A month after the murder of Anna Politkovskaya, TV presenters urged to wear ‘Justice for Anna’ badge

first_img News Faced with a climate of violence threatening journalists in Russia, exemplified by the murder of Anna Politkovskaya, Reporters Without Borders is stepping up its campaign and urging TV presenters to back an independent investigation into the killing by wearing the badge ‘Justice for Anna’ “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Organisation RSF_en News November 6, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A month after the murder of Anna Politkovskaya, TV presenters urged to wear ‘Justice for Anna’ badge “Tomorrow it will be a month since the death of Anna Politkovskaya, gunned down at her home in Moscow on 7 October 2006. As of now we have no guarantee that the investigation will track down the instigators and those who carried out this murder. That is why we are calling on all TV presenters to tomorrow, 7 November 2006, wear the badge “Justice for Anna!”, calling for the setting up of an international investigative commission, the only way to ensure that the truth will be revealed about this despicable murder”, said Reporters Without Borders. Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown BelarusEurope – Central Asia “The petition ‘Justice for Anna!”, available on the website www.rsf.org, has already garnered more than six thousand signatures, two hundred of them from European and Russian figures, but also from Americans and Canadians. Wearing this badge gives everyone who wishes to the chance to demonstrate their anger at the plight of independent and opposition journalists in Russia. It is also the occasion to show our support. It should not be forgotten that Anna Politkovskaya was the 21st journalist to be killed because of her work in Russia since Vladimir Putin was first elected president of the Russian Federation in March 2000. The least one can say is that the Russian authorities do not make it their first priority to solve these cases, since most of them have remained unsolved to this day,” the worldwide press freedom organisation added.On 20 October 2006, Reporters Without Borders called on the French government and French President Jacques Chirac as Grand Master of the Order of the Legion of Honour, to strip Vladimir Putin of the Grand Cross of the Legion Honour. Questioned about this during the Lahti Summit in Finland, Chirac, who made the award to Putin himself on 22 September, refused to budge and said: “It is a republican tradition to give (the Legion of Honour) to foreign heads of state (…) it has no moral value.” “This reply does not satisfy us. You cannot empty the Legion of Honour of all moral and honorary significance on the pretext that it could be attributed to a head of state. The protocol argument does not stand up to examination. It remains unthinkable that the highest honour which France can bestow should be awarded to Vladimir Putin, who in his politics as in his repeated statements, demonstrates his contempt for the basic principles of democracy, starting with freedom of expression,” the organisation added.Anna Politkovskaya worked since 1999 for the bi-weekly Novaya Gazeta. In her latest book, “Russia according to Putin”, which came out in France this year, she condemned not only abuses in Chechnya but also corruption and human rights violations in Russia. Hailed internationally for her courage and professionalism, Anna Politkovskaya, 48, was found dead from several bullet wounds in her central Moscow apartment in the afternoon of Saturday 7 October. Read the presse release “Justice for Anna Politkovskaya !Call for international commission of enquiry Sign the petition May 28, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Follow the news on Belarus to go further News June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Receive email alerts News BelarusEurope – Central Asia May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Hundreds of journalists object to unconditional media support for regime

first_img Organisation February 1, 2021 Find out more February 6, 2021 Find out more January 22, 2021 Find out more Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison More than 500 journalists used online social media last weekend to proclaim their opposition to a joint statement by the editors of 17 state and privately-owned media in support of the anti-terrorism policies of a government that exploits security threats to persecute journalists with Al-Jazeera and other independent media. Follow the news on Egypt November 7, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Hundreds of journalists object to unconditional media support for regime The joint statement by the editors was posted on the newspaper Al-Wafd’s website on 26 October, two days after more 30 soldiers were killed in two militant attacks in North Sinai – the deadliest since Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi’s overthrow in July 2013.The statement called for a new editorial policy designed to combat the “infiltration of elements supporting terrorism into the press” and, in effect, urged the media to rally behind the regime and ban any criticism of state institutions, including the police, armed forces and judicial system.“The new editorial policy adopted by some media does not represent the community of Egyptian journalists and threatens fundamental freedoms in Egypt, including freedom of information and media independence,” Reporters Without Borders programme director Lucie Morillon said.“The government is becoming more and more committed to a policy of gagging the press and systematically persecuting independent media on the pretext of combatting terrorism.”This decision by the 17 editors to give President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s government their unconditional support is being criticized both within their own news organizations and by other media, which have condemned such submission to state control.As the security situation worsens, the regime is exploiting the threat of terrorism to reject any criticism of its human rights violations. Media personnel are among the leading victims of its authoritarian policies, with independent reporting routinely prompting censorship and arrests.Al-Jazeera journalists still in the regime’s sightsLawyers acting for Mohamed Al-Fahmy, an Al-Jazeera journalist with dual Egyptian and Canadian citizenship, appealed yesterday for his release on health grounds. Fahmy needs an urgent operation for a shoulder injury sustained at the time of his arrest. He also needs treatment for hepatitis C.Fahmy and two other Al-Jazeera English journalists – Australian Peter Greste and Egyptian Baher Mohamed – have been held for more than 300 days for allegedly supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and have been given sentences ranging from seven to ten years in prison. The court of cassation is to hear their appeal petitions on 1 January 2015.A Cairo criminal court meanwhile sentenced Al-Jazeera presenter Ahmed Mansour to 15 years in prison in absentia on 11 October for supposedly torturing a lawyer in Tahrir Square during the January 2011 uprising. Mansour, who says he learned of his conviction from media reports, insists that he was not in Egypt at the time of the attack on the lawyer. He also condemned the lack of credibility displayed by the judicial system in asking Interpol to issue an international warrant for his arrest. Interpol rejected the request on the grounds that it did not meet the required criteria.Abdul-Moqtader al-Wahsh, a 21-year-old student and freelance photographer was arrested on 26 October while filming a demonstration by workers in Mahalla against the terrorist attacks. He was filming it for Al-Jazeera. Now in pre-trial detention, he is accused of supporting a terrorist organization and disseminating false information.Eslam Al Shafi’i, a cameraman working for Y.N.N. (Yqeen), was arrested while covering the aftermath of an explosion outside Cairo University on 22 October. Although he showed his press card and ID, the police took him away in a vehicle without any explanation. He was released the next day after interrogation.Reporters Without Borders deputy programme director Virginie Dangles added: “We condemn these arbitrary arrests and convictions of journalists and we urge the authorities to release not only Al-Fahmy, who needs treatment, but also all the other unjustly detained journalists, and to drop all the charges against them.” News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Newscenter_img News Constant censorshipMahmoud Saad was suspended as presenter of Al-Nahar TV’s programme “Akher Al-Nahar” on 25 October after a guest mentioned the 1967 Six Days War on the day of the North Sinai attacks. As a result of this reference to an event regarded as damaging to army morale, not only was Saad temporarily replaced but the TV station’s programme organization was also overhauled.Dream 2 TV’s discussion programme “Al-Ashera Masa’an” was cut short in mid-broadcast on 19 October during a report about a child’s death in a school in Matrouh governorate. The station said the interruption was due to technical problems but presenter Wael El-Ebrashy blamed pressure from the government, especially the housing and education ministers.Egypt is ranked 159th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. RSF_en Receive email alerts to go further Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Help by sharing this information EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution Newslast_img read more