IFEX This Week for 22 August 2012

A thing of the past? In early August,
22 August 2012 | Burma

IFEX members cautiously welcome censorship reform in Burma

The Burmese government's announcement that, after decades of harsh censorship, it is lifting pre-publication censorship was greeted with a mixture of jubilation, shock and scepticism.


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

22 August 2012 | Ethiopia

New Ethiopian PM should "embrace openness" towards media, says press freedom group

For all its efforts to control news about the health of former Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi, the government could not control the public's hunger for information; the official secrecy merely fueled rampant public speculation and fears about the country's future.

Compiled by Erin Woycik

20 August 2012 | Mexico

Mexican federal authorities cast doubt on arrests in murders of Veracruz journalists

Mexican federal authorities should assume control of the investigation and prosecution of all cases of murdered and missing journalists in the state of Veracruz, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A state investigation into the murder of several journalists has raised numerous questions and concerns, CPJ found.

Europe and Central Asia
Compiled by Diane Partenio

20 August 2012 | Russia

Pussy Riot verdict reveals Russia's contempt for free expression, say IFEX members

Three members of the punk band Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in jail for "hooliganism", in a case IFEX members say is a blow to free expression in Russia.

Middle East and North Africa
Compiled by Khadija Mahi

16 August 2012 | Bahrain

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

Bahrain rights defender Nabeel Rajab holds up a message of IFEX, the world's largest network of free expression organisations, strongly denounces the three-year prison sentence handed down on 16 August 2012 to Nabeel Rajab, president of IFEX member Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), for his role in pro-democracy protests.

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