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Helping journalists and media in difficulty, 25 grants sent in the last 3 months

first_img Organisation On 11 September, 800 euros were sent to the family of Janullah Hashimzada, an Afghan journalist who was gunned down on 24 August near the town of Jamrud in northwestern Pakistan. Up to now, no serious investigation has been ordered. The money was intended to enable his widow and children to cover their most urgent needs.Reporters Without Borders sent 700 euros to an exiled Iranian journalist on 3 September to enable him to pay for his basic needs.On 1 September, Reporters Without Borders sent 850 euros to Haitian journalist Sainlus Augustin, who had to seek refuge in a Port-au-Prince hotel with his wife and two children after gunmen fired on their home. The money was to cover their living needs.Reporters Without Borders sent 1,000 dollars on 26 August to the families of six imprisoned Gambian journalists – Emil Touray, Pa Modou Fall, Pap Saine, Ebrima Sawaneh, Sam Sarr and Sarata Jabbi-Dibba. The money was to help the families cover their living needs and to help pay for the medical expenses of the detained journalists, all members of the Gambia Press Union. They were released on 3 September 2009.A Somali journalist who had been threatened by the Al-Shabaab militia was sent 600 euros on 12 August to enable him to seek a safe refuge by leaving SomaliaReporters Without Borders sent 400 euros to Pakistani journalist Rehman Buneri on 31 July to help him rebuild his house, which was destroyed in an attack by about 60 men.On the same day, an exiled Iranian journalist was sent 600 euros to help him cover his most urgent day-to-day needs.On 20 July, Reporters Without Borders sent 2,000 dollars and 20 bullet-proof vests to 15 journalists employed by leading Somali news media.Reporters Without Borders provided funding to Chinese journalist Jiang Weiping on 15 July to help him to resume working as a journalist in Canada, where he has found refuge after serving six years of an eight-year sentence in China on charges of endangering state security and divulging state secrets. A mainland China correspondent for Hong Kong news media, Jiang was arrested in the northeastern city of Dalian in December 2000.Read Jian Weiping’s account, “Life of a Chinese journalist”:Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Last PartA Belarusian journalist was given 400 euros on 10 July because she was unable to continue working after her husband, a press photographer, was the victim of a physical attack.Reporters Without Borders helped a Sri Lankan journalist to find refuge in Germany on 7 July. He had been seriously threatened as a result of articles criticising violence against the news media in Sri Lanka. He will receive training in Germany and will be able to work with other exiled Sri Lankan journalists.For safety reasons, Reporters Without Borders has to keep the names of some of the recipients of the grants secret. RSF_en September 24, 2009 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Helping journalists and media in difficulty, 25 grants sent in the last 3 months center_img News Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

Emirati blogger gets ten years in prison for posting “false reports”

first_img June 8, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more to go further Organisation News The Abu Dhabi state security court dropped a charge of conspiring with a terrorist organisation but convicted Ahmed Mansoor of insulting the “status and prestige of the UAE and its symbols” and of seeking to damage the UAE’s relationship with its neighbours by posting “false reports” on social networks, pro-government newspapers reported. As well as giving him a ten-year jail sentence, the court fined him 1 million dirhams (233,000 euros) and ordered placed under surveillance for three years after his release from prison. “Such a harsh sentence is utterly absurd and disproportionate,” said Sophie Anmuth, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “Ahmed Mansoor just shared information. If the authorities did not like this information, it is the reality that must change. Jailing the messenger is an absurd reaction worthy of the worst, the most authoritarian police states, and yet the UAE boasts of its modernity. Mansoor should not be in prison. He should be freed at once.” Arrested in March 2017, Mansoor spent more than a year in pre-trial detention before his trial finally began. A prominent government critic, he was previously sentenced to three years in prison in 2011 for “using the Internet to insult the UAE and its leaders.” He was pardoned the same year but was banned from leaving the country. A journalist and two citizen-journalists are currently imprisoned in the UAE, which is ranked 128th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. News United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisoned May 31, 2018 Emirati blogger gets ten years in prison for posting “false reports” News December 23, 2020 Find out more United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisoned NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by the ten-year jail sentence that Ahmed Mansoor, a well-known blogger and human rights defender, received yesterday from a court in the United Arab Emirates for criticizing its policies. RSF regards the sentence as absurd and disproportionate and calls for his immediate release. RSF_en News Receive email alerts Follow the news on United Arab Emirates RSF joins other NGOs in amicus brief in WhatsApp suit against NSO Group Help by sharing this information last_img read more