A journalist wanted by the police for having denounced police extortion

first_img RSF_en Help by sharing this information News Organisation November 27, 2020 Find out more April 22, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A journalist wanted by the police for having denounced police extortion April 6, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa KenyaAfrica KenyaAfrica to go furthercenter_img Follow the news on Kenya Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has written to Alex Rono, head of the North-Eastern Provincial Police calling on him to reverse an order for the arrest of Victore Obure, the Garissa correspondent of the East African Standard. “He is a journalist who is simply carrying out his work. There can be no justification for ordering his arrest,” said RSF Secretary General Robert Ménard. “The fact that he has gone underground is a very alarming sign of the treatment meted out to journalists detained by the police. The Head of the police said in December 2000, however, that measures would be taken to ‘harmonise the relationship between the police and journalists’.” RSF has learned that Victor Obure, the Garissa correspondent of the East African Standard, has decided to go underground because of fears for his safety. According to police sources, the Criminal Investigation Department – CID – called for his arrest a week ago following an article which reported the extortion of thousands of shillings from the inhabitants of Garissa by police, during a crackdown on illegal immigrants in the city. RSF also gave a reminder that on 22 March 2002, The People Daily newspaper and its Chief Editor George Mbugguss, were ordered to pay 20 million Kenyan shillings (about 300,000 Euros), to Nicholas Biwott, Minister for Trade and the Interior, for “libel”. “The secret history of Moi-Nyache, an article published on 10 March 1999, claimed that Mr. Biwott, then Minister for the Eastern African Community, was involved in the controversial awarding of a tender for the construction of a hydro-electricity dam. The newspaper claimed that the “Turkwell Gorge” project had been awarded to a French company under dubious circumstances. News News Kenyan media group trolled by pro-ruling party activists Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent Receive email alerts Reports June 13, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Defending freedom of information in Vietnam at the UN

first_imgReporters Without Borders also participated in a news conference that was organized by the International Federation for Human Rights and the Vietnam Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, and was chaired by Dr. Vo Van Hai.On 5 February, Reporters Without Borders attended the Universal Periodic Review in order to hear the Vietnamese government respond to the concerns expressed by many states about bloggers who are detained or who are being threatened, and about the situation of freedom of expression and association. February 7, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Defending freedom of information in Vietnam at the UN VietnamAsia – Pacific News Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison Reporters Without Borders participated in a series of meetings and conferences on Vietnam on 3 and 4 February ahead of Vietnam’s Universal Periodic Review (an examination of its human rights performance) by the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.“Together with other groups, we evaluated the human rights situation in Vietnam, including freedom of expression and information, and shared our recommendations, which are, above all, the immediate and unconditional release of all detained bloggers, netizens and journalists and an end to censorship and online surveillance,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk.“In the light of the latest information available to us, we call on the Human Rights Council’s member states to respond to the constant violations of freedom of information and persecution of independent news providers, and to remind the Vietnamese government of the added obligations that accompany its election as a member of the Council.”Ismaïl added: “Urgent action is needed for the human rights lawyer and blogger Le Quoc Quan, who began his sixth day on hunger strike today.”Accompanied by members of RWB’s Swiss section and RWB’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Ismaïl also spoke at a conference held by the Viet Tan network on 4 February that was entitled “With Membership Comes Responsibility: Ensuring Human Rights in Vietnam.” Many Vietnam experts took part on the conference, which was organized with the support of COSUNAM, Lawyers for Lawyers and UN Watch.PEN International, Article 19, Media Legal Defence Initiative, Radio Free Asia and Human Rights for Vietnam PAC were among the organizations that participated in the joint evaluation of the Vietnamese government’s human rights policies since its last Universal Periodic Review in 2009.Citizen-journalist Tran Quang Thanh and human rights lawyer Ha Huy Son testified about the harassment and censorship of journalists, bloggers and civil society in its entirety. Pham Chi Dung, an influential blogger who was to have attended but was prevented from boarding his flight to Geneva at Ho Chi Minh City airport, nonetheless addressed the conference by means of a pre-recorded video. Help by sharing this information April 7, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more Vietnam’s violations of freedom of information are of great concern to Reporters Without Borders, which for years has been drawing this issue to the public’s attention and has been monitoring developments in Vietnam, now the world’s second biggest prison for bloggers and netizens, after China.Reporters Without Borders has stepped up its campaigning on Vietnam in recent months:-> In response to the persecution of bloggers and netizens, RWB launched a petition last July for the release of 34 Vietnamese bloggers, which has so far been signed by 35,000 people. RWB tried unsuccessfully to hand the petition to Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung when he visited France in September.-> In September, RWB released a report on Vietnam entitled “Programmed death of freedom of information.” It describes the absolute control that the party has exercised over the traditional media for decades, and calls for an urgent response from the international community to the escalating persecution of cyber-dissidents. It includes recommendations for the Vietnamese authorities, the Vietnamese media and international organizations.-> Finally, in December, RWB launched a fund-raising drive to enable Vietnamese bloggers and netizens to continue their fight for the right to provide freely reported and independent news and information. The funds raised will be used to buy ICT equipment and software. See GlobalGiving.Vietnam was elected as a member of the UN Human Rights Council last November despite being a constant violator of freedom of information and despite being ranked 172nd out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Organisation Follow the news on Vietnamcenter_img to go further News VietnamAsia – Pacific April 22, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Receive email alerts News News Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Tranglast_img read more