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13 March 2013

IFEX Digest | 5 - 11 December 2011


RSF-Le Monde Press Freedom Prize awarded to Syrian cartoonist, Burmese weekly (RSF)

Lucrative surveillance market fed by desire to hunt down dissidents, reveal WikiLeaks Spy Files (RSF)

OSCE should adopt Draft Declaration on Fundamental Freedoms in the Digital Age, says ARTICLE 19 (ARTICLE 19)

Number of journalists in prison reaches 15-year high (CPJ)



Police, security agents injure at least 14 demonstrators (Human Rights Watch)

Côte d'Ivoire

Court frees detained pro-opposition journalists (MFWA)
+ Three "Notre Voie" journalists found not guilty (RSF)

Democratic Republic of Congo

Main opposition television station muzzled in Kinshasa and Mbuji-Mayi (JED)

JED urges government to take action in response to death threats received by journalist from pro-opposition TV station (JED)

Sierra Leone

Two pastors assault newspaper editor; community radio journalists attacked (MFWA)


Journalists arrested in Mogadishu clampdown (NUSOJ)


Police block demonstration by friends, family member of slain journalist (HRNJ-Uganda)

Prison warders detain visiting journalists (HRNJ-Uganda)


Unlawful detention and harassment of Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe personnel (ARTICLE 19)
+ Police detain MMPZ advocacy officers (MISA)
+ New crackdown targets "Daily News" and Media Monitoring Project (RSF)

"Daily News" journalist arrested (MISA)



IAPA submits two cases of unpunished murders of journalists to IACHR (IAPA)


Radio journalist gunned down in Tegucigalpa (CPJ)
+ IAPA decries murder of Honduras reporter, attack on La Tribuna (IAPA)
+ Another journalist gunned down (IPI)
+ Journalist killed, paper attacked as violence against media grows (RSF)
+ Asesinada la primera mujer periodista (C-Libre)

Armed men fire shots at daily's offices (C-Libre)
+ Honduran daily attacked by gunmen (CPJ)


"Noroeste" correspondent threatened (ARTICLE 19)

Civil society organisations to host forum: "Justice for murdered and disappeared journalists" (RSF)

Director of community radio station detained (AMARC)

Threats against Olga Wornat and her colleague continue (ARTICLE 19)


Journalists assaulted by police while covering demonstration (IPYS)

United States

After three decades on death row, Mumia Abu-Jamal won't be executed (RSF)


Police attack mayoral candidate's press team in Caracas (IPYS-Venezuela)

Journalist's Twitter account hacked after reporting on military (IPYS-Venezuela)

Authorities drag heels in investigation of two burglaries at offices of free speech NGO (RSF)

Asia & Pacific


Community activists report judicial harassment in Kep Thmey village (CCHR)


Launch of new book on regulating access to environmental information (ARTICLE 19)


Rights groups call on government to end attacks on free expression (Human Rights Watch)

Hong Kong (China)

Journalist Chang Ping yet to receive work permit (RSF)

IFJ condemns interference with editorial independence (IFJ)


Activist, anti-corruption crusader shot dead in Bihar (ARTICLE 19)


Journalist's attackers sent to jail (Freedom Forum)


Copies of newspaper torched, correspondent threatened (PPF)

Journalist flees country after attempted abduction (PPF)


Thai-born US citizen jailed for lèse majesté posts (SEAPA)
+ American netizen jailed in latest abuse of Thai lèse-majesté laws (RSF)

Europe & Central Asia

Experts discuss current challenges faced by media in Europe (ARTICLE 19)


International delegation denied entry in Minsk (Norwegian PEN)
+ PEN delegation refused entry to Belarus (PEN American Center)


IFJ welcomes legal victory on protection of journalists' sources (IFJ)


Respect right to peaceful protest, says Human Rights Watch (Human Rights Watch)
+ Journalists and bloggers arrested during Moscow demonstration (RSF)
+ Russian journalists detained while covering post-election protests (CPJ)

Political debate disrupted by cyber-attacks and arrests (RSF)

Freedom House condemns authorities' harassment of independent election monitor (Freedom House)
+ Stop harassing election monitors, release demonstrators (Human Rights Watch)

Voronezh authorities suspend publication of newspaper (CJES)


Journalist spared punishment in partial court victory (RSF)

BBC correspondent's conviction upheld on appeal despite pardon (RSF)

Middle East & North Africa

MADA helps to establish Arab Network for Freedom of Expression (MADA) Media in the eye of the storm as revolutions sweep the Arab world (RSF)


Photographer sentenced to three years in jail (BCHR)


News media torched, journalists attacked and arrested in outbreak of violence (RSF)
+ In Iraqi Kurdistan, riots lead to press freedom abuses (CPJ)
+ Black December for media freedom in Iraqi Kurdistan (RSF)


Short story collection banned (ANHRI)


ANHRI condemns interrogation of author (ANHRI)


Ministry of Interior attempts to ban social media conference (MADA)

Saudi Arabia

Editor-in-chief of "Okaz" newspaper dismissed (ANHRI)


Blogger arrested at border on her way to media conference (ANHRI)
+ Authorities detain blogger, press freedom advocate (CPJ)
+ Arrest of noted blogger shows no end to crackdown despite recent releases (RSF)


IFEX-TMG Conference on Freedom of Expression in Tunisia to be held in December


RSF-Le Monde Press Freedom Prize awarded to Syrian cartoonist, Burmese weekly (RSF)

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