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13 March 2013

IFEX Digest | 6 - 12 June 2011



International




Developing financially viable media in emerging markets (WAN-IFRA)

New CPJ report documents sexual aggression against journalists (CPJ)

Africa





Angola

Journalist beaten and arrested (MISA)

Central African Republic

Journalist detained despite decriminalisation of press law offences (JED)
+ Editor accused of "inciting violence and hatred" for writing about embezzlement (RSF)

Ghana

Police detain Ivorian journalist (MFWA)

Sports journalists denied access to Black Stars team (MFWA)

Guinea

Soldiers raid newspaper office, threaten publisher; presidential security officers assault TV journalist, destroy equipment (MFWA)

Liberia

Journalists forcibly removed from House Chamber, equipment seized (CEMESP)
+ Lawmakers attack journalists (MFWA)
+ Speaker regrets having ordered seizure of journalists' cameras (CEMESP)

Sports reporter beaten by footballers (CEMESP)

Nigeria

Freedom of Information Act: A ray of hope for democracy, says ARTICLE 19 (ARTICLE 19)
+ British High Commission spokesman calls FOI Act "game changer" for Nigeria (MRA)
+ Deputy British high commissioner urges CSOs, Nigerians to use FOI Act (MRA)

Rwanda

Exiled journalist gets 30-month prison sentence (RSF)
+ Exiled journalist handed prison sentence (IPI)

Sudan

Journalists who report on rape and torture charged with crimes (CPJ)

Reporter freed after being held for three weeks without valid reason (RSF)

As south split looms, abuses grow in Darfur (Human Rights Watch)

The Gambia

Former minister missing following arrest by security agents (MFWA)

Dismissed state TV journalist arrested, charged (MFWA)
+ Journalist fears conviction; witnesses unwilling to testify (MFWA)
+ Dismissed TV journalist convicted for "exaggerating" opposition rally in 2006 (MFWA)

Uganda

Journalist released on bail after brief detention (HRNJ-Uganda)
+ Journalist being tried under "ghost" charge (HRNJ-Uganda)
+ Court adjourns Timothy Kalyegira case (HRNJ-Uganda)
+ Court stays hearing of criminal libel case against editor Kalyegira (HRNJ-Uganda)

Americas





Argentina

Journalist's son eludes kidnap attempt (FOPEA)

Brazil

Forum participants oppose possible implementation of another press law (IAPA)

Colombia

Provincial journalist escapes being doused in gasoline (CPJ)
+ Days after gasoline attack, TV station owner threatened, told to leave town (RSF)

Dominican Republic

TV host released after six days, but trial continues (RSF)

Ecuador

Journalist harassed, threatened by unknown individuals (Fundamedios)

Government media outlets attempt to link founder and owner of newspaper to corrupt businesses (Fundamedios)

Guatemala

Environmental issues reporter receives threats (CERIGUA)

Honduras

Concern about future of civil liberties, human rights after OAS readmits Honduras (RSF)

Mexico

Authorities urged to investigate raid on Juarez human rights organisation (Human Rights Watch)

Body of disappeared journalist found (WiPC)

Human rights groups expose government's complicity in violence against journalists (PEN Canada)

Peru

IPYS denounces access to information breach as TV stations fail to broadcast public service announcement (IPYS)

Attacks on the press rise in lead up to election (CPJ)

Asia & Pacific





Afghanistan

Religious threat to media intensifies (CPJ)

New IFJ report assesses press freedom (IFJ)

Bangladesh

Nine journalists attacked in two separate incidents (RSF)

Burma

Five detained journalists freed (Mizzima News)

China

IFJ Press Freedom in China Campaign Bulletin - June 2011 (IFJ)

Two decades after Tiananmen massacre, repression still trumps political reform, Human Rights Watch says (Human Rights Watch)
+ Rights dialogue needs clear results (Human Rights Watch)

Fiji

PFF invites information secretary to meet with Pacific journalists to discuss media freedom (PFF)
+ Pacific journalists offer to discuss media freedoms (IFJ)

Nepal

Journalist brutally assaulted by members of ruling party's youth wing (Freedom Forum)
+ Impunity unchecked, journalist's attackers still at large (Freedom Forum)

Journalist's killers sentenced to life (CPJ)

Freedom Forum welcomes Supreme Court order (Freedom Forum)

Pakistan

Government urged to set up independent inquiry into journalist's killing (Human Rights Watch)

IFJ looks forward to judicial commission report (IFJ)

Freedom Forum condemns journalist's murder (Freedom Forum)

Philippines

Cotabato City-based reporter threatened with death (CMFR)
+ Radio journalist threatened (IFJ)

Sri Lanka

CPJ calls for UN action in case of journalist missing for over 500 days (CPJ)
+ Interview with wife of cartoonist Prageeth Ekneligoda, who disappeared 500 days ago (RSF)

FMM condemns attack on "Uthayan" journalist (FMM)

Vietnam

IPA condemns detention, ongoing harassment of Freedom to Publish awardee (IPA)

Europe & Central Asia



OSCE urged to prioritise protection of journalists in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine (ARTICLE 19)

Azerbaijan

Criminal case against Elnur Majidli suspended (IRFS)

France

French judge dismisses journalist's complaint against Israeli military (RSF)

Georgia

ARTICLE 19 calls on president to condemn attack on journalists (ARTICLE 19)

Russia

Human rights defender attacked near residence, injured (Human Rights Watch)

WAN-IFRA welcomes reopening of printing house (WAN-IFRA)

Turkey

Journalist attacked while covering prime minister's visit to Diyarbakir (BIANET)

Turkmenistan

UN body finds torture "widespread" (Human Rights Watch)

Ukraine

"Stop Censorship" movement prevented from holding rally (IMI)

Middle East & North Africa





Bahrain

Student faces trial for reciting poems during protest (ANHRI)
+ Poet and writer arrested; fears for her safety (WiPC)
+ Poet sentenced (WiPC)

Egypt

ANHRI voices concern over military role in new media council following TV programme's suspension (ANHRI)
+ General Tarek El Mahdy urged to stop imposing his opinions on media (ANHRI)

Human Rights Watch urges military to make clear break with past repressive policies (Human Rights Watch)
+ "In the footsteps of the Tunisian revolution: a constitution first for Egypt" rights groups say (CIHRS)
+ Egypt's turbulent road to democracy: challenges for U.S. policy (Freedom House)

Newspaper's website hacked, reporter and cartoonist accused of "defaming Islam" (ANHRI)

Military rulers urged to allow freedom of expression (RSF)

Soft launch of National Coalition for Media Freedom website (ANHRI)

Iran

Imprisoned journalists subjected to abuse (CPJ)

Iraq

Government urged to ensure journalists are free to cover 10 June demonstrations (RSF)

Israel

French judge dismisses journalist's complaint against Israeli military (RSF)

Syria

Woman blogger abducted in continuing crackdown on coverage of protests (RSF)
+ Young blogger kidnapped by army, detained in unknown location (ANHRI)

Freedom House condemns latest attacks on protesters, shutdown of Internet (Freedom House)

Tunisia

Call for release of would-be whistle-blower police officer (Human Rights Watch)

IFEX-TMG members alarmed by resurgence of Internet censorship and arrests (IFEX-TMG)

United Arab Emirates

ANHRI condemns blogger's extended detention (ANHRI)

Yemen

Other states should freeze officials' assets (Human Rights Watch)





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