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13 March 2013

IFEX Digest | 14 - 20 November 2011


Arrest warrant against former ICTY spokeswoman (RSF)
+ Hartmann arrest warrant undermines tribunal's moral authority (ARTICLE 19)
+ RSF appeals to OSCE and U.N. rapporteur in Hartmann case (RSF)

States should support draft UN resolution against belief-based discrimination, says ARTICLE 19 (ARTICLE 19)



Summonses, threats and harassment part of everyday life for privately-owned media (RSF)
+ Stop menacing the media (Human Rights Watch)

Democratic Republic of Congo

RLTV broadcast suspension lifted (JED)


Thirty-one IFEX members call on authorities to disclose whereabouts of journalist Dawit Isaak (WAN-IFRA)


Authorities charge six journalists with terrorism (CPJ)
+ Standing with Ethiopia's tenacious blogger, Eskinder Nega (CPJ)


CEMESP cautiously welcomes re-opening of four media houses (CEMESP)
+ Letter to President Sirleaf about closure of media, violence against journalists (RSF)
+ Six opposition media stations resume broadcast after temporary closure (MFWA)


Journalist arrested over articles about alleged football corruption (IPI)


Three journalists arrested in the span of a week (RSF)


ARTICLE 19 calls for free flow of information in discussions on water privatisation (ARTICLE 19)


Police raid NUSOJ office, briefly detain union leader (NUSOJ)


Newspaper ordered to pay damages in defamation case (MISA)


IAPA awards 2012 Chapultepec Grand Prize to Enrique Krauze (IAPA)


Misiones radio station off the air following arson attack (FOPEA)


Journalist stabbed (ANP)

Radio and television stations destroyed by mayor's supporters (ANP)
+ Local mayor's supporters attack TV and radio station (CPJ)


WPFC-FH submits amicus brief before Constitutional Court in support of decriminalisation of defamation sanctions (WPFC)

Human Rights Watch calls for decriminalisation of defamation (Human Rights Watch)

Journalist who appeared before IACHR reportedly drugged (Fundamedios)


Two journalists receive death threats (C-Libre)
+ No real protection for opposition journalists from threats blamed on military (RSF)


Two newspaper employees missing (CPJ)
+ Two newspaper employees missing in Zacatecas, attack on newspaper in Coahuila (RSF)

IAPA calls on Senate to pass constitutional amendment on crimes against journalists (IAPA)

Newspaper facilities attacked in Coahuila (ARTICLE 19)
+ Daily offices attacked by gunmen (CPJ)
+ Another newspaper office attacked by armed gang (WiPC)

Individual assassinated in Nuevo Laredo for allegedly moderating online forum (ARTICLE 19)
+ Fourth netizen murdered in two months in Nuevo Laredo, cartels feared (RSF)
+ Another blogger murdered and decapitated by the carteles (WiPC)
+ Cartels keep up social media intimidation (CPJ)


Constitutional court rules against "El Comercio" newspaper (IPYS)

United States

Journalists detained, obstructed from covering Occupy Wall Street protests (CPJ)
+ Journalists arrested and obstructed again during Occupy Wall Street camp eviction (RSF)
+ Journalists covering Occupy Wall Street evictions arrested (IPI)

PEN American Center calls for press freedom at Occupy Wall Street sites (PEN American Center)


RSF calls for release of editor, now on hunger strike; five radio stations suspended (RSF)
+ IAPA voices concern for publisher's health and lack of due process in case against him (IAPA)

Asia & Pacific

ASEAN should press government to free political prisoners, says Human Rights Watch (Human Rights Watch)
+ Reforms yet to reach Kachin state (Human Rights Watch)


RSF concerned about proposed new media regulations (RSF)


Investigative journalist forced to resign (IFJ)

IFJ concerned over threatened magazine closure (IFJ)


TV station handed down excessively punitive fine for libel (IPI)


Publicist and his wife ordered to pay compensation to minister for defamation (Globe International)

New Zealand

Police demand media divulge sources (IFJ)


Newspaper executive shot dead by motorcycle gunman (CMFR)
+ Authorities must clarify motive for media worker's murder (IFJ)

Europe & Central Asia


Greek criminal case against German journalists sparks concern (IPI)


Greek criminal case against German journalists sparks concern (IPI)


Two media owners sentenced in absentia (CPJ)


IPI releases report on press freedom mission (IPI)


Hyperlink liability disproportionately infringes on free expression, says ARTICLE 19


Writers' and publishers' groups call for abolition of restrictive anti-terror laws on Day of the Imprisoned Writer (BIANET)
+ Council of Europe criticises Turkey (IPI)

Lawsuit filed against government-proposed Internet filtering system (BIANET)
+ Government's Internet filtering system set in motion (BIANET)

Draft bill risks stifling Internet freedom (BIANET)

Two journalists killed in second earthquake (IPI)


Open letter to German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle (RSF)

Middle East & North Africa


International community urged to react as free expression situation worsens (RSF)

Thirty-nine human rights and development organisations propose alternative NGO law (CIHRS)

EOHR and ANHRI hold workshop on media in post-revolutionary transition (EOHR)

Blogger's detention extended; another activist summoned (ANHRI)
+ Fabricated cases against activists continue (ANHRI)
+ Two bloggers who symbolise the revolution are still behind bars (RSF)

Concern over lack of transparency in military investigation of Maspero killings (Human Rights Watch)


Three journalists arrested; families of journalists continue to be harassed (RSF)


ANHRI condemns attacks on media outlets, failure of security forces to provide protection (ANHRI)


RSF urges foreign media to take utmost care to protect local sources (RSF)


IAPA awards 2012 Chapultepec Grand Prize to Enrique Krauze (IAPA)

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