13 February 2012

IFEX Digest | 6 - 12 February 2012


RSF to create mirror sites to fight censorship (RSF)



Coup charges against writer dropped, still faces military tribunal (WiPC)


RSF lawyer pleas on behalf of imprisoned journalists (RSF)


New report highlights ongoing press freedom challenges, says MISA (MISA)
+ Government trashes press freedom index report (MISA)


ANHRI condemns detention of activist (ANHRI)


Airport officials lock out journalists, hold equipment (CPJ)

French journalists detained, thrown out of restive state (IPI)
+ Military obstructs journalists covering unrest (CPJ)

South Sudan

Journalist assaulted in Parliament (IPI)


Activists detained over illegal assembly (MISA)


"Tribune d'Afrique" journalist interrogated for six hours, fears for his safety (RSF)


Court acquits “Daily Monitor” editors (HRNJ-Uganda)


Foreign newspapers to be banned (MISA)


Civil society organisations call for careful evaluation of OAS Working Group recommendations (IFEX-ALC)


Blogger denied travel to Brazil (CPJ)


Local media team banned from covering referendum vote counting (Fundamedios)

Fundamedios and AEDEP challenge constitutionality of amendments to Democracy Code (Fundamedios)

Fundamedios condemns million-dollar fines against journalists Calderón and Zurita (Fundamedios)
+ Ecuadoran journalists ordered to pay president $2 million (CPJ)
+ Authors of "El Gran Hermano" book hit with heavy and ill-timed damages (RSF)
+ IAPA strongly criticizes blow to "accountability journalism" (ARTICLE 19)
+ WPFC letter regarding abusive sentencing of two Ecuadorian journalists (WPFC)
+ IPI condemns conviction of journalists on "moral harm" charges (IPI)


Journalist attacked after reporting on police officers (IPYS)

Journalist harassed by police after publishing interview with subversive leader (IPYS)

South America

GALI report reveals public officials are the worst free expression offenders in the Andean region (IPYS-Venezuela)

United States

Accreditation disputes at center of journalists' arrests in U.S. (CPJ)


TV programme goes off air after disagreements with station (IPYS-Venezuela)

Journalists attacked by men at funeral (IPYS-Venezuela)

Journalists' Twitter accounts hacked after posting controversial photos (IPYS-Venezuela)

Asia and Pacific


IFJ concerned that new media law may fail to ensure press freedom (IFJ)


IFJ Press Freedom in China Campaign Bulletin - February 2012 (IFJ)

Senior newspaper staff fired for reporting inflation concerns (IFJ)


Defamation protections for regime unwelcome, says PFF (PFF)
+ Caution advised over new decree (IFJ)


Danish journalists refused visas (RSF)


New government must guarantee safety and rights of journalists (RSF)


Journalist threatened over magazine article (Freedom Forum)


TV news crew allegedly threatened by village councillor (CMFR)

South Korea

Reports of intimidation and editorial interference in public broadcaster (IFJ)

Sri Lanka

RSF to create mirror sites to fight censorship (RSF)

FMM voices concern over allegations in "Dinamina" newspaper article (FMM)

Tibet (China)

PEN American Center concerned over "virtual lockdown" on freedom of expression (PEN American Center)

Europe and Central Asia


Justice ministry harassment targets IRFS activities, says group's director (IRFS)

Chechnya (Russia)

RSF to create mirror sites to fight censorship (RSF)


Documentary filmmaking threatened by court ruling (RSF)


Make rights key to good relations, says Human Rights Watch (Human Rights Watch)


Twenty-nine IFEX members call for release of independent newspaper editor (Adil Soz)

Make rights key to good relations, says Human Rights Watch (Human Rights Watch)


Journalist detained for questioning after publishing open letter to Putin (GDF)

Government shuts HIV-prevention group's website (Human Rights Watch)


Proposed bill promises to loosen restrictions on the press (RSF)


Court decision threatens future of country's largest newspaper (WAN-IFRA)
+ IPI condemns pressure on Ukrainian newspaper (IPI)

Middle East and North Africa


Authorities urged to grant entry to journalists (CPJ)


Journalists attacked, threatened in Suez protests (CPJ)

Rights activists risk imprisonment (Human Rights Watch)
+ Ongoing attacks against civil society, human rights activists (ANHRI)

ANHRI condemns attacks on protestors, raid on residential building (ANHRI)
+ Two journalists attacked, one detained (CPJ)


Translator and poet arrested, whereabouts unknown (WiPC)

Blogger sentenced to 14 years' imprisonment, newspaper suspended (RSF)

Arrest sweeps target Arab minority (Human Rights Watch)


Electoral campaign marred by attacks, prosecutions against media (RSF)

"UAE 5" activist denied entry into Kuwait (ANHRI)


MADA condemns escalating campaign against journalists (MADA)
+ Israeli forces detain journalist (ANHRI)

Saudi Arabia

Journalist flees country following detention order over tweets (ANHRI)
+ Columnist under threat (CPJ)
+ Malaysia urged not to send Saudi citizen back (Human Rights Watch)


Journalist killed in Homs (CPJ)
+ Journalist-activist reportedly killed in Homs (IPI)

Restrictions on independent media must end, says IPI (IPI)


Confirmation of court order could lead to return of Internet censorship (RSF)

Court urged to drop prison sentence given to journalist (CPJ)

Rapper arrested, detained, for lyrics critical of outcome of revolution (ANHRI)

United Arab Emirates

"UAE 5" activist denied entry into Kuwait (ANHRI)


Journalists receive death threats; news media attacked (RSF)
+ Newspaper office under siege (CPJ)

IFJ warns press freedom remains under siege after threats against editor (IFJ)

Human Rights Watch reports on use of excessive force against peaceful protesters in Taizz (Human Rights Watch)

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