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13 March 2013

IFEX Digest | 11 - 16 October 2011



International




BlackBerry gives way to pressure from governments (RSF)

Mumia still on death row, but executions of journalists on the wane (RSF)

Yemeni press freedom activist Tawakel Karman wins Nobel Peace Prize (ARTICLE 19)
+ Nobel Prize shows role of women in democracy, peace (Human Rights Watch)
+ IFJ welcomes Nobel Peace Prize award to Yemeni journalist (IFJ)
+ Yemen journalist one of three Nobel Peace Prize recipients (IPI)

Impunity for killers of journalists threatens freedom of expression, says WAN-IFRA report (WAN-IFRA)

Africa





Angola

Journalist fined and given one-year suspended prison sentence (CPJ)
+ Convicted journalist faces year in prison for libel (RSF)

Democratic Republic of Congo

JED announces launch of "Rapid Alert Network" to prevent attacks on press freedom (JED)

Ghana

Police arrest two demonstrators (MFWA)

Nigeria

Four newspaper editors arrested (MRA)
+ Six journalists arrested (IPI)

Somalia

Journalist killed in Mogadishu suicide bomb attack (NUSOJ)
+ Journalist killed in blast (IPI)

Uganda

Spotlight on human rights means no more hiding, says ARTICLE 19 (ARTICLE 19)
+ UN member states corner authorities over human rights (ARTICLE 19)

Americas





Brazil

Unidentified individual fires shots at journalist's car (IPYS)

Chile

Bill would criminalise protests, turn journalists into police informers (RSF)

Colombia

Journalist given 20-month suspended prison sentence on defamation charge (FLIP)
+ Editor given suspended prison term (CPJ)

Cuba

Hablemos Press journalist to be expelled from Havana yet again in new crackdown (RSF)

Ecuador

SUPERTEL dismisses charges against seven radio stations (Fundamedios)

Guyana

TV station suspension delayed (IPI)
+ President Jagdeo postpones opposition TV station's suspension (RSF)

Peru

Thugs assault, threaten investigative journalist (IPYS)

Journalists receive death threat after investigating local councilor (IPYS)

United States

Old law used in controversial new way to get information for WikiLeaks investigation (RSF)

IAPA criticises boycott of Univisión debate by US presidential candidates (IAPA)

Venezuela

Venezuela rejects UN Human Rights Council freedom of expression recommendations (IFEX-ALC)

Asia & Pacific





Afghanistan

Each time a journalist is killed, the truth dies with them, says ARTICLE 19 report (ARTICLE 19)

Burma

Comedian Zargana and at least 120 other political prisoners released (Human Rights Watch)
+ Blogger released in mass amnesty (CPJ)
+ Zarganar freed, but DVB video journalists still held (RSF)
+ Official says press censorship should be abolished (IPI)
+ Zarganar released but thousands remain imprisoned (ARTICLE 19)
+ Comedian and poet Zargana released (WiPC)
+ PEN welcomes release of comedian and poet Zargana (PEN American Center)

North Korea

RSF releases report on freedom of information under Kim Jong-il regime (RSF)

Pakistan

Journalist killed in Lahore (CPJ)
+ Another journalist killed (IPI)
+ Reporter stabbed to death in Lahore after receiving threats (RSF)

Philippines

Newspaper editor gunned down (CPJ)
+ Columnist shot dead (CMFR)

Singapore

Opposition party under investigation for organising video conference with former detainees (SEAPA)

Tibet (China)

Heavy-handed security exacerbates grievances, desperation in Tibetan monasteries (Human Rights Watch)

Europe & Central Asia





Azerbaijan

Deputy defence minister sues newspaper over criticism of army (CJES)

Bulgaria

IPI condemns attack on journalist (IPI)
+ Television journalist's car explodes in Bulgaria (CPJ)

IPI condemns use of hate speech and "online lynching" to target award-winning journalist (IPI)

France

IFJ concerned by threats against journalists after television report on Palestine (IFJ)

Italy

Investigative reporters, websites threatened once again by proposed "gag law" (RSF)

Russia

Southern Urals media community concerned over dismissal of editors (CJES)

Five years on, writers continue to call for justice for Anna Politkovskaya (PEN American Center)
+ Half a decade, half an inquiry in Politkovskaya case, says ARTICLE 19 (ARTICLE 19)
+ Justice still pending in Politkovskaya murder case (CPJ)
+ IPI remembers Anna Politkovskaya (IPI)
+ Anna Politkovskaya was killed five years ago (GDF)
+ New details emerge in Politkovskaya murder investigation (CJES)

Tajikistan

Journalists convicted, released from prison (CPJ)
+ Two journalists convicted but free men after trial (RSF)
+ BBC journalist found guilty, released under amnesty law (PEN American Center)

Turkey

Politician facing 10 years in jail for "pro-Kurdish propaganda" (BIANET)

Kurdish singer sentenced to one year in prison (BIANET)

Uzbekistan

UN Human Rights Committee decision advances free expression (ARTICLE 19)

Middle East & North Africa





Bahrain

ANHRI condemns court decision to fine four journalists (ANHRI)
+ Judicial nightmare for journalists in new wave of prosecutions (RSF)

Egypt

Journalist, activist killed in clashes, private television stations raided (IPI)
+ ANHRI mourns victims of clashes, demands speedy handover of power from Military Council (ANHRI)
+ Attacks on press increase; journalist dead (CPJ)
+ Military abuses against media continue (RSF)

Human Rights Watch calls on judicial authorities to investigate violence against Coptic Christians (Human Rights Watch)
+ EOHR calls for a fact finding committee on Masbero incident (EOHR)
+ ANHRI files complaint against the minister of information (ANHRI)
+ Don't cover up military killing of Copt protesters (Human Rights Watch)

Lebanon

Iranian film director denied entry (ANHRI)

Morocco

ANHRI condemns attack on headquarters of newspaper (ANHRI)

Oman

CPJ concerned over politicised trial of journalists, civil servant (CPJ)

Palestine

IFJ accuses Hamas of political interference after takeover of Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate office in Gaza (IFJ)
+ MADA petitions Abbas and PA officials to allow distribution of banned newspapers (MADA)

Tunisia

Authorities shut down TV station, extremists try to burn down another (ANHRI)
+ After broadcasting "Persepolis", TV station attacked, owner and staff threatened (RSF)
+ Human Rights Watch calls on authorities to drop criminal investigation of TV station (Human Rights Watch)

Free expression groups call upon the government to act decisively on reforms ahead of historic elections (IFEX-TMG)

Awards


Yemeni press freedom activist Tawakel Karman wins Nobel Peace Prize (ARTICLE 19)
+ Nobel Prize shows role of women in democracy, peace (Human Rights Watch)
+ IFJ welcomes Nobel Peace Prize award to Yemeni journalist (IFJ)
+ Yemen journalist one of three Nobel Peace Prize recipients (IPI)





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