Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate the Confederation of
Mongolian Journalists (CMJ) are deeply concerned by reports that B.
Jargalsaikhan, leader of Mongolia’s
Republican Party, interfered with the reporting of the daily newspaper Mongoliin Medee on April 12, 2012.
It is alleged that
after having completed an interview with Mongoliin
Medee’s B. Davaa, intended for publication the following day, Jargalsaikhan
and his supporters took steps to ensure the interview would not be published.
The change of heart was apparently connected to the arrest of former Mongolian
President N.Enkhbayar by the Independent Authority Against Corruption (IAAC) that
Reports indicate that
on the night of April 12, people acting under direction from Jargalsaikhan
called Davaa by
telephone to pressure him to pull the interview from publication. Others
entered the premises of Mongoliin Medee to ascertain whether the next day’s edition had been published, and then
prevented those wishing to collect the paper from entering. Copies of the
newspaper which had already been distributed were bought, or seized, from a
number of locations.
Article 39 of the Criminal
Code of Mongolia states that the “prevention of a journalist’s professional
activities that are consistent with law with the view of dissemination or
preventing dissemination of any information which affects the culprit’s or
others’ interests shall be punishable.”
“Efforts to repress reporting
on matters of public importance in Mongolia are an attack on press
freedom and promote a climate of fear,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline
“Any attempt by political
figures or parties to interfere in the independence of the media, and unduly
influence their reporting, is unacceptable.”
The IFJ urges Mongolia’s
police to investigate these allegations of political interference to help
ensure that press freedom is protected.
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