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13 March 2013

IFEX Digest | 12 - 18 September 2011



International




IAPA calls for political will to combat impunity at UNESCO conference (IAPA)
+ IFJ calls for global and credible implementation of measures to protect journalists (IFJ)

Human Rights Watch honours writers for commitment to free expression (Human Rights Watch)

IFJ "Journalism in the Shadow of Terror Laws" conference urges restoration of journalists' role in terrorism discourse (IFJ)
+ Declaration adopted by IFJ conference on "Journalism in the Shadow of Terror Laws" (IFJ)

Africa





Angola

Human Rights Watch calls on authorities to release unfairly convicted demonstrators (Human Rights Watch)

Cameroon

Journalist detained, asked to reveal sources (CPJ)

Côte d'Ivoire

Ouattara fighters withdraw from media outlets (CPJ)

Soldiers withdrawn from pro-Gbagbo newspapers' premises (MFWA)

In open letter to Ouattara, RSF calls on him to intercede on behalf of imprisoned journalist (RSF)

Ethiopia

Journalist identified in WikiLeaks cable flees country (CPJ)
+ Anti-terror law denounced as serious challenge for the media; journalist named in WikiLeaks cable flees abroad (RSF)

Two Swedish and three Ethiopian journalists charged with terrorism (RSF)
+ Five journalists facing terrorism charges (CPJ)
+ Three print journalists charged with terrorism; concerns for wellbeing (WiPC)
+ Meles calls jailed Swedish journalists terror accomplices (CPJ)
+ Outcome already decided in trial of Swedish journalists? (RSF)
+ IFJ says Ethiopian terrorism trial against Swedish journalists violates international law (IFJ)
+ IFJ backs global call for dismissal of terror charges against journalists (IFJ)
+ Journalists charged under Ethiopian anti-terror law appear in court (IPI)
+ Free journalists facing terrorism charges, halt attacks on media freedom (ARTICLE 19)

Ghana

Journalists intimidated, prevented from covering trial (MFWA)

Kenya

Charges against human rights defender dropped (Human Rights Watch)

CPJ condemns break-in at "Nairobi Law Monthly" (CPJ)

Lesotho

High Court judge sues Harvest FM radio station (MISA)

Suspicious silence on the airwaves (MISA)

Liberia

CEMESP holds freedom of information forum for local authorities, community radio journalists (CEMESP)

Reporters attacked by political partisans (CEMESP)

Malawi

Journalist arrested for photographing presidential property without permission (MISA)
+ Journalist accused of breaching peace (IPI)
+ Journalist Ernest Mahwayo granted bail, pleads not guilty (MISA)

Namibia

Ten-year-old advertising ban on "The Namibian" lifted (MISA)

Rwanda

RSF protests President Kagame's visit to Paris (RSF)
+ UNHCR urged to review decision to withdraw refugee status from Rwandan refugees (RSF)

Somalia

Attackers shoot Radio Galkayo journalist (CPJ)

Journalist beaten by police in Somaliland (NUSOJ)
+ Journalists continue to be targeted in Somaliland (CPJ)

NUSOJ condemns cleric's "deadly threat" to journalists (NUSOJ)

Two journalists arrested in Somaliland (NUSOJ)

Sudan

Authorities continue to confiscate newspapers (CPJ)

Uganda

Local council leaders move to bar media activities in Kalangala district (HRNJ-Uganda)

Charges against human rights defender dropped (Human Rights Watch)

Zimbabwe

Trial date set for "Standard" journalists (MISA)

Minister threatens to close private newspapers (MISA)

Americas





Argentina

Attack forces community-based radio station off the air (FOPEA)
+ Recent attacks on radio stations (CJFE)

CPJ submits brief to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights concerning lawsuit filed by former president (CPJ)
+ ARTICLE 19 submits brief to Inter-American Court of Human Rights that outlines how to balance freedom of expression and privacy (ARTICLE 19)

Bolivia

Journalist who exposed corruption threatened (CPJ)
+ Investigative reporter fears for her life, requests protection (RSF)

Brazil

Radio journalist shot to death (CPJ)
+ Concern that investigation could stall in Amazonian border journalist's murder (RSF)
+ Reporter gunned down (IPI)

Chile

Mounting abuses and violence against journalists amid continuing student protests (RSF)

Colombia

IAPA astonished at statute of limitations running out in another unpunished crime (IAPA)

Ecuador

RSF calls on Correa to take a firm stance regarding privately-owned media (RSF)
+ Media minister responds to RSF's open letter (RSF)

Honduras

Journalist receives death threats (C-Libre)

Pro-Zelaya journalist killed in Bijao (C-Libre)
+ Journalist who supported ousted president becomes 15th killed in 18 months (RSF)
+ Gunmen kill journalist (IPI)
+ IAPA condemns fifth murder of a journalist in Honduras this year (IAPA)

Mexico

IAPA outraged at murder of young couple targeted for using Twitter (IAPA)

Peru

Journalist killed in Chincha (IPYS)
+ Third journalist killed in 2011 (IPI)
+ Disturbing signal seen in third murder of a journalist this year (RSF)
+ IAPA angered at murder of journalist (IAPA)
+ Critical journalist gunned down (CPJ)

Demonstrators beat journalist, confiscate camera (IPYS)

IFJ condemns murder of TV Journalist (IFJ)

Asia & Pacific





Afghanistan

IFJ mourns BBC journalist killed by NATO forces (IFJ)
+ Journalist was killed by US soldier who mistook him for Taliban (RSF)
+ ISAF takes responsibility for Afghan journalist's death (CPJ)

Australia

RSF questions motives behind new commission of inquiry (RSF)

Bangladesh

Journalist beaten and detained in Srinagar; media workers assaulted in Dhaka (IFJ)
+ Is the government really interested in what happens to journalists? (RSF)

Burma

Jailed photojournalist sentenced to 10 more years in prison (Mizzima News)
+ Jailed reporter's total sentence increased to 18 years (RSF)
+ Journalist given additional 10-year sentence (CPJ)

SEAPA calls for release of Democratic Voice of Burma journalists (SEAPA)
+ Demonstrations outside Burmese embassies in support of DVB's detained video journalists (RSF)

Cambodia

Armed police, officials disrupt human rights training event (CCHR)
+ District and provincial authorities are not above the law (CCHR)
+ CCHR condemns criminal complaint against CCHR staff member and other activists campaigning to save Prey Lang Forest (CCHR)

CCHR review of 1995 Press Law (CCHR)

Hong Kong (China)

IFJ fears erosion of editorial independence at Radio Television Hong Kong (IFJ)

India

Vendetta feared in arrest of journalist in Chhattisgarh state (IFJ)
+ Freelancer charged with antistate activities (CPJ)

Journalist beaten and detained in Srinagar; media workers assaulted in Dhaka (IFJ)
+ Is the government really interested in what happens to journalists? (RSF)

Indonesia

Radio Era Baru forcibly closed by police (RSF)

Nepal

Newspaper editor threatened; police attack journalists (Freedom Forum)

Journalist taken hostage, receives death threat (Freedom Forum)
+ Journalist manhandled (Freedom Forum)

Assailants vandalise offices of "Naya Patrika" daily (FNJ)

Suspected vandals in detention, under investigation (Freedom Forum)

Philippines

Justice department creates new panel to reinvestigate murder of Palawan-based broadcaster (CMFR)

Thailand

New cases suggest no change in lèse-majesté policy (RSF)

Europe & Central Asia





Azerbaijan

Journalist's relatives beaten, home attacked with excavator (RSF)
+ Journalist Idrak Abbasov's family assaulted (IRFS)
+ Pressure on journalist, his family ongoing (IRFS)

France

RSF protests President Kagame's visit to Paris (RSF)
+ UNHCR urged to review decision to withdraw refugee status from Rwandan refugees (RSF)

Georgia

IPI demands release of Serbian journalist detained in South Ossetia (IPI)
+ IFJ calls for release of Serbian journalist held in South Ossetia (IFJ)

Serbia

Media associations' statement on Draft Media Strategy (ANEM)

Tajikistan

President asked to intercede in detained journalist's case (RSF)

Turkey

Prison managers destroy manuscript (BIANET)

Eleven detained, including two journalists, during raid by authorities (BIANET)

Ukraine

ARTICLE 19 policy paper on transparency of media ownership by off-shore companies (ARTICLE 19)

Middle East & North Africa



Crackdowns on pro-democracy protests continue to affect journalists (RSF)

Bahrain

Detained blogger Abduljalil Al-Singace on hunger strike (RSF)

Egypt

Authorities raid news channel's offices; concern over increasing assault on media freedom (ANHRI)
+ Disturbing moves against news media by Supreme Council, says RSF (RSF)
+ ANHRI condemns decision regarding new TV licenses (ANHRI)
+ EOHR calls on the Supreme Council to reconsider its decision (EOHR)
+ Is the Supreme Council a new predator of press freedom, asks RSF (RSF)
+ Military institutes new media restrictions (CPJ)
+ Freedom House condemns extension of emergency law (Freedom House)
+ National Coalition for Media Freedom condemns deterioration of media freedom (ANHRI)

Lebanese blogger arrested in Egypt, deported to Beirut (Maharat Foundation)
+ Lebanese blogger deported from Cairo airport (ANHRI)
+ EOHR calls for release of Lebanese blogger Imad Bazzi (EOHR)

Hunger-striking blogger hospitalised; Lebanese blogger denied entry (RSF)

CJFE calls on authorities to release imprisoned journalist (CJFE)

Iran

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)

Iraq

New law fails to protect journalists, creates new problems, says RSF (RSF)
+ Law on journalists' protection fails to protect rights (ARTICLE 19)

ANHRI condemns assassination of radio personality (ANHRI)

Israel

IFJ joins call for release of Palestinian journalists (IFJ)

Authorities must grant Samer Allawi the right to due process, says CPJ (CPJ)

Palestinian journalist detained without charge or trial (ARTICLE 19)

Authorities extend journalist's arrest order for the fifth time (MADA)

Lebanon

Lebanese blogger arrested in Egypt, deported to Beirut (Maharat Foundation)
+ Lebanese blogger deported from Cairo airport (ANHRI)
+ EOHR calls for release of Lebanese blogger Imad Bazzi (EOHR)

Saudi Arabia

Human Rights Watch calls on authorities to drop charges against human rights lawyer (Human Rights Watch)
+ ANHRI condemns charges against Waleed Aboul-Khair (ANHRI)

Yemen

CJFE urges authorities to ensure greater protections for journalists (CJFE)

Awards


Human Rights Watch honours writers for commitment to free expression (Human Rights Watch)





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