3 November 2011

Digest 25-29 September 2009



International




Latest draft resolution on freedom of expression "a breakthrough", says ARTICLE 19 (ARTICLE 19)

CPJ to honour five international journalists (CPJ)
+ Honored for their work, but threatened at home (CPJ)
+ CPJ honours press freedom leaders (CPJ)

Africa



Equatorial Guinea

AFP and RFI correspondent completes 100 days in jail (RSF)

Eritrea

On eight-year anniversary of media crackdown, IPI calls on government to release unjustly imprisoned journalists (IPI)

Gabon

Leading editor detained, interrogated for several hours (RSF)

Niger

Editor imprisoned on defamation charges (IPI)
+ Nigerien editor charged with criminal libel (CPJ)

Nigeria

News editor gruesomely murdered in his home (MRA)

Rwanda

Former Radio Rwanda journalist sentenced to life imprisonment (RSF)

Senegal

Two journalists arrested, charged after reporting on local government corruption (CPJ)

Somalia

NUSOJ calls for UN Human Rights Council to renew mandate of Independent Expert (NUSOJ)

Uganda

One radio station re-opened, but another loses its licence (Media Institute)

West Africa

Four IFEX members, civil society groups fear Gambia proposal will prevent ECOWAS court from ruling in Saidykhan case (MFWA)
+ Gambia proposals thrown out (MFWA)

Americas



Brazil

Bahia State announces it will make amends to murdered journalist's family (ABRAJI)
+ IAPA calls on Brazil not to let the murder of a journalist go unpunished (IAPA)
+ IAPA urges Brazil to act on recommendations in journalist's murder (IAPA)
+ Brazilian State representatives approve compensation to murdered journalist's family (ABRAJI)
+ IAPA pleased with Brazil's indemnization for crimes against journalists (IAPA)
+ Readers welcome Brazilian governor's response on murder of journalist (IAPA)

News team threatened (IPYS)

House of Representatives and Senate disobey Supreme Court decision ordering them to provide documents to newspaper (ABRAJI)

Ecuador

Students disrupt live television broadcast, throw stones at journalists (IPYS)

Honduras

Officials shut down Radio Globo and Canal 36 television station, two journalists assaulted (CPJ)
+ Worst feared after de facto regime closes radio and TV stations, cracks down on journalists (RSF)
+ IAPA condemns violation of people’s rights in Honduras (IAPA)
+ IPI calls for immediate repeal of rights-limiting emergency decree (IPI)
+ IAPA renews call for reinstatement of media in Honduras (IAPA)

National Telecommunications Commission attempts to interfere in Sustainable Development Network's activities (C-Libre)

De facto government's decree suspends constitutional guarantees, further compromises media (C-Libre)
+ Last freedoms suspended leaving media at mercy of total shutdown (RSF)
+ Restore press freedom immediately (Human Rights Watch)
+ "State of emergency" decree restricts freedom of expression and the right to dissent (ARTICLE 19)
+ AMARC condemns freedom of expression violations (AMARC)

Television journalist reports that she was assaulted, threatened by members of group that opposes the coup d'état (C-Libre)

Mexico

Journalist threatened by police officer implicated in assassination (CEPET)

Journalist shot dead at radio station's offices in Chihuahua (CEPET)
+ Web radio journalist slain by hooded gunmen in his office in the state of Chihuahua (RSF)
+ Mexican journalist killed inside newsroom in Chihuahua (CPJ)
+ IAPA condemns murders of journalists in Mexico, Colombia (IAPA)
+ Online columnist murdered (WiPC)
+ No safe place for media in Mexico after latest murder of journalist, says IFJ (IFJ)
+ Mexican journalist gunned down at work in front of colleagues, as cycle of reporter killings continues (IPI)
+ CJFE is appalled by the killing of Mexican journalist (CJFE)

Peru

IPYS condemns ministry action against La Voz de Bagua radio station (IPYS)
+ Government maintains ban on Amazonian radio station silenced since June (RSF)

Asia and Pacific



Burma

Military junta bans coverage of political party's press conference (Mizzima News)

Burma Action Group urges UN General Assembly, ASEAN to appeal for release of political prisoners and to call for an end to human rights abuses (SEAPA)

Cambodia

Two journalists convicted of defamation, fined (SEAPA)

Civil society groups to form media defence network (SEAPA)

China

Censorship and attacks on journalists in run-up to 1 October anniversary (RSF)

Hong Kong (China)

RTHK loses fight for independence in Hong Kong (IFJ)

India

Journalists endangered by police tactics, says IFJ (IFJ)

Malaysia

Malaysiakini website refuses to bow to censorhsip (RSF)

Philippines

Supreme Court moves trial in attack on radio journalist (CPJ)
+ Supreme Court grants transfer of trial venue of frustrated murder of a broadcaster (CMFR)

Vietnam

Vietnam's Triet urged to fulfill promises on reform (CPJ)

Europe and Central Asia



Azerbaijan

Journalist denied release for refusing to play volleyball in prison (RSF)

Owner who was placed in psychiatric hospital given injection (IRFS)

Belarus

Nine IFEX members call for reforms and the removal of restrictions on the media in the Republic of Belarus (IFJ)

Turkey

Prosecutor investigating journalist, actress over newspaper interview criticising "Kurdish Initiative" (IPI)

Prosecutors violate online free expression to protect copyright (RSF)

Middle East and North Africa



Iran

Mistreatment in jail in the "world's freest country" (RSF)

Saudi Arabia

New university a chance to expand freedom (Human Rights Watch)

Tunisia

CPJ calls for an end to smear campaign against Al-Jazeera (CPJ)

Yemen

ARTICLE 19 calls for immediate release of kidnapped journalist (ARTICLE 19)

In Yemen, critical journalist disappears (CPJ)

Still no word of opposition website editor abducted a week ago, colleagues protest (RSF)

Editor abducted in ongoing media crackdown (IPI)

Awards


CPJ to honour five international journalists (CPJ)
+ Honored for their work, but threatened at home (CPJ)
+ CPJ honours press freedom leaders (CPJ)





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