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12 March 2013

IFEX Digest | 4 - 8 June 2010



International




World's press calls for freedom for jailed Iranian journalists (WAN-IFRA)
+ Crisis deepening one year after disputed elections (Human Rights Watch)

Africa





Chad

Repressive print media bill rejected in parliamentary vote (RSF)

Democratic Republic of Congo

JED deplores murder of prominent human rights defender (JED)

Human Rights Watch calls for joint inquiry into death of rights defender (Human Rights Watch)

Ghana

Pressure group sues government over monitoring device that "undermines" free expression (MFWA)

State-owned newspaper photographer assaulted (MFWA)

Mauritius

RSF concerned about politically-motivated boycott of media group by government (RSF)

Rwanda

Tabloid website blocked (Media Institute)
+ News website blocked after paper suspended (CPJ)
+ Persecution of independent newspapers extended to online versions (RSF)

Somalia

Journalists detained in Somaliland (NUSOJ)

Sudan

CPJ calls for end to newspaper censorship as two papers fail to appear on newsstands (CPJ)
+ Prior censorship makes a comeback (RSF)
+ For the third time in one week, authorities confiscate "Al Maydan" newspaper (ANHRI)

IFJ demands freedom for journalists in Sudan (IFJ)

The Gambia

Authorities block access to online newspaper (MFWA)

Musa Saidykhan torture victim testifies in court (MFWA)

Togo

Three newspaper editors face criminal defamation charges (MFWA)

Zambia

Newspaper editor released after spending three days in prison (RSF)

Newspaper editor receives heavy sentence (RSF)
+ Zambia should halt harassment of "The Post", M’membe (CPJ)
+ Zambian Editor and IPI press freedom hero Fred M’membe jailed for contempt of court (IPI)

Americas





Brazil

IAPA asks President Inácio Lula da Silva to make crimes against journalists federal offences (IAPA)
+ Newspaper readers around the Americas support constitutional reform in Brazil (IAPA)

Cuba

Journalist begins hunger strike after being returned to prison (RSF)

Ecuador

Three-year jail sentence against "El Universo" columnist lifted (RSF)

Radio programme suspended (IPYS)

Honduras

Three hundred soldiers and police storm community radio in continuing coup against media (RSF)

Mexico

Federal forces increasingly harass journalists (CPJ)

Newspaper's delivery staff harassed, one vendor shot (CEPET)
+ IAPA voices concern at attacks on "Noroeste" workers (IAPA)

Venezuela

Former governor to stand trial for expressing his opinions (IPYS)

Asia & Pacific





Cambodia

Supreme Court upholds guilty verdict in defamation case against opposition lawmaker (SEAPA)
+ Cambodian lawmaker faces imprisonment for non-payment of defamation fine (SEAPA)
+ Outspoken opposition lawmaker facing charges of defamation and incitement (CCHR)

China

RSF calls for immediate release of journalists, netizens jailed for referring to 1989 Tiananmen massacre (RSF)

Pakistan

Facebook access restored in Pakistan (PPF)

TV staffer killed in duty in carnage in Lahore (PPF)

Thailand

Government extends state of emergency (SEAPA)
+ Threats to media continue as government extends emergency decree for 90 days (SEAPA)

CPJ calls for Thailand to investigate journalist killings (CPJ)

Europe & Central Asia





Azerbaijan

IRFS appeals to president as imprisoned editor starts hunger strike (IRFS)
+ Decision adopted to monitor prison #12 regarding Eynulla Fatullayev's case (IRFS)

Free speech campaigners in London protest against continued persecution of jailed editor (ARTICLE 19)

Spain

European Court of Human Rights raps Spain over editor conviction (IPI)

Turkey

Blockage of YouTube spreads to Google services (RSF)
+ Media freedom activists bring lawsuit against Google ban (BIANET)
+ Blockage of YouTube spreads to Google services (BIANET)

Defendant's allegations of wiretapping spark concern that a number of newspapers are being monitored (BIANET)

"Express" journalist sentenced to 15 months in jail, editor fined (IFJ)
+ Journalist Aktan sentenced, "Express" magazine fined (BIANET)
+ CPJ calls for Turkey to overturn journalist's 15-month sentence (CPJ)
+ Turkish journalist sentenced under anti-terror law (IPI)

Hrant Dink murder case in Trabzon reaches final stage (BIANET)

Ukraine

Reporters detained by private company security guards (IMI)

Middle East & North Africa





Iran

World's press calls for freedom for jailed Iranian journalists (WAN-IFRA)
+ Crisis deepening one year after disputed elections (Human Rights Watch)

Israel

CPJ denounces Israel's use of footage seized in flotilla raid (CPJ)
+ Weak mandate undermines flotilla inquiry (Human Rights Watch)

IFJ demands inquiry as one journalist is confirmed dead in Gaza ships attack (IFJ)

Two Pakistani journalists under detention of Israeli authorities after storming of "freedom flotilla" (PPF)

Middle East

Arab governments "All talk, no action" when it comes to free press, say participants at Arab Free Press Forum (WAN-IFRA)

North Africa

Arab governments "All talk, no action" when it comes to free press, say participants at Arab Free Press Forum (WAN-IFRA)

Tunisia

Obstructions to an independent judiciary hamper human rights, says IFEX-TMG (IFEX-TMG)





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