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Phone hacking: two News of the World journalists arrested

“Scotland Yard’s inquiry into allegations of phone hacking by the News of the World took a dramatic turn on Tuesday as the paper’s chief reporter, Neville Thurlbeck, and its former assistant editor Ian Edmondson were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept mobile phone messages.

The News of the World until recently insisted that the only phone hacking carried out on behalf of the paper was by a “rogue reporter”, Clive Goodman, and the only other arrests linked to the long-running saga took place in 2006, when Goodman, the News of the World’s former royal editor, and two associates were arrested.

Suppressed evidence of further phone hacking was not revealed until a Guardian investigation in July 2009.”

From The Guardian

Journalists arrested, relatives held hostage in new crackdown

“Reporters Without Borders condemns the government’s renewed crackdown of the past few days including a wave of arrests of journalists that began on 14 February and cases of harassment of journalists’ families.

The authorities have stepped up cyber-attacks on news websites and disruption of the Internet in a sweeping form of censorship designed to stifle the protest movement and prevent information about demonstrations from circulating. The same methods were used after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed reelection in June 2009 only this time they have been reinforced.”

From Reporters Without Borders

Internet censorship and attacks on journalists amid major street protests

“Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns the arrests and physical attacks that journalists suffered while covering demonstrations yesterday and today in various Egyptian cities. The authorities have been doing everything possible to keep the media at a distance in order prevent the circulation of images of protesters demanding President Hosni Mubarak’s departure. No TV station was able to film yesterday’s big protest in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

The authorities began jamming mobile phone communications early yesterday afternoon in places where protesters had gathered in Cairo. Representatives of the Vodafone and Mobile Nile phone companies today denied any involvement in the disruption of service, blaming the Egyptian authorities.”

From Reporters Without Borders

Government adopts new decree “regulating” journalists and bloggers

“Vietnam has issued a new decree regulating the activities of journalists and bloggers that includes provision for fines of up to 40 million dong (2,000 dollars) in a country in which the average salary is 126 dollars.

‘The government is demonstrating its determination to tighten its grip on news and information just as the ruling Communist Party is holding its congress,’ Reporters Without Borders said. ‘This decree is trying to apply the censorship already in force for traditional media to blogs.’ ”

From Reporters Without Borders

Canadian Internet Pioneer, The Citizen Lab, Wins Canadian Journalists for Free Expression Vox Libera award

The Citizen Lab is proud and humbled by the announcement that we are the recipient of the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) 2010 Vox Libera Award. The announcement stated “The Citizen Lab was selected for its dedication to free expression and access to information online. World leaders in the field of “hacktivism,” the Citizen Lab’s members focus their research on documenting cases of internet espionage and censorship around the world, reinforcing the idea that the Internet should remain a safe, public domain”.

From Digital Journal

IFEX members celebrate World Press Freedom Day and honour slain journalists

Honouring the UNESCO recommendation made in 1991, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 3 May World Press Freedom Day in 1993. May 3, 2010 is the seventeenth anniversary of World Press Freedom Day. International Freedom of Expression eXchange(IFEX), a global advocacy network for freedom of expression, demands respect for the right to information along with other committed networks such as the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

From International Freedom of
Expression eXchange

Foreign Journalists Still Stymied in China

WASHINGTON—The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) heard testimony on Sept. 10 from China experts on how well the new press rules, presenting fewer obstacles to access for foreign journalists, were working in the People’s Republic of China. Additionally, the commission heard from experts on the regime’s response to the protests following the Iranian… Read more »

CPJ concerned online curbs still restrict Olympic journalists

New York, August 19, 2008 — Research published today by OpenNet Initiative says that more than 50 Web sites related to news, human rights, and pro-Tibet groups were blocked in Beijing and in the Olympics’ Main Press Center as the Games were about to begin. Those sites included the Web site of the Committee to… Read more »