IFEX Daily Digest for 9 August 2012

9 August 2012 | Nigeria

Former militants storm office of Nigeria Union of Journalists

The Nigeria Union of Journalists' secretariat was invaded by protesting former militants who were angered that there was no reporter available to cover their demonstration.

Compiled by Diane Partenio

9 August 2012 | Gabon

Gabon suspends two newspapers critical of government

CPJ condemned the suspension of Gabonese papers "Ezombolo" and "La Une" as acts of censorship and intimidation designed to silence criticism of public officials.
9 August 2012 | Mali

Members of al-Qaeda affiliated group beat journalist, close radio station in Mali

Members of an Islamist group in Mali beat radio journalist Malick Aliou Maiga until he was unconscious and ordered his station, Radio Adar Khoima, off the air.

Compiled by Erin Woycik

Asia and Pacific
Compiled by Marianna Tzabiras

9 August 2012 | China

Newspaper suspended in China in alleged retaliation for investigation of Beijing storm death toll

A Chinese newspaper was ordered to suspend its work after it disclosed that the local government had attempted to understate the death toll following the Beijing storm in July.

Europe and Central Asia
Compiled by Diane Partenio

8 August 2012 | Italy

Journalist, former newspaper director convicted in criminal defamation case in Italy

ARTICLE 19 calls on the Italian Parliament to repeal criminal defamation legislation following the conviction of journalist Orfeo Donatini and former newspaper director Tiziano Marson.
8 August 2012 | Turkey

Kurdish journalist released following judicial reform in Turkey

A court in the southeastern Turkish province of Diyarbakir ruled to release Ozan Kilinc, the former editor-in-chief of the Kurdish daily Azadiya Welat.

Middle East and North Africa
Compiled by Khadija Mahi

9 August 2012 | Bahrain

Peaceful protests calling for self-determination violently suppressed in Bahrain

Bahraini policemen arrest protesters during a demonstration in the village of Bani Jamrah Police arrested demonstrators and used tear gas and stun grenades to suppress peaceful protests erupting in various Bahraini villages.
9 August 2012 | Syria

Syria's intelligence service refuses to produce rights defender in court

Activist Mazen Darwish, of whom there has been no news since his arrest, will be tried by a special Syrian military court that holds its hearings behind closed doors.

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