20 July 2011
IFEX Communiqué Vol 20, No 29
Israel has violated the right to free expression by approving a law that penalises individuals and organisations that call for boycotting Israel, say IFEX members the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) and Human Rights Watch.
The prospects for peace in Bahrain are not looking as bright now that the main opposition party, Al-Wefaq, has pulled out of the national dialogue, and the government continues to crack down on its critics, report the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) and other IFEX members.
Twenty-six-year-old radio manager Nery Jeremias Orellana was riding a motorcycle to work on 14 July in Candelaria, Lempira, near Honduras's border with El Salvador, when he was gunned down by unidentified assailants, report the Committee for Free Expression (C-Libre) and other IFEX members. According to Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the International Press Institute (IPI), he is the third journalist killed possibly as a result of his profession this year in Honduras.
Two women journalists protesting media censorship in Uzbekistan ended their hunger strikes last week due to poor health, report Index on Censorship and news reports. Saodat Omonova and her colleague, Malohat Eshonkulova, had started their hunger strike after being arrested and fined for protesting against censorship and corruption in Uzbekistan's state television. Their case is emblematic of Uzbekistan's "atrocious human rights record, including repression of free speech," says Human Rights Watch.
UNESCO is offering scholarships to attend the Windhoek +20 Pan-African Summit on Access to Information in Cape Town, South Africa, from 17 to 19 September 2011. A limited number of places are available so apply now - the closing date for scholarship applications is 3 August 2011.
To mark its 50-year anniversary, Amnesty International launched Amnesty TV last week - a biweekly, 15-minute, online show that mixes satire and stunts with documentaries, opinion and news about human rights stories around the world. Watch it here.