11 June 2012

IFEX Digest | 4 - 10 June 2012





Africa





Democratic Republic of Congo

IFJ condemns journalist's suspension (IFJ)

Equatorial Guinea

Opposition figure pardoned (Human Rights Watch)

Liberia

CEMESP releases 2011 Freedom of Expression Report (CEMESP)

Rwanda

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)

Americas



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)

Peru

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)

Venezuela

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

Asia and Pacific





Cambodia

Foreign broadcasters shut down for elections (CPJ)

China

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)

India

Imprisoned journalist's plea for help (CPJ)

Malaysia

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

Maldives

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

Pakistan

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)

Philippines

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)

Azerbaijan

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)

Kazakhstan

Striking oil workers sentenced to prison (Human Rights Watch)

Russia

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

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

Ukraine

Covering the UEFA football championships? (IFJ)

Middle East and North Africa





Bahrain

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)

Egypt

Freedom House welcomes end of Emergency Law (Freedom House)

Kuwait

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

Lebanon

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

Syria

Citizen journalist arrested, fears of torture (RSF)

Yemen

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





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