IFEX Daily Digest for 18 July 2012

18 July 2012 | United Arab Emirates

Authorities detain 13 activists, including prominent lawyers

Authorities were urged to end the crackdown immediately, and release all activists detained for exercising their rights to free expression.

Compiled by Diane Partenio

18 July 2012 | Swaziland

"Swazi Observer" editors suspended

MISA says the one-month suspension of Thulani Thwala, Alec Lushaba and Nala Nkabindze was intended to suppress critical voices inside the country.

Compiled by Erin Woycik

18 July 2012 | Ecuador

Presidential attacks on journalists follow another radio station closure

Radio Morena’s representatives say it was the victim of politically motivated “persecution”. The National Telecommunications Secretariat (SENATEL) insists the station was closed down simply because it failed to pay for its frequency concession in time.

Asia and Pacific
Compiled by Marianna Tzabiras

18 July 2012 | China

IFJ concerned by removal of senior media personnel

The decision to move Lu Fumin from his position may be linked to his re-publishing of an article detailing the political origins of several politburo members.
18 July 2012 | Vietnam

Bloggers attacked by suspected state agents

The five bloggers suffered cuts from broken glass after the assailants smashed the window of their vehicle.

Middle East and North Africa
Compiled by Khadija Mahi

18 July 2012 | Palestine

Four journalists prevented from covering Clinton's press conference in Jerusalem

Israeli security services insisted that four Palestinian journalists undergo degrading strip searches before covering the visit by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Jerusalem.

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