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Siden 1993 tog initiativ til indstiftelsen af Verdensdagen for Pressefrihed er denne dag, hvert år den 3. maj, blev markeret verden over. Samlet set fik pressefriheden ikke bedre kår i 2012, og ser man på ’rangliste’-indekset fra Journalister Uden Grænser genfinder man mange af de samme placeringer som i 2011. De mest markante forandringer kan aflæses som effekter af Det Arabiske Forårs revolter. Tunesien er rykket 30 pladser op til en placering som nr. 134, mens ‘forårets’ øvrige arnesteder - Egypten, Syrien, Yemen og Bahrain - alle er sendt længere mod dybere og yderligere beskæmmende bundplaceringer. Der er flere informationer om Verdensdagen for Pressefrihed på IFEX’s hjemmeside.

I anledning af Verdensdagen for Pressefrihed bringer Dansk PEN dette manifest, som vi har modtaget fra formanden for Bahrainsk PEN, Fareed Ramadan

Statement / 19bh Group

We / 19bh Group / A Bahraini journalists, intellectuals, filmmakers, artists, media, and supporting and sustaining personalities; condemn silence of associations for the defense of its members on the fate of this segment of the Bahrain people, after a year of political crisis that gripped the country, where members of this group of people faced questioning, arresting and harassment, defamation and unfair dismissal and torture. Three died, many of them no longer at work as recommended by the Bahraini Royal Commission to investigate the facts, as some has returned to their jobs and found themselves marginalized and without their offices, their powers, and salaries. On the basis of Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights "that everyone has the right of freedom of expression, and that this right includes freedom to seek various forms of information and ideas, receive and impart to others." So we see that the charges against the journalists and intellectuals all were contrary to the principle of the most important principles of human rights of freedom of expression guaranteed by the Constitution of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the national laws and the law of printing, publishing and national treaties and conventions ratified by the Kingdom, hence; we call upon the following:

1- Return all dismissed from the field of media technicians and directors to their past positions and compensate them for losses incurred and rehabilitation of physical and moral support to them as stated in the recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Committee fact-finding, and to stop the decision to prohibit their employment in any place, and from any Gulf country to another, while ensuring paying them their entitlements under the un-employment insurance program.

2- Achieve a modern and advanced law to the press and remove materials that hamper freedom of expression and the abolition of imprisonment of journalist and terminate any link to the Penal Code.

3- Expose violations of freedom of expression and interference in the exercise of professional and trade union work, and prevent broadcasting material that hatred and discredit journalists, writers, and artists, and stop all forms of programs and scripts of degrading and abusive.

4- Follow-up issues of journalists and writers brought to the local courts about abuse against journalists caused previously by the local media, as well as domestic and foreign channels.

5- Cease all procedures and laws that restrict freedom of opinion, or control over the media.

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Decio Sá blev skudt på åben gade af formodet lejemorder

 

PEN's Writers in Prison Comittee (WiPC) er rystede og chokerede over nyheden om mordet på den brasilianske journalist Décio Sá den 23. april i år. Décio Sá blev skudt af en ukendt gerningsmand uden for en bar i Sao Luis i den nord-østlige del af Brasilien. Alt tyder på, at det var et lejemord, og WiPC kræver, at de brasilianske myndigheder foretager en grundig undersøgelse af mordet.

Décio Sá var både reporter for lokaleavisen "O Estado do Maranho" ("Hvad sker der i Maranho". red) og havde sin egen blog "Blog do Decédio". Den 42-årige brasilianer beskæftigede sig med stof om politik og kriminalitet, og på sin dødsdag spise han frokost på en lokal bar. I følge rapporter modtog han et telefonopkald, som han gik ud på gaden for at besvare. Mens han talte i telefon blev han skudt seks gange i hovedet og nakken af en mand, der bagefter flygtede på motorcykel.

Gerningsmanden gjorde intet forsøg på at skjule sit ansigt eller sin identitet.

Décio Sá's kollegaer på lokalavisen fortæller, at hans artikler og indlæg på bloggen, som i øvrigt var en af de mest populære i Maranho, havde skaffet ham mange fjender i det kriminelle miljø. Politiet undersøger nu, om mordet har relation til en artikel Sá arbejdede på om en lokal politikers involvering i prostitution og mordet på en studerende.

Décio Sá har været journalist i 17 år og efterlader sig en enke og en otteårig datter. Han er den tredje journalist der er blevet myrdet i Brasilien i 2012. I februar blev Paulo Roberto Cardoso Rodrigues and Mario Randolpho Marques Lopes myrdet, og ingen af gerningsmændene er endnu blevet pågrebet. I alt er otte skrivende journalister blevet myrdet i Brasilien de seneste to år.

Læs mere her:

Valério Nascimento (dræbt i maj, 2011);

Auro Ida (dræbt i juli 2011).

 

 

 

 

 

Please send appeals:

 

 

 

Protesting the murder Décio Sá;

Noting that eight print journalists have been murdered in the space of two years;

Calling on the Brazilian authorities to carry out a full and impartial investigation into the killing as a matter of urgency, and to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.