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13 March 2013

IFEX Digest | 17 - 23 October 2011



International




UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression launches key report on Internet freedom (ARTICLE 19)

Freedom House report finds governments restricting media through regulation (Freedom House)

Africa





Democratic Republic of Congo

Headquarters of private media outlet attacked (JED)

Ghana

Newspaper reporter receives death threats (MFWA)

Liberia

Journalist attacked in Monrovia (CEMESP)
+ Media outlets targeted in post-election violence (CPJ)
+ Radio host escapes armed attack (MFWA)

Pro-opposition media attacked (MFWA)
+ Violence, intimidation against media in run-up to second-round election (RSF)

Malawi

Journalists must be allowed to investigate death of activist, says RSF (RSF)

Mauritius

Journalist jailed, others fined for contempt of Supreme Court (CPJ)
+ Journalist jailed and media outlets fined for contempt of court (RSF)
+ Newspaper editor freed pending outcome of appeal (RSF)

Niger

Two newspaper journalists detained over report on judicial corruption (MFWA)

Nigeria

Police release "The Nation" newspaper editors (MRA)

Senegal

Activist sentenced to two years in prison for defaming president (MFWA)

Opposition activist charged for libeling President Wade (MFWA)

Somalia

NUSOJ condemns bombing of radio station (NUSOJ)
+ In Puntland, fourth radio station hit by grenade attack (CPJ)

The Gambia

Jailed lawyer pardoned (MFWA)

Americas



Attempts to silence independent press have increased, IAPA concludes during annual meeting (IAPA)

Brazil

Favela reporters censored by army, wave of attacks on regional journalists (RSF)

Canada

Supreme Court's hyperlink decision a victory for freedom of expression on the Internet (CJFE)

Chile

More media freedom violations feared as protests continue (RSF)

Ecuador

Investigative journalist sued by president receives threat from unidentified individual (Fundamedios)

Former columnist faces second lawsuit for slander (Fundamedios)

Mexico

Assailants break into journalist's home in Durango (CEPET)

Paraguay

Politicians accused of masterminding journalist's murder still at large (RSF)

Peru

Drunken congressman attacks journalists (IPYS)

United States

Journalist in legal fight with Obama administration over sources (RSF)
+ Canadian lawmaker seeks CBC documents (IPI)

Reporters arrested, roughed up while covering Occupy Wall Street protests (RSF)

Venezuela

US$2 million dollar fine could bankrupt Globovisión (IPYS-Venezuela)
+ Globovisión fined millions for its riot reporting (CPJ)
+ Authorities impose US$2 million fine on private TV station (RSF)
+ The IAPA condemns sanction against Globovisión (IAPA)

Asia & Pacific



SEAPA to coordinate research project on freedom of information in Southeast Asia (SEAPA) Online expression forum highlights importance of free and open Internet (SEAPA)

Burma

Human Rights Watch urges Japan to press Burma's foreign minister on human rights issues (Human Rights Watch)

Interview with newly-freed dissident comedian Zarganar (RSF)
+ Burmese blogger and comedian finally collects RSF prize (RSF)

Three writers released under amnesty (Mizzima News)
+ Five Burma writers released in October amnesty, hundreds more political prisoners still in jail (SEAPA)

Cambodia

Human rights defenders and journalist summoned to court to answer two-year-old "incitement" charges (CCHR)
+ CCHR President Ou Virak will face questions at Ratanakiri court on 8 October 2012 (CCHR)

China

Beijing court throws out appeal by jailed cyber-dissident Wang Lihong (RSF)

Indonesia

Police arrest 300 protesters in Papua (Human Rights Watch)
+ Drop charges against Papuan activists (Human Rights Watch)

Parliament passes controversial intelligence bill (AJI)
+ Government urged to repeal new intelligence law (Human Rights Watch)

Japan

Human Rights Watch urges Japan to press Burma's foreign minister on human rights issues (Human Rights Watch)

Nepal

Journalist receives death threat after reporting on business malpractice (Freedom Forum)

Philippines

Reporter alleges harassment by former anti-drugs chief (CMFR)

Broadcaster shot dead (IFJ)
+ Another journalist killed (IPI)
+ Broadcaster gunned down (CPJ)
+ Radio blocktimer shot dead in Mindanao (CMFR)

Singapore

Activist filmmaker under investigation for organising event (SEAPA)

Sri Lanka

Access to anti-government website blocked (CPJ)
+ FMM condemns blocking of Lanka eNews (FMM)
+ Censored website's editor talks about media control (RSF)

Thailand

Government acknowledges effect of lèse-majesté on free expression (ARTICLE 19)

Media independence curtailed by political and commercial pressures (SEAPA)

Europe & Central Asia





Azerbaijan

Authorities confiscate newspaper's equipment (IRFS)
+ Criminal case launched against editor Avaz Zeynalli (IRFS)

Court proceedings against journalists' attackers continue (IRFS)

Kazakhstan

Three men found guilty in journalist's death (Adil Soz)

Kyrgyzstan

Three men found guilty in journalist's death (Adil Soz)

Russia

Terror, threats and corruption: report of RSF fact-finding visit to Russian Caucasus (RSF)

Serbia

Radio-Television Prima's studio vandalised (ANEM)

IPI condemns renewed pressure on journalists (IPI)

Ukraine

Unidentified assailant shoots journalist in Mykolayiv (IMI)

Draft law proposes closure of media outlets for broadcast of violent images (IMI)
+ IFJ warns of threat to press freedom ahead of key debate on protection of "public morals" bill (IFJ)
+ RSF appeals to parliament about dangers of "public decency" bill (RSF)

Parliament urged to reject bill that would censor information about homosexuality (Human Rights Watch)

Middle East & North Africa





Bahrain

Regime continues to target free expression by bringing journalists and photographers to trial (BCHR)

Egypt

Civil society organisations condemn acts of violence, extrajudicial killings in Maspero incident (CIHRS)
+ ANHRI's complaint against information minister referred to military court (ANHRI)

Iran

Journalist, poet and activist Faranak Farid released on bail (WiPC)

Iraq

Series of new attacks and acts of intimidation against journalists (RSF)
+ ANHRI condemns ongoing assaults against media practitioners (ANHRI)

Saudi Arabia

ANHRI condemns ongoing stifling of freedom of expression by authorities (ANHRI)
+ Three online television journalists held by police (RSF)

Syria

ANHRI condemns censorship of novel by Arab Writers Union (ANHRI)

Tunisia

Political parties' responses to Human Rights Watch questionnaire shed light on their human rights stances (Human Rights Watch)

Yemen

Another journalist killed as Saleh regime steps up violence against protesters (RSF)
+ Violence continues, Saleh still clings to power (ANHRI)





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