11 June 2012

IFEX Digest | 4 - 10 June 2012


Democratic Republic of Congo

IFJ condemns journalist's suspension (IFJ)

Equatorial Guinea

Opposition figure pardoned (Human Rights Watch)


CEMESP releases 2011 Freedom of Expression Report (CEMESP)


IFJ condemns journalist's suspension (IFJ)

South Africa

FXI concerned over Film and Publications Board's classification of artwork (FXI)

South Africans clash on Twitter over #Zumaspear (CPJ)


The fragile state of media freedom in Latin America (Freedom House)

El Salvador

Gang member gets 30 years for TV cameraman's murder (RSF)
+ CPJ hails conviction in journalist murder (CPJ)


Radio station owner gets death threats over mining protest coverage (IPYS)

Editor, journalist get suspended prison sentences (IPYS)
+ Two journalists found guilty of defamation (CPJ)


IAPA condemns series of threats, attacks on journalists and media (IAPA)

Asia and Pacific


Foreign broadcasters shut down for elections (CPJ)


Google gives Chinese Internet users glimpse into censorship (CPJ)

Netizen in Xinjiang province detained for "spreading rumours" online (IFJ)

Editor dismissed for online comments (IFJ)
+ Beijing authorities step up censorship and repression in June (RSF)


Imprisoned journalist's plea for help (CPJ)


Book banning frenzy must end, say civil society organisations (CIJ)
+ Reverse book ban (Human Rights Watch)


Journalist in critical condition after attacker cuts his throat (RSF)


EU, UN officials urged to make time for threatened rights activist (CPJ)
+ Letter to Catherine Ashton regarding her visit to Pakistan (Human Rights Watch)
+ Investigate plot to kill leading rights activist (Human Rights Watch)


IFJ outraged by murder of witness to journalists' massacre (IFJ)
+ Third witness to Maguindanao massacre killed (CPJ)

Europe and Central Asia

New Freedom House report says Hungary, Ukraine at forefront of democratic decline in Central and Eastern Europe (Freedom House)


Imprisoned blogger released (Human Rights Watch)
+ Prisoner of conscience Bakthiyar Hajiyev released (IRFS)

Proposed bill to restrict access to information (IRFS)
+ Public's access to information increasingly restricted (IRFS)


Striking oil workers sentenced to prison (Human Rights Watch)


Human rights defenders in Chechnya at risk (Human Rights Watch)

Safeguard LGBT rights, says Human Rights Watch (Human Rights Watch)


Covering the UEFA football championships? (IFJ)

Middle East and North Africa


Rights organisations alarmed over threats to civil society after trip to UN (WiPC)

Leading human rights defender Nabeel Rajab arrested once again (BCHR)
+ Nabeel Rajab detained for the second time in a month (ANHRI)

Lawyer faces blackmail attempt (BCHR)


Freedom House welcomes end of Emergency Law (Freedom House)


Blogger sentenced to 10 years in prison for criticising neighbouring monarchies (ANHRI)
+ Ten years for criticising neighboring rulers (Human Rights Watch)


Prisoner's family attacks journalist over critical article (Maharat Foundation)


Citizen journalist arrested, fears of torture (RSF)


Provincial reporter given one-year jail sentence over Facebook post (RSF)
+ New government, same challenges to press freedom (IPI)

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