Journalists in 2010 targets and bargaining chips

first_img Organisation Figures in 201057 journalists killed (25% fewer than in 2009) 51 journalists kidnapped 535 journalists arrested 1374 physically attacked or threatened504 media censored 127 journalists fled their country 152 bloggers and netizens arrested 52 physically attacked 62 countries affected by Internet censorshipFewer killed in war zonesFifty-seven journalists were killed in connection with their work in 2010, 25% fewer than in 2009, when the total was 76. The number of journalists killed in war zo- nes has fallen in recent years. Significantly, it is becoming more and more difficult to identify those responsible in cases in which journalists were killed by criminal gangs, armed groups, religious organizations or state agents.“Fewer journalists were killed in war zones than in preceding years,” Reporters Without Borders secretary- general Jean-François Julliard said. “Media workers are above all being murdered by criminals and traffickers of various kinds. Organized crime groups and militias are their leading killers worldwide. The challenge now is to rein in this phenomenon. The authorities of the countries concerned have a direct duty to combat the impunity surrounding these murders. If governments do not make every effort to punish the murderers of journalists, they become their accomplices.”Journalists as bargaining chipsAnother distinguishing feature of 2010 was the major increase in kidnappings of journalists. There were 29 cases in 2008, 33 in 2009 and 51 in 2010. Journalists are seen less and less as outside observers. Their neutrality and the nature of their work are no longer respected.“Abductions of journalists are becoming more and more frequent and are taking place in more countries.” Reporters Without Borders said. “For the first time, no continent escaped this evil in 2010. Journalists are turning into bargaining chips. Kidnappers take hostages in order to finance their criminal activities, make governments comply with their demands, and send a message to the public. Abduction provides them with a form of publicity. Here again, governments must do more to identify them and bring them to justice. Otherwise reporters – national or foreign – will no longer venture into certain regions and will abandon the local population to their sad fate.”Journalists were particularly exposed to this kind of risk in Afghanistan and Nigeria in 2010. The case of French TV journalists Hervé Ghesquière and Stéphane Taponier and their three Afghan assistants, held hostage in Afghanistan since 29 December 2009, is the longest abduction in the history of the French media since the end of the 1980s. Exile – the last resortMany journalists flee abroad to escape violence and oppression. A total of 127 journalists from 23 countries did this in 2010. The exodus from Iran continues. For the second year running, it was the biggest source of fugitive journalists – 30 cases registered by Reporters Without Borders in 2010. The Horn of Africa continues to shed journalists. Around 15 fled Eritrea and Somalia in 2010. The year also saw the forced exile of 18 Cuban journa- lists, who had been jailed since March 2003 and who were released on condition that they immediately leave for Spain. RSF_en Related documents bilan_2010_en.pdfPDF – 883.66 KB Even the internet no longer a refugeReporters Without Borders is continuing to investigate the June 2010 death of the young netizen Khaled Mohammed Said, who was arrested by two plain-clothes police officers in an Internet café, taken outside and beaten to death in the street. There were reports that his death was prompted by a video posted online that incriminated the police in a drug deal. Autopsy reports attributed his death to a drug overdose, but this was belied by photos of his body.The number of arrests and physical attacks on netizens in 2010 was similar to previous years. Harassment of bloggers and censorship of the Internet have become commonplace. There are no longer any taboos about online filtering. Censorship is taking new forms: more aggres- sive online propaganda and increasingly frequent use of cyber-attacks as way to silence bothersome Internet users. Significantly, online censorship is no longer necessarily the work of repressive regimes. Democracies are now examining and adopting new laws that pose a threat to free speech on the Internet.Journalists killedcenter_img No region of the world sparedJournalists were killed in 25 countries in 2010. This is the first time since Reporters Without Borders began keeping these tallies that journalists have been murdered in so many countries. Almost 30% of the countries (7 in total) were African countries: Angola, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia and Uganda. But the deadliest continent by far was Asia with 20 cases, and this was due above all to the heavy toll in Pakistan, where 11 journalists were killed in 2010.Of the 67 countries where there have been murders of journalists in the past 10 years, there are eight where they keep recurring: Afghanistan, Colombia, Iraq, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, and Somalia. These countries have not evolved; a culture of violence against the press has become deeply rooted there. Pakistan, Iraq and Mexico have been the three most violent countries for journalists during the past decade. The passing years have brought no changes to Pakistan, with journalists continuing to be targeted by Islamists groups or to be the collateral victims of suicide bombings. This total of 11 killed was the highest of the year.Iraq saw a return to earlier levels of violence with a total of seven journalists killed in 2010 as against four in 2009. Most of them were killed after the United States announced that all of its combat troops had been withdrawn in August. Journalists are caught in a trap between the different sectors – including local authorities, those involved in corruption and religious groups that refuse to accept media independence.In Mexico, the extreme violence of the drug traffickers affects the entire population including journalists, who are particularly exposed. This has a major impact on reporting, with journalists reducing their coverage of crime stories to the minimum in order to take as few risks as possible.In Central America, three were killed in Honduras in 2010 in connection with their work. Politically-motivated violence since the June 2008 coup d’état has com pounded the “traditional violence” of organized crime, a major phenomenon in this part of the world.In Thailand, where newspapers are able to enjoy relative independence despite recurring press freedom violations, 2010 was a very tough year. Two foreign journalists, Fabio Polenghi of Italy and Hiroyuki Muramoto of Japan, were killed in clashes between government forces and Red Shirts (supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra) in Bangkok in April and May. The shots that killed them were very probably fired by the members of the army.Two journalists killed in EuropeTwo journalists were murdered in European Union countries – Greece and Latvia. Neither murder has so far been solved. Social and political instability is having an impact on the work of the media in Greece, where Socratis Guiolias, the manager of Radio Thema 98.9, was gunned down with an automatic weapon outside his home in southeast Athens on 19 July. The police suspect a far- left group calling itself Sehta Epanastaton (Revolutionary Sect) that emerged in 2009.In Latvia, a country with a calmer environment for the press, Grigorijs Nemcovs, the publisher and editor of the regional newspaper Million and owner of a local TV station of the same name, was shot twice in the head in the southeastern city of Daugavpils while on his way to a meeting on 16 April. December 30, 2010 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Journalists in 2010 targets and bargaining chips News Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

Regional Four-day championship

first_imgRed Force, Jaguars face off in top-of-the-table clash todayBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – The top-of-the-table clash between Guyana Jaguars and hosts Trinidad and Tobago Red Force will highlight the fourth round of the Regional Four-Day Championship which bowls off today.Denesh RamdinBoth teams are unbeaten so far and the day/night clash at the Brian Lara Stadium could prove decisive ahead of the first break of the fast-moving, 10-round season.Three-time champions Jaguars have won two of their first three matches to be top of the standings on 46.6 points, but faltered in their last outing against Leeward Islands Hurricanes and needed a massive effort on the final day at Warner Park to avoid defeat.Their key men have been West Indies-A left-hander Vishaul Singh who has gathered 258 runs at an average of 46, and left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul whose 17 wickets have come at 15 runs apiece.However, their captain Leon Johnson’s lack of form has been worrying, with the left-hander managing only 124 runs from his six trips to the crease.His opposite number Denesh Ramdin has had no such worries with two hundreds already in an aggregate of 316 runs at an impressive average of 105.Red Force have been lifted by his form which has seemingly inspired the other batsmen, with Jason Mohammed, Tion Webster and Yannic Cariah all having scored hundreds so far.Leg-spinner Imran Khan, who tops the bowling aggregates with 18 wickets, will also be key as Red Force attempt to inflict Jaguars with a first defeat.Hurricanes, the only other unbeaten side in the tournament, will host Jamaica Scorpions at Warner Park and will be hoping to continue the form which has put them third in the table.Both their batting and bowling have clicked so far this season leaving them as formidable threats, and Scorpions will have their work cut out for them.While the hosts are unchanged for the encounter, Scorpions have been strengthened by the return of regular captain Nikita Miller, who missed the first three rounds recuperating from surgery last September.The leading wicket-taker last season with 58 scalps with 461 wickets from 90 first-class matches, Hurricanes will be wary of his ability to be a game-changer.In the other game at Arnos Vale, bottom-placed Windward Islands Volcanoes welcome Barbados Pride who have struggled and lie fourth in the standings.While Volcanoes have lost two of three, the big highlight for them has been veteran left-hander Devon Smith who has already reeled off two hundreds to top the batting charts with 337 runs at an average of 84.Volcanoes, who boast two Barbadians in Kyle Mayers and Kirk Edwards, are unchanged but Pride have gone for former Young West Indies speedster, Keon Harding, to give their bowling attack teeth.last_img read more