IFEX Daily Digest for 17 August 2012
The Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety semi-annual report demonstrates how the government continues to punish individuals for expressing their opinions.
Julian Assange sought refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London on 19 June to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning about allegations of date rape and sexual violence.
Compiled by Diane Partenio
Unidentified gunmen stormed a private television station, TV+, owned by Gabon's main opposition leader, and burned down its transmitters.
Gambian national security agents summarily shut down the Taranga FM radio station without providing an explanation.
Compiled by Erin Woycik
The personal blog of Fernando Alvarado, National Communications Secretary, was hacked as part of the Anonymous Internet Operation Surkishka, in response to a communications resolution forcing service providers to give user information to authorities.
Asia and Pacific
Compiled by Marianna Tzabiras
Nepalese journalist Hemanta Poudel received a death threat from a police superintendent after reporting on smuggling and police corruption.
By arresting a journalist and holding him incommunicado, the Vietnamese authorities are again displaying complete intolerance and incomprehension towards criticism, said Reporters Without Borders.
Middle East and North Africa
Compiled by Khadija Mahi
A group of Human rights organisations led by IFEX call on member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council to urge Bahrain to release human rights defenders and peaceful opposition activists.
The high number of violations against Palestinian journalists remained steady during the month of July 2012.
A total of three journalists have been killed in Syria in seven days while a spate of kidnappings of Syrian media personnel has continued, in one case in neighbouring Lebanon.
Tell Malaysia "Don't Change Evidence Act"
Section 114a, an amendment which has been passed by both Upper and Lower Houses, extends to practically everyone who uses any internet platform - from e-mail and social media to blogs and online media. Sign the petition
calling for its withdrawal.
15 August 2012
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