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12 March 2013

IFEX Digest | 30 April - 4 May 2010



International




On World Press Freedom Day, RSF releases list of 40 predators of press freedom (RSF)
+ RSF working on all fronts (RSF)

Long shadow of impunity darkens World Press Freedom Day (WiPC)

The challenge and promise of World Press Freedom Day for Southeast Asia (SEAPA)

World Press Freedom Day: Free media and freedom of information (ARTICLE 19)

Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho named IPI Press Freedom Hero (IPI)
+ South African editor Laurence Gandar named IPI World Press Freedom Hero (IPI)

Ten journalist murder cases to solve (CPJ)

Africa





Ethiopia

Two state TV journalists under arrest (CPJ)
+ RSF writes to Prime Minister Meles Zenawi (RSF)

Nigeria

Four journalists receive death threats (CPJ)

Americas



IAPA honours memory of fallen, disappeared colleagues (IAPA)

Argentina

IAPA censures anonymous, public insults against Argentine journalists (IAPA)

Canada

CJFE releases first report card on free speech in Canada (CJFE)

Honduras

Newly-created community radio threatened with closure (RSF)

Mexico

Two journalists found alive two days after armed ambush (RSF)
+ Mexican journalists rescued in Oaxaca; one wounded (CPJ)

International mission attacked in Oaxaca; human rights defenders, activists and journalists killed or missing (ARTICLE 19)
+ Two journalists missing after rights activists were ambushed (CPJ)

Venezuela

Journalist dies of heart failure while covering press conference (IPYS)

Asia & Pacific



The challenge and promise of World Press Freedom Day for Southeast Asia (SEAPA)

Bangladesh

RSF troubled by government's decision to close private television station (RSF)

Burma

Court upholds journalist's 27-year prison term (Mizzima News)

China

Internet companies enlisted in protection of state secrets (RSF)

Writer arrested; Propaganda Department sets rules for covering Shanghai Expo and Qinghai earthquake (RSF)
+ Shanghai Expo stifles media, critics (Human Rights Watch)
+ What you cannot read in the Chinese press (RSF)
+ Writer detained (WiPC)

India

Kashmiri journalist previously held for 41 months without trial interviewed by RSF (RSF)

Malaysia

"Shun self-censorship, public needs information during election," says CIJ (CIJ)

Nepal

People of Nepal are unable to enjoy World Press Freedom Day, says CEHURDES (CEHURDES)

Pakistan

Abducted journalist's fellow hostage executed (CPJ)

Twenty-four FM radio stations prevented from broadcasting BBC news (PPF)
+ Pakistan bans broadcast of BBC Urdu news bulletins (IPI)
+ Why are local radio stations still banned from retransmitting BBC news bulletins? (RSF)

Sri Lanka

Pardon of journalist welcome, needs clarification, says CPJ (CPJ)
+ Sri Lankan leader pardons Tamil editor (IPI)
+ Presidential pardon for Tamil journalist on World Press Freedom Day (RSF)
+ Journalist J. S. Tissainayagam pardoned (WiPC)
+ IFJ urges speedy processing of Tissainayagam's pardon (IFJ)

Thailand

Stop using media as a political weapon, journalists groups tell government, opposition (TJA)

Media groups slam Red Shirts for intimidating journalists (TJA)

Thai authorities train sights on Facebook (SEAPA)

End street battles in Bangkok (Human Rights Watch)

Tibet (China)

Writer arrested; Propaganda Department sets rules for covering Shanghai Expo and Qinghai earthquake (RSF)
+ Shanghai Expo stifles media, critics (Human Rights Watch)
+ What you cannot read in the Chinese press (RSF)
+ Writer detained (WiPC)

Europe & Central Asia





Albania

Alleged political pressure at public broadcaster Radio Televizioni Shqiptar (IPI)

Azerbaijan

IRFS pays respect to journalist Elmar Huseynov on World Press Freedom Day (IRFS)

Return of violence against journalists? (RSF)

Belarus

Police experts given access to several journalists' e-mail and instant messaging accounts (RSF)

Kazakhstan

State-owned Internet provider blocks critical news websites (CPJ)

Russia

Draft bill gives FSB authority to arrest critical journalists (CPJ)
+ WAN-IFRA warns against "Soviet-Style" censorship in Russia (WAN-IFRA)

Middle East & North Africa





Egypt

Blogger Karim Amer harassed in jail (CPJ)

Israel

IDF bars Al-Jazeera from covering West Bank rally (CPJ)

Photographer injured while covering protest in West Bank (MADA)

Palestine

IDF bars Al-Jazeera from covering West Bank rally (CPJ)

Photographer injured while covering protest in West Bank (MADA)

Journalists pay a high price for freedom of expression, says MADA (MADA)

Tunisia

WAN-IFRA welcomes the release of Tunisian journalist (WAN-IFRA)

United Arab Emirates

Authorities plan to monitor cybercafé Internet users (RSF)

Awards


Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho named IPI Press Freedom Hero (IPI)
+ South African editor Laurence Gandar named IPI World Press Freedom Hero (IPI)

Imprisoned Burmese blogger Nay Phone Latt honored in New York (PEN American Center)





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