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12 March 2013

IFEX Digest | 24 - 25 March 2010


UN Human Rights Council: 40 IFEX members reject "defamation of religions" resolutions (ARTICLE 19)

ARTICLE 19 calls on HRC members to vote against proposed resolution on "combating defamation of religions" (ARTICLE 19)



Prime minister confirms jamming of VOA broadcasts (CPJ)
+ IFJ condemns Ethiopian jamming of Voice of America (IFJ)


Youth group threatens journalist, radio station (MFWA)


Journalist acquitted of "disorderly conduct" (CEMESP)


Negative signs from police investigating newspaper journalist's murder (RSF)
+ Suspected murderers of journalists arraigned in court (MRA)

Private radio station threatened over broadcasts (MRA)

The Gambia

Military detains two newspaper journalists (MFWA)


IPI says media bill fails to live up to international press freedom standards (IPI)
+ ARTICLE 19 urges government to change approach to regulation of print media and journalism (ARTICLE 19)
+ Ugandan parliament should reject press bill (CPJ)


Murder, restrictive laws characterise state of press freedom in the Americas, says IAPA (IAPA)
+ IAPA resolutions to be sent to government officials in the Americas (IAPA)
+ IAPA report on Venezuela sets off broad debate on social networks (IAPA)


TV presenter attacked (IPYS)


Draft communication law needs improvement, says ARTICLE 19 (ARTICLE 19)


State attorney identifies journalist's murderer, but family has doubts about the investigation (CEPET)


Bingo parlour security assaults press team (IPYS)

Asia & Pacific


Google withdrawal shows government intransigence (Human Rights Watch)

IFJ condemns government's censorship of major news stories in China (IFJ)


Government pressures newspaper to suspend editor over news report (CIJ)


SEAPA condemns threats against Filipino journalist; demands government protection and action (SEAPA)

Sri Lanka

Attack on Sirasa TV network is "an attack on democracy", says FMM (FMM)
+ News broadcasters' offices attacked in Colombo (IFJ)
+ TV station attacked by mob in Sri Lankan capital (IPI)

Cartoonist kidnapped two months ago still missing (RSF)


Editor and priest Nguyen Van Ly released (WiPC)

Europe & Central Asia


Azerbaijani editor Zakhidov freed; three journalists still jailed (CPJ)


Court ruling obstructs Belarusian Association of Journalists (CPJ)
+ IFJ condemns court rejection of press rights claim by Belarus journalists (IFJ)


WAN-IFRA condemns press crackdown in Kazakhstan (WAN-IFRA)


Internet providers block independent news sites (Public Association "Journalists")


Two former party officials face 45 and 70 years in prison for "spreading PKK propaganda" (BIANET)
+ Yet another trial for pro-Kurdish politicians Türk and Tuğluk (BIANET)

Journalists on trial for taking photographs of official (BIANET)

Three protesters arrested for holding an "illegal" banner (BIANET)

Journalists on trial for interview with PKK official and statements regarding the PKK (BIANET)
+ Summer recess for trial on PKK interview (BIANET)
+ Decision on "Qandil interview" expected in December (BIANET)

Middle East & North Africa


Independent radio station's website blocked (RSF)


Thirty-one IFEX members and 22 other organisations call on UN High Commissioner to support human rights activists, journalists and bloggers (CIHRS)


Head of actors' union files libel suit against fellow actor over Facebook comments (ANHRI)


New coordinated attack on human rights groups (Human Rights Watch)

ARTICLE 19 highlights recent contributions to Azad Tribune (ARTICLE 19)


Two journalists targeted in separate attacks (RSF)
+ IFJ condemns second assassination attempt on Iraqi journalists' leader (IFJ)


"AlAdab" magazine and editor fined over critical article (ANHRI)


MADA expresses concern over journalists' assault in Khan Younis (MADA)

Israeli forces attack two journalists near Ramallah (MADA)

Saudi Arabia

Advocate for Shia rights held without charge (Human Rights Watch)


CPJ urges government to end harassment of independent journalists (CPJ)
+ Tunisian journalist has no case to answer, says IFJ (IFJ)
+ Quash unfair convictions (Human Rights Watch)

Tunisian authorities try to silence Human Rights Watch (Human Rights Watch)
+ Tunisian authorities ban human rights organisation from holding press conference (IPI)
+ Human Rights Watch Report: End arbitrary restrictions on ex-political prisoners (Human Rights Watch)
+ Tunisia blocks journalists from press conferences (CPJ)


In conversation with "Yemen Times" editor-in-chief Nadia al-Saqqaf (IPI)

Yemen invites NGOs to perform human rights mission to country; claims to be the “primary democracy” of the Arab region (CIHRS)

Putting free expression issues in perspective.

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