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13 March 2013

IFEX Digest | 12 - 18 December 2011



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


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

Democratic Republic of Congo

Radio station shuttered, four journalists in custody (JED)


Journalist threatened for his reporting (CPJ)


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


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)


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


Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe personnel denied freedom (MISA)


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


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


Journalists threatened in Belém and Altamira (ABRAJI)

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


Tribunal dismisses charges against magazine (Fundamedios)

Judge shelves case against native leader (Fundamedios)


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)


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


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)


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


Government imposes media blackout on village protests (IFJ)


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


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


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

Government expels UN human rights watchdog (ARTICLE 19)

Europe & Central Asia


"Khural" editor receives death threat (CJES)


IPI condemns new death threats against journalist (IPI)


IFJ condemns political manipulation at public TV stations (IFJ)


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)


ANEM concerned about proposed Cinematography Act (ANEM)


Singer faces two lawsuits, multiple investigations (BIANET)


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


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)


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)


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)


RSF condemns ongoing crackdown on journalists, media (RSF)


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


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

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


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)


Fundamentalists disrupting college campuses (Human Rights Watch)

Putting free expression issues in perspective.

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