Reporters Without Borders urges French president to raise case of journalist kidnapped in Ingushetia

first_img “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says RSF_en News Receive email alerts Organisation May 28, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information to go further BelarusEurope – Central Asia May 27, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” News BelarusEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Belarus April 2, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders urges French president to raise case of journalist kidnapped in Ingushetia Reporters Without Borders urged French President Jacques Chirac to raise the case of an Agence France-Presse (AFP) journalist kidnapped in Ingushetia, at his meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow on 2 April.Armed men snatched AFP correspondent for Ingushetia, Ali Astamirov, 34, a Chechen national, in Nazran, capital of the Ingush republic, on 4 July 2003 and drove him towards Chechnya. There has been no news of him since.No ransom demand has been made to the family or to AFP and the kidnappers have not made contact. Neither the detectives on the case in Moscow nor the prosecutor’s office in Nazran have made any significant progress in their investigations.In the months before his arrest the journalist, who is the father of two children, received several anonymous threats and had moved house for safety reasons. These threats and the absence of any ransom demand appear to confirm that Astamirov was kidnapped because of his work as a journalist. Newslast_img read more

Court upholds seven-year jail term for blogger Cu Huy Ha Vu

first_img News News VietnamAsia – Pacific Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison VietnamAsia – Pacific RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang to go further News News A Hanoi appeal court today upheld the seven-year jail sentence that the dissident blogger Cu Huy Ha Vu received last April on a charge of anti-government propaganda. The public and media were barred from the courtroom but were able to watch the proceedings on a TV screen in an adjoining room.During today’s hearing, Cu said he had been the victim of a political trial and described his sentence as an act of “revenge” by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.——————————————————————————————–Cyber-dissident gets seven years for comments posted online04.040.2011Reporters Without Borders deplores the seven-year jail sentence that a Hanoi court imposed today on dissident Cu Huy Ha Vu on a charge of “propaganda against the state,” at the end of an unfair trial lasting just half a day.“Seventeen netizens are currently in prison in Vietnam for calling for democracy or a multi-party system,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This is the second highest number of jailed cyber-dissidents in the world.” The press freedom organization added: “We call on the authorities to end their harassment of dissidents, and to begin respecting free speech and the right of each citizen to freely express an opinion. Vu must be freed without delay.”Vu was arrested in November 2010 for posting comments online in support of a multi-party system and giving interviews to the websites of Voice of America and Radio Free Asia. He previously filed two complaints against Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in connection with the country’s bauxite mining and a ban on collective claims in the courts.During his trial, he was constantly interrupted when he tried to defend himself and one of his lawyers was expelled from the courtroom. Only a handful of journalists were permitted to cover the trial via a video link from an adjoining room. A demonstration outside the court was broken up by the police.Vu is the son of the poet Cu Huy Can, who had close links to Ho Chi Minh, founder of the Vietnamese Communist Party.Vietnam is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Enemies of the Internet”, which was updated on 12 March. April 22, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Follow the news on Vietnam Help by sharing this information August 2, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court upholds seven-year jail term for blogger Cu Huy Ha Vu Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam RSF_en April 27, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation April 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more