13 February 2012

IFEX Digest | 6 - 12 February 2012



International




RSF to create mirror sites to fight censorship (RSF)

Africa



Cameroon

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

Eritrea

RSF lawyer pleas on behalf of imprisoned journalists (RSF)

Malawi

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

Mauritania

ANHRI condemns detention of activist (ANHRI)

Nigeria

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)

Tanzania

Activists detained over illegal assembly (MISA)

Togo

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

Uganda

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

Zimbabwe

Foreign newspapers to be banned (MISA)

Americas



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

Cuba

Blogger denied travel to Brazil (CPJ)

Ecuador

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)

Peru

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)

Venezuela

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



Burma

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

China

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

Senior newspaper staff fired for reporting inflation concerns (IFJ)

Fiji

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

India

Danish journalists refused visas (RSF)

Maldives

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

Nepal

Journalist threatened over magazine article (Freedom Forum)

Philippines

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



Azerbaijan

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

Chechnya (Russia)

RSF to create mirror sites to fight censorship (RSF)

France

Documentary filmmaking threatened by court ruling (RSF)

Germany

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

Kazakhstan

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)

Russia

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

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

Turkey

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

Ukraine

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

Middle East and North Africa



Bahrain

Authorities urged to grant entry to journalists (CPJ)

Egypt

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)

Iran

Translator and poet arrested, whereabouts unknown (WiPC)

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

Arrest sweeps target Arab minority (Human Rights Watch)

Kuwait

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

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

Palestine

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)

Syria

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

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

Tunisia

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)

Yemen

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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