REGIONS:

13 March 2013

IFEX Digest | 18 - 24 July 2011





Africa





Democratic Republic of Congo

Opposition television station resumes broadcasts after week-long ban (JED)
+ Kabila government bans broadcaster favorable to rival (CPJ)

Liberia

Editor receives death threat (CEMESP)

Malawi

Radio station vehicles attacked (MISA)
+ Assailants destroy private broadcaster's trucks before protests (CPJ)

Senegal

Walfadjri media group targeted as press freedom situation worsens (RSF)

Swaziland

Newspaper prohibited from writing about chief justice (MISA)
+ "Sowetan" newspaper confiscated at the border (MISA)

Uganda

Radio presenter goes missing (HRNJ-Uganda)
+ Journalists pitch camp at police station over their missing colleague (HRNJ-Uganda)
+ Charge or release detained journalist, says Human Rights Watch (Human Rights Watch)
+ Top commanders sued over missing journalist (HRNJ-Uganda)
+ Anti-terrorist unit holding radio journalist who disappeared two weeks ago (RSF)
+ Court orders commanders of forces to produce a missing journalist in court (HRNJ-Uganda)
+ Journalist's trial adjourned (HRNJ-Uganda)

Zambia

Ruling party members charged in TV crew attack (CPJ)
+ Violent attack on TV crew by ruling party members, equipment seized (RSF)

Zimbabwe

Journalist arrested in Kwekwe (MISA)

Four journalists detained, released without charge (MISA)

Americas





Bolivia

Police detain individual for selling video about President Evo Morales (ANP)

Ecuador

Minister plans to appeal judge's ruling in favour of newspaper (Fundamedios)

IAPA urges Ecuadoreans to defend freedom of expression (IAPA)

Newspaper directors, writer sentenced to three years in prison, US$40 million fine (Fundamedios)
+ Court imposes jail, fines for libel (IPI)
+ President's lawsuit ends with jail terms, huge fine for newspaper directors and columnist (RSF)
+ Sentencing of newspaper, journalists a "serious blow" to press freedom, says IAPA (IAPA)
+ Editor and executives sentenced to prison (CPJ)
+ Newspaper directors, journalist convicted for criticizing president (Human Rights Watch)
+ IAPA asks Inter-American Commission to focus on serious situation in Ecuador (IAPA)
+ WPFC denounces harsh prison sentences and fines against Ecuadorian journalists (WPFC)

Honduras

Canal 36 television station journalists receive death threats (C-Libre)

Journalist dismissed after investigating irregularities in social security institute tender process (C-Libre)

IAPA calls for increased efforts to ensure press freedom (IAPA)

Provincial journalist murdered (CPJ)

Mexico

IPI concerned at alleged death threats against journalist Lydia Cacho (IPI)

Paraguay

Concern over judicial harassment of "ABC Color" newspaper (WPFC)

Peru

Newspaper editor reports having received death threat (IPYS)

United States

Call for removal of Global Gag Rule from House bill (Human Rights Watch)

Venezuela

Opposition leader convicted for criticising government (Human Rights Watch)

Asia & Pacific





Bangladesh

Journalist in hiding following assault on home (Media Watch)

Cambodia

Restricting peaceful gatherings to "freedom parks" stifles freedom of expression, says CCHR (CCHR)

China

IFJ urges greater transparency from Xinjiang authorities (IFJ)

"China Economic Times" dissolves investigative news department (IFJ)
+ Newspaper's investigative unit shuttered (CPJ)
+ Were business newspaper's investigative reporters fired or given other jobs? (RSF)

Indonesia

Clinton should raise human rights concerns, says Human Rights Watch (Human Rights Watch)

Malaysia

Opposition blogger ordered to pay exorbitant damages to minister (RSF)

Human Rights Watch calls for the release of the "PSM 6" (Human Rights Watch)

Nepal

District Court to refile case against suspected killers of journalist (Freedom Forum)
+ District court registers case on journalist's disappearance (FNJ)

70-day court summons issued for mastermind behind attack on journalist (Freedom Forum)

Pakistan

Two journalists assaulted in Bahawalpur (PPF)

Civil servants ordered to refrain from providing information to the media (PPF)

Philippines

Mindanao broadcaster receives death threats (CMFR)

IFJ fears further delay in Ampatuan massacre trials (IFJ)

Human Rights Watch report details military involvement in activists' murders, disappearances (Human Rights Watch)

Europe & Central Asia





Azerbaijan

Journalists assaulted, threatened in Nakhchiyan (IRFS)
+ Journalist hounded in autonomous republic, two colleagues attacked (RSF)
+ IRFS employee threatened in prosecutor’s office; another searched by police (IRFS)
+ IRFS condemns recent escalation in persecution of journalists in Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic (IRFS)

Croatia

IPI demands public prosecutor investigate top military officials over alleged death threats to journalist (IPI)

Montenegro

IPI condemns latest attack on daily "Vijesti" (IPI)

Serbia

ANEM opposes cable operators' limits on local media content (ANEM)

Tajikistan

BBC journalist released on bail (WiPC)
+ BBC journalist goes on trial in Tajikistan (CPJ)
+ Trial of BBC journalist begins (WiPC)
+ BBC correspondent tells court he was tortured while detained (RSF)

Turkey

Political youth magazine suspended for a month (BIANET)

"Evrensel" newspaper threatened (BIANET)

Ukraine

Journalist under police protection after receiving threat (IMI)

Middle East & North Africa





Bahrain

Writer and journalist released (WiPC)

CPJ calls on authorities to end harassment of critical journalists (CPJ)
+ Continued harassment of journalists (BCHR)
+ Journalist faces imprisonment and fine over fabricated charges (ANHRI)
+ Human rights defender and journalist Reem Khalifa on trial as a result of fabricated charges (BCHR)

Poet released from prison but sentence still standing (WiPC)

Egypt

EOHR calls for investigation into disappeared journalist (EOHR)

ANHRI celebrates conclusion of workshop on capacity building for young journalists and citizen journalism (ANHRI)

Egypt's turbulent road to democracy: challenges for U.S. policy (Freedom House)

Iran

Veteran journalist ordered to prison (CPJ)

CJFE calls for release of all journalists currently detained (CJFE)

CJFE troubled by ongoing detention and mistreatment of journalists (CJFE)

Journalists in Iran: Living under the sword (CJFE)

Israel

MADA condemns anti-boycott bill (MADA)

Jordan

CPJ calls on authorities to prevent attacks on journalists covering protests (CPJ)
+ Journalists targeted by security forces in Syria, Jordan and Yemen (RSF)

Lebanon

IPI calls for justice for murdered journalists in light of UN STL indictments (IPI)

Libya

ANHRI celebrates conclusion of workshop on capacity building for young journalists and citizen journalism (ANHRI)

Syria

Campaign of mass arrests intensifies; key opposition figure, activist detained (Human Rights Watch)

ANHRI condemns arrest of writer Ali Al Abdallah (ANHRI)

ANHRI condemns detention of intellectuals, media workers (ANHRI)

Poet and song writer killed for a protest song, says WiPC (WiPC)

Tunisia

Police attack journalists during Tunis demonstrations (RSF)





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