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Palestine: Two journalists arrested by Israeli forces

On August 21, two Palestinian journalists, Usaid Abd Al Majid Amarana, of Al-Aqsa TV, and Amar Abu Urfa, a reporter for Shahab news agency, were arrested.  Both journalists were seized by Israeli soldiers in their homes. According to reports, soldiers stormed and searched Amarana’s home. During the arrest, soldiers opened fire and wounded Amarana’s cousin. Urfa’s […]

Kashmir: Two photojournalists beaten and detained during protests

On August 19, two photojournalists, Narciso Contreras and Showkat Shafi, said they were beaten by police and detained for several hours while covering a protest in Srinagar, in Jammu and Kashmir. The protest, which was a demonstration against Indian rule, escalated into a violent clash between protesters and police forces. According to Shafi, officers continued […]

A former police officer detained for murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya

Russian investigators have detained a former lieutenant police colonel as a suspect in the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya. The campaigning reporter was openly critical of Russia’s involvement in Chechnya. According to the latest investigation, Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov was offered cash to murder Politkovskaya, and he was a part of a group aiming to kill her, […]

Young, gay in the USA? 404 not available, this content is restricted in Missouri

Sara Yasin: Young, gay in the USA? 404 not available, this content is restricted in Missouri

Young, gay in the USA? 404 not available, this content is restricted in Missouri

Sara Yasin: Young, gay in the USA? 404 not available, this content is restricted in Missouri

Four-year jail terms for Facebook riot posts

Two men jailed for four years over Facebook messages inciting disorder --- their cases spark criticism of "disproportionate" sentences. Sara Yasin reports

Egypt: Judge bans cameras for remainder of Mubarak’s trial

An Egyptian judge has banned state-owned TV cameras from filming the rest of Hosni Mubarak’s trial. Even though state TV cameras were allowed in the courtroom for the first two hearings, Judge Ahmed Rifaat made the decision to ban live coverage before witnesses testify in court “in protection of the general interest”. According to Al-Masry Al-Youm, the decision was met with […]

Ghana: Journalists assaulted by angered pastors

Three pastors allegedly assaulted three journalists and a panellist in Accra, Ghana on 8 August. The three pastors were angered by comments made during a broadcast of Nya Asem Hwe, a local current affairs programme on radio station Hot FM. Reverend Bishop Daniel Obinim, Kofi Akweitey, and Kingsley Baah were angered by their exclusion from the broadcast, […]

Nepal: Journalist brutally attacked

Nepali journalist Kishor Budhathoki was brutally assaulted in eastern Nepal on 11 August. According to Republica, Budhathoki was attacked for a piece he wrote about domestic violence. He is currently in a critical condition. Budhatoki writes for The Himalayan Times and Annapurna Post, and also serves as vice president of the local chapter of the […]

Pakistan: Journalist killed in Balochistan

Muneer Shakir, who worked for Online News Network and a Balochi television station called Sabzbaat, was killed on 14 August in Pakistan’s Balochistan province. The reason for his murder is still unclear. According to the Balochistan Union of Journalists (BUJ), Shakir is the sixth journalist to be killed in Pakistan in 2011. They also say […]

Oman: Officials threaten to shut down newspaper

 Omani officials are threatening to shut down Al-Zaman, an independent newspaper, after it published allegations of corruption in the Ministry of Justice.  Youssef al-Haj was interrogated for writing the articles questioning the Ministry’s decision to prevent Haroun al-Mukbeeli, a long-time civil servant, from appealing a refusal to provide him with an increase in salary and grade. He […]

India: Controversial film censored in three states

The release of Amitabh Bachchan’s controversial new film, Aarakshan, which focuses on students benefiting from India’s quota system for Dalits (untouchables), has been met with protests and criticism from groups representing low-caste Hindus. Lawmakers in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and Andhra Pradesh made an initial decision to block the release of the film, following […]