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13 March 2013

IFEX Digest | 25 July - 1 August 2011



International




Tunisia's Radio Kalima wins IPI Free Media Pioneer Award 2011 (IPI)

Africa





Côte d'Ivoire

TV presenter charged for Gbagbo-leaning coverage (CPJ)
+ Journalist who supported former regime facing possible life sentence (RSF)
+ State broadcaster back on the air, presenter still detained (RSF)
+ In open letter to Ouattara, RSF calls on him to intercede on behalf of imprisoned journalist (RSF)

Ethiopia

Two journalists freed on bail; two others remain in detention (RSF)
+ Terrorism law undercuts free speech, says Human Rights Watch (Human Rights Watch)
+ Two journalists released on bail after 15 months (CPJ)

Ghana

Police assault sports journalists (MFWA)

Guinea

Communications council lifts ban on coverage of rocket attack on president's residence (CPJ)

RSF releases report on press freedom situation in Guinea and Niger

Regulatory body gags media (MFWA)

Offices of "Le Défi" newspaper attacked and ransacked (MFWA)

Malawi

Human Rights Watch calls for investigation into killings of peaceful protesters (Human Rights Watch)
+ Human Rights Watch urges the SADC to confront region's urgent rights issues (Human Rights Watch)
+ Police urged to use restraint in upcoming protests (Human Rights Watch)

Journalists beaten, detained and prevented from covering protests (RSF)
+ MISA condemns ban on coverage of demonstrations, beating of journalists (MISA)

Niger

RSF releases report on press freedom situation in Guinea and Niger

Senegal

Musician briefly arrested for criticising President Wade (MFWA)

Somalia

Al-Shabaab imposes severe restrictions on privately-owned radio station (NUSOJ)

Sudan

Journalist sentenced for covering assault case (ANHRI)
+ Another female journalist jailed for reporting rape allegations (RSF)

The Gambia

Ex-press union boss, six others accused of treason and sedition (MFWA)
+ Drop 'bogus charges' against journalists' leader, says IFJ (IFJ)

Uganda

Kibaale journalist injured while covering student protest (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)

Zimbabwe

Journalists assaulted at parliament building (MISA)

Police bar "Free the Airwaves" concert (MISA)

Americas



IAPA laments "tragic year for journalism", urges Ecuadorian president to respect press freedom (IAPA) IAPA to hold conference on combating impunity (IAPA)

Brazil

Political reporter murdered, motive unclear (ABRAJI)
+ Mato Grosso journalist gunned down, crime of passion theory disputed (RSF)
+ Political journalist murdered in Brazil (CPJ)
+ Judiciary decides to keep murder investigation confidential (ABRAJI)

Ecuador

President's lawyer takes preliminary steps to launch legal action against journalist (Fundamedios)

WPFC denounces harsh prison sentences and fines against Ecuadorian journalists (WPFC)

Honduras

Radio Progreso correspondent receives death threats (C-Libre)

Mexico

Journalist murdered in Veracruz (ARTICLE 19)
+ IAPA outraged at murder of another journalist (IAPA)
+ Journalist found decapitated (CPJ)
+ Female journalist's murder turns Veracruz into deadliest state for media in 2011 (RSF)
+ Journalist found dead (IPI)
+ Journalist abducted and murdered in Veracruz state (WiPC)

Paraguay

RSF report on how organised crime impacts journalists (RSF)

Peru

Open letter from RSF urges incoming president to ensure journalists "no longer fear imprisonment" (RSF)
+ Peru must take steps to decriminalise defamation, says CPJ (CPJ)
+ WPFC-FH's letter to President Hullanta Humala on criminal defamation (WPFC)

Electoral council sues newspaper editor (IPYS)

Asia & Pacific





Afghanistan

BBC reporter killed during Taliban attack in Uruzgan province (IPI)
+ Reporter killed in coordinated Taliban attacks on southern town (RSF)
+ Journalist killed in insurgent attack (CPJ)

China

Journalist investigating child abduction targeted in hacking attack (CPJ)
+ E-mail account of investigative journalist infiltrated (IFJ)

Authorities obstruct train disaster reporting (CPJ)
+ Propaganda department blocks news on rail disaster (IFJ)

Malaysia

CIJ concerned over proposed media consultative council (CIJ)

Mongolia

Journalist released on bail (IPI)
+ Journalist Dolgor Chuluunbaatar released on bail (Globe International)

Pakistan

Privately-owned television station's news team attacked (PPF)

Assailants open fire on TV host's car (PPF)
+ Two Karachi-based TV journalists targeted (RSF)

Slain journalist's associates say murder investigation has ground to a halt (RSF)

Thailand

Magazine editor charged with lese majeste (SEAPA)
+ Editor faces anti-royal charges (CPJ)
+ Detained newspaper editor facing trial on lèse-majesté charges (RSF)
+ Court refuses to free editor held for six months on lèse-majesté charge (RSF)
+ Editor faces jail on lése majestè charges (IPI)

Vietnam

Blogger Nguyen Van Hai reportedly critically injured in prison; concerns for safety (WiPC)
+ Concerns rise about jailed blogger (CPJ)

Police return ailing dissident priest to prison (Human Rights Watch)
+ Editor and priest Nguyen Van Ly returned to prison; health concerns (WiPC)
+ Freedom House slams return of prominent activist to prison (Freedom House)
+ Ailing dissident Catholic priest sent back to prison (RSF)

Europe & Central Asia





Greece

IPI condemns attack on SKAI TV in Piraeus (IPI)

Kosovo (Serbia)

ANEM condemns hacker attack on radio station website (ANEM)

IPI calls on authorities to create environment in which media can operate freely (IPI)

Montenegro

IPI condemns recurring attacks on daily "Vijesti" (IPI)

Russia

Charges laid against official who attacked, injured reporter (GDF)

Serbia

IPI welcomes planned decriminalisation of defamation and libel (IPI)

Slovakia

European Court of Human Rights overrules libel decision (IPI)

Turkey

Shooter in Hrant Dink case sentenced to 22 years in jail (BIANET)
+ Killer's conviction seen as important step, but masterminds still protected and threats continue (RSF)

Middle East & North Africa





Egypt

String of arrests in Syria; journalist dismissed in Egypt (RSF)

Jordan

Renewed threats against AFP bureau in Amman (RSF)

Lebanon

Maharat condemns brief detention of singer accused of defaming the president (Maharat Foundation)

Saudi Arabia

Authorities block Amnesty International site (ANHRI)

Syria

Writers released under amnesty (WiPC)

String of arrests in Syria; journalist dismissed in Egypt (RSF)

Tunisia

Targeting of journalists and demonstrators alarming, says IFEX-TMG (IFEX-TMG)

Awards


Tunisia's Radio Kalima wins IPI Free Media Pioneer Award 2011 (IPI)





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