Australian media pull journalists from China over safety concerns

Two of Australia’s leading foreign correspondents in China have flown home for their own safety after they were questioned separately by China’s Ministry of State Security, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported on Tuesday. The China correspondents for the ABC and the Australian Financial Review (AFR) sought shelter in Australia’s embassy in Beijing and consulate […]

Pakistan: Female PTV journalist shot dead in Balochistan

Police in southwest Pakistan have launched a hunt for the killer of a female journalist who was shot at her home, an official said, with her husband being one of the suspects. “We have registered a case and started a search for the killer of the female journalist,” Siraj Ahmad, investigating officer on the case […]

The US’s pursuit of Julian Assange threatens media freedom

The last time I saw Julian Assange he looked tired and wan. Dressed neatly in casual business attire, the WikiLeaks founder was sitting in a glass-enclosed dock, at the back of a court adjoining Belmarsh high-security prison in London, flanked by two prison officers.  I had travelled from the United States to observe the hearing. He […]

Belarus withdraws accreditation, deports journalists in crackdown

Authorities in Belarus have deported some foreign journalists reporting in the country and withdrawn the accreditation of many Belarusian reporters covering large anti-government protests that erupted after a disputed presidential election earlier this month. Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in recent weeks, rejecting President Alexander Lukashenko’s landslide victory in an […]

Belarus detains journalists ahead of anti-gov’t protest in Minsk

Belarusian police detained about 20 journalists planning to cover a protest in central Minsk on Thursday and confiscated their telephones and identity documents, Reuters news agency said. The interior ministry later on Thursday said the journalists had been driven to a police station for officers to check they had valid accreditation allowing them to work […]