30 April 2012

IFEX Digest | 23 - 29 April 2012



International




Mitigating risks to report safely, CPJ launches Journalist Security Guide (CPJ)

Media Rights Agenda welcomes UN plan for journalists' safety (MRA)

Global call to commemorate World Press Freedom Day (WAN-IFRA)

Internet giants submit to external free expression scrutiny (CPJ)

Africa



APAI calls on ACHPR to advance the right to access information (MISA)

Ethiopia

Leading weekly's website blocked for past six days (RSF)

IPI World Press Freedom Heroes condemn imprisonment of journalist Eskinder Nega (IPI)

Nigeria

Offices of daily bombed (MRA)
+ CPJ condemns attacks on newspaper offices (CPJ)
+ Bombing of newspaper offices condemned (Freedom House)
+ Government urged to protect media after two car bomb attacks on newspapers (RSF)
+ IPI condemns bomb attacks on newspapers (IPI)

Somalia

IFJ condemns arbitrary arrests of journalists (IFJ)

Uganda

Television journalist survives mob attack (HRNJ-Uganda)

Press freedom continues to diminish, says new report (HRNJ-Uganda)

Americas





Brazil

Abraji urges investigation into killing of journalist in Maranhão (ABRAJI)
+ Political journalist murdered (IPI)
+ IAPA outraged at murder of journalist (IAPA)
+ Popular blogger Décio Sá gunned down in Maranhão state (RSF)
+ Journalist Décio Sá assassinated (CPJ)
+ Reporter Décio Sá shot to death in suspected contract killing (WiPC)

Canada

Bill C-11 casts shadow over World Book Day celebrations (IPA)

Colombia

Journalists flee homes after receiving threats (CPJ)
+ Three journalists forced to flee (RSF)

Journalist flees after FARC threats (FLIP)

Honduras

Journalist and human rights defender threatened with sexual violence (C-Libre)
+ Journalist and human rights activist Dina Meza threatened again (RSF)

TV show host shot dead (C-Libre)
+ Television presenter assassinated (IPI)

Radio journalist assaulted, gets death threat from Liberal Party leaders (C-Libre)

Asia and Pacific





Afghanistan

French former hostage ready to go back to the front line (CPJ)

Journalist's death must lead to better combat rules (CPJ)

Australia

Australia urged to press for human rights improvements in Vietnam (Human Rights Watch)

Bangladesh

Editor receives threat (Media Watch)

Cambodia

Activist killed over possession of logging photos (CPJ)
+ Tireless activist Chut Wutty shot dead in Koh Kong Province (CCHR)

China

Government urged to protect blind human rights defender from extrajudicial violence (Human Rights Watch)

Writer imprisoned for defamation amid rumor crackdown (CPJ)

Boxun, U.S.-based news site, attacked amid Bo Xilai coverage (CPJ)

Journalist removed for voicing food safety fears (IFJ)
+ TV presenter suspended after microblog warning about tainted gelatine (RSF)

Pakistan

Investigative journalist Umar Cheema recounts struggle for freedom (IPI)

Papua New Guinea

Journalist assaulted by police (PFF)
+ IFJ condemns assault of journalist in PNG (IFJ)
+ Radio reporter beaten up by uniformed police officers (RSF)

Philippines

Columnist, editor post bail re libel case (CMFR)

Accused gunman has ordered broadcaster's widow, two others killed, says radio exec (CMFR)

Sri Lanka

Hearings into disappearance of opposition journalist continue (CPJ)

ARTICLE 19's Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review (ARTICLE 19)

Vietnam

Australia urged to press for human rights improvements in Vietnam (Human Rights Watch)

Europe and Central Asia





Armenia

Author facing jail for army criticism in fiction (Index on Censorship)

Azerbaijan

Journalist says he was tortured in prison (IPI)
+ IRFS condemns torture, harassment of Khayal TV journalist Zaur Guliyev (IRFS)

Kazakhstan

Twenty-seven IFEX members call for investigation into brutal attacks on journalists (Adil Soz)

Kosovo (Serbia)

IPI issues report on Kosovo media (IPI)

Western Europe

Journalists regularly barred from immigrant detention centres, campaign shows (RSF)

Middle East and North Africa





Bahrain

Protester killed, activists arrested as F1 wraps up (BCHR)
+ IFJ condemns media restrictions ahead of controversial Grand Prix (IFJ)
+ Kingdom organises rally while al-Khawaja is dying in prison and activists are being killed (ANHRI)

Egypt

Two journalists attacked in Alexandria (CPJ)

International NGOs denied licences (EOHR)
+ Authorities escalates crackdown on civil Society (Freedom House)

Iran

Journalist arrested, government decrees new media controls (RSF)
+ Human rights defender summoned to serve out a six-year sentence; serious health concerns (WiPC)

Israel

Palestinian Authority blocks critical websites in West Bank (CPJ)

Jordan

Publisher, journalist charged in State Security Court (Human Rights Watch)
+ Journalist arrested over critical article (CPJ)
+ Journalist to be tried before state security court for corruption case coverage (RSF)
+ IFJ backs journalists’ call for release of media executive (IFJ)

Kuwait

Authorities urged to reconsider death penalty amendment (ANHRI)

Lebanon

Two activists arrested for graffiti art (Maharat Foundation)

Palestine

Palestinian Authority blocks critical websites in West Bank (CPJ)

Saudi Arabia

Human rights activist sentenced, on hunger strike (ANHRI)

Egyptian lawyer sentenced to one year imprisonment, 20 lashes for criticising King (ANHRI)
+ EOHR calls on SCAF to handle case of imprisoned lawyer (EOHR)

Syria

Young activist faces possible death sentence (RSF)

Rights activists brought to trial, others still held incommunicado (RSF)
+ Press freedom advocates charged in Damascus (IPI)

Tunisia

Clashes erupt outside national TV station after talk of privatizing state media (RSF)

United Arab Emirates

Reform activist arrested following publication of critical article (ANHRI)





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