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Withdrawal of proposal to introduce jail terms for insulting the president

first_img PanamaAmericas News to go further Follow the news on Panama December 7, 2016 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF’s calls for release of Dutch journalist jailed in Panama Canadian TV crew hoping to cover mining dispute fears being denied entry Reporters Without Borders hails yesterday’s withdrawal of a proposed amendment to the criminal code that would make insulting the president or any other elected representative punishable by two to four years in prison.“After listening to the various journalists’ organizations, we decided to withdraw it,” said National Assembly president José Muñoz, the bill’s originator.Following an outcry from journalists and much international criticism, President Ricardo Martinelli had finally warned on 9 January that he would veto the amendment if it was adopted by the National Assembly. Reporters Without Borders joins the representatives of the Panamanian media in welcoming this victory for freedom of expression._____________10.01.11 – Retrograde move to make insulting president punishable by imprisonmentReporters Without Borders urges the National Assembly to reject a draft law under which anyone insulting the president or an elected official could be sentenced to between two and four years in prison, as it would represent major step backwards for freedom of expression in Panama. The National Assembly is due to resume examining it tomorrow.Called Draft Law 105 and submitted on 5 January by National Assembly president José Muñoz and representative Agustín Sellhorn, both members of President Ricardo Martinelli’s Cambio Democrático party, the bill would add the following article (439-A) to the criminal code: “Anyone who, without grounds, insults, slanders or vilifies the President or any public servant holding an elected post will be punished by two to four years in prison.”This would violate the Declaration on Principles of Freedom of Expression that was adopted by the Organization of American States (OAS). Paragraph 11 of the declaration says: “Public officials are subject to greater scrutiny by society. Laws that penalize offensive expressions directed at public officials (…) restrict freedom of expression and the right to information.”We agree entirely with this principle. A public figure is by definition exposed to public comment and criticism. Punishing such criticism with imprisonment would be tantamount to introducing censorship and self-censorship. It would be incompatible with democratic principles.Ricardo Lombana of the National Journalism Council’s ethics committee called the bill “retrograde,” especially as it would target only insults against public servants. “This initiative is unconstitutional,” he said. “Insulting a public servant is not a crime. It is not defamation. It is just a lack of respect, which cannot be punishable by imprisonment.”Guido Rodríguez, the head of the Journalists Forum on Freedom of Expression, said: “This proposal is absurd and would destroy all the progress that has been made as regards freedom of expression.”Four bills affecting media rights and freedom of expression are currently before the National Assembly. One, introduced in October, would increase the maximum penalty for defamation from 18 months to five years in prison. Amid an increase in tension between the government and some of the media, two TV journalists were recently banned from practising their profession for one year . Panama fell 26 places in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index and is now ranked 81st out of 178 countries. News Receive email alertscenter_img PanamaAmericas Anti-Corruption Day : Journalists on front line of fight against corruption December 9, 2016 Find out more News January 30, 2012 Find out more News Organisation RSF_en January 12, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Withdrawal of proposal to introduce jail terms for insulting the presidentlast_img read more

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Journalists in France demonstrate in support of their Iranian colleagues

first_img Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 June 9, 2021 Find out more June 18, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists in France demonstrate in support of their Iranian colleagues Follow the news on Iran June 11, 2021 Find out more In response to a call from Reporters Without Borders, journalists demonstrated outside the Iranian embassy in Paris this afternoon in support of their counterparts in Iran, who have been hounded by the authorities ever since the publication of the presidential election results. They also urged the Iranian authorities to give foreign journalists visas to go and cover events in Iran.“There will soon be no more foreign journalists in Iran,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The door will be open to all kinds of abuses as long as these unwanted witnesses are chased away and Iranian journalists continue to be arrested.”The demonstrating journalists brandished their press cards together with placards with the words “Where is my press freedom?” in English. Those taking part in the protest included former TF1 news anchor Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, as well as Thomas Dandois and Pierre Creisson, two French journalists who were jailed for a month in Niger in late 2007 for doing a report on the Tuareg rebels.“The journalists who are in Iran to cover the elections are no longer able to do so freely,” Poivre d’Arvor said. “They are either arrested or expelled. We are not in Iran to challenge the results of the elections but to observe and report. Journalists must be able to work freely.”Six days after the elections results, the authorities continue to crack down on independent Iranian and foreign journalists who want to relay what is being said on the streets and to tell the world what is happening in Tehran and other parts of Iran. The prefect of Ispahan (340 km south of Tehran) today accused journalists of “engineering” the protests. The editors of three daily newspapers – Aftab Yazd, Hayat no and Khabar – today postponed publication of their latest issues after the authorities tried to impose changes in the content of articles. One of the newspapers had wanted to quote the comments of an opposition presidential candidate.The authorities today also warned Iranian news agencies not to provide photos of the demonstrations to foreign news media. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a journalist with an international news agency told Reporters Without Borders: “The pressure has stepped up since the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance’s decree. The authorities are banning the sending of images to VOA and the BBC in particular.”The regime continues to demonize the foreign media, especially the western media, accusing them of being “the mouthpiece of the rioters.” A foreign ministry press release yesterday referred to them as “enemies” and warned that they would soon be “checkmated.”Twelve journalists have been arrested in the six days since the presidential election results.14 June:- Somayeh Tohidloo, who also keeps a blog (http://smto.ir) – Ahmad Zeydabadi- Kivan Samimi Behbani- Abdolreza Tajik- Mahssa Amrabad- Behzad Basho, a cartoonist – Khalil Mir Asharafi, a TV producer15 June:- Mohamad Atryanfar, the publisher of several newspapers including Hamshary, Shargh and Shahrvand Emrouz, who has reportedly been taken to the security wing of Tehran’s Evin prison. – Saeed Hajjarian, the former editor of the newspaper Sobh-e-Emrouz, who was arrested at his Tehran home on the night of 15 June despite being badly handicapped.16 June: – Mohammad Ali Abtahi, also known as the “Blogging Mullah,” who was arrested at his Tehran home. His blog: http://www.webneveshteha.com/. IranMiddle East – North Africa News Help by sharing this information Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Receive email alerts March 18, 2021 Find out more RSF_en 17 June:- Saide Lylaz, a business reporter for the newspaper Sarmayeh, who had been very critical of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s policies. He was arrested at his Tehran home.- Rohollah Shassavar, a journalist based in the city of Mashad.Aldolfatah Soltani, a lawyer who represents many imprisoned journalists and who is a member of the Human Rights Defenders Centre, was also arrested on 16 June on the orders of the Tehran revolutionary court and was reportedly taken to Evin prison’s security wing. News IranMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election News to go further Newslast_img read more

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After 10-month ordeal, charges finally dropped against Sochi journalist

first_img May 21, 2021 Find out more May 5, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Organisation to go further Reporters Without Borders is very relieved to learn that the authorities finally dropped the trumped-up drug possession charges they first brought against Sochi-based independent journalist Nikolai Yarst (Николай Ярст) in May 2013. Sochi police headquarters formally notified his lawyers on 15 March that the case has been dismissed.“We are pleased that Yarst’s senseless ordeal is finally over and that he has recovered full freedom of movement,” said Johann Bihr, head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “The decision to dismiss the case nonetheless leaves a bitter taste. Yarst was subjected to six months of house arrest, slandered and unable to work just because his investigative reporting upset people. Why did the authorities need all this time and several additional investigations to finally take account of the contradictions and irregularities that were evident from the outset?”Bihr added: “An investigation must be ordered to identify those responsible for fabricating these charges and the reason for this persecution. All possible light must be shed on this case in order to render justice to Yarst and to dispel the intimidatory effect on his colleagues.”Yarst and a colleague were heading to an appointment at the Sochi office of the Investigative Committee (Russia’s FBI equivalent) in the hope of getting information for a story on 23 May 2013, when their car was stopped and an envelope containing drugs was “discovered” on the back seat.Official accounts of the circumstances of his arrest quickly proved inconsistent. Nothing was found in a search of his home and analyses for evidence of drug use were negative. Manipulation of evidence and retraction of statements by prosecution witnesses supported Yarst’s repeated claims that he was the victim of trumped-up charges that had been prompted by his reporting. At the time of his arrest, he was investigating the possibility of police complicity in the actions of a convicted person. Yarst was placed under house arrest from 3 June to 5 December, during which time he was completely isolated. Thereafter, the restrictions were loosened but he remained under judicial control and continued to face prosecution on a charge that carried a maximum sentence of ten years in prison.More information about this case can be found in the report by Reporters Without Borders entitled, “Sochi: independent journalism, a combat sport.”(Photo: Svetlana Kravchenko / Kavkazsky Uzel) March 17, 2014 – Updated on June 8, 2019 After 10-month ordeal, charges finally dropped against Sochi journalist RussiaEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information RussiaEurope – Central Asia Newscenter_img Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Russia June 2, 2021 Find out more News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Newslast_img read more

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