Reporters Without Borders seeks meeting with Marco Tronchetti Provera, Chairman of Telecom Italia’s board of directors

first_imgNews March 25, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders seeks meeting with Marco Tronchetti Provera, Chairman of Telecom Italia’s board of directors Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information December 2, 2020 Find out more News November 23, 2020 Find out more RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Follow the news on Italy ItalyEurope – Central Asia Organisation RSF_en Reporters Without Borders has asked to meet the chairman of Telecom Italia’s board of governors about the implications of the company’s ties with Cuban telecommunications operator ETECSA, that has been made responsible for Internet censorship.”We would like to meet you to discuss together the problems arising from your investment in Cuban telecommunications”, the international press freedom organisation said in a 25 March 2004 letter to Marco Tronchetti Provera.”We believe that your company should broach the issue with ETECSA and the Cuban government to bring an end to relentless censorship of the Net in Cuba and so that 27 journalists jailed in March 2003, accused in particular of putting the Internet to “counter-revolutionary” use, can be released.”The vast majority of Cubans are banned from using the Internet. In Fidel Castro’s Cuba only those with explicit permission can access the Net. The ban is all the more severe because it is illegal to possess computer equipment. The cybercafés are reserved for the use of tourists and are under very strict control.In March 2003 the Cuban regime launched a wave of arrests during which 27 independent journalists were imprisoned. Among them was poet and journalist Raúl Rivero. The charge sheet against him explicitly cited his work with an Internet site “aiming to overthrow the Cuban revolution”. Most of the sentences of the 27 who were imprisoned referred to their use of the Internet: posting articles about foreign online publications or simply visiting forbidden sites.Tens of thousands of Cubans however continue to pirate the ETECSA telephone network to access the Web. These illegal connections to the Internet are a window of freedom in a country where no independent media is tolerated.In December 2003, the Cuban authorities announced that they would track down these “pirate” users. A government decree instructed ETECSA “to use all necessary technical means to detect and block access to the Internet” for unauthorised people. To put it bluntly, the Cuban authorities demand that your partner company monitors the Internet and helps police track down Cuban Internet-users who are getting round the official ban. The telecommunications operator thus becomes a party to the repression of the Internet. This decree moreover could lead to a new wave of arrests, this time against Cuban Internet “pirates”.As shareholders of 29,3% of ETECSA, which has a monopoly on Cuban Internet, Telecom Italia is directly involved with the company’s actions. News ItalyEurope – Central Asia Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia to go further The organisation has asked to meet the chairman of Telecom Italia’s board of governors about the implications of the company’s ties with Cuban telecommunications operator ETECSA, that has been made responsible for Internet censorship. November 19, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Journalist who criticised the army arrested at Istanbul airport

first_img to go further April 2, 2021 Find out more Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit RSF_en December 23, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist who criticised the army arrested at Istanbul airport Follow the news on Turkey TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information Organisation April 2, 2021 Find out more Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism lawcenter_img TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor News News April 28, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders has condemned legal harassment of the former editor of the magazine Idea Politika, Erol Ozkoray, who was arrested on arrival from Paris at Ataturk Airport, Istanbul on 22 December. The journalist, who is facing legal proceedings in a number of press cases, was released the following day.Oskoray’s trouble with the law stems from having criticised the army and raising a variety of taboo subjects in his articles, such as the Kurdish question.The international press freedom organisation considers that the arrest contravenes the authorities’ commitment to stop abusive actions against journalists who are accused of mocking or insulting state institutions.An arrest warrant was issued against Oskoray on 14 November 2003 in connection with an article critical of the army headlined, “What is the army for?” published in autumn 2001. That edition of the magazine was seized and its publication banned by the Justice Ministry, at the request of the then armed forces chief of staff. Idea Politika has not been published since June 2002. The next hearing date in the trial has been fixed for 29 December 2003. The journalist also faces proceedings in five other press cases over articles in which he raised the Kurdish question and the role of the army in the country’s political life, published both in Idea Politika and on the Internet site of the same name. He risks up to 30 years in prison.In the framework of legislative reforms adopted in 2002, Article 159 of the criminal code, that had often been used against journalists, was amended. The current law nevertheless allows plenty of scope for interpretation by individual judges, who are free to assess to what extent a journalist’s criticism aims to intentionally ridicule or insult state institutions. Newslast_img read more