14 March 2012
IFEX Communiqué Vol 21, No 11
Bahrain and Belarus have been added by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) to its "Enemies of the Internet" list on World Day against Cyber Censorship (12 March). Find out which other countries regularly restrict online access and harass their netizens at www.cyber-tag.net
, and make your mark literally - by virtually spray painting or tagging a message on the embassies of the 12 worst offenders.
International / Equatorial Guinea
After nearly two years of debate, the executive board of UNESCO last week approved a life sciences prize sponsored by Africa's longest-serving dictator, despite intense lobbying by IFEX members and other international and African rights groups, as well as findings from UNESCO itself that the prize violates the organisation's own rules.
The Mexican Senate has finally approved a constitutional amendment that will enable federal authorities to investigate and prosecute certain attacks on the press and calls on authorities to end the widespread impunity for crimes against journalists, report ARTICLE 19, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the Inter American Press Association (IAPA).
A woman journalist who reported on the practice of female genital mutilation in Liberia has gone into hiding after receiving death threats, reports the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
A year after the nuclear plant explosion rocked Fukushima, Kiyomi Yokota still worries about the health of his two girls, ages 3 and 8. He and his family live in Koriyama City, approximately 60 kilometres away from the plant. While the radiation hotline staff ensure him "there is no problem," tests he carried out himself reveal dangerously high radiation levels, reports Human Rights Watch.
Show your support for anti-corruption journalist Khadija Ismayilova, who has received graphic threats warning her to stop "behaving improperly." The Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety (IRFS) calls it "a low and ugly act seeking to silence a journalist." Sign the petition here.
International / Awards and other opportunities
The Hrant Dink Award is presented annually by a foundation in his name to individuals or groups that work for a world free from discrimination, racism and violence, and who take personal risks to achieve those goals. The deadline for nominations is 15 April.