Magazine article American Journalism Review

Attacks on the Press

Magazine article American Journalism Review

Attacks on the Press

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Each year, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists compiles a comprehensive report that details attacks on the press worldwide, whether it be killings, jailings, arrests, assaults, censorship or threats. Below, a sampling of the 1,300 incidents included in its 1992 edition.

Saudi Arabia, January through June

Sales of Newsweek were banned in retaliation for a story about a member of the royal family.

Venezuela, March 19

Maria Tessari, a reporter for a Colombian news outlet, was among journalists attacked by police while covering a Caracas demonstration. Her skull was fractured, and she died in January of complications from her injuries.

Kenya, March 24

Manoah Esipisu, a Reuters correspondent, was detained by police for 10 hours and questioned about his reporting on political unrest in the country.

Bosnia-Herzegovina, April 9

Kjasif Smajlovic, a correspondent for a Sarajevo daily, was killed in his office by Serbian soldiers, according to his newspaper.

North Korea, May 4

Two Japanese reporters and a Washington Post correspondent were detained and interrogated after visiting a Pyongyang slum that was not part of the "official" tour.

India, May 18

M.L. Manchanda, director of All India Radio, was abducted and later beheaded by a militant organization, partly because the station broadcast in Hindi rather than the local language of Punjabi.

Turkey, June 8

Hafiz Akdemir, a correspondent for the daily Ozgur Gundem, was shot with a single bullet in the head while on his way home from work. …

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