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CPJ Rips Ethiopian Crackdown on Journalists

Posted July 3rd, 2012 at 5:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The international organization Committee to Protect Journalists says the Ethiopian government is stepping up efforts to control the Internet, both by preventing access to certain websites and by blocking users from software used to circumvent the censors. CPJ spokesman Danny O’Brien says the government of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has been blocking major news sites […]

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Rights Group Urges Afghanistan to Protect Press Freedom

Posted July 3rd, 2012 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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Human Rights Watch is calling on Afghanistan to withdraw a draft media law the group says will increase government control over the press and “undermine free expression.” The New York-based group said in a statement Tuesday that the Afghan government has taken steps to undercut the work of journalists and that the draft law is […]

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US ‘Deeply Concerned’ About Conviction of Ethiopian Journalists, Opposition Members

Posted June 28th, 2012 at 12:05 am (UTC-5)
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The United States says it is “deeply concerned” about the Ethiopian government’s conviction of 24 people, including several journalists and opposition members, on terrorism related charges. Journalist Eskinder Nega and opposition member Andualem Arage were among those found guilty Wednesday of charges including the encouragement of terrorism and high treason. The men, 16 of whom […]

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Global Broadcasters Remain on Air in Iraq Despite Regulatory Warning

Posted June 25th, 2012 at 7:45 pm (UTC-5)
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International news broadcasters including Voice of America say they remain on the air in Iraq, despite a warning by Iraqi regulators that their operations could be restricted because of a licensing dispute. Iraq’s Communications and Media Commission, which regulates media outlets in the country, says it recently sent a list of unlicensed organizations to the […]

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Iraqi Regulators Order 44 Media Outlets to Close

Posted June 24th, 2012 at 11:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Iraqi regulators have ordered the closure of 44 media organizations in the country, including VOA. The Communications and Media Commission says the move targets organizations operating without a license. A media and communications official told VOA that many of the media outlets either lack a permit or the permit has expired. The commission’s order lists […]

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US Envoy: Breaking ‘Information Blockade’ Key to Change in N. Korea

Posted June 14th, 2012 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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A high-ranking U.S. diplomat says Washington is working to break the “information blockade” that allows North Korea to hide its human rights abuses and keep its citizens ignorant of the outside world. Robert King, the U.S. envoy for human rights in North Korea, said Thursday that ending media isolation in the tightly-controlled communist country is […]

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US Envoy: Breaking ‘Information Blockade’ Key to Change in N. Korea

Posted June 14th, 2012 at 5:15 am (UTC-5)
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A high-ranking U.S. diplomat says Washington is working to break the “information blockade” that allows North Korea to hide its human rights abuses and keep its citizens ignorant of the outside world. Robert King, the U.S. envoy for human rights in North Korea, said Thursday that ending media isolation in the tightly-controlled communist country is […]

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US Envoy: Breaking ‘Information Blockade’ Key to Change in N. Korea

Posted June 14th, 2012 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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A high-ranking U.S. diplomat says Washington is working to break the “information blockade” that allows North Korea to hide its human rights abuses and keep its citizens ignorant of the outside world. Robert King, the U.S. envoy for human rights in North Korea, said Thursday that ending media isolation in the tightly-controlled communist country is […]

US Envoy: Breaking ‘Information Blockade’ Key to Change in N. Korea

Posted June 14th, 2012 at 4:10 am (UTC-5)
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A high-ranking U.S. diplomat says Washington is working to break the “information blockade” that allows North Korea to hide its human rights abuses and keep its citizens ignorant of the outside world. Robert Wood, the U.S. envoy for human rights in North Korea, said Thursday that ending media isolation in the tightly-controlled communist country is […]

US Envoy: Breaking ‘Information Blockade’ Key to Change in N. Korea

Posted June 14th, 2012 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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A high-ranking U.S. diplomat says Washington is working to break the “information blockade” that allows North Korea to hide its human rights abuses and keep its citizens ignorant of the outside world. Robert Wood, the U.S. envoy for human rights in North Korea, said Thursday that ending media isolation in the tightly-controlled communist country is […]

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