first_img RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago Help by sharing this information RSF_en New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council October 12, 2018 Find out more May 6, 2020 Find out more October 15, 2020 Find out more News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for the release of Angel Santiesteban-Prats, a writer who completes a year in detention today and who began a blog in 2008 called Los hijos que nadie quiso that was openly critical of the government.Santiesteban-Prats was arrested on 28 February 2013 to begin serving the five-year jail sentence on trumped-up charges of “home violation” and “injuries” that he received at the end of a hasty and arbitrary trial on 8 December 2012. No hard evidence was produced in support of the charges.After his first six weeks in detention, he was transferred on 9 April 2013 to a prison in the Havana suburb of San Miguel del Padrón where he was repeatedly subjected to acts of mistreatment and torture.Reporters Without Borders learned on 18 February that the National Association of Law Offices (ONBC) has suspended his lawyer, Amelia Rodríguez Cala, for six months, considerably hampering her efforts to obtain his release.Rodríguez also defends other dissidents, including the musician Gorki Aguila and Sonia Garro of the Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White), a group formed by wives, daughters and other close relatives of imprisoned dissidents that demonstrates peacefully for their release. The European Parliament awarded it the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 2005.“We already criticized the draconian and cruel treatment of Santiesteban-Prats and other independent news providers a year ago,” said Reporters Without Borders head of research Lucie Morillon. “We urge the Cuban authorities to overturn his conviction and free him at once.”“The intimidation to which journalists are constantly subjected in Cuba is extremely worrying. Cuba is ranked lower than any other country in the Americas in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index – 170th out of 180 countries.”Although Santiesteban-Prats is the only blogger currently serving a jail sentence, the authorities continue to harass any news provider who challenges the government’s propaganda.Reporters for independent news websites such as Hablemos Press are often arrested arbitrarily and then released a few hours later. The journalist William Cacer Díaz was one of the latest victims of this form of harassment on 14 February.At least six other independent news providers – including Magaly Novis Otero, Pablo Morales Marchán, Ignacio Luis González Vidal, Denis Noa Martínez and Tamara Rodríguez Quesada – were briefly detained in January.An open letter to President Raúl Castro that Santiesteban-Prats wrote from his prison cell was posted on his blog today.Santiesteban-Prats is registered as one of Cuba’s two detained news providers in the Reporters Without Borders Barometer. He is listed as a detained netizen (blogger). The other is José Antonio Torres, a Santiago de Cuba-based reporter for the Communist Party daily Granma who has been held since May 2011. Torres is listed as a detained journalist. CubaAmericas center_img News to go further Follow the news on Cuba February 28, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Dissident blogger completes year in detention Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet Organisation News CubaAmericas Newslast_img read more

first_imgNews United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF Organisation “We remind all parties to the conflict that they are responsible for the safety of journalists and that crimes of violence against them must not go unpunished. RSF also calls for the release of all journalists and media workers held by armed groups.” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the growing dangers for media personnel in Yemen, where a second journalist has been killed in the space of a week as a result of the Saudi-led coalition’s air-strikes and an Al Jazeera reporter has been abducted together with his crew. to go further Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosions Security conditions in Yemen deteriorated dramatically in 2015 as a result of the fighting between government forces (backed by the Saudi-led coalition) and the Houthi rebels, who are allied with the supporters of former Yemeni President Ali Abdallah Saleh. “The situation for journalists is becoming extremely worrying in an increasingly hostile environment for freedom of information,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. News Al Jazeera said it lost contact with its correspondent in Taiz, Hamdi Al Bokari, on 18 January while he was covering the fighting between rebel and pro-government forces. The TV channel said it feared that Bokari was kidnapped along with Abdelaziz al-Sabri, a reporter for the newspaper Al Masdar, and their driver, Mounir al-Soubaie. According to RSF’s tally, 17 journalists and media workers are currently held hostage by armed groups – either Houthi rebels or Al-Qaeda members. January 6, 2021 Find out more January 25, 2016 – Updated on August 18, 2016 Mounting dangers for journalists in Yemen YemenMiddle East – North Africa center_img Help by sharing this information Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months February 26, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Yemen Receive email alerts YemenMiddle East – North Africa Local news media said he was injured while preparing a report on the damage caused by early airstrikes in the town. His death came just five days after a freelance reporter was killed in similar circumstances in the southern outskirts of the capital, Sanaa. News Hashem al-Hamran, a reporter for the pro-Houthi TV station Al Masira, died on 22 January from the injuries he received in an air strike the day before in Dhahiane, a town in northern province of Saada. He was only 17. RSF_en News Yemen is ranked 168th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. February 11, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more