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12 March 2013

IFEX Digest | 24 - 25 March 2010



International




UN Human Rights Council: 40 IFEX members reject "defamation of religions" resolutions (ARTICLE 19)

ARTICLE 19 calls on HRC members to vote against proposed resolution on "combating defamation of religions" (ARTICLE 19)

Africa





Ethiopia

Prime minister confirms jamming of VOA broadcasts (CPJ)
+ IFJ condemns Ethiopian jamming of Voice of America (IFJ)

Ghana

Youth group threatens journalist, radio station (MFWA)

Liberia

Journalist acquitted of "disorderly conduct" (CEMESP)

Nigeria

Negative signs from police investigating newspaper journalist's murder (RSF)
+ Suspected murderers of journalists arraigned in court (MRA)

Private radio station threatened over broadcasts (MRA)

The Gambia

Military detains two newspaper journalists (MFWA)

Uganda

IPI says media bill fails to live up to international press freedom standards (IPI)
+ ARTICLE 19 urges government to change approach to regulation of print media and journalism (ARTICLE 19)
+ Ugandan parliament should reject press bill (CPJ)

Americas



Murder, restrictive laws characterise state of press freedom in the Americas, says IAPA (IAPA)
+ IAPA resolutions to be sent to government officials in the Americas (IAPA)
+ IAPA report on Venezuela sets off broad debate on social networks (IAPA)

Bolivia

TV presenter attacked (IPYS)

Ecuador

Draft communication law needs improvement, says ARTICLE 19 (ARTICLE 19)

Mexico

State attorney identifies journalist's murderer, but family has doubts about the investigation (CEPET)

Venezuela

Bingo parlour security assaults press team (IPYS)

Asia & Pacific





China

Google withdrawal shows government intransigence (Human Rights Watch)

IFJ condemns government's censorship of major news stories in China (IFJ)

Malaysia

Government pressures newspaper to suspend editor over news report (CIJ)

Philippines

SEAPA condemns threats against Filipino journalist; demands government protection and action (SEAPA)

Sri Lanka

Attack on Sirasa TV network is "an attack on democracy", says FMM (FMM)
+ News broadcasters' offices attacked in Colombo (IFJ)
+ TV station attacked by mob in Sri Lankan capital (IPI)

Cartoonist kidnapped two months ago still missing (RSF)

Vietnam

Editor and priest Nguyen Van Ly released (WiPC)

Europe & Central Asia





Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani editor Zakhidov freed; three journalists still jailed (CPJ)

Belarus

Court ruling obstructs Belarusian Association of Journalists (CPJ)
+ IFJ condemns court rejection of press rights claim by Belarus journalists (IFJ)

Kazakhstan

WAN-IFRA condemns press crackdown in Kazakhstan (WAN-IFRA)

Kyrgyzstan

Internet providers block independent news sites (Public Association "Journalists")

Turkey

Two former party officials face 45 and 70 years in prison for "spreading PKK propaganda" (BIANET)
+ Yet another trial for pro-Kurdish politicians Türk and Tuğluk (BIANET)

Journalists on trial for taking photographs of official (BIANET)

Three protesters arrested for holding an "illegal" banner (BIANET)

Journalists on trial for interview with PKK official and statements regarding the PKK (BIANET)
+ Summer recess for trial on PKK interview (BIANET)
+ Decision on "Qandil interview" expected in December (BIANET)

Middle East & North Africa





Algeria

Independent radio station's website blocked (RSF)

Bahrain

Thirty-one IFEX members and 22 other organisations call on UN High Commissioner to support human rights activists, journalists and bloggers (CIHRS)

Egypt

Head of actors' union files libel suit against fellow actor over Facebook comments (ANHRI)

Iran

New coordinated attack on human rights groups (Human Rights Watch)

ARTICLE 19 highlights recent contributions to Azad Tribune (ARTICLE 19)

Iraq

Two journalists targeted in separate attacks (RSF)
+ IFJ condemns second assassination attempt on Iraqi journalists' leader (IFJ)

Lebanon

"AlAdab" magazine and editor fined over critical article (ANHRI)

Palestine

MADA expresses concern over journalists' assault in Khan Younis (MADA)

Israeli forces attack two journalists near Ramallah (MADA)

Saudi Arabia

Advocate for Shia rights held without charge (Human Rights Watch)

Tunisia

CPJ urges government to end harassment of independent journalists (CPJ)
+ Tunisian journalist has no case to answer, says IFJ (IFJ)
+ Quash unfair convictions (Human Rights Watch)

Tunisian authorities try to silence Human Rights Watch (Human Rights Watch)
+ Tunisian authorities ban human rights organisation from holding press conference (IPI)
+ Human Rights Watch Report: End arbitrary restrictions on ex-political prisoners (Human Rights Watch)
+ Tunisia blocks journalists from press conferences (CPJ)

Yemen

In conversation with "Yemen Times" editor-in-chief Nadia al-Saqqaf (IPI)

Yemen invites NGOs to perform human rights mission to country; claims to be the “primary democracy” of the Arab region (CIHRS)





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