IFEX Daily Digest for 16 July 2012
While the motive for the shooting was not immediately clear, Tongam Rina had written about a controversial dam project.
Compiled by Diane Partenio
A panel of judges sentenced Abdulsemed Mohammed to three and half years in prison but said he could go free owing to time already served.
Masked gunmen stormed the offices of "L'Indépendant" newspaper Friday evening, firing into the air to disperse staff and bystanders before seizing publisher Saouti Labass Haïdara and taking him away. He was dumped by a roadside four hours later.
Compiled by Erin Woycik
The tribunal lifted precautionary measures that had suspended the application of amendments to the Electoral Law, leading to restrictions to journalists' work during electoral periods.
The attack happened when, according to witnesses, three men riding motorbikes threw an explosive device at a truck used by one of the paper's news crews as it was parked in front of the paper's main office.
Inmates at Sabaneta jail threw stones at a Televen TV station news crew made up of journalist Jensser Morales and cameraman Walny Gonzalez.
Asia and Pacific
Compiled by Marianna Tzabiras
Journalists have been attacked by protesters and police during demonstrations calling for President Mohamed Waheed Hassan to hold elections.
Shantha Priyadarshana Wijesooriya, an investigative journalist who has covered human rights issues and official malfeasance, was the target of an attempted abduction.
Europe and Central Asia
Compiled by Diane Partenio
IRFS believes the amendments were passed to make it easier for the government to hide information on the illegal business activities of the country's ruling elite.
Middle East and North Africa
Compiled by Khadija Mahi
Fatma-Zohra Amara was previously sentenced to two months in prison for libel, but had the sentence reduced to a fine on appeal.
The activists have described details of the torture inflicted upon them to force confessions, and they have named the officials involved in torturing them including the son of the king, Nasser Bin Hamad.
The Shura Council has announced it will be making the final selection for new editor-in-chiefs of state-run publications, following consideration by a 14-member committee that includes journalists and communications professors.
In separate incidents, at least three journalists have been imprisoned over the last month.
Journalists are calling on the government to pass and implement laws guaranteeing the media’s independence from government control.
Ahmed Abd al-Khaleq is one of a group of activists who had been jailed from April to November 2011 for peacefully advocating democratic reforms.