3 November 2011

Digest 28 August - 1 September 2009





Africa



Botswana

Radio station head bans political programmes (MISA)

Ethiopia

CJFE condemns the sentencing of two editors (CJFE)

Gabon

RSF concerned about media restrictions in lead-up to presidential election (RSF)

Guinea

Criticism of coup government leads to crackdown on dissenters, demonstrators (Human Rights Watch)
+ Military authorities censor telecom operators (MFWA)
+ Another journalist detained by the military, released without charge (MFWA)

Liberia

Mayor and police storm newspaper office; lawmaker seizes journalist's recorder (CEMESP)

Mozambique

Newspaper editor's convicted murderer is behind bars again (RSF)

Namibia

Former finance official drops defamation case against independent newspaper (MISA)

Senegal

"Le Quotidien" journalists interrogated (MFWA)

Radio and television group shut down for payment default (RSF)

Somalia

Two Somaliland journalists detained for 12 hours, after trying to photograph arguing MPs during parliament session (IPI)

Uganda

Paper's cartoon of president draws interrogation (CPJ)

Zambia

"The Post" editorial staff face six months in prison on contempt charge after op-ed in paper by Ivy League professor (IPI)
+ Zambia editor in "obscenity" trial returns to court (IPI)
+ Entire newspaper staff on trial for contempt charges (MISA)
+ Zambian paper's staff summoned on contempt charges (CPJ)
+ Magistrate orders the arrest of newspaper's editor-in-chief (MISA)
+ State closes journalist's case on alleged circulation of pornographic pictures (MISA)

Zimbabwe

IFJ gives cautious welcome to pledges of media reforms (IFJ)

ACHPA calls for the repeal of repressive media laws (MISA)

Americas



Brazil

Two journalists reportedly threatened by former mayor's bodyguard (ABRAJI)

Colombia

Journalist receives death threat (IPYS)

Ecuador

Journalist threatened after reporting on corruption (IPYS)

Guatemala

Attempted bomb attack on Guatemalan journalist’s house – police refuse to investigate (IPI)

Mexico

Shots fired at journalist's home (CEPET)
+ Oaxaca newspaper editor goes into hiding after shooting attack on home (RSF)

Journalists summoned after reporting on extortion case involving police officers (CEPET)

IAPA calls for investigation into journalist's disappearance to move ahead (IAPA)

Officer investigating journalist's murder shot dead in Ciudad Juárez (RSF)

United States

IFJ welcomes end to US media vetting in Afghanistan (IFJ)

Venezuela

RCTV Internacional journalists assaulted by police (IPYS)

Doctor under investigation for giving "unauthorised information" about H1N1 virus to the press (IPYS)

World press freedom organizations call for meeting in Venezuela to discuss press freedom (IAPA)

Asia and Pacific



Afghanistan

IFJ welcomes end to US media vetting in Afghanistan (IFJ)

Burma

Military censors close Rangoon-based weekly for good (RSF)

Philippines

CMFR welcomes venue change in journalist's murder trial (CMFR)
+ Transfer of venue of case against alleged masterminds in Esperat murder granted (CMFR)
+ CPJ welcomes Supreme Court ruling in the Philippines (CPJ)

Sri Lanka

Journalist sentenced to 20-year jail term under terror law (IFJ)
+ CPJ award goes to jailed Sri Lankan journalist (CPJ)
+ Tamil journalist gets "shameful" 20-year sentence on terrorism charges (RSF)
+ Journalist sentenced to twenty years hard labor over criticism of government offensive against Tamil Tigers (IPI)
+ CJFE is appalled by the sentencing of journalist to 20 years in prison (CJFE)
+ Tamil journalist sentenced to twenty years imprisonment (WiPC)

Thailand

Activist gets 18-year prison term for lese majeste (SEAPA)

Vietnam

Newspaper dismisses reporter over blog entry critical of Soviet Union (RSF)

Europe and Central Asia



Azerbaijan

With second charge added to case, bloggers face up to seven years in prison (CPJ)
+ Two jailed bloggers face additional charge (RSF)
+ IRFS statement on the imprisonment of two young bloggers (IRFS)
+ Trial of bloggers marred by abuses, arrests (RSF)
+ Hearing conducted on case against Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli (IRFS)

Georgia

Opposition journalist released from prison after serving full four-year term for alleged "extortion" (IPI)

Italy

Newspapers face legal action after reporting on prime minister's private life (IFJ)
+ Press freedom under attack in Italy (WAN-IFRA)

Kazakhstan

Give rights defender a fair trial, Human Rights Watch urges (Human Rights Watch)

CPJ calls for editor's release, outraged by lack of due process (CPJ)

Turkey

"Günlük" newspaper banned over alleged "terrorist propaganda" (IPI)

Uzbekistan

New abuse of jailed dissident (Human Rights Watch)

Middle East and North Africa



Egypt

Television comedy programmes banned in Egypt and Kuwait (ANHRI)
+ Ban on satirical TV programme damages Kuwait’s image (RSF)

Iran

In Iranian prison, journalists' well-being in question (CPJ)

Israel

IFJ condemns seizure of Palestinian radio's equipment in Bethlehem (IFJ)

Kuwait

Television comedy programmes banned in Egypt and Kuwait (ANHRI)
+ Ban on satirical TV programme damages Kuwait’s image (RSF)

Morocco

Egyptian human rights activist refused visa to visit Morocco (RSF)





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