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13 March 2013

IFEX Digest | 6 - 11 September 2011



International




PEN American Center welcomes Deji Olukotun as first Freedom to Write Fellow (PEN American Center)

Companies that cooperate with dictatorships must be sanctioned, says RSF (RSF)

Africa





Angola

Journalists beaten, equipment seized (MISA)
+ Journalists attacked while covering protest (CPJ)
+ Stop repression of anti-government protests, Human Rights Watch urges (Human Rights Watch)

Democratic Republic of Congo

IFEX calls on President Kabila to address recent death threats against JED (IFEX)

Opposition television station targeted in arson attack (JED)
+ In pre-election violence, arsonists target TV station (CPJ)

Sierra Leone

Presidential guards attack four journalists (MFWA)

Somalia

Journalist killed, another wounded in Mogadishu (NUSOJ)
+ African Union must act after journalist is killed in Somalia (CPJ)
+ Malaysian cameraman shot dead in Mogadishu, another wounded (RSF)
+ Malaysian cameraman's death reinforces need for safety protocols (IFJ)

Sudan

Security forces seize copies of "Al-Jarida" and "Al-Midan" newspapers (ANHRI)
+ Authorities continue to confiscate newspapers (CPJ)
+ Authorities confiscate copies of "Alwan" newspaper (ANHRI)

Zimbabwe

Journalists detained at Libyan embassy (MISA)

Attorney general reduces charges against "Standard" journalists (MISA)
+ Trial date set for "Standard" journalists (MISA)
+ Journalists' trial deferred (MISA)
+ Journalists' trial deferred again (MISA)

Americas





Brazil

IAPA condemns media censorship (IAPA)

Cuba

Authorities refuse to renew Spanish correspondent's work permit (IAPA)
+ Cuba pulls veteran correspondent's credentials (CPJ)

Ecuador

President's attorney asks public prosecutor to initiate additional legal action against "El Universo" newspaper (Fundamedios)

Mexico

Two women journalists found strangled in Mexico City (WiPC)

Peru

Journalist shot dead in Nuevo Chimbote (IPYS)
+ Journalist dies after attack by gunman (CPJ)
+ Second journalist murdered this year, authorities urged to act (RSF)
+ IFJ condemns murder of TV Journalist (IFJ)

Journalist informed of plan to kill her (IPYS)

WPFC-FH's letter to President Hullanta Humala on criminal defamation (WPFC)

Venezuela

Editor detained pending trial (IPYS-Venezuela)
+ Appeal against editor's pre-trial detention when no crime has been established (RSF)

Asia & Pacific





Burma

Volunteer jailed for ten years for quoting critic, Aung San Suu Kyi’s article censored (SEAPA)

Suu Kyi's article published in full (SEAPA)

"The Messenger" punished for article on Suu Kyi (Mizzima News)

Cambodia

Voice of America faces contempt of court proceedings for revealing "confidential information" (CCHR)
+ Special Khmer Rouge court starts contempt proceedings against VOA (RSF)

Country's first human rights portal wins innovation award (CCHR)

Indonesia

Six months in jail for radio station manager who covered rights violations in China (RSF)

Nepal

Newspaper office vandalised in Kathmandu (Freedom Forum)
+ Assailants vandalise offices of "Naya Patrika" daily (FNJ)
+ Suspected vandals in detention, under investigation (Freedom Forum)

Pakistan

Journalist assaulted by former government minister's guards (PPF)

Philippines

CMFR report: "Press freedom in Aquino's first year: unfulfilled promises and fading hopes" (CMFR)

Europe & Central Asia





Azerbaijan

Stepping up harassment of media, Nakhchivan expels reporter (RSF)

European Court to examine case of two bloggers who were unjustly jailed (RSF)

Head of Nakhchivan-based organisation receives death threat (IRFS)

France

European Union's Telecoms Package incorporated into French law (RSF)

Russia

Retired police official charged in Politkovskaya murder (CPJ)

Turkey

Detained student no longer allowed visitors (BIANET)
+ Eighty-nine students detained in five prisons (BIANET)

United Kingdom

Blanket ban on marches in six London boroughs violates freedom of speech, says ARTICLE 19 (ARTICLE 19)

IFJ voices concerns over police probe of investigative reporter (IFJ)

Middle East & North Africa





Egypt

Unjustly detained blogger, on hunger strike, could die in prison (RSF)

EOHR calls for the release of blogger (EOHR)

Iran

RSF calls on regime to end repression, free all detained journalists and bloggers (RSF)
+ Authorities add to their list of press freedom violations (CPJ)
+ Human Rights Watch calls on authorities to allow peaceful protests over lake's destruction (Human Rights Watch)
+ Journalist, poet and activist Faranak Farid arrested; serious health concerns (WiPC)

Iraq

"Lvin" magazine editor beaten by special forces, held for three hours in Iraqi Kurdistan (RSF)

Radio personality shot dead (Human Rights Watch)
+ Well-known irreverent journalist shot dead in his home (RSF)
+ Journalist shot dead in Baghdad (CPJ)
+ ANHRI condemns assassination of radio personality (ANHRI)
+ Journalist, playwright, filmmaker and member of Iraqi PEN murdered (WiPC)

Syria

Journalist arrested, held without charge (CPJ)

Yemen

Journalists continue to be targeted (CPJ)
+ Despotic regimes continue to obstruct coverage of revolutions (RSF)
+ CJFE urges authorities to ensure greater protections for journalists (CJFE)

Awards


Country's first human rights portal wins innovation award (CCHR)





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