IFEX Daily Digest for 16 August 2012

Bahrain rights defender Nabeel Rajab holds up a message of
16 August 2012 | Bahrain

IFEX deplores three-year jail sentence given to Bahraini member Nabeel Rajab

IFEX, the world's largest network of free expression organisations, strongly denounces the three-year prison sentence handed down today to Nabeel Rajab, president of IFEX member Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), for his role in pro-democracy protests.

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

15 August 2012 | Americas

PEN International launches "Write Against Impunity" Latin America campaign

PEN International is inviting writers, journalists, bloggers and students across Latin America to submit poetry or prose commemorating fallen colleagues and protesting impunity for this unique campaign, which will be the first of its kind.
16 August 2012 | Argentina

Local leader threatens radio journalist at gunpoint in northeastern Argentina

FM UNO journalist Hernán García was threatened at gunpoint after he repeatedly called for transparency at the local administrative level in a community in the province of Santa Fe, Argentina.

Asia and Pacific
Compiled by Marianna Tzabiras

16 August 2012 | Burma

Guidance for Burmese journalists on promoting an empowering press law

A new report is aimed at helping the Burmese media community respond to the anticipated introduction of a press law and a press council.
15 August 2012 | China

How China censors the web

Index on Censorship explains how the Chinese authorities censor domestic sites and how they censor the web outside China.
16 August 2012 | China | Hong Kong (China)

Masked men attack Hong Kong online media outlet known for independent reporting

The Hong Kong-based Inmedia outlet is known for its independent reporting on issues such as local government, social justice and politics.
16 August 2012 | Philippines

Coalition calls for enactment of freedom of information act in the Philippines

The Right to Know, Right Now! Coalition has declared 15 August as Freedom of Information Day in the Philippines.

Europe and Central Asia
Compiled by Diane Partenio

16 August 2012 | Europe and Central Asia

Council of Europe foreign ministers call for libel reform

The Committee of Ministers of the Strasbourg-based Council of Europe has adopted a declaration denouncing the abuse of defamation laws.
16 August 2012 | Kazakhstan

Journalist brutally beaten in Kazakh capital

Journalist Maksim Kartashov has said that an attack he suffered may be related to his reporting on alleged corruption in Kazakhstan's ice hockey federation.
16 August 2012 | Kazakhstan

Opposition activists, oil worker on trial, charged with "inciting social discord" in Kazakhstan

The Kazakhstan authorities must ensure that due process rights are respected in the trial of two political activists and an oil worker, says Human Rights Watch.

Middle East and North Africa
Compiled by Khadija Mahi

16 August 2012 | Bahrain

Bahrain sentences Nabeel Rajab to three years in prison on charges related to protesting

Nabeel Rajab The sentencing of Bahraini rights defender Nabeel Rajab is believed to be aimed at preventing him from continuing his legitimate and peaceful human rights work.
15 August 2012 | Morocco | Spain

Moroccan journalist based in Spanish enclave receives death threats

Hamid Naïmi, a Moroccan journalist and opposition activist based in a Spanish enclave, is the target of death threats of presumed Moroccan origin.
16 August 2012 | Syria

Syrian journalist kidnapped in Homs

Unidentified armed men kidnapped a correspondent for Al-Alam, an Iranian satellite broadcaster supportive of the Syrian government.

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