9 January 2012

IFEX Digest | 2 - 8 January 2012



International




The Arab world is the most dangerous region for journalists, says WAN-IFRA (WAN-IFRA)

IFJ presses UN for action on media killings after violence claims 106 lives of journalists and media staff in 2011 (IFJ)

Africa



Côte d'Ivoire

TV presenter provisionally released after being held for five months (RSF)
+ CPJ welcomes release of Hermann Aboa (CPJ)

Democratic Republic of Congo

RFI broadcasts suspended over election coverage (CPJ)
+ Regulators to decide RFI's future after government orders it off the air (RSF)

Rwanda

Proposed media law fails to safeguard free press (ARTICLE 19)

Somalia

Puntland authorities urged to explain detention of journalists (CPJ)

Sudan

Human Rights Watch calls for end to violence against peaceful protesters (Human Rights Watch)

Uganda

HRNJ-Uganda condemns assault on journalist by police (HRNJ-Uganda)

Americas



IAPA reviews state of press freedom in 2011 (IAPA)

Argentina

Canal 7 journalist and camera operator attacked (FOPEA)

Ecuador

National Court of Justice ratifies three-year prison sentence against Emilio Palacio (Fundamedios)

Peru

Decriminalisation of press offences a major issue in 2012 (RSF)

Asia and Pacific



Bangladesh

Ruling party MP assaults TV reporter (Media Watch)
+ MP allegedly assaults journalist seeking comment (IPI)

China

Cyber-dissident gets long jail term for "subversive" articles (RSF)

Fiji

IFJ cautiously welcomes end of Public Emergency Regulations (IFJ)

Nepal

Journalist attacked, robbed in Nepalgunj (Freedom Forum)
+ Journalist's assailant arrested (Freedom Forum)

Pakistan

Journalists threatened after questioning role of military (PPF)
+ Threatened journalists condemn growing insecurity for the media (RSF)

Philippines

Tragic start to 2012 as media worker is murdered (IFJ)
+ Statement on the killing of Christopher Guarin (CMFR)
+ Journalist gunned down, first killed in Asia this year (RSF)

Vietnam

Peaceful activist sent to "education center" for 24 months (Human Rights Watch)

Newspaper reporter arrested for undercover investigation of police corruption (RSF)

Europe and Central Asia



Belarus

Authorities tighten grip on the Internet (RSF)

Pro-opposition news website attacked, shut down (CPJ)

Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia

Press freedom overview reveals ongoing violations in South East Europe (IPI)

Germany

President pressures "Bild" to kill story (IPI)

Hungary

Human Rights Watch calls for government to reverse interference with courts, media (Human Rights Watch)

Middle East and North Africa



Bahrain

Human rights defender Nabeel Rajab attacked, hospitalised (BCHR)

Egypt

Rise in number of lawsuits filed against media professionals (EOHR)

Oman

Five-month jail terms for two journalists and their source confirmed on appeal (RSF)

Saudi Arabia

Renewed protests defy ban; reform advocates arrested (Human Rights Watch)

Syria

Arab League observers urged to visit jailed bloggers and journalists, demand their release (RSF)

Journalist succumbs to injuries (RSF)
+ State journalist, videographer killed (CPJ)

Citizen journalist killed in Homs (RSF)

Yemen

IFJ calls for an end to the harassment of journalists (IFJ)





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