2 January 2012

IFEX Digest | 19 December 2011 - 1 January 2012



International




Online freedoms threatened by another step towards treaty's adoption, says RSF (RSF)

RSF annual overview: 10 most dangerous places for journalists (RSF)

Unrest and impunity drive journalist deaths in 2011, according to CPJ's year-end survey (CPJ)

Africa



Democratic Republic of Congo

JED calls for High Council for Broadcasting and Communications to be dissolved (JED)

Four journalists arrested in Kabambare released (JED)

Security forces attack, detain protesters and local residents; twenty-four killed since election results announced (Human Rights Watch)

Ethiopia

IFJ condemns jail term handed down to Swedish journalists (IFJ)
+ Jailing of journalists on anti-terrorism a travesty of justice (ARTICLE 19)
+ Two Swedish journalists sentenced to 11 years in prison (RSF)
+ Swedish journalists handed prison terms (CPJ)
+ Journalists Jailed in Ethiopia (IPI)

Two Swedish journalists found guilty of "supporting terrorism", face 15 years in jail (WiPC)
+ "Journalists are not terrorists," says IFJ ahead of verdict for Swedish journalists (IFJ)
+ In disgraceful verdict, court convicts Swedish journalists of supporting terrorism (RSF)
+ Letter from Reporters Without Borders to U.N. Special Rapporteur on abuse of anti-terrorism law (RSF)
+ Journalists dismiss as 'travesty of justice' conviction of Swedish reporters on terror charges (IFJ)
+ Journalists convicted under unfair law (Human Rights Watch)
+ CPJ condemns trial of Swedish journalists in Ethiopia (CPJ)

Guinea

Police pursue publisher over article critical of President Condé (MFWA)

Liberia

Clergyman assaults journalists, seizes camera (CEMESP)

Mauritania

Moroccan journalist expelled (CPJ)

Republic of Congo

Two Brazzaville newspapers suspended; CPJ calls for reversal (CPJ)

Somalia

NUSOJ slams arrest, detention of media director (NUSOJ)

Leading journalist murdered in Mogadishu (NUSOJ)
+ Reporter shot dead in Mogadishu is fourth journalist killed in Somalia in 2011 (RSF)
+ IFJ condemns cold-blooded murder of prominent journalist (IFJ)
+ Government should probe journalist's murder (CPJ)
+ Television journalist killed (IPI)

South Africa

Criminal probe targets AP, Reuters cameras on Mandela (CPJ)

Sudan

ANHRI condemns arrest of rights activist (ANHRI)

Zimbabwe

Detained MMPZ staff freed on bail; journalist questioned (RSF)

Americas



Argentina

IAPA trusts that law regulating newsprint will be declared unconstitutional (IAPA)

Colombia

Journalist in Villavicencio, Meta, receives death threat (FLIP)

Ecuador

Editor sentenced to three months in prison for libel (Fundamedios)
+ Media executive sentenced to jail (CPJ)

Honduras

Journalist assaulted by National Police officers (C-Libre)

Police officer issues death threat against camera operator (C-Libre)

Honduras must investigate attacks on the press, says CPJ (CPJ)

Mexico

Meeting highlights common challenges faced by journalists, civil society activists (ARTICLE 19)

Venezuela

Radio stations closed, equipment seized (IPYS-Venezuela)

Asia and Pacific



Cambodia

CCHR releases analysis of the fourth draft of Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations (CCHR)
+ Revise or abandon draft NGO law, says Human Rights Watch (Human Rights Watch)

China

Chinese writer-dissident given nine-year prison sentence for online posts (CPJ)

Internet shut down and foreign journalists expelled from Wukan (IFJ)

Maldives

Journalist detained, charges unclear (RSF)

Nepal

Journalists harassed, assaulted (Freedom Forum)

Journalist attacked, press vehicles vandalised by protesters (FNJ)

Concern over pressure to withdraw charges against journalist's murderers (Freedom Forum)

North Korea

A leading press freedom predator dies (RSF)
+ Kim Jong-Il’s legacy of mass atrocity (Human Rights Watch)

Pakistan

Television anchor threatened (PPF)
+ Noted journalist threatened after broadcast on political role of security services (RSF)

Thailand

Red shirt activist Da Torpedo sentenced to 15 years for lèse majesté (SEAPA)

Europe and Central Asia



Azerbaijan

Youth activist's appeal rejected (IRFS)

Jabbar Savalanli released under pardon decree (IRFS)

Journalists assaulted while covering president's birthday celebration (IRFS)

Editor of "Yeni Musavat" receives death threats for republishing article (IRFS)

Belarus

International NGOs stand up for human rights (ARTICLE 19)

Bosnia and Herzegovina

IPI calls on politician to respect and support public broadcasters (IPI)

Hungary

Journalists fired over ongoing hunger strike (IPI)

Media authority refuses to renew radio station's licence (ARTICLE 19)
+ IFJ alarmed by closure of opposition radio station (IFJ)

Kazakhstan

Journalists prevented from covering violent clashes in Zhanaozen; ARTICLE 19 outlines necessary reforms (ARTICLE 19)
+ Ensure independent probe into clashes (Human Rights Watch)
+ Investigate violence in oil-rich western region (Human Rights Watch)
+ Authorities censor news on deadly clashes (CPJ)
+ Western province cut off as government cracks down on protests (RSF)
+ Detainee dies after police beating (Human Rights Watch)
+ Protect detainees from torture, ill-treatment (Human Rights Watch)

Kyrgyzstan

Supreme Court upholds verdict in Askarov case (CPJ)

Russia

Newspaper comes under pressure after election of Communist Party mayor (CJES)

Meeting highlights common challenges faced by journalists, civil society activists (ARTICLE 19)

Turkey

Journalists' trial moves forward (IPI)

CPJ condemns journalist arrests (CPJ)

Dozens of journalists detained in police crackdown (BIANET)

OSCE media freedom representative expresses concern over detention of journalists and censorship (BIANET)

Middle East and North Africa



Bahrain

Blogger, activist Zainab Al-Khawaja released on bail (WiPC)

Woman jailed for playing revolutionary music, participating in protests (BCHR)

Government ministry rejects bar association election results (BCHR)

Egypt

EOHR welcomes ban on virginity testing on detained women (EOHR)

ANHRI condemns intimidation tactics used against "al-Fagr" newspaper (ANHRI)

Freedom House condemns raids on NGOs (Freedom House)
+ Human rights organisations raided (ANHRI)
+ National and international human rights organizations under attack (CIHRS)
+ Raid on local and international civil society organizations (EOHR)

Protester sentenced to a year in prison (EOHR)

IPA defends publishers against accusations from military government (IPA)

EOHR calls for protection of media personnel (EOHR)

Authorities crack down on protesters; media personnel targeted (ANHRI)
+ Media personnel targeted by military violence in Tahrir Square (RSF)
+ Major General makes hateful statements justifying violence (ANHRI)
+ Press freedom abuses must be investigated (CPJ)
+ Concern over journalist safety in Cairo clashes (IPI)
+ General to be tried for hate speech (ANHRI)

Human Rights Watch documents pattern of sexual assaults on protesters (Human Rights Watch)

Jordan

British rights activist barred from entering country (ANHRI)

Kuwait

Bidun residents, media personnel detained following protest (ANHRI)

Libya

New rule halts delivery of journalist visas (CPJ)

Morocco

Journalist barred from his office (ANHRI)

Moroccan journalist expelled (CPJ)

Syria

ANHRI condemns ongoing killing, repression of peaceful protesters (ANHRI)

Journalist arrested while covering demonstration (ANHRI)

Tunisia

Freedom of expression defenders emphasise the importance of media independence and integrity (IFEX-TMG)

Yemen

Journalists attacked during protests (CPJ)

Security forces loyal to President Saleh continue to kill civilians with impunity (ANHRI)





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