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Azerbaijan - Journalist abducted by police and questioned for two hours
Friday, November 28, 2014
Reporters without borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns independent journalist Turkhan Karimov's abduction by two plainclothesmen from outside his Baku apartment at 11 a.m. today. After being released two hours later, he said he was taken to a police station in the Baku district of Nariman for a “discussion” with the local police chief. “Karimov's abduction by the very people who are supposed to ensure respect for public order is deeply shocking,” said Johann Bihr, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern (...) (Full Story)

France - Court awards punitive damages against satirical magazine
Friday, November 28, 2014
Reporters without borders
The Nîmes appeal court has awarded libel damages and costs of more than 91,000 euros jointly against the satirical weekly l'Agglo-Rieuse, journalist Jean-Marc Aubert and publisher Tristan Cuche. The suit was brought against the weekly for an article headlined: “Swindle alleged, but what happened to all the cash?” published in May 2010, in which Aubert wrote about legal actions against the businessman Robert Garzillo and referred to criticism of the Strada Group and its subsidiaries, of which (...) (Full Story)

Libya - Court sentences editor in absentia for five years in prison
Friday, November 28, 2014
Reporters without borders
Reporters Without Borders is outraged to learn that a Tripoli court sentenced Amara Abdallah Al-Khitabi, the editor of the privately-owned newspaper Al-Umma, in absentia to five years in prison and ordered him to pay 250,000 dinars in damages for allegedly defaming judicial officials. Charged with criminal libel for publishing a list of allegedly corrupt judges and prosecutors in November 2012, Khitabi, 68, was convicted of criminal libel on 17 August but the sentence was not notified to (...) (Full Story)

France - RWB writes to mayor after journalist dragged from council meeting
Friday, November 28, 2014
Reporters without borders
Networkvisio reporter Michel Lecomte was forcibly evicted from a municipal council meeting in Montauban, the capital of the southern department of Tarn-et-Garonne, and then from the city hall, after being told not to film the debates on 25 November. Two other journalists were prevented from filming his eviction. Lecomte complied when previously asked to leave the meeting as he was about to film the tense discussions, but obtained permission to return on the understanding that he would not (...) (Full Story)

Kazakhstan - Orchestrated throttling of Kazakh opposition weekly
Friday, November 28, 2014
Reporters without borders
Reporters Without Borders condemns the judicial persecution of the opposition weekly ADAM bol, which was ordered to pay an exorbitant fine yesterday and which was suspended last week in connection with another case that a court began hearing today. Freedom of information has been in a critical state in Kazakhstan for the past two years and ADAM bol, which was launched in October 2013, is just the latest media outlet to be the target of sham judicial proceedings that usually result in their (...) (Full Story)

Syria - Timeline of violations against freedom of information in Iraq and Syria
Friday, November 28, 2014
Reporters without borders
25.11.2014 - IS releases 12 journalists The Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO) reports that 12 of the 14 journalists who were kidnapped a few weeks ago by IS were released on 21 November as a result of mediation by tribal leaders and other local figures. IS is now holding at least eight journalists hostage in Iraq and has been holding most of them since June. 20.11.2014 - IS kidnaps 14 media workers According to JFO, IS kidnapped another 14 reporters, cameramen and TV engineers and (...) (Full Story)

Venezuela - Death threats against three journalists by National Guard members
Friday, November 28, 2014
Reporters without borders
Two newspaper photographers and a TV cameraman received death threats from members of Venezuela's Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) in charge of security at David Viloria Penitentiary (also known as Uribana prison) in the western state of Lara on 24 November. The three journalists had gone to the prison to enquire about a hunger strike that inmates had reportedly begun in protest against mistreatment by prison staff. La Prensa photographer Abraham Palencia said he was manhandled by a GNB (...) (Full Story)

USA: Texas must halt ‘shameful’ execution of man with severe mental disability
Amnesty International - Friday, November 28, 2014
Headline Title:  USA: Texas must not execute man with severe mental disability 28 November 2014  The State of Texas should immediately halt its unconstitutional and shameful plans to execute a man with severe mental illness, said Amnesty International with the scheduled execution now less than a week away. Scott Panetti, a 56-year-old man whose mental illness predated and contributed to the 1992 double murder for which he was sent to death row, is scheduled to be executed in Texas soon after 6pm local time on 3 December. His mental illness infected his trial and persists… (Full Story)

Hong Kong: Heavy-handed policing will only inflame protests
Amnesty International - Friday, November 28, 2014
Headline Title:  Hong Kong: Heavy-handed policing will only inflame protests 28 November 2014 With thousands of pro-democracy protesters expected to take to Hong Kong’s streets again over the weekend, the city’s police chief must urgently stamp out any arbitrary and excessive use of force by police officers, Amnesty International said.The past two days have seen major police operations to disperse protesters from the Mong Kok area of the city marred by incidents of unjustifiable force against protesters, bystanders and media. “The heavy-handed approach by police violates the protesters’… (Full Story)

Pope Francis Begins Turkey Visit, Meets Erdogan
Friday, November 28, 2014
The Vatican said Pope Francis aims to strengthen ties with Muslim leaders during a three-day visit to Turkey that begins Friday. Officials said religious tolerance and fighting extremism will be high on the agenda when the pontiff meets President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the top cleric, Mehmet Gormez, in the majority-Muslim, but constitutionally secular nation on his first day there. Upon arrival Friday, Francis visited the mausoleum of the Turkish republic's founder, Mustafa Kemal... (Full Story)

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