Posts Tagged ‘Philippinen’

Österreich: Let’s ban the bombs!

Donnerstag, Dezember 11th, 2014

“Austria pledges to work for a ban on nuclear weapons

Austria pledges to work for a ban on nuclear weapons
Humanitarian initiative on nuclear weapons must initiate treaty process in 2015

December 9, 2014

After 44 states called for a prohibition on nuclear weapons at a conference in Vienna on the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons, Austria delivered the “Austrian pledge” in which it committed to work to “fill the legal gap for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons” and pledged “to cooperate with all stakeholders to achieve this goal”.

“All states committed to nuclear disarmament must join the Austrian pledge to work towards a treaty to ban nuclear weapons”, said Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

“Next year is the 70 year anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and that will be a fitting time for negotiations to start on a treaty banning nuclear weapons”, Fihn added.

States that expressed support for a ban treaty at the Vienna Conference include: Austria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Burundi, Chad, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea Bissau, Holy See, Indonesia, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Philippines, Qatar, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Senegal, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Timor Leste, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela, Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

These announcements were given at a two-day international conference convened in Vienna to examine the consequences of nuclear weapon use, whether intentional or accidental.

Survivors of the nuclear bombings in Japan and of nuclear testing in Australia, Kazakhstan, the Marshall Islands, and the United States, gave powerful testimonies of the horrific effects of nuclear weapons. Their evidence complemented other presentations presenting data and research.

“The consequences of any nuclear weapon use would be devastating, long-lasting, and unacceptable. Governments simply cannot listen to this evidence and hear these human stories without acting”, said Akira Kawasaki, from Japanese NGO Peaceboat. “The only solution is to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons and we need to start now,” Kawasaki added.

For decades, discussions on nuclear weapons have been dominated by the few nuclear-armed states – states that continue to stockpile and maintain over 16,000 warheads. The humanitarian initiative on nuclear weapons has prompted a fundamental change in this conversation, with non-nuclear armed states leading the way in a discussion on the actual effects of the weapons.

Unlike the other weapons of mass destruction – chemical and biological – nuclear weapons are not yet prohibited by an international legal treaty. Discussions in Vienna illustrated that the international community is determined to address this. In a statement to the conference, Pope Francis called for nuclear weapons to be “banned once and for all”.

The host of the previous conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, Mexico, called for the commencement of a diplomatic process, and South Africa said it was considering its role in future meetings.

“Anyone in Vienna can tell that something new is happening on nuclear weapons. We have had three conferences examining their humanitarian impact, and now with the Austrian pledge we have everything we need for a diplomatic process to start”, said Thomas Nash of UK NGO Article 36.”

 

(Quelle: ICAN.)

Global: Die wunderbare Welt des CO2 (Teil 2)

Dienstag, Dezember 4th, 2012

Share of global emissions (% world total 2010)

 

Klima_2.1

(Tabelle aus: United Nations Environment Programme: The Emissions Gap Report 2012, S. 17, 18
Download des o. g. Reports hier.)

 

(Quelle: United Nations Environment Programme: The Emissions Gap Report 2012)

Asien: No Nukes!

Dienstag, August 21st, 2012

“Hintergrund: Die Anti Atom Bewegung in Asien

Von Dieter Kaufmann, August 2012

Rasantes Wirtschaftswachstum und steigende Ölpreise sind für die Länder Asiens Grund genug, für ihre Energieversorgung auf Atomkraft zu setzen. Die nukleare Begeisterung ist auch nach der Katastrophe im japanischen Atomkraftwerk Fukushima ungebrochen. Während in China und Indien bereits Atommeiler am Netz sind, ist die Atomkraft für andere Länder eine “Option für die nächsten 15 bis 20 Jahre”. Selbst der Stadtstaat Singapur, kleiner als Berlin, will Atomkraftwerke bauen. In fast allen asiatischen Ländern wird der Strompreis stark subventioniert, damit die die Industrie und Haushalte keine zu hohe Kosten haben. Stromeinsparung Fehlanzeige!

In vielen Ländern von Asien gibt es eine Anti Atom Bewegung. Sie sind genauso zählebig wie in Deutschland auch. In Südkorea, Taiwan und Japan gibt es sehr aktive Anti AKW Gruppen. Über das 1993 gegründete Anti Atom Netzwerk „No Nukes Asia“ arbeiten viele Anti Atom Gruppen in Südostasien zusammen. Das jährliche Anti Atom Treffen Forum verbindet immer Bildung und Austausch mit direkten Aktionen und Pressearbeit. Im Forum arbeiten Menschen aus der Republik Korea, Taiwan, Philippinen, Indonesien, Malaysia, Thailand, Indien und Japan mit. In einer Abschlusserklärung in Südkorea auf einem internationalen Treffen vom 18.03. bis 24.03.2012 in der Stadt Samchuk heißt es auszugsweise sinngemäß: „Wir fordern die Regierungen von Indonesien, Thailand und den Philippinen auf, ihre Atomprogramme aufzugeben. Wir fordern alle Menschen auf, die tödliche Atomenergie abzulehnen. Wir müssen alle zusammenarbeiten, um die Ära des Atomausstiegs zu starten und entschlossen den Umstieg für auf Menschen basierende, erneuerbare, nachhaltige saubere Energien durchzusetzen.“ (23. März 2012, No Nukes Forum Asia)

Südkorea

Von 1961 bis 1987 gab es in Südkorea eine Militärregierungen. Die Demokratiebewegung konnte sich erst 1987 durchsetzen. Diese Militärregierungen zogen das Atomprogramm durch. 1977 wurde in Südkorea das erste AKW kritisch. In Südkorea von heute, 2012, sind fünf AKW Standorte mit 22 AKW Reaktoren installiert. Bis zum Jahre 2024 will Südkorea 14 neue AKW bauen. So sollen 40 Prozent 2030 von der Atomenergie gedeckt werden. Im Jahre 2011 waren es 23 Prozent.

Die südkoreanische Umweltbewegung begann wie in der BRD auch aus einer Anti-AKW-Bewegung. Umweltfragen wurden in der koreanischen Diktatur zu kritischen Hochburgen in der Demokratiebewegung, die auf einen schwer erkämpften Weg 1987 zu einer zivilen demokratischen Regierungsform führte. Es ging aber auch den Kampf gegen Atommülllagerstätten, die die koreanische Regierung bauen wollte. Der Super Gau in Tschernobyl 1986 führte zu einen massenhaften Zulauf zur der Anti Atom Bewegung.

1988 wurde die koreanische Öffentlichkeit von der Anti Atom Bewegung über die Probleme mit den AKW und nukleare Entsorgung informiert. Zehntausende Menschen nahmen an Demonstrationen teil und unterzeichneten Petitionen protestierten weiter gegen den Bau neuer Atomkraftwerke und Atommülllagerstätten. 1989 wurde eine Kampagne gegen den Bau von AKW am AKW-Standort Yongkwan durchgeführt. 1990 wurde eine Demonstration mit 20.000 Menschen gegen eine Atommüll-Anlage organisiert, die auf der vor gelagerten Insel Anmyon errichtet werden sollte. Die koreanische Regierung hatte dort versucht, heimlich ein hochradioaktives Endlager zu errichten.

1993 kam es zur Gründung von Korean Federation for Environmental Movement (KFEM). Im Jahr 1995 erzwang KFEM nach langen Protesten die Absage einer geplanten Atommüll-Lagerstätte auf der Insel Gulup zu bauen. Der Vorschlag wurde im November abgebrochen. 1997 begann der Start der Kampagne gegen Atommüll Transporte von Taiwan nach Nordkorea. Das Projekt der Castor Transporte wurde im Dezember 1997 aufgegeben. Im Juli 1998 wurde ein Austauschprogramm mit Umweltgruppen in der Mongolei durchgeführt.

Nach dem Scheitern ein Endlager zu errichten versucht die Regierung jetzt erneut. Es soll 2003 bei der 70.000-Einwohner-Stadt Buan, 200 Kilometer südlich von Seoul, gebaut werden. Seit Juli 2003 gibt es ununterbrochen jeden Tag Lichter – Demonstrationen gegen das Endlager. Auf dem Höhepunkt der Demonstration waren 10.000 Demonstranten gegen die Atompläne der Regierung auf den Straßen. Die koreanische Regierung hatte bis zu 10.000 Polizisten eingesetzt, die zum Teil brutal gegen die Demonstranten vorgehen: 41 Demonstranten landeten im Gefängnis, über 400 wurden durch Polizeiangriffe und Übergriffe verletzt. Unter den Verletzten waren auch alte Menschen, Frauen und Kinder.

Die Demonstrationen sind bunt, vielfältig und fantasievoll: 300 Fischer machten mit ihren Booten eine Rallye gegen das geplante Atommülllager, ebenso 1500 Autofahrer mit ihren Autos und tausende von Radfahrern. 340 Dorfbürgermeister beteiligen sich, hunderte von Ärzten und Marine-Veteranen. Mönche fasteten und Priester beteten mit den Demonstranten.

In Buan wächst eine echte Graswurzel-Demokratie. Es gibt Marathon-Läufe, aber auch Musikfestivals gegen das Atommülllager. Unter dem Motto der traditionsreichen koreanischen Widerstandsbewegung “three steps one bow” (“Drei Schritte nach vorn, einmal auf den Boden”) machten 1200 Demonstranten einen 49 Kilometer langen Marsch und warfen sich dabei etwa zehntausend Mal auf den Boden, unter den Demonstranten waren auch viele SchülerInnen.

Die meisten koreanischen Medien haben bisher über die massenhaften Anti-Atom-Demonstrationen nur wenig und oberflächlich, manchmal auch diffamierend berichtet. (2005)

Nach Fukushima 2011 gab es vermehrt Anti Atom Demonstrationen. So z. B. “Nuklearfreies Korea, nuklearfreies Samcheok!” riefen die Demonstranten. Sie schwenkten Transparente und hielten Schilder in die Luft. Per Megafon forderten sie die Stilllegung aller koreanischen Atomkraftwerke und den Stopp der Planungen, die den Bau von sieben weiteren Atomreaktoren vorsehen. Unterstützung erhielten sie vom Meer aus, wo die Umweltorganisation Greenpeace mit ihrem Segelschiff Rainbow Warrior Anker geworfen hatte.

18. August 2012″

 

(Quelle: contrAtom.)

Grossbritannien: Olympiade & Menschenrechte

Dienstag, Juli 31st, 2012

“Am Wochenende starteten die XXX. Olympischen Spiele in London mit einem Riesenspektakel, die Kritik an ihnen konnte die Show jedoch nicht ausblenden. Neben Greenwashing-Vorwürfen wegen des Dow Chemical-, Rio Tinto- und BP- Sponsorings kritisieren viele vor allem den Kontrast zwischen Schein und Sein der Spiele. Das bezieht sich nicht nur auf den Unterschied zwischen dem Glamour der Spielorte und der Lebensrealität im armen Londoner Osten, sondern auch auf die Kehrseite der Spiele in den globalen Sportartikel-Fabriken. So zeigt die Playfair-Kampagne in einer aktuellen Recherche, dass Produkte rund um die Olympiade noch immer unter ausbeuterischen Bedingungen hergestellt werden. Sportliche Spiele stellen wir uns anders vor.

Olympia 2012: Systematische Ausbeutung von ArbeiterInnen immer noch Teil des Spiels

Chinesische Arbeiterinnen in einer Sportschuh-Fabrik

Eine Recherche in zehn Textil-Fabriken Chinas, Sri Lankas und der Philippinen ergab, dass Sportbekleidung, aber auch offizielle Uniformen der diesjährigen olympischen Spiele, unter ausbeuterischen Bedingungen hergestellt wurde. Laden Sie den Bericht „Fair Games? Human rights of workers in the Olympic Games 2012“ bei uns kostenlos runter.

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Bangladesch: Lage von TextilarbeiterInnen spitzt sich weiter zu

Tausende Beschäftigte gingen Ende Juni auf die Strassen, um höhere Löhne zu fordern. Daraufhin wurden über 300 Werke geschlossen. Bei den darauf folgenden schweren Zusammenstössen mit der Polizei wurden zahlreiche Menschen verletzt, 25 Personen verhaftet. Obwohl die Fabriken inzwischen wieder geöffnet sind, bleibt die Forderung nach einer Lohnerhöhung ein dringendes Anliegen. GewerkschaftsführerInnen befürchten, dass es zu Übergriffen durch den bangladeschischen Geheimdienst kommen könnte.

Zu den Hintergründen

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(Quelle: EvB.)

Siehe auch:

Lizenz zum Landraub

Philippinen: Kirche gegen Kontrazeptiva

Montag, Juli 2nd, 2012

“PHILIPPINES: Rescuing “failed” family planning with cash

 

Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Manila

 

MANILA, 2 July 2012 (IRIN) – The government of the Philippines is aiming to save its “failed” national family planning programme and drastically cut maternal deaths by spending 500 million pesos (almost US$12 million) on contraceptives in 2012, a move bitterly opposed by the influential Roman Catholic Church.

The Department of Health has said it will use the money to purchase “family planning commodities and supplies” – an official euphemism for condoms, intra-uterine devices (IUDs), birth control pills and other contraceptives – and distribute them on a large scale for the first time in largely underfunded community centres across the country.

It is a controversial decision that even public health officials and family planning advocates admit may not be carried out by local officials wary of angering the Church or losing the votes of Catholic supporters.

The Church frowns on contraceptives and discourages Filipinos from using them, so government support for family planning programmes has usually been limited. Earlier attempts to boost family planning services failed when strict congressional vetting scrapped any programme that involved paying for and distributing contraceptives.

The money for the new family planning initiative will have to come from 2012 general budget allocations of $990 million. Health department officials say the move is aimed at cutting maternal mortality rates, which went from just 162 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2006 to 221 in 2011 – a rise of 35 percent – according to the government’s 2011 Family Health Survey.

Health officials say at this pace the Philippines will likely miss the UN Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of reducing the 1990 maternal mortality ratio (MMR) by three-quarters by 2015.

“The Philippines started its family planning programme in the 1970s, when we had a similar population to Thailand of around 40 million. But now our population is roughly 95 million, while Thailand only has 65 million,” said Esmeraldo Ilem, head of the Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, the national maternity facility in the capital, Manila.

“This difference… is attributed to Thailand’s very successful [family planning] programme,” he said. “In other words, ours has been unsuccessful.” The hospital’s dark hallways and perpetually overcrowded maternity wards could symbolize the country’s inadequate health sector management.

A reproductive health bill that includes allocating funds for contraceptives and introducing sex education for primary school children has been bitterly debated in Congress for the past two years, but there is little sign of it being passed anytime soon.

Foreign governments and NGOs have so far filled the gap, but the global financial crisis and changing geopolitical priorities have forced them to cut back on aid, say Philippine government officials. In 2005 donors provided $4.4 million for contraceptives, with the US government contributing most of the money, according to the public-private Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition, which tracks shipments of reproductive health supplies.

Funding for contraception was half that amount in 2011. The International Planned Parenthood Federation, Marie Stopes International – a global reproductive health NGO – and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) together provided $2.2 million for contraceptives, with $836,000 coming from UNFPA.

As a result, some six million Filipina women reported an “unmet need” for modern family planning services, according to the health department.

“These are women who are too old or too young to give birth, or those who already have too many [children], yet still come here and bear babies because they do not have proper access to health services,” Ilem said as he made the rounds in Fabella’s crowded wards.

The city government of Manila hosts the national headquarters of the Catholic Church in a country where more than 80 percent of the people identify themselves as members.

“In Manila, there is no health centre where you can find free contraceptives.” The city banned contraceptives in government health centres about a decade ago.

President Benigno Aquino, elected in 2010 on a promise to end poverty, initially voiced support for the reproductive health bill, but intense lobbying by Church officials, whose views on key issues often shape public opinion, has softened that position.

“We will not meet the MDG [Millennium Development Goal] on maternal health,” Ilem said. “But at the very least the purpose of this spending is to help save our family planning programme by… mak[ing] contraceptives available to the public.”

The statistics and acronyms mean little to women like Irish Gili, 31, a mother of eight who had just delivered her latest baby at Fabella. She has never had access to family planning advice, much less free contraceptives. She nearly died while delivering her seventh child, but found herself pregnant again, barely a month after giving birth.

“I have been advised to have a [tubal] ligation already,” she said. “I suppose I need to that now. I have so many mouths to feed, and my body can no longer handle another childbirth.”

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[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]”

 

(Quelle: IRIN News.)

Global: Orte der Gewalt

Mittwoch, Dezember 28th, 2011

“THE 10 MOST DANGEROUS PLACES FOR JOURNALISTS

2011 in figures:

66 journalists killed (16% more than in 2010)
1,044 journalists arrested
1,959 journalists physically attacked or threatened
499 media censored
71 journalists kidnapped
73 journalists fled their country
5 netizens killed
199 bloggers and netizens arrested
62 bloggers and netizens physically attacked
68 countries subject to Internet censorship

Reporters Without Borders has this year, for the first time, compiled a list of the world’s 10 most dangerous places for the media – the 10 cities, districts, squares, provinces or regions where journalists and netizens were particularly exposed to violence and where freedom of information was flouted.

Overall, 2011 took a heavy toll on media freedom. The Arab Spring was at the centre of the news. Of the total of 66 journalists killed in 2011, 20 were killed in the Middle East (twice as many as in 2010). A similar number were killed in Latin America, which is very exposed to the threat of criminal violence. For the second year running, Pakistan was the single deadliest country with a total of 10 journalists killed, most of them murdered. China, Iran and Eritrea continue to be the world’s biggest prisons for the media.


The Arab Spring, the protest movements it inspired in nearby countries such as Sudan and Azerbaijan, and the street protests in other countries such as Greece, Belarus, Uganda, Chile and the United States were responsible for the dramatic surge in the number of arrests, from 535 in 2010 to 1,044 in 2011. There were many cases of journalists being physically obstructed in the course of their work (by being detained for short periods or being summoned for interrogation), and for the most part they represented attempts by governments to suppress information they found threatening.

The 43 per cent increase in physical attacks on journalists and the 31 per cent increase in arrests of netizens – who are leading targets when they provide information about street demonstrations during media blackouts – were also significant developments in a year of protest. Five netizens were killed in 2011, three of them in Mexico alone.


From Cairo’s Tahrir Square to Khuzdar in southwestern Pakistan, from Mogadishu to the cities of the Philippines, the risks of working as a journalist at times of political instability were highlighted more than ever in 2011. The street was where danger was to be found in 2011, often during demonstrations that led to violent clashes with the security forces or degenerated into open conflict. The 10 places listed by Reporters Without Borders represent extreme cases of censorship of the media and violence against those who tried to provide freely and independently reported news and information.


(Listed by alphabetical order of country)

Manama, Bahrain
The Bahraini authorities did everything possible to prevent international coverage of the pro-democracy demonstrations in the capital, Manama, denying entry to some foreign reporters, and threatening or attacking other foreign reporters or their local contacts. Bahraini journalists, especially photographers, were detained for periods ranging from several hours to several weeks. Many were tried before military tribunals until the state of emergency imposed on 15 March was lifted. After months of demonstrations, order was finally restored thanks to systematic repression. A blogger jailed by a military court is still in prison and no civilian court ever reviewed his conviction. Bahrain is an example of news censorship that succeeded with the complicity of the international community, which said nothing. A newspaper executive and a netizen paid for this censorship with their lives.

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Abobo, Adjamé, Plateau, Koumassi, Cocody, Yopougon… all of these Abidjan neighbourhoods were dangerous places for the media at one stage or another during the first half of 2011. Journalists were stopped at checkpoints, subjected to heavy-handed interrogation or physically attacked. The headquarters of the national TV station, RTI, was the target of airstrikes. A newspaper employee was beaten and hacked to death at the end of February. A Radio Yopougon presenter was the victim of an execution-style killing by members of the Forces Républicaines de Côte d’Ivoire (FRCI) in May. The post-election crisis that led to open war between the supporters of the rival presidential contenders, Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara, had a dramatic impact on the safety of journalists. During the Battle of Abidjan, the country’s business capital, at the start of April, it was completely impossible for journalists to move about the city.

Cairo’s Tahrir Square, Egypt
The pro-democracy demonstrations that finally forced Hosni Mubarak to stand down as president on 20 February began at the end of January in Tahrir Square, now the emblem of the Arab Spring uprisings. Foreign journalists were systematically attacked during the incredibly violent first week of February, when an all-out hate campaign was waged against the international media from 2 to 5 February. More than 200 violations were reported. Local journalists were also targeted. The scenario was similar six months later – from 19 to 28 November, in the run-up to parliamentary elections, and during the weekend of 17-18 December – during the crackdown on new demonstrations to demand the departure of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

Misrata, Libya
After liberating Benghazi, the anti-Gaddafi rebels took Misrata, Libya’s third largest city and a strategic point for launching an offensive on Tripoli. But the regular army staged a counter-offensive and laid siege to the city, cutting it off from the rest of the world and imposing a news and information blockade lasting many weeks, during which its main road, Tripoli Street, was repeatedly the scene of particularly intense fighting. The Battle of Misrata highlighted the risks that reporters take in war zones. Two of the five journalists killed in Libya in 2011 lost their lives in this city.

Veracruz state, Mexico
Located on the Gulf of Mexico and long dominated by the cartel of the same name, Veracruz state is a hub of all kinds of criminal trade, from drug trafficking to contraband in petroleum products. In 2011, it became the new epicentre of the federal offensive against the cartels and three journalists were killed there in the course of the year. Around 10 others fled the state as a result of the growing threats to freedom of information and because of the inaction or complicity of the authorities in the face of this threat.

Khuzdar, Pakistan
The many cases of journalists who have been threatened or murdered in Khuzdar district, in the southwestern province of Balochistan, is typical of the extreme violence that prevails in this part of Pakistan. The province’s media are caught in the crossfire between the security forces and armed separatists. The murder of Javed Naseer Rind, a former assistant editor of the Daily Tawar newspaper, was the latest example. His body was found on 5 November, nearly three months after he was abducted. An anti-separatist group calling itself the Baloch Musallah Defa Army issued a hit-list at the end of November naming four journalists as earmarked for assassination.

The Manila, Cebu and Cagayan de Oro metropolitan areas on the islands of Luzon and Mindanao, Philippines
Most of the murders and physical attacks on journalists in the Philippines take place in these three metropolitan areas. The paramilitary groups and private militias responsible were classified as “Predators of Press Freedom” in 2011. The government that took office in July has still not come up with a satisfactory response, so these groups continue to enjoy a total impunity that is the result of corruption, links between certain politicians and organized crime, and an insufficiently independent judicial system.

Mogadishu, Somalia
Mogadishu is a deadly capital where journalists are exposed to terrible dangers, including being killed by a bomb or a stray bullet or being deliberately targeted by militias hostile to the news media. Although the Islamist insurgent group Al-Shabaab withdrew from the capital, fighting continues and makes reporting very dangerous. Three Somali journalists were killed in Mogadishu this year, in August, October and December. And a visiting Malaysian cameraman sustained a fatal gunshot injury to the chest in September while accompanying a Malaysian NGO as it was delivering humanitarian assistance.

Deraa, Homs and Damascus, Syria
Deraa and Homs, the two epicentres of the protests against Bashar al-Assad’s regime, have been completely isolated. They and Damascus were especially dangerous for journalists in 2011. The regime has imposed a complete media blackout, refusing to grant visas to foreign reporters and deporting those already in the country. The occasional video footage of the pro-democracy demonstrations that began in March has been filmed by ordinary citizens, who risk their lives to do so. Many have been the victims of arrest, abduction, beatings and torture for transmitting video footage or information about the repression. The mukhabarat (intelligence services), shabihas (militias) and their cyber-army have been used by the regime to identify and harass journalists. Physical violence is very common. Many bloggers and journalists have fled the country. Around 30 journalists are currently believed to be detained.

Sanaa’s Change Square, Yemen
Change Square in Sanaa was the centre of the protests against President Ali Abdallah Saleh and it is there that much of the violence and abuses against journalists took place. Covering the demonstrations and the many bloody clashes with the security forces was dangerous for the media, which were directly targeted by a regime bent on crushing the pro-democracy movement and suppressing coverage of it. Two journalists were killed while covering these demonstrations. Pro-government militiamen known as baltajiyas also carried out punitive raids on the media. Physical violence, destruction of equipment, kidnappings, seizure and destruction of newspapers, and attacks on media offices were all used as part of a policy of systematic violence against media personnel.

Yearly total of journalists killed since 1995


 


 

(Quelle: Reporter ohne Grenzen.)