IFEX Daily Digest for 3 August 2012



Anadolu photographer Sinan Gul sustained serious leg injuries from sniper fire
3 August 2012 | Syria

Five Turkish journalists wounded in Aleppo, latest danger zone for media personnel

Three of the journalists were hit by sniper fire while the other two were struck by shrapnel from a shell that exploded nearby.




Africa
Compiled by Diane Partenio


3 August 2012 | Ethiopia

Appeal court reduces sentence of Reeyot Alemu

Reeyot, a columnist for the independent weekly Feteh, was sentenced in January and fined 33,000 birrs (US$1,500) under Ethiopia's sweeping anti-terrorism law.
3 August 2012 | Somalia

Radio journalist escapes assassination bid

Abdifatah Gedi survived the assassination attempt after a group of armed men shot him several times at the entrance to Radio Daljir headquarters in Garowe.
3 August 2012 | Somalia

New Constitution guaranteeing freedom of expression adopted

For the first time in the history of Somalia, the new provisional constitution contains specific measures guaranteeing freedom of information, including access to information held by or on behalf of a public body.


Americas
Compiled by Erin Woycik


2 August 2012 | Ecuador

IAPA condemns raid on Vanguardia magazine and threats against Fundamedios

Fundamedios, a not-for-profit organization devoted to monitoring press freedom, has been accused by the government of carrying out destabilizing activities.


Asia and Pacific
Compiled by Marianna Tzabiras


3 August 2012 | Asia and Pacific

Southeast Asian groups point to increasing censorship, attacks on online expression

The space for free expression on the Internet is shrinking, said the Southeast Asia civil society delegates to a regional Internet governance forum.
3 August 2012 | Cambodia

CCHR outlines political context behind rights defender's arrest

Mam Sonando's willingness to criticise the government and condemn forced evictions and land grabbing have seen him put behind bars on two previous occasions.
2 August 2012 | India

Reversal of fee hike for community radio stations cautiously welcomed

AMARC hopes the government will consider a roll back of the entire amount for community radio stations.
3 August 2012 | Philippines

Private prosecutor on media killing cases reflects on her experiences

When asked about her work, the counsel often explains that FFFJ was organised to find ways to counter the culture of impunity surrounding media killings.
3 August 2012 | Philippines

Petition by accused in journalist's killing denied; murder charges stand

The petition sought the dismissal of murder charges against the alleged masterminds in the 2005 killing of journalist Marlene Esperat.
3 August 2012 | Sri Lanka

Media skeptical over Press Council Act amendments

The government plans to amend the 1973 act so that websites will be regulated by the same agency that regulates printed media.


Middle East and North Africa
Compiled by Khadija Mahi


3 August 2012 | Iran

Human rights defender and journalist Nargess Mohammadi released

PEN International continues to call for all charges against Nargess Mohammadi to be quashed


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