3 November 2011

Digest 4-5 November 2009



International




Freedom House launches web feature on fall of Berlin Wall (Freedom House)

GTI analyses draft World Bank information disclosure policy (ARTICLE 19)

Africa



Guinea

Journalist assaulted by army officer in front of other soldiers (MFWA)

Kenya

ARTICLE 19 submits report to United Nations Universal Periodic Review (ARTICLE 19)

Namibia

MISA urges national broadcaster to ensure equal access for all political parties (MISA)
+ Ruling party gets preferential election campaign coverage on NBC (MISA)

Zimbabwe

Improvement in press freedom depends on national unity government’s ability to function properly (RSF)

Americas



Bolivia

President rebukes two journalists who questioned him about a terrorism case (IPYS)

Mexico

Another journalist executed - Mexico joins Pakistan at top of "World's Deadliest Countries for Reporters" list (IPI)

Crime reporter abducted and murdered (WiPC)

ARTICLE 19 calls for immediate investigation into attacks as ninth journalist murdered (ARTICLE 19)

Venezuela

Journalist summoned to District Attorney's office after voicing his opinion about accusations against a mayor (IPYS)

Asia and Pacific



Afghanistan

British probe urged in death of Afghan reporter (CPJ)

Burma

Poet arrested, his whereabouts unknown (Mizzima News)

China

Berlin Twitter Wall website blocked just days after its launch (RSF)

Fiji

Academic deported after commenting on political situation (PFF)

Attorney general erases credibilty with claim that media can report freely, says PFF (PFF)

Pakistan

Media regulatory authority orders FM radio stations to stop broadcasting BBC news bulletins (PPF)

Thailand

Thai speech advocates question use of Computer Crimes Act vs. two accused of stock manipulation (SEAPA)
+ Three Internet users arrested for blaming fall in stocks on king’s ailing health (RSF)

Europe and Central Asia



Albania

Independent editor attacked following critical reports (CPJ)
+ IFJ/EFJ, SEEMO and WAZ demand justice after attack on Albanian journalist (IFJ)

Kyrgyzstan

State weekly reporter attacked, beaten in Osh (CPJ)
+ Journalist assaulted in Kyrgyzstan (IPI)

Russia

Government must respect recommendations of UN Human Rights Committee on free expression, says ARTICLE 19 (ARTICLE 19)

Ukraine

Journalist assaulted by parliamentarian (GDF)

IFJ condemns unprovoked police attack on Ukraine journalist (IFJ)

United Kingdom

British probe urged in death of Afghan reporter (CPJ)

Middle East and North Africa



Egypt

IFJ condemns boycott of Iranian television network by Arab satellite operators (IFJ)
+ "AlAlam" channel transmission cut by Arabsat and Nilesat, seizing the right to know and information exchange (ANHRI)
+ After stopping the broadcast of Al Alam channel, EOHR calls for enacting a bill on freedom of information (EOHR)

Iran

Hunger-striking journalist released, a second remains in prison (RSF)

Saudi Arabia

IFJ condemns boycott of Iranian television network by Arab satellite operators (IFJ)
+ "AlAlam" channel transmission cut by Arabsat and Nilesat, seizing the right to know and information exchange (ANHRI)
+ After stopping the broadcast of Al Alam channel, EOHR calls for enacting a bill on freedom of information (EOHR)

Yemen

WAN-IFRA write to president expressing concern at alleged torture of a journalist in prison and the sentencing of two others (WAN-IFRA)





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