3 November 2011

Digest 10-14 July 2009





Africa



Cameroon

Journalist threatened, fears for his life (JED)
+ In Cameroon, pattern of press freedom abuses (CPJ)

Malawi

Editor arrested, released on bail (MISA)
+ Editor on trial for broadcasting corpse story (MISA)
+ State parades witnesses in a trial against ZBS editor (MISA)

Niger

CPJ urges president to end increasing media censorship (CPJ)

Somalia

NUSOJ supports UN report on possible “war crimes” in Somalia (NUSOJ)

Tanzania

Independent newspaper takes government to court over controversial media law (MISA)
+ Newspaper challenges government over repressive media laws (MISA)

The Gambia

Journalists challenge legality of the charges against them (MFWA)

The trial of seven journalists now held in camera (MFWA)

Six Gambia Press Union journalists freed on bail (RSF)

Americas



Argentina

Individuals who assaulted journalistic team in Tucumán sentenced to time in jail (FOPEA)

Brazil

Transport minister assaults journalist (ABRAJI)

Journalist fined for defamation (ARTICLE 19)
+ Journalist was sentenced to pay an indemnification equivalent to the gross income of his newspaper during one year and a half (ABRAJI)

Comedy show reporters assaulted; lawyer insults journalists and hits photographer (IPYS)

Colombia

Constitutional Court finds Criminal Code article affecting slander and libel cases to be unconstitutional (FLIP)

Cuba

IPI calls for release of journalists (IPI)

Ecuador

Editor Milton Chacaguasay released (WiPC)

Honduras

IAPA calls for investigation into the death of Honduran journalist (IAPA)

Mexico

Journalists, media outlets come under pressure after criticising public officials (CEPET)

Reporter assaulted, robbed by individuals presumed to be political party supporters (CEPET)

"El Periódico de Quintana Roo" journalists receive death threats while covering electoral process (CENCOS)

Nuevo León Congress increases maximum prison term for murderers of journalists (CEPET)

ARTICLE 19 submission to UN Human Rights Committee (ARTICLE 19)

Venezuela

Government increases pressure on private media (IPI)

Asia and Pacific



China

Journalists attacked while reporting on riots (IFJ)

CPJ condemns harassment of journalists, censorship in Urumqi (CPJ)

Academic arrested following publication of online article (WiPC)
+ IFJ urges immediate release of Uyghur online writer (IFJ)
+ A month without word of detained blogger Ilham Tohti (RSF)

Indonesia

Logging company detains television journalists (AJI)

Pakistan

More journalists' homes destroyed, damaged in ongoing conflict (IFJ)
+ Another Pakistani journalist's house attacked (CPJ)

Taliban militants blow up journalist's house in Buner district (PPF)
+ Pakistani reporter's home destroyed by Taliban (CPJ)

Papua New Guinea

PFF calls for revival of media standards committee (PFF)

Philippines

Police officer faces investigation over radio broadcaster's murder (CMFR)

Sri Lanka

IFJ condemns vilification of lawyers for Sri Lankan newspaper (IFJ)

Thailand

Issue of "The Economist" censored due to article on lese majeste (SEAPA)
+ Distributors block "The Economist" over lese majeste article (CPJ)

Vietnam

Authorities arrest young pro-democracy blogger (RSF)

Europe and Central Asia



Kazakhstan

Journalist receives death threats (CJES)

CPJ urges president to veto restrictive Internet law (CPJ)

Serbia

Another attack on the independence of media (ANEM)

Turkey

Author Nedim Gürsel acquitted of "humiliating" religion (WiPC)

Ukraine

Journalist harassed by police officer and court security guard (IMI)

United Kingdom

Government to decriminalise defamation (ARTICLE 19)

Middle East and North Africa



Egypt

Editor sentenced to six months' imprisonment now behind bars (ANHRI)

Four hours prior, Ayman Nour conference canceled (ANHRI)

Iran

Arrests continue, one journalist released (RSF)

Detainees describe beatings, pressure to confess (Human Rights Watch)

Syria

Press freedom situation continues to be very bad, says RSF (RSF)

Tunisia

Academic sentenced to eight months in prison for posting message on Facebook (OLPEC)
+ Eight-month jail sentence for message posted on Facebook (RSF)

Yemen

IFJ calls for end to repression of independent media (IFJ)





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