IFJ LAUNCHES REPORT TO “BREAK THE CHAINS” CONFINING MEDIA IN MIDDLE EAST.

5 07 2008

URL: http://tinyurl.com/5oortv%20. Source: International Foundation for Journalists.

Country by country in the Middle East and North Africa, “Breaking the Chains” documents the main laws used to repress the media, as well as cases of journalists who have been sentenced over the past year or are still in jail. Some of the more known prisoners include Egyptian blogger Kareem Amer, who was sentenced to four years in jail in February 2007, and journalist Adnan Hassanpour, who is on death row in Iran for “subverting national security” – a standard excuse to justify the repression of journalists. Launched in June 2007, the campaign is also helping to build professional solidarity among journalists in the region.

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