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Press freedom 2009 (Sep-Dec)

Investigative Journalists for Moldovan Newspaper Ziarul de Garda Threatened after Publishing Articles about Corruption at Chisinau Railway Station
VIENNA, 22 December 2009
Starting at the end of November, Moldovan newspaper Ziarul de Garda (ZdG) published four articles about corruption at Chisinau railway station, in the Moldovan capital. Since then, the journalists involved in the investigation and the newspaper's editorial staff have been threatened... read more
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Editor Killed By Gunman in Western Turkey
VIENNA, 21 December 2009
The editor-in-chief of western Turkish newspaper Guney Marmara'da Yasam (Life in Southern Marmara) was ambushed and shot while leaving his office on Friday afternoon. Cihan Hayirsevener, 53, succumbed to his injuries later that evening in the Uludag University Medical Faculty hospital in Bursa, according to news reports... read more
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SEEMO/IPI Joint Statement: Concerns over Reporter Source Protection in Slovenia
VIENNA, December 2009
Superiors at a Ljubljana, Slovenia, district court have endangered journalists' right to protect the confidentiality of their sources by ordering the checking of traffic-data of telephone calls made between judges and journalists, the Slovenian daily Dnevnik has reported... read more
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SEEMO/IPI condemns verbal assault against TV journalists in Kosovo municipality of Prizren
VIENNA,18 December 2009
The South East European Media Organisation (SEEMO) condemns the recent attack on a group of journalists from TV Besa in the Kosovo municipality of Prizren... read more
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SEEMO/IPI Joint Statement: Slovakia's Prime Minister Accuses Media of Conspiring to Undermine Government
VIENNA,18 December 2009
The International Press Institute (IPI), its affiliate, the Southeast Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), and the IPI National Committee in Slovakia are concerned about a recent statement by Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico accusing local publishers of joining forces in a coordinated campaign against the Slovakian government and Fico's party, Smer. Fico also compared newspaper publishers to the mafia... read more
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Another Newspaper Closed in Turkey
VIENNA, 15 December 2009
An Istanbul criminal court has again ordered the temporary closure of a Turkish newspaper, after accusing it of publishing propaganda for a terrorist organisation, IPI Turkey reported. The 9 December 2009 decision to prohibit publication of the weekly Aydinlik for one month constitutes at least the third newspaper ban this year in Turkey... read more
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SEEMO/IPI condemns death threats against Serbian TV journalist Brankica Stankovic and her team
Vienna, 9 December 2009
Brankica Stankovic and her team of investigative reporters, who work for the B92 TV programme, "Insajder" ("Insider"), have received several death threats after the latest edition of the programme was broadcast on 3 December 2009... read more
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SEEMO / IPI Press Freedom Mission to Serbia
Vienna / Belgrade, 4 December 2009
After meetings with more than 50 representatives of leading media companies, journalists' associations and high-ranking government officials in Serbia, the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), has called on the authorities to open a debate as soon as possible with media organisations on the impact controversial legislation will have on the ability of the press to fulfil its role in a democratic society... read more
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Public Broadcasters Under Threat in South East and Central Europe
VIENNA, 2 December 2009
The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is worried by political interference at public broadcasters across South East and Central Europe. It is cause for alarm that in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Croatia and Hungary, public service journalists, editors and managers are enduring political, financial or economic pressure... read more
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Turkish Journalist Sentenced in Absentia to Over Two Years in Prison for "Insulting" Public Officials
VIENNA, 20 November 2009
A journalist from Turkey's Adýyaman province returned to his hometown last week after receiving medical treatment in Istanbul, to find that a local criminal court had sentenced him in absentia to over two years in prison for insulting public officials, reports IPI Turkey... read more
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Reoccurrence of death threats against journalist in Bosnia-Herzegovina
Vienna, 17 November 2009
The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is deeply concerned about the reoccurring death threats against leading investigative journalist Bakir Hadziomerovic, editor-in-chief of the television programme "60 Minutes," broadcast by channel FBiH... read more
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SEEMO, IFJ/EFJ and WAZ Demand Justice after Attack on Albanian Journalist
3. November 2009
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its European group the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) and WAZ Media Group today jointly condemned the attack on Albanian journalist Mero Baze yesterday evening in Tirana... read more
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SEEMO / IPI: Welcome Ljubljana Court of Appeal Decision
VIENNA, 9 October 2009
Lawyers representing Slovene daily Dnevnik on Wednesday received notification of a Ljubljana Court of Appeal decision overturning a gag order imposed on the newspaper earlier this year... read more
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SEEMO / IPI: Urge Turkish Government to Halt Investigation, Accept Differing Views
VIENNA, 25 September 2009

A Turkish public prosecutor has launched a criminal investigation into a celebrity and a journalist, over comments made in an interview printed in August in the daily Millyet newspaper which the authorities claim could incite hatred and enmity, IPI's Turkish National Committee reported on Wednesday... read more

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SEEMO / IPI:Turkish Investigators Wiretapped Turkish Daily without Court Consent
VIENNA, 21 September 2009
Turkish investigators have secretly listened into telephone calls to and from popular daily newspaper Cumhuriyet, the Turkish Justice Ministry confirmed on Thursday, according to Turkey's Hurriyet Daily News newspaper. The wiretapping took place without the necessary approval of the Turkish courts... read more
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SEEMO / IPI: Second Massive Fine in Six Months against Media Group Critical of Turkish PM Erdogan Raises Press Freedom Concerns
VIENNA, 9 September 2009
Dogan Yayin Holding, owners of the Dogan Media Group, Turkey's largest media conglomerate, announced on Tuesday that Turkey's Finance Ministry had levied an unprecedented TL 3.75 billion, or 1.74 billion Euro, fine against them for alleged tax irregularities... read more
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SEEMO / IPI: Slovene Court Rejects Dnevnik Appeal against Gag Order
VIENNA, 8 September 2009
A Ljubljana District Court on 4 September rejected Slovene daily Dnevnik's appeal against a temporary injunction that stops the paper reporting on an Italian businessman's alleged involvement in a corruption scandal... read more
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The South East Europe Media Organisation * Südosteuropäische Medienorganisation * Медијска организација Југоисточне Европе * Medijska organizacija Jugoistočne Europe
Medijska organizacija Jugoistočne Evrope * Organizata mediale e Evropës Juglindore * Medijska organizacija za Jugovzhodno Evropo
Медиумската организација на југоисточна Европа * Organizzazione dei Media del Sud-Est Europa *
l’Organisation des médias du Sud Est de l’Europe
Délkelet-európai Médiaszervezet * Organizácia médií juhovýchodnej Európy * Organizace medií jihovýchodní Evropy * Kaakkois-Euroopan maiden mediajarjesto
Медийна организация за югоизточна Европа * Media Organisatie voor Zuid Oost Europa * Organización de Medios de Comunicación del Sureste Europeo
Dimosiografikos Organismos Notioanatolikis Evropis (Δημοσιογραφικός Οργανισμός Νοτιοανατολικής Ευρώπης) * Медиа Организация Юго-Восточной Европы
Медiа Органiзацiя Пiвденно-Схiдно Європи * Organizacja Medii Poludniowo-Wschodniej Europy * Cənubi-Şərqi Avropa üzrə Media Təşkilatının
Den sydøsteuropæiske medieorganisation * ארגון המדיה הדרום-מזרח אירופי * दक्षिण पूर्वी यूरोप मीडिया संगठन * Güneydoğu Avrupa Medya Örgütü
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