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Washington Bureau
Lucie Morillon
Director
Reporters Without Borders USA
Southern Railway Building
1500 K Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington DC, 20005
Tel: 202 256 56 13
E-mail: lucie.morillon@rsf.org
New York Bureau
Tala Dowlatshahi
Director
Tel: 1 917-239-0653
E-mail : tdowlats@gmail.com, rwb_ny@rsf.org


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Past Events
 2009
   June
June 3: Washington, DC Vigil for the Release of US Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee, detained in North Korea

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington, DC contacts: Dan Beckmann, 202.276.1675, dan.p.beckmann@gmail.com

Asia Liu, 202.277.3579, amerasia@gmail.com

National contact: Brendan Creamer, 215.699.4338, blove73@msn.com

WHAT: The Washington, DC Vigil for the Release of US Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee

WHEN: Wednesday, June 3, 2009

TIME: 6 -8 PM

WHERE: Freedom Plaza-Washington, DC (14th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., NW)

TWITTER: LiberateLauraDC (please FOLLOW for IMPORTANT UPDATES)

FREEDOM FOR US JOURNALISTS LAURA LING AND EUNA LEE

Two U.S. journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, were arrested March 17, 2009 near the North Korean border while reporting on refugees living in China.

Both women, accused by North Korea of crossing into the country illegally from China and committing “hostile acts”, will be tried on criminal charges on June 4th.

Laura’s sister, Lisa Ling, has written this letter as the trial approaches:

“Firstly, our families are deeply grateful for your support and efforts to try to secure the release of Laura and Euna. To say that this has been stressful would be to grossly understate how hard this has been. Our families have been very quiet because of the extreme sensitivity of the situation, but given the fact that our girls are in the midst of a global nuclear stand-off, we cannot wait any longer. We have to speak out!”

This Wednesday June 3rd at 6PM at about the same time Laura and Euna stand trial, we will stand in vigil with them at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC in support of their freedom and swift release. Our message, on behalf of their families, is simple: if they broke the law although it was not their intention—we’re sorry. We want our countries to open lines of dialogue on this humanitarian issue that are separate from the nuclear stand-off. We invite you to attend.

The Washington, DC Vigil is among several being held nationwide on that day. Other vigils will be held in New York, Los Angeles, Portland, Birmingham and Chicago.

   April
The Challenges of War Reporting

A PANEL DISCUSSION

On April 30, 2009

To Commemorate World Press Freedom Day

With the recent twist in events in war zones: Iraq’s drop in violence, restrictions and military strikes on media facilities in Gaza, violence on the US-Mexico border, conflict in Sri Lanka and U.S. preparation to deploy more troops to Afghanistan, the issue of war coverage is more than ever a story of international importance. Between the targeted violence claiming victims among journalists in those areas, and the intensifying censorship of news reporting imposed by armies or organized groups, media professionals are finding greater challenges in covering wars and keeping the world aware of what is really happening in war torn areas. At stake is the public’s right to be informed.

Amnesty International at The George Washington University and Reporters Without Borders invite you to attend a panel featuring foreign and local correspondents who will discuss their experiences in conflict areas, the challenges they have faced to report the news and what has changed from previous conflicts.

Panelists:

-  Nancy Youssef: Is the chief Pentagon correspondent for McClatchy news. Youssef spent four years in Iraq, serving as bureau chief, covering everyday Iraqi experience, civilian causalities and how the U.S.’s military strategy was reshaping Iraq’s social and political dynamics. Prior to that, Youssef worked for the Detroit Free Press and the Baltimore Sun.

-  Jorge Luis Sierra is a Mexican investigative reporter and editor based in McAllen, Texas, at the US-Mexico border. He reports on a range of conflict-related topics such as drug trafficking, organized crime, counterinsurgency, gangs and immigration. Sierra has a 24-year long journalism career working both as an editor and a writer for influential newspapers and magazines in Mexico and the United States.

-  David Gilkey is a reporter with National Public Radio. Gilkey documented the fall of apartheid in South Africa, tribal warfare in Rwanda and conflict in the Balkans. He has covered the war on terrorism since Sept. 11, 2001, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Most recently, he covered the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. In 2007, he received a national Emmy award for his video series ’Band of Brothers’ about Michigan Marines in Iraq.

-  Omar Fekeiki is an Iraq journalist who worked for the Washington Post in Baghdad from 2003 to 2006 During that time, he covered the political process exclusively and he was the only Iraqi reporter on the Post’s staff to embed with the US military. He moved to the United States in August 2006 and graduated from University of California with a Master’s degree in journalism. He is now based in Washington DCand works as an editor at the news website Magharebia.com.

-  Sean Aday, is an associate Professor of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. His work focuses on the intersection of the press, politics, and public opinion, especially in relation to war and foreign policy. He has published widely on subjects ranging from the effects of watching local television news to coverage of Elizabeth Dole’s presidential run to media coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The discussion will be moderated by Claude Salhani, editor of the Middle East Times, member of Reporters Without Borders USA board of directors and a political analyst in Washington, DC. Prior to his current assignment Mr. Salhani ran the Intelligence, Security & Terrorism desk at United Press International. Mr. Salhani specializes in the Middle East/North Africa, Islam and terrorism. Over the course of his 30-year career Mr. Salhani has traveled to 78 countries reporting on major events. He has covered a dozen wars.

This program is co-sponsored by GW Amnesty and Reporters Without Borders.

Time: 7 pm

Location: George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs, Room 213, 1957 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052

Please RSVP at rwb_dc2@rsf.org or gwamnesty@gmail.com Contact info: Tyler Logan - GW Amnesty International - tel: 315-272-7686 Lucie Morillon - RWB - tel: 202-256-5613

North Korea Freedom Week

Tuesday, April 28: Rally Date and Anniversary of the First North Korea Freedom Day

Capitol Hill Rally for North Korea Freedom and Human Rights, West Front of the U.S. Capitol

11:00 am Music Starts with the Pyongyang Musical Mission Troupe and our own Jeff Park and the Seoul Presbyterian Church Praise Band

12:00 noon Program with Confirmed speakers (so far): South Korean Human Rights Ambassador Jhe Seong Ho, Senator Sam Brownback, Congressman Ed Royce, NED President Carl Gershman, Freedom House Executive Director Jennifer Windsor, Amnesty International Asia Advocacy Director T. Kumar, Reporters Without Borders Washington Director Lucie Morillon, Dr. Hyunuk Kim, President of the International Forum for Foreign Policy and National Security, Kim Seung Min Director of Free North Korea Radio, representatives from the Japanese Rescue Movement and all North Korean defector organizations...

Mexico’s Pitfalls for Journalists

Reporters Without Borders and the Overseas Press Club present:

Mexico’s Pitfalls for Journalists

April 27, 2009

Time: 6:30 pm - Cash bar opens at 6.00pm

Location: Overseas Press Club of America

40 West 45 Street, New York, NY 10036

Mexico has become the Americas’ most dangerous country for journalists. And the media are under severe threat in several parts of the country. Forty-six journalists have been killed since 2000 and another eight have disappeared since 2003, either because of their work or most often for an unknown motive. Drug cartels that target reporters deemed too curious, corruption on the part of many elected officials, and human rights and press freedom violations by police or the army are high-risk threats to both local and international journalists. Impunity prevails for journalists’ murderers, despite some improvements on the legal front with federalized jurisdiction over murders and offenses committed against journalists.

The panelists will discuss the risks associated with covering the news in Mexico and on the US-Mexican border.

-  Alfredo Corchado, Mexico bureau chief of the Dallas Morning News, covers drug dealers, police and government corruption, the epidemic disappearance of women, and the spread of organized crime among Mexican drug cartels into Dallas and Houston. Among other exclusives, he has exposed The Zetas, former Mexican military commandos now working as a private army for drug lords, and obtained and described videos of revenge executions.

-  Pablo Piccato is the head of Columbia University’s Institute for Latin American Studies. He specializes in Mexican history. He has worked on the political and cultural history of Mexico, and on the history of crime. He is currently completing an overview of crime in Mexico during the twentieth century.

-  Jorge Luis Sierra is a Mexican investigative reporter and editor based in McAllen, Texas, at the US-Mexico border. He reports on a range of conflict-related topics such as drug trafficking, organized crime, counterinsurgency, gangs and immigration. Sierra has a 24-year long journalism career working both as an editor and a writer for influential newspapers and magazines in Mexico and the United States.

-  Angela Kocherga is the Border Bureau Chief for Belo Television. An award-winning reporter, she has covered a wide range of issues including immigration, escalating drug violence, and Mexico’s democratic transition. Angela has worked on both sides of the U.S. - Mexico border and for the past year, she has specialized in coverage of Ciudad Juarez, the bloodiest city in Mexico, and on media censorship.

-  H.E. Arturo Sarukhan Casamitjana, Ambassador of Mexico to the United Nations - invited.

The panel will be moderated by Peter Price, of Reporters Without Borders’ board of directors and President of the National Academy for Television Arts and Sciences.

Please RSVP at boots@opcofamerica.org or rwb_ny@rsf.org

Contact info: Tala Dowlatshahi - RWB - tel: 917 239 0653 or Sonya Fry - OPC - tel: 212 626-9220

This program is co-sponsored by the Overseas Press Club and Reporters Without Borders.

   March
Commedia dell Media: Comedy night Fundraiser with the National Press Club in Washington DC on April 3

The fourth estate has had little to laugh about recently, but all that will soon change-at least for a few hours. Tickets go on sale today for Commedia dell Media, a night of chuckles, giggles, and milk-spouting-from-your-nose hilarity starring an impressive roster of DC’s best reporters.

Can Matt Cooper Twitter while performing stand-up comedy? Will David Corn tie his shoelaces? Does Mark Hosenball really sing? Is Mike Walter surgically attached to an anchor desk? These eternal dilemmas and many more you never wanted to ask about will be resolved on the evening of Friday, April 3 as a dozen journalists take a turn on the comedic stage in the National Press Club ballroom.

Much more than a simple night of laughter and cocktails, the proceeds of Commedia dell Media will benefit two causes close to the hearts of the performers. The Eric Friedheim Library at the National Press Club provides cutting-edge training for journalists and assists with research for reporters, authors and academics. Reporters Without Borders is the international non-profit organization dedicated to protecting journalists’ rights, fighting censorship, and promoting freedom of expression.

The reporters taking the stage at Commedia dell Media will enjoy absolute freedom of expression, though rumors have already begun been circulating that a rogue band of flacks may be plotting a surprise attack of heckling.

Commedia dell Media Friday, April 3, 2009 8 pm Bar opens at 7 pm

National Press Club ballroom 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor

Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door

Available for purchase at http://press.org/comedy

For sponsorship opportunities, see http://press.org/comedy/sponsor

Contact: Christina Davidson: Christina_davidson@mac.com - Tel: 202-271-1551

Lucie Morillon, Reporters Without Borders - lucie.morillon@rsf.org - Tel: 202-256-5613

   February
Kansas Lawmakers Vote Against Shield Law For Journalists

The Senate Judiciary Committee in Kansas voted against a state shield law for journalists February 18th. The bill would have provided substantial protections for journalists asked to identify their confidential sources or notes in the courtroom. The issue is not officially closed, as the bill has been sent to the Kansas Judicial Council for further review.

Derek Schmidt, a Senate Majority Leader, told the Associated Press that the vote down, “doesn’t bode well for [the bill’s] future.” Thirty-six states and the district of Columbia have some form of shield law currently in place. Not all federal courts recognize the First Amendment as a defense for reporters. There have been cases where reporters have been fined, held in contempt, or jailed for their refusal to reveal sources to the court.

According to the Kansas City Star Senator Jean Schodorf, who originally favored the bill, voted against it commenting, “I’m supportive of the concept, but there were questions of how it would be interpreted.” Another opponent, Senator John Vratil objected to the bill on the platform that it would generate a “special class of citizens who would be treated differently than anybody else.”

Currently Kansas courts rely on a state Supreme Court decision created in 1978 that only protects reporters on the condition that the information withheld is not relevant to the defense of an accused criminal.

Reporters Without Borders recognizes the importance of shield laws for journalists and hopes that the decision of the Senate Judiciary Committee will ultimately be reversed.

   January
Reporters Without Borders testifies before Congress on China and the UN Universal Periodical Review

On January 27, the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission held a hearing on the upcoming Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of China’s human rights record at the United Nations. Established in 2006 through U.N. resolution 60/251 which created the Human Rights Council, the UPR is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all 192 UN Member States once every four years. The UPR is a State-driven process and aims to improve the human rights situation in all countries and address human rights violations wherever they occur.

For years, the People’s Republic of China has had a continuously worsening record of human rights violations, which was only thinly covered-up as the eyes of the international community were focused on Beijing during the 2008 Summer Olympics. Practically all areas of human rights are impacted by severe crackdowns, arbitrary arrests and detentions, and draconian punishments and the use of torture. These areas include significant violations of the right to cultural autonomy and self-determination in Tibet and Xinjiang, of the right to freedom of speech for journalists and civil activists such as the Charter 08 movement, of the right to religious freedom, of the right to a fair trial and adequate legal representation, of labor rights, of freedom from torture, as well as of the protection against forced migration.

Witnesses:

Bhuchung Tsering, International Campaign for Tibet

Rebiya Kadeer, Uygher American Association

Felice Gaer, Jacob Blaustein Institute

T. Kumar, Amnesty International

Harry Wu, The Laogai Research Foundation

Lucie Morillon, Reporters Without Borders

Read Reporters Without Borders’ testimony:

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Reporters Without Borders’ testimony
 2008
   November
NYC Rally to call for Egyptian blogger Kareem Amer’s release

On Thursday, November 6th, 2008, bloggers, writers, and human rights activists around the world will stage rallies to protest the continued imprisonment of Egyptian blogger Abdel Kareem Nabil Suleiman. Also known as Kareem Amer, the 24-year-old student was arrested two years ago for criticizing the excesses of Egypt’s top religious authorities and President Mubarak’s authoritarian regime on his personal web site. Sentenced to three years in jail in 2007 for " inciting hatred of Islam" and one year for "insulting" the Egyptian President, he is the first person prosecuted in Egypt for Internet-based writings.

Reporters Without Borders has written to the Egyptian Justice Minister urging him to intercede in the matter but unfortunately no answer was received. Kareem, who was awarded the Reporters Without Borders Internet Award last year, has reportedly been mistreated and tortured while held at the Borg El Prison 25 miles outside of Alexandria.

The international protests are taking place in hopes of persuading Egyptian authorities to drop all charges against him and guarantee his immediate release . In cooperation with other human rights organizations, we will be staging a vigil in New York City on Thursday, November 6th, from noon to 1:30pm, at the Egyptian Mission to the U.N. at 304 East 44th St. (between 1st and 2nd Avenues).

Please join us on November 6th to show your support for Kareem Amer

To find out more about Kareem Amer’s situation and to sign the Reporter Without Borders petition asking for his release please visit: http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=21993

Contact: Tala Dowlatshahi, NY Director, Reporters Without Borders - tel: (917) 239-0653 - tdowlats@gmail.com

   October
Oakland Mayor Requests State Investigation Into Police Handling of Chauncey Bailey Murder

Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums said yesterday, Tuesday October 28, that he had asked California attorney-general Jerry Brown to open an independent probe into the city police investigation of the murder of Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey murder.

Dellums said the probe would run parallel to the current internal police investigation of the case’s lead detective, Derwin Longmire. The Chauncey Bailey Project, a cooperative effort between San Francisco Bay area journalists to investigate the circumstance around Bailey’s death, released a series of articles earlier this week that highlighted several irregularities in Longmire’s handling of the case. Dellums told reporters he did not want Longmire to have anything to do with the case.

Reporters Without Borders, which called for a federal takeover of the probe earlier this year, praised Dellums’ decision, saying the probe had been “enmeshed in local conflicts of interest” and calling for “a thorough and independent investigation” into why important information had been omitted by Longmire and why key suspects had not yet been charged.

Those who organized and committed Bailey’s murder had to be found and punished, it said, and “a clear signal” had to be sent to those who think they can target investigative journalists without facing reprisals.

Bailey, slain in August 2007 on his way to work, had been working on a story about the financial troubles of Your Black Muslim Bakery, a North Oakland business and community organization. The Alameda County district attorney’s office has already begun an independent investigation into whether there was a conspiracy to murder Bailey.

FOLLOW OUR COVERAGE OF US PRESS FREEDOM ISSUES HERE

Documentary “Last day in Oakland”

Chauncey Bailey, editor of the weekly Oakland Post and a well-known figure in Oakland, California’s black community, was shot dead in downtown Oakland on August 2nd 2007 around 7am. Zachary Stauffer has highlighted Chauncey Bailey’s life, the growth of influence that Your Black Muslim Bakery has gained in Oakland, and its effects on the case. Stauffer is a recent graduate from the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley and made his master’s thesis on Bailey’s murder. He produced a half-hour documentary entitled, A Day Late in Oakland. It was screened at the Mill Valley Film Festival in California on the 11th of October and earned the North Gate Prize in Documentary Excellence. Journalist Emmanuelle Pauly met him to discuss RWB’s proposition to take the case to the federal level.

What was the idea of your documentary “Last day in Oakland”? I wanted to try to do something different from what was coming out from the newspapers. I wanted the film to be about both Bailey’s life and murder and the evolution of Your Black Muslim Bakery, the organization implicated in Bailey’s killing. For me, it was important to show the roots that both of these story threads have in Oakland’s racial history. The white establishment largely ignored the black community and their needs at the time of the Civil Rights Movement. Bailey made a decision to become a journalist. The bakery was one group that emerged in the late sixties in an attempt to empower the community. But overtime, its positive ideals became overshadowed by its frequent run-ins with the law.

What is the evolution of the investigation? A 19-year-old employee of Your Black Muslim Bakery confessed to carrying out the murder and then retracted? I don’t think it was the act of just one person. Oakland is a complex and troubled place with corruption, cronyism, and a lot of social problems. I made some attempt to talk with the Oakland Police Department to speak about the investigation, but they have a gag order in place and aren’t talking about a number of investigations tied to the bakery. The investigation is troubling because the papers have shown that while there is a confession in the murder, there was also an unrecorded conversation between Devaughndre Broussard, the confessor, and Yusuf Bey IV, the head of the bakery at the time. The investigator on the case has ties to Bey IV and he should have recorded that conversation. The case fully revealed the dark side of some members of the Bey family, but it also shows some of the problems in official Oakland.

What do you think of the demand of Reporters Without Borders that in this context the case should be brought to the federal level? Because of the seriousness of the case, I think it would be wise to take it to the federal level in order to ensure a fair trial. Derwin Longmire, the OPD investigator, has ties to Bey IV, so that shows some pretty big problems at the local level. We also have to remember that Jerry Brown, the Attorney General of California, was the mayor of Oakland from 1999 to 2007. He, like many Oakland politicians, showed signs of support for the bakery in the past. So I don’t think that state is the right authority to take over the case. If possible, it should go to the feds.

Do you think Bailey was killed for being a journalist? Bailey was clearly the target. It was not a mistake. But the thing that I don’t understand is that Bailey was not an investigative reporter. He was a community reporter. He told generally positive stories about the community. So what threat could he represent for the bakery? But in Oakland, a lot of young people settle their problems with guns. So if it’s to believed that members of the bakery committed this crime, they may have just been settling the score the way it’s often done in this city, not simply because he was writing a story.

It’s well known that journalists are becoming targets of radical groups around the world. They’ve been killed in Afghanistan and Iraq, Russia and Turkey, and a host of other places in recent years. But this crime happened in Oakland where Bailey reported stories and provided a voice for the black community. We don’t see this kind of killing in the United States too often. But the fact that it happened should generate concern. Journalists check power and corruption, so we all have something to lose if they become the targets of criminal organizations and radicals around the world.

Reporters Without Borders urges presidential candidates to pledge to better protect press freedom

Reporters Without Borders today released the text of the letters it sent on 8 September to presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain urging them to provide better protection for freedom of the press and to announce concrete steps to guarantee the American people’s right to be informed.

"Journalists are guardians of democracy whose rights must be protected around the world, not least in the United States, to which emerging democracies look for guidance, and where free speech is an inalienable right explicitly protected by the Constitution,” Reporters Without Borders said.

“Regrettably, this is far from being the case and there is still much to accomplish. The United States ranks now 36th out of 173 countries in the 2008 Press Freedom Index which Reporters Without Borders released today, meriting only a ‘satisfactory’ grade, despite an improvement from last year (when it was 44th out of 169 countries).

"This situation is unacceptable for the country known for its First Amendment rights. We are asking the candidates to let the American people know how they will improve this ranking and improve access to information for their fellow Americans. In times of important political decisions and economic crisis, the American people need more than ever to have access to accurate and diverse information in order to make sound decisions."

In its letters to the presidential campaigns, Reporters Without Borders raised the issues of impunity in the murder of Californian newspaper editor Chauncey Bailey, better protection for reporters’ sources, access to more diverse news and information, Internet neutrality, and the treatment of journalists working in areas under US control in Iraq and Afghanistan.

By writing to the candidates, Reporters Without Borders hopes to gain insight into their views on these pressing matters as well as to learn how they would help to improve the status of press freedom at home and abroad if elected.

Reporters Without Borders noted the historical nature of this presidential election, which has change and a new direction for the United States as its central theme, and which offers an exciting opportunity to reinforce the important role of a free press in the United States.

READ THE COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE AND DOWNLOAD THE LETTERS HERE

   August
NYC Human Rights Press Conference Marks Olympics Closing Ceremony

The Visual Artists Guild and Reporters without Borders held a press conference today on the steps of city hall in New York City to mark the closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics.

Reporters Without Borders provided an account of the continued attacks on freedom of expression that occurred during the games, including the attacks on foreign reporters, suppression of dissident voices and continued arrests of Chinese citizens attempting to speak out."Reporters Without Borders urges those at the head of the Olympic movement to ask themselves what the criteria for hosting future games should be. In the future the IOC must take into account the degree of censorship faced by independent media and the freedom national and foreign journalists will have to move about the host country."said New York Director Tala Dowlatshahi.

"The Visual Artists Guild calls for an end to Beijing’s continued repression against : petitioners who seek justice for their grievances; parents of children who died in the Sichuan earthquake who seek answers to the "tofu" schools; farmers who lost their land; migrants who seek jobs but were forcibly removed; urban dwellers whose homes were seized by the government; human rights defense lawyers who have been imprisoned or harassed;and human rights activists such as the China POC 8 - Chen Guangcheng, Hu Jia, Huang Qi, Qi Chonghuai, Shi Tao, Sun Lin, Yang Chunlin and Yang Zili," stated Ann Noonan, President of the New York Chapter.

Special presentations were made by New York City Council Member Tony Avella, and New York City Council Member Diana Reyna’s Legislative Aide, Francisco Mercado.According to Council Member Tony Avella, a strong advocate for Tibetan rights: " Even though the Olympics ended, if China wants be a player on the world scene they will have to start respecting human rights." Mr. Mercado added: " When you have thousands of organizations placed under house arrests, that’s not a successful Olympics. I hope it will instigate us to take the opportunity to promote freedom"

Students for a Free Tibet’s Tom Grant, an independent filmmaker, spoke about the detention of its members: " The IOC has been complicit during these abuses." Brian Conley and Jeffrey Rae were also present to speak about their detention. Initially given 10 day sentences last Thursday for filming pro-Tibet protests in Beijing, the two were released and deported back to the United States late last night.

Other participating organizations included Freedom House, Darfur’s Association of New York, Riverdale Jewish Community Center, 8-8-08 for Burma, and Step Up with Jeremy Taylor.

   July
Award in honor of late AFP chief editor Peter Mackler

An award for journalists working in countries where press freedom is under attack has been set up to honor Peter Mackler, the late AFP North America chief editor who died after suffering a heart attack on June 20, 2008 at work, in Washington.

The award will honor journalists who through their work have shown the highest ethical standards and defended freedom of information. The Peter Mackler fund will be administered by the US branch of the international press freedom organization Reporters Without Borders.

A native of New York who spoke fluent French, Mackler joined AFP in the United States in September 1979 after starting his journalism career at rival agency UPI.

Over his nearly 30-year career at AFP, the indefatigable journalist played a key role in developing the multilingual agency’s English service from Paris to the Middle East and Hong Kong.

As a reporter or editor, he wrote and oversaw stories that have defined recent history: from the Gulf War in 1991 to the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York and George W. Bush’s presidency. He was also key in helping organize coverage for the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq.

In the past year, he steered the Washington bureau’s coverage of the marathon presidential nomination race with vigor in the face of intense competition from rival news agencies.

Donations

Tax-deductible donations can be made to Reporters Without Borders USA, a 501c3 association. A donation receipt will be mailed to you. Methods of payment:

-  by paypal

-  by check: Reporters Without Borders Peter Mackler Fund Southern Railway Building 1500 K Street, N.W., Suite 600 Washington DC, 20005

The check should be written to ”Reporters Without Borders / Peter Mackler Fund”

-  by wire to our bank: Bank of America 1090 Vermont Ave NW Washington, DC 20005 Reporters Without Borders Business Account Peter Mackler Fund Account #: 2260 0279 4091 Routing #: 026009593 Swift code: BOFAUS3N

French-based donators can mail a check to “Reporters sans frontieres / Peter Mackler Fund” in Paris to benefit from tax deduction. 47, rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris, France

Contact information

Lucie Morillon Reporters Without Borders Washington Director Southern Railway Building 1500 K Street, N.W., Suite 600 Washington DC, 20005 Tel: 202 256 5613 Email: lucie.morillon@rsf.org Web: www.rsf.org

   June
UAA “Freedom Torch Relay” demonstration to be held in front of the Chinese Embassy on Thursday, June 26

On Thursday, June 26, 2007, from 2 pm to 4 pm, members of the Uyghur American Association (UAA), the local Uyghur community and supporters of human rights for Uyghurs and human rights in China will gather in the park in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C., to raise awareness about human rights abuses being committed against the Uyghur people in East Turkistan (also known as Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northwest China) and other human rights abuses taking place in the People’s Republic of China.

Participants will first gather at the park in Dupont Circle at 1 pm, and will then walk north up Connecticut Avenue towards the Chinese Embassy. The demonstration will feature speeches by Alim Seytoff, UAA General Secretary; T. Kumar, Advocacy Director for Asia & Pacific for Amnesty International USA; Lucie Morillon, Washington Director at Reporters Without Borders; Yang Jianli, Chair, Foundation for China in the 21st Century; and Miranda Yen, Project Director of the Laogai Research Foundation.

Members of the public and the media are welcome to attend. Contact: Uyghur American Association +1 (202) 349 1496 - www.uua.org

June 18: Testimony before the U.S.-China Economic & Security Review Commission

A legislative branch entity founded to advise Congress on issues affecting U.S.-China relations. The Commission will hold a public hearing on June 18th on Freedom of Expression and Access to Internet.
See: http://www.uscc.gov/hearings/hearing_schedule.php

June 7 - New Media Seminar -Lighthouse Executive Conference Center and Theater, New York City

Lucie Morillon will speak about the right to inform and to be informed during the Freedom of Speech Luncheon.
See: http://www.talkers.com/main/

June 4th: Annual Commemorative Tiananmen Dinner Event
 and Candlelight Vigil

dedicated to Hu Jia and Zeng Jinyan - 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM by Visual Artists Guild - New York Chapter - Delight 28 Restaurant - 28 Pell Street, New York City Awards ceremony honoring Ronan Farrow and Mia Farrow, Nat Hentoff,
syndicated columnist with The Village Voice
 &
 Lucie Morillon, Reporters Without Borders’ Washington Director. With the attendance of Majora Carter, the American Olympic Torch bearer who pulled the Tibetan Flag from her sleeve in San Francisco during the torch relay. RSVPs required.
More info: Ann Noonan annnoonan@hotmail.com - cell: 646/251-6069

June 4th: Commemoration of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in Washington DC.

To mark the 19th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, a large number of Chinese, Tibetan, Uyghur, American and international human rights groups, including Reporters Without Borders, will assemble together on June 4 at 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM in Upper Senate Park, DC. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and several Congress members will also be speaking in Support of Human Rights in China. Volunteers needed to join the RWB group at the rally. If interested, please contact Elisa Bermudez at rwb_dc2@rsf.org or tel: 202 879 9295.
More information: http://www.initiativesforchina.com/press/press080522.html

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