US-based Chinese TV station expelled from APEC forum

first_img News On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia to go further November 17, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 US-based Chinese TV station expelled from APEC forum News Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders voiced dismay today at the expulsion of a New Tang Dynasty Television (NTDTV) crew from the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in the South Korean city of Pusan on 15 November.Forum organisers accused the two-member crew, led by Seoul-based NTDTV correspondent Chang Sik Lee, of “violating coverage procedure” and withdrew its accreditation although it had been allowed to cover meetings the previous day with no problem.“NTDTV supports the Falun Gong spiritual movement, which is persecuted in China, and its expulsion from the forum is further evidence of the TV station’s harassment by the Chinese authorities,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is regrettable that the organisers of such a forum were accomplices to this kind of pressure.”The crew was expelled after it tried to cover a bilateral meeting between China and South Korea without previously registering for this event. Yet other journalists who had not pre-registered were not asked to leave. Chang accused the Chinese authorities of using this as a pretext to put pressure on the forum organisers to get them to leave.Reporters Without Borders has registered many attempts to obstruct NTDTV’s operations since it was launched in 2001, including physical attacks, arrests, and economic pressure on advertisers and companies that handle its satellite transmissions. Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Organisation RSF_en Follow the news on South Koreacenter_img South KoreaAsia – Pacific November 19, 2020 Find out more News News Receive email alerts RSF calls for the release of South Korean journalist jailed for defamation South KoreaAsia – Pacific November 11, 2020 Find out more August 18, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Palestinian reporter to censor himself after being held by Hamas

first_img June 3, 2021 Find out more WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists PalestineMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the way Hamas mistreats journalists in the Gaza Strip and thereby forces them to censor themselves. News News RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes Follow the news on Palestine to go further PalestineMiddle East – North Africa January 13, 2016 – Updated on March 8, 2016 Palestinian reporter to censor himself after being held by Hamas Ayman Alul, an outspoken journalist who works for an Iraqi TV station and often posts videos on Facebook, has announced that he will no longer cover living conditions or political developments in the Hamas-governed territory after being held for eight days. Alul is regarded as controversial because of his criticism of living conditions in the Gaza Strip. Hamas members arrested him at his home on the evening of 3 January, confiscating his computer and mobiles phones during a search of his home. He was finally released on 11 January.Accused by Hamas of disturbing public order and manipulating public opinion, he said he was tortured all the time he was held, a clearly traumatic experience that has led to this decision to censor himself in future.“Hamas is trying to intimidate journalists by attacking a well-known Palestinian media figure,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “As living conditions in the Gaza Strip are disastrous, Hamas wants to silence critics and does not hesitate to torture a journalist in order to control media coverage in its territory. This is unacceptable!”Ramzy Herzallah, a 27-year-old cyber-activist who has often criticized the situation in the Gaza Strip on social networks, was also arrested by Hamas on 3 January. He was finally released yesterday.Working as a journalist is extremely arduous in the Palestinian Territories, where freedom of information is constantly violated and the media are targeted by Hamas and the Palestinian Authority when they are not being hounded by the Israeli forces. See the RSF report entitled “Palestinian Journalists Caught Between Three Sides.” Organisation May 28, 2021 Find out more Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists News Receive email alerts News May 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more