IFEX Daily Digest for 17 July 2012

17 July 2012 | Russia

Internet law: a good bad example of Russia's backsliding

The proposed statute would create a blacklist of websites that ISPs would have to block and refuse to host.

Compiled by Erin Woycik

17 July 2012 | Colombia

Bogotá TV journalist reporting on paramilitaries receives "warning"

The report that journalist Paul Bacares is currently preparing highlights the ability of the armed groups to infiltrate the legal economy and their links to local politicians and other public figures.

Asia and Pacific
Compiled by Marianna Tzabiras

17 July 2012 | Cambodia

After US, ASEAN leave, media critic jailed

Mam Sonando is the owner of the country's main politically independent radio station and a prominent critic of Prime Minister Hun Sen.
17 July 2012 | Philippines

Gunman convicted in attempted murder of broadcaster

Bernardo Aguilar was accused in the March 2009 shooting of radio journalist Nilo Labares.

Europe and Central Asia
Compiled by Diane Partenio

16 July 2012 | Russia

Criminal libel law a blow to free expression

Re-criminalization of libel is part of a raft of laws rammed through the Russian parliament from June through mid-July, setting out new, severe restrictions on the rights to free expression, assembly, and association.

Middle East and North Africa
Compiled by Khadija Mahi

17 July 2012 | Libya

Two TV journalists freed after negotiations

The intense negotiations for their release involved the National Transitional Council, the prime minister and many tribal elders.
16 July 2012 | Libya

Interior Ministry urged to reverse decision restricting right to peaceful demonstrations

Libyan citizens and organisations were instructed that they may not hold or participate in a demonstration without prior permission from the ministry.
17 July 2012 | Saudi Arabia

Website editor charged under cybercrime law

If convicted, Ra'if Badawi faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to US$800,000.

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