REGIONS:

12 March 2013

IFEX Digest | 23 - 27 July 2010





Africa



IFJ, NUSOJ, MISA and other organisations call on African Union to make journalism safer (IFJ)

Côte d'Ivoire

Two more journalists interrogated about leaked report on embezzlement (MFWA)

Ghana

Another editor summoned over story police claim "undermines their image" (MFWA)
+ Editors face criminal charges for reports (IPI)

Ghana police criminally prosecute journalist over sources (CPJ)

Liberia

House of Representatives passes Freedom of Information Law (CEMESP)
+ Lower House approves Freedom of Information Act (MFWA)
+ Senate concurs with House of Representatives to pass FOI bill (CEMESP)
+ ARTICLE 19 welcomes approval of Freedom of Information Act (ARTICLE 19)

Nigeria

Suspected political party supporters assault journalists during election (MRA)

Somalia

NUSOJ welcomes Amnesty International report on attacks against Somali journalists (NUSOJ)

South Africa

IPI concerned that information bill may impede flow of news (IPI)
+ In open letter, IPI urges South African President Jacob Zuma to address press freedom concerns (IPI)

Swaziland

Prince says journalists who "write bad things about the country will die" (CPJ)

The Gambia

IFJ joins "Freedom Day" call for action on human rights violations (IFJ)

Americas





Brazil

Journalist assaulted (IPYS)

Colombia

Photojournalist goes missing in Buenaventura, Valle del Cauca (FLIP)

Journalist Hollman Morris granted visa to join Harvard programme (PEN American Center)
+ Hollman Morris granted US visa following pressure from IPI and other international organisations (IPI)

Cuba

Another Cuban journalist freed, flown to Madrid (CPJ)

Tenth freed Cuban reporter lands in Madrid (CPJ)
+ Tenth journalist released, exiled to Spain (WiPC)

Interview with RSF correspondent Ricardo González Alfonso (RSF)
+ The miracle of freedom - statement by Ricardo González Alfonso (WiPC)

Ecuador

Journalist threatened (IPYS)

Honduras

CJFE calls on Honduran government to investigate the murders of 8 journalists (CJFE)

Mexico

State of Veracruz decriminalises defamation (ARTICLE 19)

Police officers kidnap, attempt to kill journalist in Veracruz (CEPET)

United States

Journalist Hollman Morris granted visa to join Harvard programme (PEN American Center)
+ Hollman Morris granted US visa following pressure from IPI and other international organisations (IPI)

Three months of oil spill but one version of events: How BP is obstructing media coverage (RSF)

Venezuela

Supreme Court limits access to information (IPYS)
+ Supreme Court restricts the right to information (ARTICLE 19)

IAPA protests possible takeover of Globovisión by government (IAPA)
+ Hugo Chávez's government tightens its grip on the media (RSF)
+ IAPA repeats its criticism of Hugo Chávez bid to take over independent TV channel Globovisión (IAPA)
+ Government cracks down on critics (ARTICLE 19)

Asia & Pacific





Burma

Authorities tighten censorship on Martyrs' Day (Mizzima News)

China

China sentences Uighur journalist to 15 years (CPJ)
+ PEN protests heavy sentence against Uighur journalist Gheyret Niyaz (PEN American Center)
+ Uyghur journalist and editor sentenced (WiPC)

India

Violence, arrests and censorship in all four corners of the country (RSF)

Media outlets in Manipur state shut down to protest threats against journalist (IFJ)
+ IPI denounces threats against journalists (IPI)

Indonesia

IFJ demands full inquiry into environmental reporter's death (IFJ)
+ Journalist who covered environmental issues found dead (RSF)
+ Suspicion surrounds Indonesian reporter's death (CPJ)
+ Indonesian journalist mysteriously found dead (AJI)

Nepal

CEHURDES condemns killing of media worker, demands action against culprits (CEHURDES)
+ Chairman of Radio Tulsipur shot dead by unidentified group (FNJ)
+ Third media owner in six months gunned down in Nepal (CPJ)
+ Community radio chairman gunned down in western Nepal (RSF)
+ AMARC deplores murder of community radio worker (AMARC)
+ Situation report: few leads in investigation of Nepal radio operator's murder (IFJ)

Pakistan

Journalist assaulted in Hyderabad (PPF)

Television reporter and his driver shot and injured (PPF)

Six wounded in attack believed to target journalist (CPJ)

Low intensity blasts in two Lahore internet cafés (PPF)

Sri Lanka

IFJ questions government moves on media ethics (IFJ)

FMM calls on government to investigate journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda's disappearance (FMM)
+ Six months on, no explanation for Sri Lankan journalist's disappearance (CPJ)

Vietnam

Human Rights Watch calls on US secretary of state to press Hanoi to respect freedom of expression (Human Rights Watch)

Europe & Central Asia





Azerbaijan

Authorities refuse to free jailed blogger who qualifies for parole (RSF)
+ IRFS condemns court decision not to free blogger (IRFS)

Human rights defender harassed for publishing report on press violations (IRFS)

Greece

Journalist Sokrates Ciyoliyas shot in Athens (BIANET)

Serbia

ANEM strongly condemns attack on journalist Teofil Pancic (ANEM)
+ Reporter brutally assaulted in Belgrade (CPJ)
+ IPI and SEEMO condemn brutal attack on Serbian journalist (IPI)

IFJ hails verdict on media law as a "victory for press freedom" (IFJ)

Turkey

BIANET awarded national press freedom prize (BIANET)

Publisher Ragip Zarakolu back on trial alongside writer Mehmet Güler (WiPC)
+ Publisher Zarakolu and writer Güler on trial again (BIANET)
+ Trial of publisher, Ragip Zarakolu, and writer, Mehmet Güler, first hearing on 30 September (WiPC)
+ Zarakolu and Güler on trial for the next book (BIANET)
+ Trial of publisher Ragip Zarakolu postponed (WiPC)

Controversial media regulations developed for terrorism coverage (BIANET)

Thousands march in Istanbul to demand end to Internet censorship (BIANET)

Middle East & North Africa





Bahrain

Two activists summoned after assisting Al-Jazeera with TV programme (BCHR)

Egypt

Pro-democracy activist sentenced to three months in prison (ANHRI)

Iran

Photographer arrested; editor suffers heart attack in prison (CPJ)

Iraq

IFJ condemns impunity as suicide strike on Al-Arabiya satellite channel kills six (IFJ)
+ ANHRI condemns bombing of Alarabiya office in Baghdad (ANHRI)
+ Al-Qaeda claims responsibility for Al-Arabiya bombing (CPJ)
+ Blast targets Al-Arabiya TV office in Baghdad, killing at least four (IPI)

Supreme Judicial Court spokesman announces plans to establish special court for journalists (CPJ)

Israel

Israeli forces detain four journalists, strike another with teargas canister (MADA)

Legislature urged to reject proposed legislation that would punish human rights activists, stifle criticism (Human Rights Watch)

Palestine

Israeli forces detain four journalists, strike another with teargas canister (MADA)

IFJ condemns violence against photojournalists by Israeli military in West Bank (IFJ)

Saudi Arabia

Human rights defender still held since on charge of "annoying others" (RSF)

Awards


BIANET awarded national press freedom prize (BIANET)





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