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July 19, 1988 |
Advocates of press freedom have been watching an alarming trend in Mexico. At least 24 Mexican journalists have been killed during the past six years, and no more than five assailants in these cases have been convicted. And last Friday a Mexican television cameraman, who had worked for Cable News Network, was shot and seriously wounded in Mexico City.
November 19, 1990 |
In a decision that may signal new willingness to limit press freedom, the Supreme Court on Sunday refused to allow Cable News Network to broadcast government-recorded phone calls between deposed Panamanian dictator Manuel A. Noriega and his lawyers. The high court on a 7-2 vote let stand an order by a judge in Miami requiring CNN to turn over the tapes to him for his examination. The Supreme Court has never formally upheld an order barring the publication or broadcast of news and information.
July 20, 2006 |
Blaming a "deliberate, strategic" campaign of harassment by the Venezuelan government against the nation's news media, the Inter-American Press Assn. said Wednesday that the climate of press freedom and free speech has "deteriorated sharply" in recent years. The statement came after a delegation headed by IAPA President Diana Daniels of the Washington Post visited the offices of the Correo del Caroni, a newspaper in Ciudad Guayana.
March 25, 1993 |
It was 2:25 a.m. and a tense silence filled the Moscow News building in Pushkin Square. As she looked out the window, Yevgenia Albats saw Soviet tanks rumbling to a halt. Any second she expected armed soldiers to burst through the newsroom doors, arresting her and two other female reporters inside. There was still time to flee. But Albats had a better idea. "I went through my editor's desk and found a bottle of Armenian cognac," she says with a chuckle. "And we three women drank.
February 19, 2004 |
By Bush administration standards, the president's words stung. Sitting beside Tunisia's strongman leader in the Oval Office on Wednesday, President Bush said he looked forward to discussing "the need to have a press corps that is vibrant and free, as well as an open political process." Although those words might sound mild, human rights advocates said they marked a watershed.
November 19, 1985 |
About 15,000 employees of 500 newspapers and periodicals went on a 24-hour strike Monday for higher pay and greater press freedom. The strike began after negotiations with the government broke down.
August 7, 1989 |
Chinese news organizations were told today to forget about press freedom and concentrate on "correct" Marxist ideas, signaling a further crackdown on liberal thinking. The People's Daily, the Communist Party newspaper, accused a "small group of thugs" of using the ideal of freedom of the press to confuse their readers, "cook up rumors and instigate attacks on the party and the people" during the May-June pro-democracy protests.
November 5, 2002 |
Bahrain has issued a new law that it says will safeguard press freedom, a move aimed at bolstering political and economic reforms in the Persian Gulf state. The law stipulates that journalists have the right to obtain information and publish it and that anyone who harasses a journalist will be punished. But the law retains jail terms for insulting the king, blasphemy, incitement to topple the government or any crime that affects state security.
June 3, 1986 |
The International Press Institute said Monday that a bill before the Malaysian Parliament would severely constrain press freedom. In a message to Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammed, the institute said, "The act is so vaguely worded that almost any printed or broadcast word can be interpreted as a breach of the law." It urged his government to clarify the wording.