IFEX This Week for 8 August 2012

Site of an explosion inside a state television building in Damascus
7 August 2012 | Syria

Spate of attacks on Syrian state media and journalists

The headquarters of a state TV station was bombed, and a TV presenter was kidnapped and executed.


1 August 2012 | International

Mobile technologies' ability to circumvent censorship evaluated in 12 countries

The capability of repressive governments to monitor users of mobile phones and block access to Internet content is far beyond levels realised by users.

Compiled by Diane Partenio

1 August 2012 | Angola

Human Rights Watch report describes political violence, intimidation in run up to Angolan elections

The Angolan government should end its crackdown on peaceful protests and the media with the start of the election campaign on 1 August, says Human Rights Watch.

Compiled by Erin Woycik

7 August 2012 | Honduras

Honduran journalist fears for safety after uncovering financial corruption

Journalist Ariel D'Vicente is receiving protection after he reported that the wife of the former finance minister was found with money that came from shrimp farming royalty payments paid out to an official high up within the Lobo Sosa government.

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.

Europe and Central Asia
Compiled by Diane Partenio

3 August 2012 | Tajikistan

Surge in website blocking following violent clashes between government forces, armed groups in eastern Tajikistan

The Russian news agency RIA-Novosti's website has joined Asia-Plus, YouTube and a number of other sites recently filtered and blocked in Tajikistan.

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