16 April 2012

IFEX Digest | 9 - 15 April 2012



International




PEN awards top prize to jailed journalist Eskinder Nega (PEN American Center)

Journalists provide global prescription for fighting violence and impunity (WAN-IFRA)

Africa





Angola

Opposition begins to speak up (Index on Censorship)

Central and Eastern Africa

Free expression and law in 2011 (ARTICLE 19)

Comoros

Minister seizes newspaper supplement, suspends editor (RSF)

Democratic Republic of Congo

Screenings of documentary on assassinated human rights activist banned (JED)

Wave of detentions in West Kasai province (JED)

Equatorial Guinea

Press silent on unrest in Mali, Syria (CPJ)

Eritrea

Detained journalist admitted to hospital in serious condition (RSF)

Ethiopia

PEN awards top prize to jailed journalist Eskinder Nega (PEN American Center)

Kenya

Two journalists threatened for their reporting (CPJ)

Liberia

Journalist Mae Azango moves a nation (CPJ)

Mali

Concern for journalists, serious setback for media freedom (RSF)

Rwanda

President should pardon journalists, says ARTICLE 19 (ARTICLE 19)
+ Mixed feelings about court's decision to cut jail time for two women journalists (RSF)

Somalia

In Somaliland, two journalists detained without charge (CPJ)

Fourth journalist killed since year began (CPJ)
+ IFJ condemns brutal murder of broadcaster (IFJ)
+ Radio journalist gunned down in central city (RSF)

Swaziland

e.TV journalists detained (MISA)

Uganda

Journalist assaulted by police commander, another roughed up by group of officers (HRNJ-Uganda)

Two sports reporters injured by police during football match (HRNJ-Uganda)

West Africa

Free expression and law in 2011 (ARTICLE 19)

Americas





Bahamas

Authorities urged to respect press freedom during election season (IPI)

Ecuador

Fundamedios reports increased hostility towards media in first quarter of 2012 (Fundamedios)

Mexico

Poet and translator murdered in Toluca (WiPC)

United States

In Boston, journalist battles to keep sources confidential (CPJ)

Draconian cyber security bill could lead to Internet surveillance censorship (RSF)

Venezuela

Court rules against regional newspaper (IPYS-Venezuela)

Asia and Pacific



Free expression and law in 2011 (ARTICLE 19)

Cambodia

CCHR Fundamental Freedoms Fact Sheet: Freedom of Information (CCHR)

China

Internet crackdown on Bo Xilai rumors continues (CPJ)
+ IFJ urges free reporting of Chinese Politburo changes (IFJ)
+ Chinese censors target tomatoes amid Bo Xilai scandal (CPJ)

Indonesia

Journalist killed in armed attack on plane (AJI)
+ Journalist killed in Indonesia's Papua Province (IFJ)
+ Gunmen fire on plane, kill Indonesian journalist (CPJ)
+ Investigate shooting of plane that killed journalist in Papua (SEAPA)
+ Journalist killed as gunmen attack plane at Papua province airport (RSF)
+ PFF joins call for action over plane attack in Papua (PFF)

Laos

Government orders radio show off the air (SEAPA)

Malaysia

Security bill threatens basic liberties (Human Rights Watch)

Nepal

Government urged to adopt free press recommendations (CPJ)

Philippines

Radio blocktimer killed in ambush (CMFR)
+ Another journalist murdered, second since start of year (RSF)
+ Broadcaster killed (IFJ)

Europe and Central Asia





Belarus

Serious concern over health of political prisoner (ARTICLE 19)
+ Serious concern for the health of journalist Dimitry Bondarenko (WiPC)

France

Presidential candidates ignore serious breaches of freedom of information (RSF)

Greece

Riot police deliberately attack journalists covering street demonstrations (RSF)
+ IFJ renews its calls for respect of journalists' rights in Greece (IFJ)
+ Journalists reportedly attacked (IPI)

Moldova

Broadcaster's equipment destroyed (IPI)

Turkey

Publisher Ragip Zarakolu released pending trial (PEN American Center)
+ Publisher and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Ragip Zarakolu freed pending trial (IPA)

OSCE study confirms nearly 100 journalists currently in prison (IPI)

Uzbekistan

Activist freed but crackdown widening (Human Rights Watch)

Middle East and North Africa





Bahrain

Human rights defender Nabeel Rajab denied entry into Egypt (CIHRS)
+ Bahraini activist deported from Cairo International Airport (ANHRI)
+ EOHR condemns denying entry to Nabeel Rajab (EOHR)

Egypt

Human rights defender Nabeel Rajab denied entry into Egypt (CIHRS)
+ Bahraini activist deported from Cairo International Airport (ANHRI)
+ EOHR condemns denying entry to Nabeel Rajab (EOHR)

Iraq

Media freedom increasingly under threat (RSF)

Kuwait

Writer sentenced to seven years' imprisonment (ANHRI)

Lebanon

Cameraman killed by cross-border gunfire (CPJ)
+ Maharat condemns the killing of Al-Jadeed cameraman Ali Chaaban (Maharat Foundation)

Palestine

Detained journalist transferred to hospital (RSF)

Saudi Arabia

Human rights activist subject to ten-year travel ban (ANHRI)
+ Travel bans a means of silencing Saudi human rights defenders (Freedom House)

Syria

Journalist's home destroyed by tanks, family's passports seized (RSF)

Cameraman killed by cross-border gunfire (CPJ)
+ Maharat condemns the killing of Al-Jadeed cameraman Ali Chaaban (Maharat Foundation)

Tunisia

Police attack journalists covering protest (CPJ)
+ Indefinite ban placed on protests in iconic avenue ends in violence (ARTICLE 19)
+ Crackdown on peaceful demonstration; journalists attacked (ANHRI)
+ RSF sends open letter to authorities (RSF)
+ Police use excessive force against Tunisians during demonstrations (Freedom House)
+ IFJ backs red-armband campaign after Tunisian journalists attacked (IFJ)

IFEX-TMG alarmed by ongoing attacks targeting demonstrators, media, performers and academics (IFEX-TMG)

Seven-year prison terms handed down for mockery of Islam (Human Rights Watch)

United Arab Emirates

Activists arrested, face deportation (ANHRI)

Yemen

Armed men attack journalist in Sana'a (CPJ)

Awards


PEN awards top prize to jailed journalist Eskinder Nega (PEN American Center)





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