Media Tracker (16-11-2018)

Media Tracker

Media Tracker lists the challenges and achievements of the journalists and media organisations worldwide. Here’s a list of journalism at risk stories in the recent month. We would like to thank international media protection organisation and news outlets for their content.

  • Financial Times Asia Editor, Victor Mallet has been refused work visa renewal by the Hong Kong Immigration. He is also not allowed to reenter the city. While the lawyers have questioned the motivation behind the action, the government refuses to comment on the issue. The incident increases fears that Hong Kong may be turning into one like many other Chinese cities. 


  • Three Algerian journalists Adlène Mellah, director of the online news sites Algérie Direct and Dzair Presse and Part Editor-in-Chief Abdou Semmar and journalist Merouane Boudiab, were detained a few weeks ago on charges of defemation and privacy violation. According to media reports, Mellah, Semmar and Boudiab had reported on corruption allegations involving the complainants as well as relations between the complainants and politicians, including Algeria’s president.


  • A dozen plainclothes policemen raided Karachi Press Club at 10:30 pm on November 9th. According to a Karachi Press Club statement, the police harassed the journalists and club officials who were present, and took photos and shot video footage throughout their search of the entire premises. Upon inquiry by the president, an officer claimed not to know that it was the press club and said they had come to arrest individuals who were wanted by the authorities.


  • Mimi Mefo, the head of English news and a presenter for a private Equinoxe TV and radio station, also runs her website, Mimi Mefo Info, is facing intimidation by the authorities in Cameroon. She was summoned by the national court in Douala for false news and cybercrime investigation


  • Pakistan’s Lahore High Court has again deferred hearing of the joint treason case against Dawn’s assistant editor, Cyril Almeida, and ex-prime ministers of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif and Shahid Khaqan Abbassi. Almeida’s lawyer was directed to submit an application if his client wanted to go abroad.


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