19 June 2008

Journalists As Refugees

June 20th is World Refugee Day and the US-based Committee to Protect Journalists has just completed a study on the number of journalists who have joined the ranks of the global refugee community. CPJ reports at least 82 journalists fled their native countries under threat or harassment in the last 12 months, with more than half coming from Iraq and Somalia. CPJ says the rate of journalists going into exile—about seven per month—is double the average that recorded since it began compiling such data in 2001.

CPJ reports 51 journalists fled after being assaulted or threatened with violence or death. It says police surveillance, repeated interrogations, and sporadic detentions prompted another 19 journalists to flee while the threat of imprisonment led 12 more to seek exile.

Joel Simon, CPJ executive director, says: “CPJ is concerned when threats, imprisonment, and harassment force any journalist from his or her home, but when the media are driven out en masse as in Iraq and Somalia, a vital piece of those societies is being lost.”

The CPJ survey documents the cases of 22 Iraqi journalists and 21 Somali journalists who have fled their homes. At least 14 journalists fled Chad, although most have since returned. In the last year, at least four journalist s left Eritrea and three left Ethiopia.

Meanwhile, VOA’s correspondent in Moscow, Peter Fedynsky, reports controversy surrounds the investigations of two journalists killed in Russia and Kyrgyzstan. Please take a look at his report with the latest on the 2006 murder of Anna Politkovskaya and the 2007 killing of Alisher Saipov, a stringer for VOA's Uzbek Service.


Anonymous said...

ref : http://www.voanews.com/english/2008-06-26-voa65.cfm

“Good Night, and Good Luck” movie-2005, director: George Clooney, written by George Clooney & Grant Heslov.

In the 50's, the United States of America promotes a witch-hunting led by Senator Joseph McCarthy and supported by the FBI of J. Edgar Hoover. In 1953, while fear ruling this nation and an incipient television, the CBS journalist Edward R. Murrow, duly supported by his producer and closer friend Fred Friendly and his competent team, decides to use his talk show to expose the abusive senator and his contradictions. They decided to take a stand and challenge McCarthy and expose him for the fear monger he was.
Something similary it happen in Romania last ten years, but no CBS, no Murrow, in Romania. Business of sclavery~arms smuggling.Darfur, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, DR.Congo read the documents of my page : http://www. myspace. com/val2002.
I was in jail because I declasified the doccuments. Since last 4 years I have no job, political police & military intelligence of Romania pick me up regulary at rude interogatory. They hope I shall give up, but they wrong. May be it worth. Solutions ? But who cares ?
Best regards,

Valentin Vasilescu

Education; scientific degrees
:"Aurel Vlaicu" Air Force Officers' School ( 1980-1984 );
War College, military science ( 1990-1992 ), National Air Force Academy:
Licences :
military pilot's licence for supersonic aircraft -1985,
international air traffic controller's licence/instructor's training - 1997;
specialisation in airport management and crisis management following terrorist attacks (training course in Dublin - 1998)
Professional activities:
officer, Ministry of National Defence ;MIG-21 pilot;
assistant commander of Int..l Bucharest-Otopeni Airport
deputy of Bucharest, member of the Committee for Defence, Public Order, and National Security/ Chamber of Depities ( 2000-2004 )
http://www. cdep. ro/pls/parlam/structura. mp?idm=315&cam=2&leg=2000&pag=0&idl=2

bea said...

Illogic world of the news.
Here, too much words from too much Journalists, too much silence from the EAST Journalists.
But here none fights for the Silent-NewsMen.
Only YOU, dear Voice of America.
I take You my thanks, but I'm reflecting: Why American Journalists not fight TOGETHER for Freedom of East's silent-NewsMen?
TOGETHER WE CAN, said Mr. President Bush.
TOGETHER WE MUST TELL to the world the Free News' Genocide!
Wake Up America The FREEDOM!