IFEX This Week for 15 August 2012

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15 August 2012 | Russia

Russian band Pussy Riot face years in jail pending Friday verdict

This Friday, 17 August 2012, a verdict will be given in the trial against members of Pussy Riot, a Russian band charged with hooliganism after performing in a Moscow church.

Compiled by Diane Partenio

15 August 2012 | Ethiopia

Ethiopian police target Muslim leaders, press in attempts to stifle protests

A crackdown on protests by Ethiopia's Muslim community has seen hundreds of community members and journalists harassed, assaulted and detained.

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

14 August 2012 | Vietnam

Two bloggers sentenced to lengthy jail terms in Vietnam

Vietnamese bloggers Le Thanh Tung and Dinh Dang Dinh have been sentenced to five and six-year jail terms respectively after advocating for democracy and pluralism.

Europe and Central Asia
Compiled by Diane Partenio

14 August 2012 | Ukraine

Environmental activist killed in Ukraine

Volodymyr Honcharenko's colleagues and family are convinced there is a relationship between the brutal attack that led to his death and his environmental activism in Ukraine.

Middle East and North Africa
Compiled by Khadija Mahi

10 August 2012 | Tunisia

Proposed media council undemocratic, 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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15 August 2012

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