Ten of thousands of people demonstrated against Hungarian government’s policies in Budapest on Sunday 23rd October (the 55th anniversary of the anti-Soviet uprising in Hungary) under the banner ‘I don’t like the regime’.
Two Swedish journalists charged with terrorism in Ethiopia last month face trial today in Addis Ababa, with the European Federation of Journalists and rights groups criticising the process. Photographer Johan Persson and reporter Martin Schibbye, both freelancers, have been held in jail since they were arrested on 1July with Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) rebels after a battle with government troops. The Swedes were wounded during the gunfight, in which 15 rebels were reportedly killed.
The opening of the EFJ annual meeting in Belgrade on 15 June was an important occasion for Serbian journalists. Present, with security personnel in attendance and a host of national and local media, was Boris Tadic President of the Republic of Serbia. He first assumed office in 2004 as leader of the Democratic Party. He was elected President again in 2008 and believes in Serbia’s full integration with the European Union, but only if sovereignty over Kosovo is respected. Between 1980 and 1996 he was married to a journalist but they divorced. He subsequently married again. Before giving his welcoming address, in which he referred to his determination to ‘fight for free journalism’ and ‘a free media’, he listened to speeches from the heads of the three Serbian journalist unions/associations, the Journalists’ Union of Serbia; the Journalists’ Association of Serbia and the Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia. All three made critical comments about the state of journalism in the country, in contrast to the ‘smooth words’ of the President.