RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Help by sharing this information —————————————————————————–14.04.2004 – French journalist released, four reporters remain hostages in Iraq News Follow the news on Iraq News News IraqMiddle East – North Africa Following the release of a Japaneese reporter and the likely abduction of one of his colleagues on 13 or 14 April, four journalists are believed to be held against their will in Iraq – three Czechs and a Japaneese. Reporters Without Borders urged the forces involved in the conflict to make every effort possible to obtain their release as quickly and safely as possible. Freelance photographer Soichiro Koriyama, 32, was released on 15 April along with two other Japanese civilians abducted on the road between Amman and Baghdad on 8 April. Morover another Japaneese journalist was probably kidnapped. The Japanese authorities today were still trying to confirm whether two more Japanese citizens, a humanitarian worker and a journalist, have been taken hostage. If confirmed, this would maintain the number of journalists currently held against their will in Iraq to four.A Japanese opposition legislator in the Jordanian capital of Amman said Junpei Yasuda, 30, a freelance journalist and regular contributor to the daily Tokyo Shimbun, was apparently kidnapped with his fellow-countryman in Abu Ghraib (a suburb of Baghdad) on 13 or 14 April. They were travelling in a taxi to the site of a forced landing by a US helicopter.In Tokyo, the Japan Visual Journalists Association (a network of freelance photographers and cameramen) reported that it had received an e-mail message from a colleague of Yasuda referring to the two abductions. “There has been a major disaster today,” the message said. “Watanabe and Yasuda were kidnapped before my very eyes.”A Tokyo Shimbun spokesperson said Yasuda had contacted the newspaper on 13 April asking if he should go to the besieged city of Falluja. When a colleague advised him not to go, he decided to cover the flight of civilians out of Falluja and, for that, to go to Baghdad. December 28, 2020 Find out more RSF_en February 15, 2021 Find out more to go further Reporters Without Borders today welcomed the release of the last journalist still held hostage in Iraq, Japanese freelancer Jumpei Yasuda, 30, a regular contributor to the daily Tokyo Shimbun. Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders has learned from the Czech public television channel CT that three Czech journalists have been freed after being held hostage for five days in Iraq. CT reporter Michal Kubal, CT cameraman Petr Klima and Vit Pohanka, a staff reporter with the public radio station Cro are safe and sound inside their embassy in Baghdad. Reporters Without Borders called for the release of Soichiro Koriyama, a contributor to Asahi Weekly.—————————————————————————————- 15.04.2004 – Japaneese reporter released, concern over fate of four journalists still held hostage Alexandre Jordanov (picture), a 40-year-old French journalist with the TV news agency Capa, was released today. He was kidnapped three days ago south of Baghdad with his cameraman, Yvan Cerieix, who was released after being held just a few hours. They were preparing a documentary for the French TV channelCanal+. Four foreign journalists – a Japanese and three Czechs – are stillbeing held against their will in Iraq. IraqMiddle East – North Africa Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” ——————————————————————————-14.04.2004 – Concern over fate of five journalists kidnapped Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today at the fate of five journalists – one Japanese, three Czechs and a Frenchman – who are currently held hostage or reported missing in Iraq. One of them has been held for six days.The organisation called on their abductors to release them and all the other civilians held against their will. It also urged the forces involved in the conflict to make every effort possible to obtain their release as quickly and safely as possible. The abductions are part of a wave of kidnapping in the past few days in which about 40 people from 12 different countries are currently held.Although primarily determined by the nationality of the victims, the abductions of journalists are having a dramatic impact on press freedom. They make the conditions of work for the news media especially dangerous. Journalists are forced to restrict their movements and safety becomes their overriding concern.With at least eight media workers – four journalists and four assistants – killed since the start of the year, Iraq is currently one of the world’s most dangerous places for journalists.Reporters in the field are already comparing Iraq to Beirut at the worst moments of the 1975-1990 civil war, when many foreign journalists became the targets of attacks or kidnapping by various armed groups. Whether the demands of the abductors are political or financial, such actions are unacceptable, cowardly and contrary to the most basic norms of international law.Reporters Without Borders stressed that journalists carrying out dangerous work in war zones are regarded as civilians and must be “protected” as set out in the Geneva Conventions (article 79 of supplementary protocol 1 of 1977).Details of the abductions:Alexandre Jordanov, 40, of the French TV news agency Capa was apparently kidnapped in Latifiya, 30 km south of Baghdad on 11 April. He was preparing a documentary for the French channel Canal+ with his cameraman, Ivan Cerieix, who was held for a few hours by an Iraqi guerrilla group before being released that night. Jordanov, Cerieix, an Iraqi driver and an Iraqi interpreter had been driving towards Hilla to see the Polish contingent when they stopped to film fighting between US soldiers and Iraqis following an attack on a supply convoy.Three Czech journalists went missing in Taji, a locality north of Baghdad, on 11 April. Reporter Michal Kubal, 27, and cameraman Petr Klima, 40, of the public TV channel CT and reporter Vit Pohanka, 37, of the public radio station Cro were travelling together in taxi bound for the Jordanian capital of Amman.Three Japanese civilians were abducted on the road between Amman and Baghdad on 8 April. They include freelance photographer Soichiro Koriyama, 32, who is currently working for the Asahi Weekly. News April 17, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Release of last journalist held hostage in Iraq Reporters Without Borders today welcomed the release of the last journalist still held hostage in Iraq, Japanese freelancer Jumpei Yasuda, 30, a regular contributor to the daily Tokyo Shimbun.The Japanese authorities confirmed today that Yasuda and another Japanese civilian, humanitarian worker Nobutaka Watanabe, 36, had been freed. They were handed over to the Association of Iraqi Ulemas, a Sunni group that has helped obtain the release of other foreign hostages. Both were reported missing on 14 April although Japan never officially confirmed their disappearance.______________________________________________16.04.2004 – Iraqis release three Czech journalists, Japanese photographer believed still held Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Organisation December 16, 2020 Find out more
RelatedPosts Ministry reads riot act to NFA, Clubs over resumption of league Super Eagles to unveil new Nike jersey in Portugal CAF, NFF celebrate Enyeama at 38 A Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday frowned at the refusal of four officials of the Nigeria Football Federal to appear in court over alleged 8.4 million dollars and N4 billion fraud case.News Agency of Nigeria reports that Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu had on July 1, issued a warrant of arrest for the four men following their repeated refusal to appear in court to answer to the fraud case charges against them.The Federal Government had through the Special Presidential Investigation Panel on the Recovery of Public Property charged them over alleged misappropriation of the sums of 8.4 million dollars and N4 billion belonging to the NFF.The five officials are NFF President, Amaju Pinnick’s, NFF Secretary, Sunusi Mohammed; the 1st Vice-President, Seyi Akinwumi; the 2nd Vice-President, Shehu Dikko and an Executive member, Yusuff Fresh, as the 1st to 5th respondents respectively.Pinnick was exempted from the ordered arrest due to his official roles as a member of the Confederation of African Football’s organising committee at the African Cup of Nation in Egypt.Justice Ojukwu said that their duty was to be in court when ordered as the charges against them before the court had not been cancelled.She said that when an order was given, it was expected that such order be obeyed otherwise matters from such agencies will no longer be entertained in her court.“Nobody is bigger than the law,” she said.Counsel to the defendants, Mohammed Katu, said that the respondents were absent because the president had instructed that the Attorney General of the Federation took over the case from the office of Special Presidential Investigation Panel and had ordered all activities be before the AGF.He said that the AGF had earlier called the attention of the respondents to his office and in view of the recent development he believed the AGF will do justice to prosecute the matter.He said: “During dependency of this matter, the same complainants wrote another petition in respect of the same facts against the defendant and on the basis of which they sent to ICPC,EFCC.“We wrote a letter to the AGF that it would constitute an abuse of processes and the administration of law for same persons as complainants , using the same facts in a petition against the defendants in various investigative agencies.“The AGF deemed it necessary that the matter before the Court be brought back to him, the matter before EFCC and ICPC should also be brought back to him so that he will look at them and find out then consolidate them with the view of giving it one meaning.”Justice Ojukwu said that the defendants had no reason to appear before any agency thereby constituting a parallel hearing in disobedience to the court when the matter was already before a judge.She said that if files had been handed over to the AGF and he wanted to make further investigations, they could appear before him after the matter was no longer in court.Abubakar Musa, Counsel to AGF, said the AG was just coming into the matter today as he was not aware of what the special panel had done.He said: “But now according to the instruction of the president, the AG is taking over the matter and all the files are meant to be in transition because I cannot tell you now if they have deposited the file to the AGF as he has not told me that.“I don’t blame the court, the AGF is the chief law officer of the state and he is bound to ensure that the federal republic of Nigeria obeys court orders.“But he is not aware of this order and by so saying we can’t say he is bound now to bring the defendants before the court.“The files have to be reviewed, if there is sufficient evidence that warrants prosecution,but the decision now is for the AG to take.”Justice Ojukwu adjourned the matter to October 5 for arraignment and ordered that all affected parties be in court.Tags: NFF
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