IFEX Daily Digest for 26 July 2012



26 July 2012 | Mexico

Crime journalist reported missing in Veracruz

Local journalists told CPJ that Miguel Morales Estrada's disappearance is heightening fear among the Veracruz press corps.




Africa
Compiled by Diane Partenio


26 July 2012 | Mauritania

One worker killed, several others injured and arrested during protest

The violence resulted in the death of union leader Mohamed Wals El-Mashozafy and the arrest of rights activist Osman Wald Krieft.
25 July 2012 | Togo

"La Nouvelle" newspaper banned

The regulatory body questioned the legitimacy of the privately-owned newspaper and accused its managing editor of flouting provisions of the Press and Communication code.


Americas
Compiled by Erin Woycik


25 July 2012 | Mexico

Need for transparency on secret surveillance contracts

According to a July 16 press report, the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) - the body that oversees Mexico’s Army and Air Force - awarded five surveillance contracts from March 2011 - 2012, without opening them up to bid.


Asia and Pacific
Compiled by Marianna Tzabiras


26 July 2012 | Pakistan

Harsh law used to threaten journalist in South Waziristan

Farooq Mahsud was threatened with arrest after seeking information from an official source about returning internally displaced people.


Europe and Central Asia
Compiled by Diane Partenio


26 July 2012 | Turkey

"Azadiye Welat" editor released from jail

In 2009, Vedat Kursun was sentenced to 166 years in prison for publishing several Kurdish newspapers; the sentence was later reduced to 10 years.
26 July 2012 | Turkey

End legal proceedings against Azerbaijani lawyer, say rights groups

In 2011, Intigam Aliyev was arrested at the Istanbul airport, beaten by guards and deported to Azerbaijan; six months later he learned that Turkish officials had opened a case against him.


Middle East and North Africa
Compiled by Khadija Mahi


26 July 2012 | Yemen

ANHRI welcomes right to information law

Yemen is the third Arab country to pass a law that addresses this human right.


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