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13 March 2013

IFEX Digest | 24 - 30 October 2011



International




RSF campaign targets tourists (RSF)

Africa





Democratic Republic of Congo

JED announces media monitoring programme as presidential election campaign officially launched (JED)
+ Candidates should not incite violence, says Human Rights Watch (Human Rights Watch)

Journalist released after 72 hours in detention (JED)

Opposition television station evicted from its headquarters (JED)

Journalist detained on criminal defamation charges (JED)

Nigeria

Newspaper bureau chief harassed (IPI)

Journalist killed in Maiduguri (MRA)
+ IFJ condemns brutal murder of television journalist (IFJ)
+ Journalist killed, Islamists claim responsibility (CPJ)
+ TV journalist shot dead in northern city, Islamist group claims responsibility (RSF)

Sudan

Detained Eritrean journalist faces possible forced repatriation (RSF)

Uganda

Television reporter injured while covering demonstration, another briefly detained (HRNJ-Uganda)

Americas



Government advertising, state-owned media are control weapons, says IAPA (IAPA)
+ IAPA report shows in Cuba "censorship, disinformation remain unalterable" (IAPA)

Argentina

Journalist's killers convicted (FOPEA)
+ Judicial and legislative progress, but more access to information needed in former Operation Condor countries (RSF)

Brazil

Senate approves Freedom of Information Law (ABRAJI)
+ Senate approves access to information bill (ARTICLE 19)
+ Freedom of Information Law to be signed by President Rousseff on 18 November (ABRAJI)

Journalist's murder not work related (ABRAJI)

Ecuador

Journalist prevented from leaving the country to attend IACHR session (Fundamedios)
+ Eagerly awaited free speech hearing in Washington, but radio director under travel ban (RSF)

Peru

Journalist fired after criticising mayor (IPYS)

Asia & Pacific



IFJ welcomes strong regional support for press freedom at Pacific meeting (IFJ)

Australia

Immigration minister restricts media access to detention centres in wake of detainee death (RSF)

Burma

Censor board authorises publication of interviews with exiled media figures (Mizzima News)
+ Aung San Suu Kyi responds to questions on press freedom in Burma (RSF)

China

Respect for free speech continues to deteriorate (RSF)

Indonesia

Human Rights Watch calls for independent investigation into Papua violence (Human Rights Watch)
+ Media pressure needed on West Papua (PFF)
+ Obama urged to press rights concerns during visit to Indonesia (Human Rights Watch)

Pakistan

Journalist's home attacked with explosives in South Waziristan tribal area (PPF)

Philippines

Arson attack on church-owned radio station (CMFR)
+ Local broadcaster's premises set on fire, attacks on media remain unpunished (RSF)

Sri Lanka

Network chairman, general manager receive death threats (FMM)

Taiwan

IFJ calls for end to criminal defamation (IFJ)

Thailand

Authorities censor website devoted to flood news (CPJ)

Vietnam

Dissidents mentioned in "Guardian" article flee country (ARTICLE 19)
+ Two dissidents forced to flee after speaking with foreign reporter (SEAPA)

Europe & Central Asia





Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia

Respect for labour rights key for press freedom, says IFJ (IFJ)

Hungary

EU should heed call of "One Million for Press Freedom" in Hungary, says IFJ (IFJ)

Kazakhstan

Television crew assaulted after covering labour strike (CPJ)

Kyrgyzstan

New president should uphold human rights, end media restrictions, says Human Rights Watch (Human Rights Watch)

Russia

Government eager to use Net surveillance software currently in test phase (RSF)
+ Internet to be censored? (GDF)

Impunity reigns in province killings, says CPJ report (CPJ)

Turkey

Writer and academic arrested (WiPC)

News agencies agree to "comply with publication bans" following closed-door meeting with prime minister (BIANET)

Journalists under pressure as government pursues military offensive against PKK (RSF)

Ukraine

Opposition TV channel disappears from the airwaves (IMI)

Middle East & North Africa





Bahrain

Human Rights Watch calls for medics' convictions to be overturned, freedom of speech charges to be dropped (Human Rights Watch)
+ Ongoing harassment, intimidation, and persecution of medics by authorities (BCHR)

Egypt

Situation for netizens worsens (RSF)

Military court charges graffiti artist (ANHRI)

TV host suspends show in protest (ANHRI)

Iraq

Draft Informatics Crimes Law fundamentally flawed, says ARTICLE 19 (ARTICLE 19)

Israel

MADA condemns extension of journalist's detention (MADA)

Morocco

Appeal court upholds editor's prison sentence (RSF)
+ Authorities should free popular columnist (Human Rights Watch)

Palestine

MADA condemns extension of journalist's detention (MADA)

Syria

List of detained bloggers and journalists gets longer amid pro-regime rallies (RSF)

Human Rights Watch calls on Arab League to deploy civilian monitors (Human Rights Watch)
+ Agreement must be monitored for press freedom (CPJ)
+ Arab League urged to ensure effective Syria monitoring mission (Human Rights Watch)
+ Detainees hidden from international monitors (Human Rights Watch)

Yemen

IPI interviews "Yemen Post" editor on reporting on the uprising (IPI)

Al-Saeeda headquarters destroyed by gunfire, station executive killed (ANHRI)





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