IFEX Daily Digest for 2 August 2012

1 August 2012 | Somalia

Prominent satirist gunned down in Mogadishu

Abdi Jeylani Malaq, also known as Marshaale, was the author of several television dramas that were critical of Al-Shabaab.


2 August 2012 | International

Free press at lowest level in over a decade

Only 14.5% of the world's population live in countries where journalists' safety is guaranteed, state influence over the media is minimal, and the press is not subject to burdensome legal restrictions, according to Freedom House.

Compiled by Erin Woycik

2 August 2012 | Ecuador

Correa withdraws government advertising for private media

The order issued by President Correa makes clear the existence of a system of awards and punishments for the media related to the placement of official advertising.

Asia and Pacific
Compiled by Marianna Tzabiras

2 August 2012 | Burma

Censors suspend two weekly journals

The Voice Weekly editor speculated the suspension was partly linked to the paper's story on cabinet reshuffles.

Europe and Central Asia
Compiled by Diane Partenio

1 August 2012 | Azerbaijan

Newspaper ordered to pay large fine in defamation case

Yeni Musavat was ordered to pay approximately US$64,000 in damages to Gilan Gabala Cannery LLC over a story published several times in the newspaper between 2009 and 2011.

Middle East and North Africa
Compiled by Khadija Mahi

2 August 2012 | Iraq

Local TV presenter killed in his home by gunmen

Ghazwan Anas' shooting was probably a politically-motivated reprisal of the kind that sends a signal to all journalists, according to RSF.
2 August 2012 | Syria

Sculptor tortured to death by security forces

Wael Qaston had been detained in a prison affiliated with the security branches in Hams.

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