IFEX Daily Digest for 17 August 2012

Azerbaijani police crack down on peaceful protest in the capital Baku.
16 August 2012 | Azerbaijan

Report from Azerbaijani group urges government to prosecute those behind press violence

The Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety semi-annual report demonstrates how the government continues to punish individuals for expressing their opinions.


17 August 2012 | International

Ecuador grants political asylum to WikiLeaks founder

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

16 August 2012 | Gabon

Gunmen burn opposition TV station's transmitter in Gabon

Unidentified gunmen stormed a private television station, TV+, owned by Gabon's main opposition leader, and burned down its transmitters.
16 August 2012 | The Gambia

The Gambia shuts down independent radio station

Gambian national security agents summarily shut down the Taranga FM radio station without providing an explanation.

Compiled by Erin Woycik

17 August 2012 | Ecuador

Hacker group targets Ecuadorian politician's blog protesting communications resolution

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

16 August 2012 | Nepal

Senior police officer issues death threat against journalist in Nepal

Nepalese journalist Hemanta Poudel received a death threat from a police superintendent after reporting on smuggling and police corruption.
17 August 2012 | Vietnam

Another journalist arrested in Vietnam, held incommunicado for past month

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

17 August 2012 | Bahrain

Release Bahraini human rights activists now, say international groups

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.
16 August 2012 | Palestine

Violations of media freedom in Palestine in July 2012

The high number of violations against Palestinian journalists remained steady during the month of July 2012.
17 August 2012 | Syria

Three Syrian journalists killed in seven days

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.

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