19 March 2012

IFEX Digest | 12 - 18 March 2012



International




RSF keeps UNESCO consultative status, condemns defamatory attacks (RSF)

Syrian citizen journalists and activists awarded Google-sponsored RSF Netizen Prize (RSF)

In honour of World Day against Cyber-Censorship, RSF releases new list of internet enemies (RSF)
+ Netizens invited to leave "Cyber Tag" messages on “Internet Enemy” embassies (RSF)

Africa





Angola

Police raid weekly's office, seize computers (CPJ)

Kenya

The plight of journalists who flee Al-Shabaab (Index on Censorship)

NUSOJ report reveals rights abuses at radio station (NUSOJ)

Liberia

Reporting on genital mutilation draws threats (CPJ)
+ CPJ urges Liberia to protect threatened journalist (CPJ)

Malawi

MISA-Malawi chair receives threats over stance on media freedom (MISA)

Official calls for boycott after media outlets criticise government policies (MISA)

A bad weekend for Malawian journalists (CPJ)

Nigeria

Islamic sect threatens three newspapers (MRA)

Senegal

Who knew? Senegalese arrest, prosecution can be swift (CPJ)

Somalia

The plight of journalists who flee Al-Shabaab (Index on Censorship)

NUSOJ report reveals rights abuses at radio station (NUSOJ)

Uganda

WBS TV journalist threatened with death while on assignment (HRNJ-Uganda)

Government report exonerates police in shooting of "Daily Monitor" photojournalist (HRNJ-Uganda)

Government paying lip service to UPR mechanism, deplores HRNJ-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda)

Criminal libel case against CBS journalist fails to take off (HRNJ-Uganda)

West Africa

Nigeria's attorney-general advocates adoption of regional free expression legal framework (MFWA)

Zimbabwe

Four journalists arrested while covering pollution story (MISA)

In Zimbabwe, it's not the media that spreads the news (Index on Censorship)

Americas





Bolivia

Evo Morales betrays contradictions in his position toward the press (IPI)

Canada

CJFE marks World Day Against Cyber Censorship by highlighting concerns with internet regulations (CJFE)

Colombia

Journalist and political leader killed in Dosquebradas, Risaralda (FLIP)
+ Head of community radio shot dead in region gripped by drug gangs (RSF)
+ Radio journalist killed by gunman (CPJ)

Ecuador

Authors' attorney rejects offer of pardon from president (Fundamedios)

Camera operator attacked during anti-drug trafficking operation (Fundamedios)

Government misrepresents Freedom House's position on free expression (Freedom House)

Honduras

Radio journalist killed in Saba (C-Libre)
+ Journalist brutally murdered (IPI)
+ Regional radio journalist murdered by assailant with machete (RSF)

Mexico

In milestone decision, Senate backs federalizing of anti-press crimes (CPJ)
+ IAPA welcomes as a significant move approval in Mexico of making crimes against freedom of expression federal offenses (IAPA)
+ Senate approves making attacks on journalists a federal crime (RSF)

Peru

Journalist's work censored after newspaper is pressured by advertiser (IPYS)

Venezuela

Armed group accuses Globovisión of hiring paramilitaries to create mayhem (IPYS-Venezuela)

Journalist reports plan to discredit him (IPYS-Venezuela)

Asia and Pacific





Afghanistan

Ministry of Defense spokesman issues statement attacking "Wall Street Journal" reporter (CPJ)

Bangladesh

Live telecast of opposition rally blocked in Dhaka (IFJ)

Burma

Mining ministry to sue "The Voice" weekly magazine (Mizzima News)
+ Is government reneging on promise to respect media freedom? (RSF)

New law on demonstrations falls short, says Human Rights Watch (Human Rights Watch)

Cambodia

Government urged to lead ASEAN by adopting Law on Access to Information (ARTICLE 19)

CCHR releases report on freedom of expression and academic freedom (CCHR)

China

CPC attempts to block publication of book (IFJ)

New law sanctions covert detentions (CPJ)

Legislature urged not to legalise incommunicado detentions (Human Rights Watch)

India

Independent journalist's arrest in bombing case prompts scrutiny (CPJ)

Indonesia

Five Papuans convicted for peaceful protest (Human Rights Watch)

Nepal

Journalists threatened by timber smugglers (Freedom Forum)
+ Journalists attacked (FNJ)

Philippines

Ex-official accused in journalist's murder (CPJ)

Boxer-politician, former anti-smuggling official sue journalist for libel (CMFR)

Journalist critically injured in shooting (CPJ)
+ Second shooting attack on journalist in less than two weeks (RSF)
+ Reporter mauled, shot in Metro Manila (CMFR)

Sri Lanka

Media restrictions come amid rise in abductions (CPJ)

Censorship imposed on news alerts by military authorities (IFJ)

Tibet (China)

Four years on, wife calls for Tibetan filmmaker's release (CPJ)

Vietnam

Government urged to release bloggers, dismiss all charges (SEAPA)

Europe and Central Asia





Austria

IPI alarmed at Justice Ministry attempt to undermine confidentiality of sources (IPI)

Azerbaijan

International groups show solidarity with Khadija Ismayilova in the face of escalating harassment (ARTICLE 19)

As smear campaign escalates, IRFS believes journalists' lives are now at risk (IRFS)
+ "Despicable" campaign to smear woman investigative reporter (RSF)

Kazakhstan

Labour rights lawyer Natalia Sokolova released, but with restrictions (Human Rights Watch)

Russia

Russian authorities ramp up political prosecutions (Index on Censorship)

Journalists prevented from covering presidential elections, says GDF (GDF)
+ GDF questions "honest" elections (GDF)

Serbia

IPI observes increasing pressure on local journalists (IPI)

Turkey

Six months later, Nobel Peace Prize nominee still behind bars (IPA)

Nedim Şener and three others released from prison (IPI)
+ Journalists' releases welcomed but fight for press freedom continues (IFJ)
+ ODA TV journalists Sik and Sener released (BIANET)
+ Four journalists released but fight goes on for dozens still held (RSF)
+ Writers Nedim Şener and Ahmet Şık freed pending trial (WiPC)
+ Freedom House welcomes release of Turkish journalists (Freedom House)
+ Turkey releases journalists, grave concerns remain (CPJ)
+ Four journalists released but fight goes on for dozens still held (RSF)
+ On Turkey and the power of journalists coming together for press freedom (IPI)
+ World's press welcomes release of Turkish journalists (WAN-IFRA)

Middle East and North Africa





Bahrain

On World Day Against Cyber Censorship, BCHR calls for action from authorities (BCHR)

Egypt

Oscar-winning Iranian film banned from screening at Cairo University (ANHRI)

Authorities urged to close case against foreign NGOs, hold ministers accountable (CIHRS)

Jordan

Four activists detained for criticising the king (ANHRI)
+ Activists detained for criticising King Abdullah II (Freedom House)

Kuwait

Newspaper editor sentenced to six months' imprisonment (RSF)
+ Authorities urged to void jail term for editor, lift newspaper suspension (Human Rights Watch)

Saudi Arabia

Photographer and web manager arrested (CPJ)

Critical poet detained; website blocked (ANHRI)

Student and demonstrator killed as protests spread (ANHRI)

Student sit-in violently dispersed (ANHRI)

Syria

Russia urged to back UN action to stop bloodshed, grant access to journalists (RSF)
+ Witnesses describe Idlib destruction, killings (Human Rights Watch)

Two Turkish journalists and Syrian assistants kidnapped (RSF)
+ Journalists Özköse and Çoşkun missing in Syria (BIANET)
+ Two Turkish journalists believed detained by authorities (CPJ)

Authorities urged to reveal the fate of Mazen Darwish and SCM staff (RSF)

Authorities threaten foreign media, continue to arrest local journalists and bloggers (RSF)

Syrian citizen journalists and activists awarded Google-sponsored RSF Netizen Prize (RSF)

On first anniversary of uprising, tenacity of press noteworthy (CPJ)

Yemen

Threats and arson attacks on media in the south of the country (RSF)

Awards


Syrian citizen journalists and activists awarded Google-sponsored RSF Netizen Prize (RSF)





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