REGIONS:

13 March 2013

IFEX Digest | 12 - 18 December 2011





Africa





Benin

Benin press regulators halt publication of daily "Le Béninois libéré" (RSF)

Burundi

Three questions to Radio Publique Africaine manager Eric Manirakiza (RSF)

Democratic Republic of Congo

Radio station shuttered, four journalists in custody (JED)

Kenya

Journalist threatened for his reporting (CPJ)

Malawi

Government recommends review of draconian laws (MISA)
+ Repressive laws can still be applied, says Ministry of Justice (MISA)

Somalia

Journalists' association leader harassed, briefly detained (NUSOJ)

South Sudan

Newspaper editor receives death threat (ANHRI)

The Gambia

Authorities fail to find editor's killers after seven years (MFWA)
+ Freedom of expression a continuing casualty (ARTICLE 19)
+ Deyda Hydara's family sues government over his murder (MFWA)
+ Six years after journalist's murder, authorities urged to let media breathe (RSF)

Zambia

Harassment by US embassy security prompts boycott threat by local journalists (MISA)

Zimbabwe

Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe personnel denied freedom (MISA)

Americas



International press organisations review state of free speech and press freedom (IAPA)

Argentina

IAPA renews its rejection of interference by government in newsprint production (IAPA)

Brazil

Journalists threatened in Belém and Altamira (ABRAJI)

Journalist threatened by politician's brother (ABRAJI)
+ Istoé reporter threatened (IPYS)

Ecuador

Tribunal dismisses charges against magazine (Fundamedios)

Judge shelves case against native leader (Fundamedios)

Honduras

Members of presidential guard, police suppress journalists' protest; two members of C-Libre assaulted (C-Libre)
+ Soldiers use clubs to disperse women journalists demonstrating outside presidential palace (RSF)

Security analyst who spoke out against organised crime assassinated (C-Libre)

Jamaica

IPI endorses Press Association of Jamaica letter to prime minister (IPI)

Peru

Journalist reports being assaulted by municipal councillors he is investigating (IPYS)

Journalist assaulted by individuals associated with mayor; another reports receiving death threats (IPYS)

Journalist receives two-year suspended prison sentence (IPYS)

United States

Freedom House endorses Global Online Freedom Act (Freedom House)

Venezuela

Court rejects Globovisión journalists' intervention against US$2.1 million fine (IPYS-Venezuela)

Media Social Responsibility Law violates freedom of expression, says ARTICLE 19 (ARTICLE 19)

Asia & Pacific





China

Government imposes media blackout on village protests (IFJ)

India

IFJ calls for transparency in case of arrested journalist (IFJ)

Malaysia

Real legal reform needs free expression and public participation, says SEAPA (SEAPA)

Nepal

Maoist party member threatens local journalist over story (Freedom Forum)

Government expels UN human rights watchdog (ARTICLE 19)

Europe & Central Asia





Azerbaijan

"Khural" editor receives death threat (CJES)

Croatia

IPI condemns new death threats against journalist (IPI)

Hungary

IFJ condemns political manipulation at public TV stations (IFJ)

Russia

Impunity still reigns in beating of Oleg Kashin (CPJ)

Journalists' house burgled, dog poisoned (CJES)

Journalist and human rights activist killed in Dagestan (IPI)
+ Killing of "Chernovik" founder in Dagestan must be investigated (CPJ)
+ Newspaper publisher killed in Dagestan on journalist remembrance day (ARTICLE 19)
+ Investigate murder of Dagestan publisher (Human Rights Watch)
+ Leading journalist Khadzhimurad Kamalov assassinated (WiPC)

Global journalists' community joins IFJ to mark memorial day for dead colleagues (IFJ)

Serbia

ANEM concerned about proposed Cinematography Act (ANEM)

Turkey

Singer faces two lawsuits, multiple investigations (BIANET)

Ukraine

Former president must be prosecuted in Gongadze murder, says CPJ (CPJ)

Uzbekistan

Human Rights Watch report provides evidence of wide-scale rights abuses (Human Rights Watch)

Middle East & North Africa



Crackdown on human rights defenders: seeds of repression planted in year of revolution (CIHRS)

Bahrain

Police use teargas, stun grenades to disperse protesters on highway outside capital (BCHR)
+ Blogger, activist Zainab Al-Khawaja arrested; fears of ill-treatment (WiPC)
+ Freedom House calls for release of activists Al Khawaja and Al Sayed (Freedom House)
+ ANHRI condemns detention of blogger (ANHRI)
+ Summary of violations and government actions since the release of the BICI Report (BCHR)
+ “Angry Arabiya” arrest belies Bahrain government commitment to reform (Index on Censorship)
+ Miscarriage and spontaneous abortion cases result from excessive use of teargas and violence (BCHR)

Government urged to provide adequate protection to all human rights defenders (BCHR)

Egypt

Rights organisations condemn military court's sentencing of blogger (ANHRI)
+ Egyptian blogger sentence is an insult to press freedom (CPJ)
+ Maikel Nabil Sanad’s two-year jail term "insults spirit of Egyptian revolution" (RSF)
+ Letter to U.N. special rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers about Maikel Nabil Sanad’s trial (RSF)

CPJ calls on government to investigate attacks on the press (CPJ)
+ Press freedom violations cast dark shadow over elections (IPI)
+ A year of attacks on free expression (Human Rights Watch)

Previously acquitted journalists now jailed in libel case (ANHRI)

Iran

RSF condemns ongoing crackdown on journalists, media (RSF)

Lebanon

Film banned for allegedly "endangering public security" (ANHRI)

Palestine

ANHRI condemns ongoing harassment, arrests, detentions of media workers (ANHRI)

MADA, Palestinian journalists meet with UN free expression rapporteur (MADA)

Syria

Syria must release imprisoned journalists, says CPJ (CPJ)

Photographer and film producer Guevara Nemer detained (ANHRI)
+ Journalist detained at Damascus Airport (ANHRI)

'Shoot to kill' commanders named in Human Rights Watch report (Human Rights Watch)

Tunisia

Fundamentalists disrupting college campuses (Human Rights Watch)





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