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Središnji odbor Hrvatskog novinarskog društva neprimjerenom smatra opomenu pred otkaz kojom je glavni ravnatelj HRT-a Vanja Sutliæ kaznio novinarku Ivanu Dragièeviæ-Velièkoviæ te da takva kazna ne odgovara kvalifikaciji povrede obveze iz radnog odnosa buduæi da je rijeè o internom elektronièkom pismu za èije dostavljanje u javnost ni sam poslodavac ne tereti upozorenu novinarku. HND upozorava da je Sutliæeva odluka dvojbena jer je Etièko povjerenstvo HRT-a zakljuèilo da Dragièeviæ-Velièkoviæ nije povrijedila èlanak 9. Etièkog kodeksa HRT-a koji govori o obvezama zaposlenika da vode raèuna o ugledu i integritetu HRT-a u javnosti. "Postavlja se pitanje zašto glavni ravnatelj HRT-a najprije traži, a potom ne uvažava mišljenje Etièkog povjerenstva, u konkretnom sluèaju", kaže se u priopæenju HND-a. Središnji odbor smatra da se izricanjem upozorenja pred otkaz ozbiljno dovodi u pitanje pravo novinara na iznošenje vlastitih stajališta, kako unutar HRT-a, tako i u okviru HND-a. No na HRT-u kažu da je oèito kako je HND stajalište temeljio na novinskim èlancima koji poèivaju na kuloarskim prièama. Etièko povjerenstvo je, kažu, utvrdilo da je prekršen èlanak 8. - da je iskazala nepoštovanje, nepovjerenje, nekorektnost, nepristojnost i nesuradnju prema kolegici s kojom radi. Pri tome se ne misli toliko na Ivanu Šikiæ, veæ na Dijanu Èuljak-Šelebaj koja ju je i prijavila povjerenstvu. Stoga je Sutliæ presudio da je Etièki kodeks prekršen te je novinarki izrekao upozorenje u kojem stoji da joj se u sluèaju ponovnog kršenja radnih obveza može otkazati ugovor o radu.

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Vienna, 05 February 2008

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists from South East Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), is calling for reconsideration of the closing of TV Mitrovica in Kosovo.

 

According to information before SEEMO, the Independent Media Commission in Kosovo (IMC) terminated the licence of TV Mitrovica on 1 May 2007, and, by order of the Office of the Chief Executive of the IMC, confiscated the station’s broadcasting equipment on 28 December 2007.

 

Nexhmedin Spahiu, owner of TV Mitrovica, indicated that the closure was related to irregularities in the range of its broadcasting signal, which is limited by regulation. According to Spahiu, past attempts to rectify the problem proved technologically unfeasible. Spahiu added that TV Mitrovica is not the only station that has been unable to fully comply with the relevant regulations.

 

While SEEMO encourages TV Mitrovica to comply with the IMC regulations on frequency, it urges regulators to adjust those regulations to the realities of the region. Oliver Vujovic, SEEMO Secretary General, calls on IMC and TV Mitrovica to work together towards a concensus involving less drastic measures than the confiscation of broadcasting equipment and a station shut-down. The international community frowns on such excessive sanctions, which unduly undermine freedom of speech.

 

 

 

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SEEMO - IPI, Spiegelgasse 2/29, 1010 Vienna, Austria, Tel (SEEMO+HELP LINE): +43 1 513 39 40, Tel (SEEMO): +43 1 512 90 11 11, Fax: +43 1 512 90 15, E-mail: info@seemo.org, Web: http://www.seemo.org

 

 

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Izvršni odbor Ogranka HND-a pri HTV-u izražava zabrinutost zbog smjene s urednièkog mjesta u Jutarnjem listu kolege Duška Miljuša.
Izvršni odbor naglašava kako urednièko vodstvo i Uprava Jutarnjeg lista ima pravo postavljati i smjenjivati urednike, ali kako se smjena dogaða u okolnostima tek nedavnih izravnih prijetnji organiziranog kriminala kolegi Miljušu, a koji je smatramo profesionalno ureðivao rubriku.

Time je zabrinutost, ali i otvaranje novih pitanja zašto, još izraženije.
Izvršni odbor Ogranka HND-a pri HTV-u, prvenstveno iz profesionalnih razloga pruža punu potporu kolegi Miljušu i izražava žaljenje zbog naèina smjenjivanja, jer kolega Miljuš svojim profesionalnim radom to nikako nije zaslužio.


Izvršni odbor Ogranka HND-a pri HTV-u
Predsjednik Nikola Kristiæ

 

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21 Years on from Chernobyl Disaster: Limited Access to Environmental Information Prevails in Ukraine

Ukraine, the site of the worst environmental disaster in recent history, is still failing to protect the right of its citizens to access environmental information, reveals ARTICLE 19 in its new report, For Internal Use Only: Is Post-Chornobyl Ukraine Ready for Access to Environmental Information?, launched yesterday in Kyiv, Ukraine, and based on several months research in Ukraine.

Serious environmental problems remain in Ukraine, including unsafe storage of obsolete pesticides, military chemicals and radioactive waste. Inadequate treatment of industrial waste causes serious atmospheric and water pollution. According to research, 48% of Ukrainians find the condition of their environment unsatisfactory. Speaking about the dumping of toxic waste in the centre of a village a local resident told researchers: ‘It was the same information policy as during Chornobyl: actually, none’.

The detailed field research in Ukraine highlights the crucial importance of reliable and accurate information on environmental matters to people’s lives, health, and well-being, and to environmental protection. The report demonstrates that only limited information is made available by the authorities, resulting in the Ukrainian population remaining largely unaware of the ongoing environmental hazards within their regions, and of the importance of adhering to environmental safety standards.

Key findings of the research include:
• Despite the clear legal obligation of the State to disseminate environmental information, legislation does not specify in sufficient detail how the right to information can be exercised and what measures public bodies must take to ensure access to information.
• Political and business elites perceive natural resources as means for personal enrichment. Corruption remains widespread.
• The authorities lack a commitment to effective dialogue with the public. Excessive bureaucracy in policy development and other factors contribute to a culture of secrecy.
• Regulations on access to public interest information held by private businesses are still underdeveloped, although basic legal provisions do exist. The same is true for corporate social responsibility.
• Poor educational policies and limited media coverage have resulted in low awareness of environmental issues among the general population, exacerbating problems.

ARTICLE 19 recommends:
• Ukrainian authorities should adopt a freedom of information law as a matter of urgency
• Existing legislation on environmental information should be amended to create effective systems of access to information, ensure oversight of compliance with access to information requirements, and so as to encourage public participation in decision making processes.
• Local and international civil society should continue to monitor the situation on access to environmental information, and work to improve citizens and the media’s knowledge and usage of access to information provisions.
• Ukrainian media should intensify reporting and investigation on issues of environmental concern with a view to informing and educating the public broadly on such matters, and avoid covering only emergencies.
• Companies based in Ukraine should proactively review the information they provide on their activity, and take a lead from the small number of Ukrainian companies who have pioneered policies of environmental protection and openness. A self-regulation approach could lead to a considerable improvement of the situation.
 

NOTES TO EDITORS

• A copy of the report ‘For Internal Use Only: Is Post-Chornobyl Ukraine Ready for Access to Environmental Information?’ is available at http://www.article19.org/pdfs/publications/ukraine-foi-report.pdf 
• For more information please contact Anoush Begoyan on + 44 20 7278 9292,
anoushb@article19.org
 

 

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IFJ Calls on Kenyan Government To Investigate Death Threats against Journalists

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today called on the Kenyan government to launch an immediate investigation into a wave of death threats against journalists after at least 8 senior journalists were targeted by a group accusing them of creating rifts in the country

“The Kenyan government must act swiftly to end these threats and ensure that journalists are not targeted during this volatile time,” said Gabriel Baglo, Director of the IFJ Africa office. “These accusations are totally unfair and false and just put more pressure on our colleagues who are already working in very difficult conditions.”

On Wednesday the journalists all received the same e-mail, which said it was from the violent Mungiki sect, accusing them of using their media outlets to create rifts in the country.

The threats came after photojournalists Hezron Njoroge of the Daily Nation and Robert Gicheru of the Standard were shot while covering riots in a Nairobi slum on 29 January, according to a Daily Nation report. The report adds that rioters assaulted a foreign journalist and stole her mobile phone and also stole three cameras from a local television station.

According to the Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA), the threatened journalists include Nation Media Group Managing Editor Joseph Odindo, Talk Show Host and Anchor of the program News Bulletin Julie Gichuru, Managing Editor in Charge of Special Projects Macharia Gaitho and political journalist Robert Nagila.

Also threatened were four other journalists from Standard Group: Editorial Director Kwendo Opanga, Weekend Edition News Editor Denis Onyango, Managing Editor Kipkoech Tanui and News TV director Linus Kaikai.

Paul Ilado, a journalist with radio Kiss FM and the Nairobi Star newspaper was also targeted by the group.

The IFJ is calling on the government to ensure that journalists are not targeted with impunity during the crisis and are allowed to report independently on events as they unfold.

For further information contact the IFJ: +221 33 842 01 43
The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 120 countries

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Nepal: Right to Information Act Analysed

ARTICLE 19, Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) and FREEDOM FORUM (FF) released their analysis of the Nepalese Right to Information Act 2007 today. The adoption of the Act last year was an important step in giving practical effect to the Interim Constitution’s guarantee of the right to information. The Act is generally a progressive piece of legislation. At the same time, we have several recommendations to bring the law into line with better international standards and practices.

The Right to Information Act grants every Nepali citizen the right to access information held by public bodies. We welcome, among other things, the fact that the Act specifically places an obligation on public bodies to respect and promote the citizens’ right to information and provides for an independent National Information Commission.

Nevertheless, the Act has several shortcomings, including the following:
• It is limited in scope to citizens rather than applying to everyone.
• The information request procedures require applicants to submit reasons for their requests, which is not only contrary to international standards but also potentially places the burden of proof on the applicant.
• It lacks an override providing for the disclosure of even exempt information where this is in the overall public interest.
• Parliament and civil society groups should have greater input in appointing members of the National Information Commission.
• The National Information Commission should be given a wider promotional mandate to foster implementation of the law.

ARTICLE 19, FNJ and FF urge the Nepalese authorities to take steps to redress these problems, including through the adoption of regulations which provide for positive interpretation of the Right to Information Act.
 

NOTES TO EDITORS

 

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Središnji odbor Hrvatskog novinarskog društva smatra da je disciplinska mjera upozorenja s moguænošæu otkaza ugovora o radu koju je glavni ravnatelj HRT-a Vanja Sutliæ izrekao novinarki Ivani Dragièeviæ Velièkoviæ neprimjerena i ne odgovara kvalifikaciji povrede obveza iz radnog odnosa kažnjene kolegice s obzirom da je rijeè o internom elektronièkom pismu za èije dostavljanje u javnost ni sam poslodavac ne tereti upozorenu novinarku, èlanicu HND-a.
Odluka glavnog ravnatelja HRT-a dvojbena je jer je Etièko povjerenstvo HRT-a zakljuèilo da Ivana Dragièeviæ Velièkoviæ nije povrijedila èlanak 9. Etièkog kodeksa HRT-a koji govori o obvezama zaposlenika da vode raèuna o ugledu i integritetu HRT-a u javnosti. Stoga se postavlja pitanje – zašto Glavni ravnatelj HRT-a najprije traži, a potom ne uvažava mišljenje Etièkog povjerenstva kuæe o konkretnome sluèaju.
Središnji odbor smatra da se takvim izricanjem upozorenja pred otkaz, a imajuæi u vidu i sluèajeve novèanoga kažnjavanja još nekoliko kolega  zbog internih i javnih istupa, ozbiljno dovodi u pitanje proklamirano pravo novinara na iznošenje vlastitih stajališta kako unutar HRT-a tako i u okviru HND-a i po Zakonu o medijima èl. 27.st. 1. i 2. zajamèeno pravo novinaru na slobodno iznošenje stavova.

Predsjednik HND-a Zdenko Duka
Predsjedavajuæa Središnjeg odbora HND-a Renata Ivanoviæ

 

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Kako bi se stvorilo što pozitivnije ozraèje u javnosti, Europska je komisija s udruženjem mladih europskih novnara inicirala natjeèaj za mlade novinare pod nazivom "Proširite svoju viziju". Hrvatski studenti i novinari stariji od 17, a mlaði od 35 godina koji su pisali i pišu o razlièitim aspektima europskog integriranja pozvani su da sudjeluju u sveeuropskom natjecanju slanjem èlanka koji je objavljen u posljednjih godinu dana o toj temi. Na web stranici www.EUjournalist-award.eu mogu se naæi neki veæ prije napisani èlanci koji mogu poslužiti kao inspiracija ili samo ogled za to kako èlanak treba izgledati. Povjerenik za proširenje Oli Rehn dao je svoju podršku projektu i dodao da æe ideje mladih još više potaknuti rasprave koje æe odrediti oblik našeg kontinenta. Èlanci za natjecanje trebaju biti napisani na nekom od jezika Europske unije ili na nekom od jezika zemalja kandidata ili potencijalnih kandidata. Na kraju æe natjecanja svaka zemlja sudionica odabrati nacionalnog pobjednika i svih æe 35 pobjednika sudjelovati na studijskom putovanju u Hrvatskoj, Sloveniji i Srbiji. U travnju 2008. odabrat æe se konaèan i pobjednik. (S. B. V.)

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Molimo slobodne novinare, RPO, honorarce i sve ostale koji nemaju ugovor o radu da ispune upitnik i pošalju ga u tajništvo SNH, Perkovèeva 2, Zagreb, najkasnije do kraja ožujka 2008. godine.

Upitnik u WORD formatu.
Upitnik u PDF formatu.

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ZAGREB - Novinarka Meri Štajduhar umrla je 30. sijeènja nakon dulje bolesti u zagrebaèkoj bolnici »Jordanovac«, izvijestio je u petak glavni tajnik HND-a Mario Bošnjak. Meri Štajduhar roðena je 1950. u Prviæ Luci kod Šibenika. Završila je komparativnu književnost i filozofiju na Filozofskom fakultetu u Zagrebu. Bila je novinarka »Vjesnika« i »Danasa«. U redakciji »Vjesnika« zaposlila se 1977. u gradskoj rubrici, a potom je bila urednica u »Vjesnikovu« prilogu Sedam dana. Od 1982. je komentatorica pa urednica kulture u »Danasu«. Sprovod Meri Štajduhar bit æe u ponedjeljak na zagrebaèkom Krematoriju. [Hina]

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Vijeæe za elektronièke medije na sastanku s pravobraniteljicom za djecu Milom Jelaviæ i predstvanicima HRT-a, RTL-a i Nove TV osudilo je televizijske sadržaje neprimjerene, djeci priopæeno je iz Agencije za elektronièke medije. Èlanovi Vijeæa i pravobraniteljica upozorili su na veliki broj prizora nasilja i seksa koji se prikazuju u ranim terminima. (H)

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Problem je jedino što je Sutliæ novinarku kaznio opomenom pred otkaz iako je etièko povjerenstvo utvrdilo da ona nije kriva. Poèetkom prosinca prošle godine, nakon ubojstva kriminalca Davora Zeèeviæa, Ivana Dragièeviæ Velièkoviæ je svojim kolegama s HRT-a inaèe èlanovima lokalnog organka Hrvatskog novinarskog društva, poslala e-mail s naslovom "Vlada li HRT-om mafija?". U njemu je uglavnom pobrojala èinjenice: djevojka ubijenog Zeèeviæa bila je njihova kolegica, urednica Ivana Šikiæ, sestra Dijane Èuljak u vezi je s odvjetnikom Ljubom Pavasoviæem Viskoviæem koji je poznat po tome što je branio Hrvoja Petraèa i koji je odvezao Šikiæevu s mjesta ubojstva Zeèeviæa. "Obje kolegice su na odgovornim pozicijama u Informativnom programu, možemo li se pitati vlada li mafija HRT-om?", priupitala je sebe i svoje kolege, zbog èega ju je Èuljak odluèila prijaviti Etièkom povjerenstvu, a kasnije i podnijeti sudsku tužbu. Nakon što je njena poruka procurila u ostale medije glavni ravnatelj Vanja Sutliæ naložio je etièkom povjerenstvu da ispita odgovornost revoltirane novinarke. Nije zatražio da se istraži tko je zapravo privatnu poruku poslao medijima niti je dvojio o narušenom ugledu kuæe zbog intimne veze urednice HTV-a i poznatog mafijaša koji je svojedobno bio prva vijest u svim vijestima, pa tako i u onima državne državne televizije. Osnivanje raznih povjerenstava bila je praksa njegovog prethodnika Mirka Galiæa koji je na taj naèin rješavao sve sporne situacije na Prisavlju. U pravilu su te situacije bile i prilièno škakljive, pa kako nije htio preuzeti odgvornost za konaèan sud je odredio uvijek neku grupicu ljudi koja je onda trebala odluèiti o krivnji optuženog, a Galiæ je eventualno izricao kaznu.

Njegove kazne u pravilu su bile u skladu s odlukama tih povjerenstava, a ponekad i blaže. No, Sutliæ se odluèio za drugu taktiku. Njegove kazne su daleko strože od presuda etièkog povjerenstva. Jer, u konkretnom sluèaju etièko povjerenstvo je presudilo da je novinarka prekršila tek prvi stavak jednog od sedam èlanaka Etièkog kodeksa za koje je prijavljena. Taj stavak doslovno glasi "ponašanje radniak u radnoj sredini mora se temeljiti na uzajamnom poštovanju, povjerenju, korektnosti, suradnji, pristojnosti i strpljenju". Po svim ostalim prijavljenim toèkama povjerenstvo je (jednoglasno ili s jednim glasom "protiv") stalo na stranu prozvane novinarke, no Sutliæ ju je ipak odluèio ozbiljno kazniti iako je i sam priznao da je njena poruka nije bila namijenjena javnosti. Etièka i slièna povjerenstva na HRT-u zapravo više nemaju nekog smisla jer sada postoji ravnatelj koji daleko bolje zna procijeniti kada mu netko nanosi štetu, a kada je šteta rezultat samo okolnosti. Interno dopisivanje svojih zaposlenika za njega je štetno, no državnoj televiziji ne šteti što urednici ljubuju s osuðenim mafijašima. Prijetnja otkazom nije šala, naroèito ne za novinara koji æe ubuduæe itekako vagati na koji æe naèin obraðivati odreðenu temu. Toliko potrebna kritiènost u ovakvim situacijama ne dolazi u obzir jer svaka kritika može isprovocirati neku novu prijavu, na koju Sutliæ vrlo jednostavno može donijeti novu presudu.

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Vanja Sutliæ, ravnatelj HRT-a, izrekao je Ivani Velièkoviæ-Dragièeviæ, nakon suda èlanova Etièkog povjerenstva da se ona ogriješila o Kodeks HTV-a, opomenu pred otkaz. Novinarka je kažnjena zbog internog e-maila što ga je prije dva mjeseca poslala na adrese nekoliko svojih kolega te ogranku Hrvatskog novinarskog društva na HTV-u, a u kojem se upitala vlada li mafija HRT-om. U pismu je istaknula ljubavnu vezu novinarke Ivane Šikiæ s ubijenim Davorom Zeèeviæem, a prozvala je i Dijanu Èuljak-Šelebaj, ustvrdivši da je njezina sestra u romansi s odvjetnikom Ljubom Pavasoviæem Viskoviæem, koji je branio Hrvoja Petraèa i odvezao Ivanu Šikiæ s mjesta Zeèeviæeva ubojstva.

Etièko povjerenstvo HTV-a ocijenilo je da je konstatacija Ivane Velièkoviæ-Dragièeviæ da su Dijana Èuljak-Šelebaj i Ivana Šikiæ na odgovornim pozicijama u Informativnom programu HTV-a, na temelju èega se može zapitati vlada li tom kuæom mafija, teško narušavanje ugleda HTV-a.

- Bez dozvole mojih nadreðenih da nešto kažem, ne želim ništa komentirati - kratko je rekla Ivana Velièkoviæ-Dragièeviæ.

Janos Römer, glasnogovornik HTV-a, ponovio je svoju floskulu o tome kako HTV nema obièaj pojašnjavati mjere koje provodi protiv pojedinih svojih zaposlenika.

- Ne želim komentirati kaznu Ivane Dragièeviæ-Velièkoviæ, ali ne odustajem od sudske tužbe u ovom sluèaju. O meni se proteklih godina doista svašta pisalo i prièalo, nikad nikoga zbog toga nisam tužila, ali sam ovaj put odluèila reæi “dosta”.

Neka oni koji me “nose na jeziku” svoje optužbe dokažu na sudu - rekla je Dijana Èuljak-Šelebaj.

- Ne bih ovo komentirala - rekla je Ivana Šikiæ, koja se nedavno vratila na posao. Ona je, doznajemo, nastavila raditi u svom matiènom Informativnom programu HTV-a, a u posljednje vrijeme najviše pomaže oko realizacije emisije “Otvoreno”. 

Porjeèkali se Šprajc i Hloverka

Ponovo je bilo burno na kolegiju Informativnog programa HTV-a. Ovaj put teške su rijeèi povišenim tonovima izmijenili Hloverka Novak-Srziæ i Zoran Šprajc, kojem je njegova šefica spoèitnula prozivanje Nevena Jurice u Dnevniku od ponedjeljka. Svaða je okonèana do završetka kolegija, ovaj put bez plaèa i preporuka da Hloverka uzme bolovanje. Kl. R.


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The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists from South East Europe and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), strongly condemns the attempted murder of Goran Gavrilov, General Manager of the Stip-based Channel 77, a private radio station network with national coverage in Macedonia.

 

 

According to information before SEEMO, Gavrilov was attacked by two armed persons in the night between 25 and 26 January in front of his home in Stip, eastern Macedonia. The masked assailants shot at him, but missed, and then violently beat him with metal rods.

 

 

Gavrilov was severely injured and received medical treatment in the Stip hospital. His wife, Emilija Gavrilova, believes that this attack was linked to Gavrilov’ s work with regard to media regulations and reforms during the last 16 years and may present a direct threat to Channel 77’s effort in developing media democracy in the region.

 

 

Commenting on the incident, SEEMO Secretary General, Oliver Vujovic, said “SEEMO strongly condemns the brutal attack on Gavrilov and stresses that a full investigation should be conducted by the Macedonian authorities. Every threat against a journalist in Macedonia is a threat against the fundamental principle of freedom of expression in this country. We will continue to follow this case and we hope that the police will solve it as soon as possible.”

 

 

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EFJ Protests Recent Arrest of Journalists in Switzerland

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the European regional group of the International Federation of Journalists, expressed its great concern today about the recent arrests by Swiss police of several journalists during peaceful demonstrations in Basel and Berne.

On 26 January, during a peaceful demonstration in Basel, the police arrested three journalists for several hours without giving any reason. The three journalists, a Polish reporter working for Le Monde Diplomatique, a reporter from the trade union newspaper Work and another reporter from the Basellandschaftliche Zeitung, identified themselves as journalists but were still arrested. The Polish journalist was held in custody for five hours, the others for a shorter period of time.

“Swiss police must not be allowed to stop journalists from doing their jobs,” said EFJ Chair Arne König. “They must be granted access. Press freedom is a constitutional right in Switzerland and must be respected by everyone-- including the police”.

On 19 January two journalists who were to reporting on a demonstration in Berne were also arrested by police, who gave no reason for the arrest.

The EFJ affiliate, CoMedia, has supported the journalists in handing in a complaint against the Berne police, which accuses them of keeping the reporters in custody unlawfully and misusing their power.

For more information contact the EFJ at +32 2 235 2207

The EFJ represents over 250,000 journalists in over 30 countries in Europe

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Središnji odbor HND održao je 31. sijeènja 2008. godine prvu, konstituirajuæu sjednicu na kojoj je izabrana Renata Ivanoviæ za predsjedavajuæu odbora, a Nikola Kristiæ za zamjenika.
Dogovoreno je da se izvanredna Skupština HND, na kojoj æe se raspravljati o izmjenama i dopunama Statuta HND, održi najkasnije šest mjeseci od ove sjednice. Na toj skupštini odluèit æe se hoæe li slijedeæa redovna skupština potkraj godine biti i izborna.

Mislav Bago,
potpredsjednik HND

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Svake godine 10 novinara iz balkanskih zemalja dobiva stipendiju, to jest financijsku, logistièku i urednièku podršku za istraživanje odreðene teme u regiji i u Europi. Godine 2007. ta je tema bila mobilnost, rezultat je knjiga koja sadrži 10 zanimljivih prièa, koje temu obraðuju iz najraznovrsnijih uglova - preko politike, ekonomije i transporta do sporta i muzike. Jedan od dobitnika stipendije za 2007. godinu je bio Davor Konjikušiæ, hrvatski novinar.

Novi natjeèaj za stipendije je otvoren do 29. veljaèe i svi se zainteresirani mogu prijaviti preko portala http://fellowship.birn.eu.com. Ovogodišnja tema je energija.

I ove godine izabrat æe se 10 kandidata koji ponude najbolje prijedloge za istraživanja. Programom je predviðen honorar za svakog stipendista u visini od 2000 eura i putni troškovi u istom iznosu. Na kraju projekta bit æe izabran najbolji stipendist koji æe na sveèanom prijemu u Beèu biti nagraðen sa 8000 eura za profesionalno usavršavanje.

Za stipendiste æe biti organiziran uvodni trening u Berlinu, omoguæit æe im se put u zemlje regije i Europske unije, organizirat æe se susret s austrijskim i njemaèkim politièarima i ekonomskim struènjacima te posjet medijskim pokroviteljima programa - njemaèkom „Zeideutche Zaitungu“ i austrijskom „Der Standardu“.

Sve prièe nastale u okviru ovog programa æe biti objavljene u posebnoj publikaciji na lokalnim jezicima kao i na engleskom i njemaèkom.  

 

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IFJ Demands Release of Editor Jailed for Libel in Central African Republic

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today called on the judicial authorities in Central African Republic to overturn a recent decision by a court to sentence newspaper editor Faustin Bambou to six months in jail for inciting public disorder and revolt, defamation and insults connected to an article he wrote accusing two government Ministers of accepting money from a French nuclear company.

The editor’s lawyers lodged an appeal.

“We condemn this sentence, which is an obvious attempt to punish him for embarrassing government officials,” said Gabriel Baglo, Director of the IFJ Africa office. “We call on the court to drop all the charges against Bambou in the appeal judgment and to release him from jail.”

Bambou was also given a symbolic fine of one Franc CFA to be paid to the ministers in damages and interest. His paper Les Collines de l'Oubangui has been ordered to publish the sentence.

Bambou was arrested on 11 January and charged three days later in connection with an article published in the newspaper’s December 21, 2007, edition that said Mining Minister Sylvain Ndoutingaï and Foreign Affairs Minister Como Zoumara received seven billion Francs CFA (10.5 millions euros) from the French nuclear company Areva.

The charges against Bambou were based on the penal code despite the fact that there is a law on freedom of communication that has already decriminalised press offences.

The IFJ has called on the media regulatory body, the High Council of Communication (HCC), to press the government to guarantee press freedom and to either drop the charges or consider the case before Bambou’s peers in the journalism community.

The IFJ’s African regional group, the Federation of African Journalists, has a continent-wide campaign to ban the criminalisation of press offenses in every African country.

For further information contact the IFJ: +221 33 842 01 43
The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 120 countries


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Kazakhstan: Censorship of Independent Websites

ARTICLE 19 is deeply concerned about the selective application of Internet regulations and the suspension of major independent websites in Kazakhstan

On 18 October 2007 the authorities in Kazakhstan blocked four independent websites which published links to audio files containing politically sensitive telephone conversations alleged to feature senior government officials. In the files the speakers use strong language to discuss Rakhat Aliyev, a former ally of President Nursultan Nazarbayev who now lives in exile in Europe.

One of the blocked sites, kub.kz, is hosted outside Kazakhstan. It was subsequently suspended by the official website regulator, the Kazakhstan Network Information Center (KazNIC), under the “Regulation for the Allocation of Domain Space in the Kazakhstan Segment of the Internet” which prohibits sites with the .kz domain from being hosted abroad. However, the KazNIC website itself (http://nic.kz) is hosted in the USA, suggesting the selective targeting of specific websites. No prior notice or warning was sent to the websites to enable them to address the alleged irregularities.

As of 29 January the site kub.kz remains suspended. The audio files and transcriptions thereof are freely available on other sites.

This regulation goes contrary to the very nature of the Internet itself as is a global network of communication. Kazakhstan is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which guarantees the right to freedom of expression, and as such is legally bound not to introduce any regulation or act in a manner that is contrary to the ICCPR’s purpose and spirit. Furthermore, Kazakhstan’s Constitution and a number of other international agreements also impose upon it a duty to protect and respect freedom of expression and information, which inter alia includes protection of Internet content and its infrastructure from technical or other undue interferences. Freedom of expression also includes the right to criticise public officials, who are further expected to display a greater degree of tolerance to criticism than citizens.

The Internet is an extremely important medium of communication and expression. Under international human rights law on the right to freedom of expression, any restrictions on access to the Internet must be very carefully scrutinised: any such measures should be provided by law, pursue a legitimate aim (eg the protection of the rights or reputation of others) and be necessary (rather than simply “useful” or “appropriate”) in a democratic society. Outright restrictions on access to the Internet, such as the blocking of access to particular independent websites, do not fulfil this test and are therefore unjustifiable obstacles to the realisation of the right to free expression.

ARTICLE 19 calls on the Kazakhstan authorities to allow kub.kz, and the Internet generally, to operate free from interference, subject to the very narrow exceptions envisaged by international human rights law.
 

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U sudnici je danas prva saslušana vještakinja medicinske struke dr. Renata Dobi-Babiæ, koja je pregledala lijeènièku dokumentaciju iz spisa.

Predoèen iskaz košarkašice

Predoèen joj je i iskaz ošteæene Jarret koja je na prošloj raspravi opisala kako ju je napastovao optuženi Mraoviæ, a vještakinja je izjavila kako su ozljede mogle nastati na takav naèin. 

Potom su svjedoèili predsjednik Košarkaškog kluba Gospiæ Nikola Brkljaèiæ i tadašnja klupska prevoditeljica te jedna djelatnica hotela Ante. Mraoviæevi odvjetnici potom su predložili da se od PU lièko-senjske pribavi zapisnik o ispitivanju Jarret na kojem je bila i saslušana klupska prevoditeljica, zbog èega tvrde da ona ne može biti svjedok.

‘Zalajao’ na fotoreportere

Taj je prijedlog vijeæe prihvatilo, a o drugom prijedlogu da se sasluša ginekologinja koja je pregledala ošteæenu košarkašicu odluèit æe se naknadno. 

Pri dolasku na sud Mraoviæ se licem zaletio i “zalajao” prema fotoreporterima, a zatim je “pozdravio” i novinare, spominjuæi im majku.


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