IFEX Daily Digest for 10 August 2012

9 August 2012 | Russia

Pussy Riot band members face up to seven years in jail as trial closes in Russia

Despite widespread outrage about their trial, there are real fears that the Pussy Riot band members will be sentenced to jail terms in Russia - three years is thought to be likely.

Compiled by Erin Woycik

10 August 2012 | United States

Photographer attacked while documenting a street arrest in New York

A contract photographer for the New York Times was beaten, handcuffed and had his equipment seized while photographing a street arrest in the Bronx, New York.

Asia and Pacific
Compiled by Marianna Tzabiras

10 August 2012 | Cambodia

Cambodian NGO director warned to stop criticising government policy

The director of a Cambodian NGO was threatened after criticising the government's land demarcation strategy during an interview with Radio Free Asia.
10 August 2012 | Philippines

Ex-governor wanted in broadcaster's murder believed to have fled the Philippines

The former governor of Palawan province, Philippines is wanted in association with the January 2011 murder of a broadcaster and environmentalist.
9 August 2012 | Philippines

Suspect in Philippine broadcaster's slaying arrested

Media groups welcomed the arrest of a suspect in the 2011 murder of Filipino broadcaster Niel Jimena.

Europe and Central Asia
Compiled by Diane Partenio

9 August 2012 | Tajikistan

Communications service announces plan to monitor websites in Tajikistan

RSF is concerned over an announcement by the Tajikistan communications service that observers will be set up to monitor websites for libellous content.

Middle East and North Africa
Compiled by Khadija Mahi

10 August 2012 | Oman

Omani court hands down additional sentences against activists

Activists protesting the arrests of protesters Eleven activists have been handed down prison sentences by a court in Muscat, Oman for exercising their right to free expression and peaceful assembly.
10 August 2012 | Tunisia

Draft media regulation must be revised, says IFEX Tunisia Monitoring Group

IFEX-TMG presents its report As Tunisia's Constituent Assembly prepares to review a draft Constitution, the IFEX-TMG expresses its concern about a draft proposal to regulate the media, as well as prison sentences for religious reasons.

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