3 November 2011

Digest 23-27 October 2009



International




CJFE honours two journalists and Russian news outlet with 12th annual Press Freedom Awards (CJFE)

Africa



Organisations say EU should provide more support for media freedom (ARTICLE 19)

Malawi

Independent radio station owner freed from jail (MISA)

Zimbabwe

State media banned from covering opposition party ministers (MISA)

Al Jazeera news crew briefly detained (MISA)
+ TV journalists arrested and held during cabinet meeting (RSF)

Media lawyer's trial lands prosecutor in jail over contempt of court (MISA)

Americas



Brazil

"El País" daily newspaper correspondent threatened (IPYS)

IAPA calls on Brazil not to let the murder of a journalist go unpunished (IAPA)

ARTICLE 19 presents Right to Information analysis to congress (ARTICLE 19)

Canada

CJFE horrified by attack on editor in Brampton, Ontario (CJFE)

Guatemala

Drug traffickers on lookout for journalists in Huehuetenango (CERIGUA)

Honduras

Radio station dismisses journalist after he insists on providing objective coverage of post-coup situation (C-Libre)

Mexico

IAPA disappointed at Congress's indifference to crimes against journalists (IAPA)
+ CPJ dismayed by loss of Congressional body on media violence (CPJ)

Peru

Judge initiates criminal proceedings against journalist for "inciting violence" (IPYS)

United States

Book groups praise reader privacy protections in House Patriot Act bill (PEN American Center)

Asia and Pacific



Bangladesh

Reporter tortured by elite crime force in act of reprisal against newspaper (RSF)
+ Bring paramilitary unit torturers to justice (Human Rights Watch)
+ Call for swift action against torturers of journalist (IFJ)
+ Journalist tortured by elite Bangladesh security forces (IPI)

Malaysia

Malaysia press freedom index status quo as much needed reforms not in place yet (CIJ)

Philippines

Alleged gunman in 2004 murder of journalist killed (CMFR)

Europe and Central Asia



European Union adopting regulations that will penalize Internet users, says RSF (RSF) European Parliament fails to defend free journalism, says IFJ (IFJ)

Azerbaijan

Taking down TV satellite dishes is violation of law (IRFS)

Kyrgyzstan

Authorities must report progress in Alisher Saipov's murder, says CPJ (CPJ)

Moldova

Supreme Court orders disclosure of information requested by IJC (Independent Journalism Center)

Russia

Activist from Ingushetia killed in ambush (ARTICLE 19)
+ Yet another murder in the Caucasus (GDF)

Serbia

National Parliament fails to elect RRA member nominated by media and journalists’ associations (ANEM)

Ukraine

Shots fired at office of daily "Express" for third time in six months (IMI)

Team of journalists prevented from covering stockholders' meeting (IMI)

Lviv journalists banned from security service meeting (IMI)

Middle East and North Africa



Egypt

Journalists fined for practicing without syndicate membership (ANHRI)

Lebanon

IPI completes press freedom mission, urges respect for editorial independence and credibility (IPI)

Morocco

Thirty-one IFEX members and 24 other organisations condemn harsh crackdown on press freedom (ANHRI)

Saudi Arabia

King overturns 60-lashes verdict against journalist (Human Rights Watch)
+ Saudi talk show female producer sentenced to 60 flogs (ANHRI)
+ King Abdallah pardons woman journalist sentenced to 60 lashes (RSF)
+ IFJ welcomes Saudi withdrawal on decision to flog female journalist (IFJ)
+ Saudi king spares LBC fixer Rosana Al-Yami 60 lashes (IPI)

Tunisia

Election campaign "impossible for opposition media," says RSF following fact-finding visit to Tunis (RSF)

As Tunisian elections near, attacks on press mount (CPJ)
+ CJFE condemns attacks on Tunisian journalists (CJFE)
+ Elections in an atmosphere of repression (Human Rights Watch)

Awards


CJFE honours two journalists and Russian news outlet with 12th annual Press Freedom Awards (CJFE)





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