IFEX Daily Digest for 31 July 2012

31 July 2012 | Vietnam

Harsher crackdown on dissidents prompts act of despair

A jailed blogger's mother died after setting fire to herself to protest her daughter's trial.

Compiled by Diane Partenio

31 July 2012 | Tanzania

Authorities ban weekly indefinitely

The information ministry claimed that MwanaHalisi's four July editions contained seditious and false material but did not specify particular articles.

Compiled by Erin Woycik

31 July 2012 | Mexico

New attack on "El Norte" offices, third in 19 days

The authorities have done little to guarantee press freedom, as investigations into recent attacks have not advanced and no one has been detained.

Asia and Pacific
Compiled by Marianna Tzabiras

31 July 2012 | China

Foreign journalist savagely attacked by police

Atsushi Okudera was assaulted while he was taking photos of police beating protestors.
31 July 2012 | Philippines

Journalists threatened after filing reports of illegal logging

Butan City authorities seized illegally logged timber after receiving a tip from journalist Richmond Hinayon.

Europe and Central Asia
Compiled by Diane Partenio

31 July 2012 | Turkey

Courts start to free journalists under reform package

Under Law 6325, adopted on 5 July, the prosecution of journalists accused of propaganda on behalf of terrorist organizations may be suspended or abandoned.

Middle East and North Africa
Compiled by Khadija Mahi

31 July 2012 | United Arab Emirates

Crackdown on new group of activists, reformers by authorities

The activists have been accused of being foreign countries' agents and of threatening the security of the country.

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