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13 March 2013

IFEX Digest | 8 - 14 November 2010





Africa



African free expression community charts new course in struggle for safety and rights of journalists (NUSOJ)

Botswana

Chief verbally harasses the media (MISA)

Burundi

Two newspaper journalists held for 48 hours (RSF)

Democratic Republic of Congo

Second journalist sentenced in absentia (RSF)

Journalist sentenced in absentia to eight months in prison (JED)

Radio journalist released on bail after 24 days in detention (JED)

Guinea

Online journalist held incommunicado, violently assaulted (MFWA)

Liberia

Newspaper editor harassed by Supreme Court (CEMESP)

Malawi

Court injunction allows newspaper group to continue publishing "The Weekend Times" pending judicial review (MISA)

Namibia

Court dismisses defamation lawsuit against tabloid (MISA)

Somalia

NUSOJ welcomes release of journalist after 86 days in detention (NUSOJ)
+ CPJ welcomes release of Puntland journalist (CPJ)
+ Puntland journalist freed after 86 days in jail for interviewing rebel leader (RSF)

Sudan

Government's intolerance of dissenting opinions and reprisals against human rights defenders raise concern (CIHRS)

IFJ alarmed by setbacks for press freedom in the Middle East (IFJ)

Uganda

Radio Simba journalist goes missing (HRNJ-Uganda)

Zimbabwe

Arrest warrant issued against UK-based Zimbabwean editor (MISA)

Americas



IAPA presents its conclusions on the state of press freedom in the Americas (IAPA)
+ IAPA to review in Mérida state of press freedom in the Americas (IAPA)
+ IAPA to send its resolutions to governments and supra-national organizations (IAPA) IFEX-ALC launches guide on best practices for monitoring and documenting attacks on free expression (IFEX-ALC)

Brazil

Police rule out work-related motive in journalist's murder in Rio de Janeiro province (RSF)

Colombia

FARC guerrilla group threatens journalist, allegedly orders assassination of radio programme host (FLIP)
+ CJFE condemns threat against journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima (CJFE)

Cuba

Government breaks promise by keeping three "Black Spring" journalists in prison (RSF)
+ Cuba should honor its promise to release prisoners (Freedom House)

Ecuador

Journalist receives death threat (Fundamedios)

Amazon region broadcaster's frequency not renewed (Fundamedios)

Honduras

Honduras accepts United Nations Human Rights Council recommendations on free expression (AMARC)
+ ARTICLE 19 welcomes UPR recommendations (ARTICLE 19)

Mexico

Gunmen attack offices of daily newspaper in Acapulco (CEPET)
+ Gunmen attack newspaper in Acapulco (CPJ)

Journalist killed in Tamaulipas during stand-off between army and drug traffickers (CEPET)
+ Reporter killed in Matamoros crossfire (CPJ)

Government launches protection mechanism for journalists (ARTICLE 19)

Peru

Ruling party supporter attacks photojournalist (IPYS)

United States

RSF asks for new sentencing hearing in Mumia Abu-Jamal case (RSF)
+ New site shows minutes journalist has spent on death row: 15 million and counting (RSF)

Obama urged to make a stand for human rights during Indonesia visit (Human Rights Watch)

Crucial day in Philadelphia court for Mumia Abu-Jamal and rule of law (RSF)

Asia & Pacific





Burma

Japanese journalist and two Burmese journalists freed (RSF)

Japanese journalist, two Burmese reporters arrested (RSF)
+ Japanese journalist held by Burmese government (CPJ)

Countdown to a farcical election in Burma (SEAPA)

China

Jail sentence for activist who set up website about tainted milk powder (RSF)
+ Former journalist jailed for accepting media interviews in China (IFJ)

IFJ Press Freedom in China Campaign Bulletin - November 2010 (IFJ)

RSF calls for Liu Xiaobo's release as Chinese president makes state visit to France (RSF)
+ PEN American Center President Appiah testifies before congress on Liu Xiaobo (PEN American Center)

PEN American Center concerned about increased pressure on PEN members (PEN American Center)

Indonesia

Former "Playboy" editor does not deserve to be in prison, says RSF (RSF)

Obama urged to make a stand for human rights during Indonesia visit (Human Rights Watch)

Philippines

Reporter warned of possible threat (CMFR)

Singapore

Thirty IFEX members sign petition to Prime Minister Lee asking him to withdraw charges against Alan Shadrake (RSF)

Drop charges against author who raised rights concerns (Human Rights Watch)

Vietnam

Human Rights Watch calls on government to release legal activist Cu Huy Ha Vu (Human Rights Watch)
+ Release prominent legal activist (Human Rights Watch)

Europe & Central Asia



Freedom of expression needs better protection in digital communications, says ARTICLE 19 (ARTICLE 19)

Azerbaijan

Editor Eynulla Fatullayev remains jailed despite ECHR call for his release (IRFS)
+ Eynulla Fatullayev caged for appeal hearing as Baku continues to defy European Court of Human Rights' release ruling (WiPC)
+ Azerbaijan must immediately release Eynulla Fatullayev (CPJ)
+ Court defies European Court instruction to free journalist (Human Rights Watch)

In latest humiliation, newspaper editor appears in court inside cage (RSF)

France

RSF calls for Liu Xiaobo's release as Chinese president makes state visit to France (RSF)
+ PEN American Center President Appiah testifies before congress on Liu Xiaobo (PEN American Center)

Hungary

Government criticised over media secrecy law (IPI)
+ Media law fuels international concern (WAN-IFRA)
+ Proposed media law would threaten freedom (Freedom House)
+ IFJ warns Hungary over threats to media as parliament votes on new law (IFJ)

Kyrgyzstan

New assault in violence-ridden court case (Human Rights Watch)

Russia

Investigation into attack on editor Mikhail Beketov reopened (CPJ)

Beketov convicted of criminal defamation, his assailants still at large (CPJ)
+ IFJ appalled by conviction of Russian journalist following near death beating (IFJ)

Reporter and environmental activist beaten in separate incidents (CPJ)
+ Two journalists hospitalised, another put on trial (WiPC)
+ Second Russian journalist attacked in two days (IPI)

Famous "Kommersant" reporter brutally attacked outside his Moscow home (RSF)
+ IFJ calls for swift action in Russia after murderous attack on journalist (IFJ)
+ World's press calls for protection of journalists (WAN-IFRA)
+ Attempt on journalist's life (GDF)
+ Protests held in support of journalist Oleg Kashin (CJES)
+ Slow progress on investigation into attack on journalist Oleg Kashin (CJFE)

Spain

IFJ backs protests against restrictions on Moroccan journalists in Melillia (IFJ)

Turkey

News website founder sentenced to 11 months in prison (BIANET)

Prime minister files lawsuit against newspaper and editor (BIANET)
+ Journalist Eksi at court on "insult" charges (BIANET)

Reporter faces prison term after publishing allegations about military official's actions (BIANET)

IFJ members eye Turkey on "Stand Up for Journalism Day" (IFJ)
+ On "Stand Up for Journalism" Day, European Federation of Journalists throws weight behind Turkish media rights campaign (IPI)

BIANET website coordinator and lawyers’ association official face civil lawsuit (BIANET)

Kurdish-speaking defendants silenced in court (BIANET)

Ukraine

Police unlawfully seize files and equipment from human rights organisation (Human Rights Watch)

Western Europe

IFJ members eye Turkey on "Stand Up for Journalism Day" (IFJ)
+ On "Stand Up for Journalism" Day, European Federation of Journalists throws weight behind Turkish media rights campaign (IPI)

Middle East & North Africa





Bahrain

BCHR expresses concern over continuation of torture and ill-treatment of detainees in "Terrorism Network" case (BCHR)

Egypt

CIHRS, ANHRI and other organisations denounce intimidation of media ahead of elections (CIHRS)
+ President of political party urged to apologise for his role in newspaper's closure (ANHRI)

Blogger beaten by state security officer, held illegally despite completion of sentence (ANHRI)
+ Blogger beaten and kept in detention after completing four-year jail sentence (RSF)
+ Egypt should free blogger held beyond his term (CPJ)

Authorities detain reform advocates and spy on them (ANHRI)

Iran

PEN Canada and CJFE call for help for Hossein Derakhshan from the Canadian government (CJFE)

Libya

Twenty journalists arrested, then released (ANHRI)
+ Gaddafi calls for release of all detained journalists (RSF)

Morocco

CPJ calls on Moroccan authorities to allow Spanish journalists to work freely (CPJ)
+ IFJ calls for higher accuracy standards in media coverage of Western Sahara crisis (IFJ)
+ IFJ rejects 'baseless' accusations against Spanish media in Morocco (IFJ)

IFJ condemns spate of attacks on journalists (IFJ)

Palestine

One journalist released, another still in prison (MADA)

Syria

Proposed law would step up censorship of online media, says RSF (RSF)

Yemen

IFJ calls for release of two journalists held in military detention (IFJ)
+ On eve of third hearing in journalist's case, ANHRI expresses concern over the trial (ANHRI)

Awards


Rights defender dedicates award to women activists (Human Rights Watch)





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