3 November 2011

Digest 18-19 November 2009





Africa



Benin

Radio station suspended for 30 days (MFWA)

Democratic Republic of Congo

JED deplores ANR raid on Mbuji-Mayi station, assault of staff (JED)

Somalia

Journalists wounded in Galkayo and Mogadishu (NUSOJ)
+ Two reporters shot as security conditions deteriorate in Somalia (IPI)
+ Two Somali journalists injured in separate shootings (CPJ)

South Africa

ACHPR calls upon states to remove criminal defamation laws (MISA)

Sudan

ARTICLE 19 supports human rights defenders' quest for justice (ARTICLE 19)

Togo

Authorities in favour of withdrawal of repressive media regulatory law (MFWA)

Americas



Cuba

Internet writers detained and beaten (WiPC)

Mexico

Chamber of Deputies approves motion to have committee on violence against the press reestablished (ARTICLE 19)

WAN-IFRA protests over violence against journalists in Mexico (WAN-IFRA)

Suriname

Newspaper reporter threatened after writing about drug trafficking (RSF)

Asia and Pacific



PFF calls on Pacific lawmakers to follow UK example and review defamation laws (PFF)

China

New restrictions on media enforced as Obama speaks out (IFJ)

United States president touches upon human rights concerns during official visit to China (IPI)

IAPA highlights the significance of President Obama’s appeal in China and backs his call for greater freedom of expression (IAPA)

Indonesia

Three Papuan flag-raisers convicted (Human Rights Watch)

Two foreign journalists arrested while covering Greenpeace rally (AJI)
+ Two foreign journalists arrested while covering Greenpeace operation (RSF)
+ IFJ demands release of foreign journalists in Sumatra (IFJ)

Singapore

Magazine to pay prime minister and his father S$405,000 in damages and cost for defamation (SEAPA)

Sri Lanka

Publisher released; journalist remains imprisoned (WiPC)

Vietnam

Writer detained after expressing support for dissidents on trial (WiPC)
+ Information about imprisoned journalist's stroke unavailable in press or Facebook (RSF)

Europe and Central Asia



Azerbaijan

WAN-IFRA condemns jailing of journalists and bloggers in Azerbaijan (WAN-IFRA)

Kyrgyzstan

Human Rights Watch calls for release of two rights activists (Human Rights Watch)

United Kingdom

IFJ to investigate role of UK press complaints body in telephone tapping controversy (IFJ)

Middle East and North Africa



Algeria

Newspaper supplement banned after reporting on corruption (ANHRI)

Bahrain

Columnist suspended after writing articles about demands for democratic reforms (BCHR)

Iran

Government launches web crime unit (ARTICLE 19)

IFJ Executive Committee speaks out against media repression in Iran (IFJ)

Palestine

Former Aqsa TV journalists arrested by security forces (MADA)

MADA calls the media outlets to be objective and condemns raid on “AlDameer” (MADA)

Tunisia

IFJ condemns abduction of broadcaster (IFJ)

Make Tunisia accountable for rights violations, TMG urges French foreign minister (WAN-IFRA)





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