moment with media during his appearance before an accountability court on November 22. Amid lighter exchanges with newsmen outside the court, the former premier spotted wallet of one of the reporters slipping out of his pocket. "Put this inside or someone would pick it and I would be blamed for this," he told the scribe. Another newsman asked why did he attended proceedings despite exemption and Nawaz returned: "Just see, how different times we have been through!"
  16. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/2d63d6b0062b7934a4cc01a3448cc728.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTEvMjIvMjAxNyA2OjEzOjE1IFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9VEtZOXBMWGRuZUtud084UlZYTW80UT09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] ISLAMABAD: Former premier Nawaz Sharif appeared to be in a lighter mood on the occasion of his appearance before an accountability court on Wednesday. Amid lighter exchanges with newsmen outside the court, the former premier spotted wallet of one of the reporters slipping out of his pocket. "Put this inside or someone would pick it and I would be blamed for this," he told the scribe. Another newsman asked why did he attended proceedings despite exemption and Nawaz returned: "Just see, how different times we have been through!" The former premier had appeared at the court to attend proceedings of the references filed against him by the NAB.
  17. A security guard looks at a damaged car during a visit by human rights activists to a community hall that was struck by an airstrike, Sanaa, Yemen, October 16, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi/Files DUBAI: The Saudi-led coalition rescued two French journalists on Thursday who had gone missing in an area of Yemen held by the Iran-aligned Houthi group, Saudi-owned al-Arabiya television reported. The channel said the two women had been ?kidnapped? by the Houthis on November 2 while travelling with a group of people from the province of Saada to Hajjah governorate. It did not identify the journalists and gave no details on how or when they entered Yemen or how they were rescued. A source in the Houthis said the two had not been kidnapped but ordered confined to a hotel after they were found travelling near combat areas in northern Yemen without permission. The source said they were part of a fact-finding human rights mission. A coalition spokesman could not immediately be reached for a comment. The women were both taken to an airbase in the Saudi capital Riyadh, al-Arabiya added. The Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen?s civil war in March 2015 to try to restore President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi after the Houthis, backed by troops loyal to former Yemeni leader Ali Abdullah Saleh marched on Hadi?s southern headquarters in Aden forcing him to flee.
  18. ISLAMABAD: Journalists across the country continue to protest against the brutal attack on senior The News reporter Ahmad Noorani, with a hunger strike camp also set up in Islamabad. Noorani was critically injured after he came under attack by unidentified assailants on Friday while the journalist was on his way home in Islamabad from Rawalpindi. Journalist Ahmad Noorani attacked in Islamabad Six unidentified attackers beat up the senior journalist and his driver near Zero Point His car was stopped by three men travelling on a motorcycle near Zero Point Interchange. The attackers got down from their unmarked motorcycle after chasing down Noorani's car while three more of their accomplices, who were standing where the car was stopped with another unmarked motorcycle, joined in and severely beat up Noorani and his driver with iron rods after throwing out the keys from the ignition. Journalists and members of the civil society have been observing a hunger strike against the attack on senior reporter outside the Press Information Department. They demanded the authorities to arrest perpetrators of the attack and provide security to newsmen. The journalist remains in the intensive care unit (ICU) of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Islamabad. Army condemns attack on senior journalist Ahmad Noorani 'Attack on Noorani a malicious attempt to cause unrest' The incident prompted condemnations from noted political and social figures, and media representatives. DG Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor also condemned the incident. He sent a bouquet to the injured journalist and prayed for his speedy recovery. Pakistan's permanent representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi and Nobel laureate Malala Yousufzai were also among the ones who denounced the cowardly act.
  19. Venezuelan prisons are said to be overpopulated and inmates are malnourished. Photo: AFP CARACAS: An Italian, a Swiss and a Venezuelan journalist have been arrested as they prepared a report on a prison in northern Venezuela, human rights and press freedom groups said. Roberto Di Matteo of Italy, Filippo Rossi of Switzerland and Jesus Medina of Venezuela were arrested Friday after entering Tocoron prison in northern Aragua state with a television crew, according to the rights group Foro Penal. The national journalists union said the trio were conducting a "media investigation" when they were arrested. Critics say Venezuelan prisons are overpopulated and inmates are malnourished, despite government plans to reduce inmate populations. The Swiss foreign ministry said the Swiss embassy in Caracas "is in contact with the appropriate authorities and is assisting this Swiss national in accordance with the consular protections afforded him." The Italian foreign ministry said its mission "has been following from the very beginning the arrest of Italian national Roberto Di Matteo, and is in close contact with local authorities." Di Matteo works as a videographer for Italian daily newspaper Il Giornale, regularly collaborating with independent journalist Rossi, the publication said on its website. Rossi had also worked with regional Swiss daily Corriere del Ticino, while Medina is a photojournalist for anti-government website DolarToday. The union released a photograph of the three journalists taken from the back, apparently handcuffed and escorted by two military personnel. Their cellphones and small cameras were confiscated. Union representatives told AFP the journalists were in good health late Saturday. "They are doing well and show no signs of mistreatment," according to the SNTP union. "They had an invitation to enter Tocoron. They had registered to enter when they were barred access and then arrested. It seems there was a counter-order to bar them access." Foro Penal director Alfredo Romero said some of his group's lawyers had travelled to provide legal aid to the trio, who are being held by national police. Late last year, rights group Una Ventana a La Libertad estimated that there are some 88,000 inmates across a country with an official prison capacity of 35,000. President Nicolas Maduro's government, which says it is being unfairly disparaged in national and international media, says it has successfully applied measures to pacify prisons and raise their standards to international norms.
  20. Relatives and friends mourn Mexican journalist Candido Rios at his wake in Hueyapan de Ocampo, Mexico on August 23, 2017. Rios, who was under government protection was shot dead Tuesday in the violent state of Veracruz/AFP VERACRUZ: When Mexican student Carlos David Chavez told his father he wanted to be a journalist, the reaction was dramatic: "They´re going to murder you!" he said. It is an understandable response. Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists, with more than 100 murdered since 2006. The most recent killing was Tuesday, when a small-town investigative reporter named Candido Rios was gunned down with two other victims in the violent state of Veracruz. The eastern state, which has a nasty history of drug cartel wars and corrupt politics, is the deadliest for journalists: at least 20 have been murdered here since 2010. Asking questions about multi-billion-dollar mafias or government graft can be a deadly job in Mexico. That, together with salaries as low as $300 a month and scarce job opportunities, has made journalism an unpopular career. "The appetite to be a real reporter, the kind that goes into the field to chase down information, has diminished enormously. Especially for crime reporting," said Marco Malpica, head of the communications department at Veracruz University. Just 20 percent of his 200 students want to be actual journalists. "And most of those want to cover sports or finance or be TV anchors," he said. The university´s 63-year-old journalism school has the oldest public program in Mexico, and has seen applications fall by 35 percent in the past five years. Demonstrators hold up a sign and a picture of journalist killed Javier Valdez during a demonstration against the murder of journalists in Mexico on May 20, 2017/Reuters The country´s premier private journalism school, Carlos Septien Garcia, in Mexico City, has seen enrolment drop by nearly 32 percent in the past decade. It is the same trend at Latin America´s largest university, the National Autonomous University of Mexico. "Young people are going more for marketing, production and television directing. They want to be on TV," said Victor Manuel Juarez, spokesman for the university´s department of political and social sciences. ´I´d end up in a pit´ The declining number of journalists will have a damaging long-term effect on Mexico´s development as a democracy, warns the media watchdog Article 19. "The absence of a new generation of journalists will leave a void in our history. Official truths will no longer be challenged by other truths," said Ana Ruelas, the group´s Mexico director. "That will perpetuate censorship," she told AFP. Estefani Gamez, an 18-year-old photography student in Veracruz, is one of those enrolled in the state university´s communications department. But the last thing she wants to be is a photojournalist. "I´d end up in a pit, in some mass grave," she said, explaining why she has opted for art photography instead. Carlos David Chavez, the 22-year-old whose father cringed when he said he wanted to be a journalist, soothed his dad´s fears by announcing he would specialize in organizational communications, not street reporting. In a country where journalists who don´t end up dead are sometimes on the payrolls of drug cartels or corrupt politicians, the profession has lost its allure, he said. "Some media organizations have lost all ethics," he said. Chasing the truth Others are still willing to take the risk to chase the truth, give a voice to the voiceless and hold the powerful to account. Angel Antunez, 18, comes from the Pacific resort town of Acapulco, which has become one of the most violent in Mexico. He recently arrived at Carlos Septien Garcia Journalism School, dreaming of having his own TV news show some day -- despite the risk in his hometown. "It´s just the way it is. It´s like asking a doctor if he´s afraid of having a patient die. It eases a bit with experience," he said. "But, obviously, there will always be some fear."
  21. Turkish Police Detain Three More Journalists Out of 35 Ordered by Authorities. Photo: File Image ANKARA: Turkish authorities on Thursday issued detention warrants for 35 people, including nine journalists, on suspicion of links to last July's attempted military coup, the state-run Anadolu news agency said. The suspects, including the editor of the opposition Birgun newspaper Burak Ekici, were accused of "membership of an armed terrorist organisation", Anadolu said. It said police were carrying out raids at the suspects' addresses. The suspects were believed to be users of ByLock, an encrypted messaging app the government says was used by the network of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. Gulen, whom Ankara blames for orchestrating the abortive coup, has denied involvement in the attempted military takeover. Anadolu said the detention warrants were aimed at the media branch of Gulen's network. The identities of the other suspects were not immediately clear. The on-going crackdown, particularly against journalists, has alarmed rights groups and some of Turkey's Western allies, who fear the government is using the coup as a pretext to quash dissent. Some 150,000 people have been sacked or suspended from jobs in the civil service and private sector and more than 50,000 have been detained for alleged links to the putsch. Some 150 media outlets have also been shut down and around 160 journalists are in jail, according to the Turkish Journalists' Association. The government, however, says the measures are necessary due to the gravity of the threats it faces.
  22. DUBAI: The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen prevented a UN flight carrying aid agency staff from traveling to the Houthi-controled capital Sanaa on Tuesday because three international journalists were also aboard, aviation sources said. The coalition, which intervened in the Yemen conflict in 2015 in support of the internationally recognised government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, controls the airspace over Yemen and can prevent any flights made without prior permission. Aviation sources said the flight was prevented from taking off from Djibouti to Sanaa because three BBC journalists were on it. A United Nations spokesman confirmed the report. "The coalition claimed that the security of the journalists could not be guaranteed in areas under militants' control and advised the three journalists to travel on commercial flights," said Ahmed Ben Lassoued, a spokesman for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Yemen. "It's unfortunate and partially explains why Yemen, which is one of the world's largest humanitarian crises, is not getting enough attention in international media," he added. A source in the coalition said that the Yemeni government was the only party entitled to issue visas for foreigners and that entry must be made via commercial flights through Aden airport, which is under its control. "The United Nations is not concerned with transporting journalists, except those who are coming to cover its own activities," a source in the coalition said, adding that the U.N. must ensure the journalists safety and make sure they do not carry out any other activity. US-based humanitarian agency CARE International said its Secretary-General Wolfgang Jamann was scheduled to fly to Sanaa for a first-hand look at a cholera outbreak that has killed nearly 1,800 people since April. "This is the only way in and out of Sanaa," said Wael Ibrahim, CARE country director in Yemen said. The impoverished Arab country has been devastated by the war, which has killed more than 10,000 people and displaced more than 3 million. "The lack of coverage is also hindering humanitarians' effort to draw the attention of the international community and donors to the humanitarian catastrophe the country is experiencing," Ben Lassoued said.
  23. BANGALORE: India´s top journalists have accused a state parliament of "a gross misuse of powers and privilege" by ordering that two editors be arrested for allegedly defaming local lawmakers. Police in India´s southern Karnataka state said the editors -- both from tabloid newspapers in the capital Bangalore -- had evaded authorities since the state assembly issued an order for their arrest last week. The allegations were first levelled against the editors in 2014, but the assembly only voted last week to pursue the charges. A warrant was issued for the two journalists last week for "breach of privilege and criticising lawmakers", S.D Sharanappa, deputy commissioner of police in Bangalore, told AFP. The editors could face a year in prison and a 10,000 rupee ($155) fine. The Editors Guild of India in a statement Sunday said the order violated the constitution and fundamental tenets of freedom of speech. "It is also a gross misuse of powers and privileges of a state legislature. The guild urges the Karnataka assembly to withdraw its resolution without delay," the statement added. The Committee to Protect Journalists, a global press rights group, in August last year said that successive local and national governments had failed to promote freedom of press in the world´s biggest democracy. "(Case studies) show how small-town journalists face greater risk in their reporting... and how India´s culture of impunity is leaving the country´s press vulnerable to threats and attacks," the committee said in a report. In 2015, India was rated as the deadliest country in Asia for journalists by Paris-based Reporters Without Borders.