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12 March 2013

IFEX Digest | 13 - 17 August 2010





Africa





Burundi

Journalist released provisionally after three days in prison (JED)
+ Editor released provisionally after being held for two days on libel charge (RSF)

Somalia

Puntland bans media from interviewing rebels (NUSOJ)

NUSOJ condemns six-year jail sentence against media director in Puntland (NUSOJ)
+ Puntland court hears journalist's appeal (NUSOJ)

South Africa

CPJ concerned that proposed legislation will result in press restrictions (CPJ)
+ Authorities urged to drop two bills that threaten media freedom (RSF)

Americas





Colombia

Colombian attorney general says car bomb targeted station (CPJ)

Caracol Radio car-bomb bodes ill five days after new president's installation (RSF)

Mexico

Televisa facilities in Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon attacked with explosives (CEPET)
+ CPJ condemns grenade attacks against Televisa (CPJ)
+ Grenades thrown at two Televisa bureaux in northeastern cities in one night (RSF)
+ TV stations in grenade attacks one week after journalists hold silent march over media threats (IPI)

Special Mandates on freedom of expression make landmark visit (ARTICLE 19)

Paraguay

SPP condemns actions against journalist, attempt to censor radio station (SPP)

Peru

Ministry rejects Council of Ministers' proposal to reinstate Radio La Voz de Bagua's licence (IPYS)
+ Deputy minister humiliates head of radio station closed for 14 months (RSF)

United States

Freedom House applauds US law combatting "libel tourism" (Freedom House)

Venezuela

Vice-president submits bill preventing banks from owning shares in media (IPYS-Venezuela)

Community radio journalist arrested and beaten (IPYS-Venezuela)

Asia & Pacific





Burma

Escalate international pressure ahead of November 7 polls, says Human Rights Watch (Human Rights Watch)

ARTICLE 19 submits report to UN Human Rights Council as election date announced (ARTICLE 19)

India

Authorities give Research In Motion deadline to provide access to BlackBerry services (RSF)

Indonesia

Report highlights organised mass intimidation of journalists (IFJ)

Journalists risk lives for reporting on environmental impacts and local politics (ARTICLE 19)

Nepal

Journalist assaulted, critically injured (Freedom Forum)
+ IFJ questions police role in assault on journalist (IFJ)

Pakistan

Pakistan Press Foundation website hacked (PPF)

Broadcasting of two TV stations suspended, copies of national dailies burned (RSF)

Philippines

Alleged gunmen acquitted in 2004 killing of journalist (CMFR)

Sri Lanka

Police attack, assault demonstrators at protest march (FMM)

Europe & Central Asia





Kyrgyzstan

CPJ decries extremism charges against journalists (CPJ)

Moldova

Jurnalul TV journalist Victor Ciobanu assaulted in Chisinau, Moldova (IPI)

Turkey

CPJ calls on Turkey to release American journalist (CPJ)
+ American journalist Jake Hess detained in Diyarbakir (BIANET)

United Kingdom

Freedom House applauds US law combatting "libel tourism" (Freedom House)

Middle East & North Africa





Egypt

Authorities urged to stop harassing activists calling for transparency in elections (ANHRI)

Jordan

New law allows government to regulate online content (RSF)

Lebanon

Journalist detained and questioned for six hours (Maharat Foundation)
+ Al-Akhbar reporter held and interrogated illegally by defence ministry (RSF)

Syria

Prominent lawyer turning 80 in jail (Human Rights Watch)





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