16 January 2012

IFEX Digest | 9 - 15 January 2012



International




RSF revives tourist awareness campaign (RSF)

IPI reports on deadly trends for journalists in 2011 (IPI)

Africa



Côte d'Ivoire

Human remains found not to be those of missing journalist (RSF)

Human remains found could be those of missing journalist Guy-André Kieffer (RSF)

Democratic Republic of Congo

Newspapers suspended on alleged administrative violations (JED)

RFI returns to airwaves (RSF)

Gabon

Two media outlets suspended for opposition coverage (CPJ)

Somalia

Journalists detained, barred from traveling in Somaliland (NUSOJ)

The Gambia

Newspaper journalist charged with criminal defamation (MFWA)

Uganda

Police beat up journalist, delete photos and charge him with trespassing (HRNJ-Uganda)

Americas



IFEX-ALC calls for withdrawal of three recommendations that impact on mandate of free expression rapporteur (IFEX-ALC)
+ Review of Inter-American human rights system must not restrict role of Special Rapporteur (ARTICLE 19)

Ecuador

President proposes restrictions to journalistic work during 2013 elections (Fundamedios)

Government launches smear campaign against human rights organisations (Fundamedios)

Judicial police and prosecutor's office close down radio station, seize its equipment (Fundamedios)

Fundamedios records 156 aggressions against the media in 2011 (Fundamedios)

Honduras

Journalist who had participated in protest receives death threats (C-Libre)

Mexico

Murdered journalist may have been mistaken for someone else (RSF)

IAPA calls for prompt investigation into reporter's death in Nuevo León (IAPA)

Paraguay

Growing impunity for alleged instigators of radio journalist's murder (RSF)

Peru

Sentence against blogger overturned (IPYS)

Asia and Pacific



Burma

All DVB journalists, freelancers and blogger freed under amnesty (RSF)
+ Political prisoners released (Human Rights Watch)
+ Prisoners released, but how many remain? (ARTICLE 19)
+ Musician Win Maw and blogger Nay Phone Latt included in large scale amnesty (WiPC)
+ PEN welcomes release of award-winning blogger Nay Phone Latt (PEN American Center)

Maldives

Leading journalist released, his blog remains banned (RSF)

Philippines

Journalists, media workers harassed in Manila demolition (CMFR)

Thailand

Journalist shot dead by unidentified gunman (SEAPA)
+ Editor gunned down (IPI)
+ Journalist gunned down on resort island by two men on motorcycle (RSF)
+ Journalist shot in Thailand’s south (IFJ)

Vietnam

European Union urged to press Vietnam to respect human rights (Human Rights Watch)

Europe and Central Asia



European Union urged to press Vietnam to respect human rights (Human Rights Watch)

Belarus

Independent reporter imprisoned (CPJ)

Denmark

Kurdish Roj TV fined but remains on air (BIANET)

Russia

Tajik opposition journalist stabbed in Moscow (RSF)

Tajikistan

Tajik opposition journalist stabbed in Moscow (RSF)

Turkey

Academics oppose Internet filtering in universities (BIANET)

Kurdish Roj TV fined but remains on air (BIANET)

Middle East and North Africa



Bahrain

BCHR fears for life of imprisoned minor (BCHR)

Iran

Bloggers' death sentences confirmed; more journalists arrested (RSF)

Palestine

MADA welcomes lifting of ban on newspapers (MADA)

Syria

Army shoots protesters attempting to reach observers (Human Rights Watch)

French TV reporter killed in Homs (RSF)
+ French journalist killed in Syria (IPI)

RSF launches parody video on censorship (RSF)

Tunisia

Media independence crucial to democratic transition, says ARTICLE 19 (ARTICLE 19)

IFEX-TMG concerned by attacks on journalists and academics (IFEX-TMG)

United Arab Emirates

"UAE 5" still face restrictions after pardon (Index on Censorship)

Yemen

Parliament urged to reject immunity law for President Saleh and aides (Human Rights Watch)

Witnesses in "Al-Ayyam" case turn against prosecution (CPJ)





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