30 January 2012

IFEX Digest | 23 - 29 January 2012



International




Twitter urged not to cooperate with censors (RSF)

RSF releases press freedom index for 2011/2012 (RSF)

IFJ welcomes call for greater protection of media at major conference in Doha (IFJ)

UN agency's member states urged to guarantee freedom of information (RSF)

Oxfam Novib/PEN Awards celebrate writers against the odds (WiPC)
+ ANHRI congratulates Arab winners of Oxfam Novib/PEN Award (ANHRI)

Arab Spring protests deserve strong international support, says Human Rights Watch report (Human Rights Watch)

Africa



Cameroon

Writer detained, faces up to 50 years in prison (WiPC)

Central African Republic

Editor sentenced to 10 months in jail on libel charge (RSF)

Editor jailed in politicised case (CPJ)

Democratic Republic of Congo

Community radio station back on air after three-month suspension (JED)

Ethiopia

Blogger risks death penalty as judge confirms charges (CPJ)

CORRECTION: Death penalty for blogger, prison for journalists (CPJ)
+ Two journalists given 14 years in prison; one sentenced to life imprisonment (WiPC)
+ Journalist sentenced, in absentia, to life in prison; two others get 14 years (IPI)
+ Two journalists sentenced to 14 years on terrorism charges (RSF)

Following fact-finding mission, RSF reports on press freedom situation in the country (RSF)

EFJA calls for concerted global efforts to stop abuses (EFJA)

Namibia

Newspaper faces defamation charges (MISA)

Nigeria

TV reporter killed while covering Kano suicide bombings (RSF)
+ Radio journalist found dead; colleagues suspect murder (CPJ)
+ Reporter murdered while covering bombings (CPJ)
+ IFJ backs FAJ call for action to protect journalists amid mounting violence (IFJ)

Senegal

Two journalists given suspended prison terms (CPJ)

Somalia

Information minister speaks out against NUSOJ's Annual Report (NUSOJ)

Uganda

Police officer shoots at journalist (HRNJ-Uganda)
+ Photojournalist shot at from police van (CPJ)
+ Journalist allegedly shot at by police (IPI)

Radio journalist attacked at gunpoint in front of his family (HRNJ-Uganda)

Three journalists assaulted as police arrest opposition politicians (HRNJ-Uganda)

Zimbabwe

Charges against MMPZ staffers reduced (MISA)

Americas



OAS adoption of working group proposals threatens independence of Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression (IPI)

Argentina

Journalist attacked, injured by political activists in Santa Cruz (FOPEA)

Chile

Government scraps plan to force journalists to inform police (RSF)

Colombia

Criminal gangs intimidate, silence Córdoba journalists (CPJ)

Dominican Republic

Journalist receives six-month sentence and harsh fine in defamation case (RSF)
+ Journalist convicted of libel (IPI)

Ecuador

Television correspondents threatened by unidentified individuals (Fundamedios)

Fundamedios condemns decision against precautionary measures on Democracy Code veto (Fundamedios)

WAN-IFRA denounces government's authoritarian turn (WAN-IFRA)

Honduras

Another member of journalists' collective receives death threats (C-Libre)
+ Women journalists terrorised, peasant spokesman gunned down in Aguán (RSF)

Peasants' rights activist assassinated in Colón (C-Libre)

Peru

Journalist receives death threat after reporting on local administration (IPYS)

Venezuela

Journalist briefly detained after covering oil spill (IPYS-Venezuela)

Globovisión news crew denied entry to swearing-in of defense minister (IPYS-Venezuela)

Asia and Pacific



Burma

RSF releases video interviews with recently freed journalists and blogger (RSF)

Cambodia

Activist summoned on charges for unspecified actions (CCHR)

Arrests, intimidation of displaced activists continue (ARTICLE 19)

China

Authorities urged to refrain from using excessive force against protesters (Human Rights Watch)

Press freedom suffered significant setbacks in 2011, says IFJ report (IFJ)

Indonesia

State intelligence law challenged in court (AJI)

Nepal

Newspapers burned during nationwide strike (Freedom Forum)

Copies of newspaper set on fire by political party supporters (Freedom Forum)

Sri Lanka

IFJ joins 'Black January' campaign against attacks on journalists (IFJ)

Tibet (China)

Authorities urged to refrain from using excessive force against protesters (Human Rights Watch)

Europe and Central Asia



Azerbaijan

PACE urged to demand freedom for political prisoners (ARTICLE 19)

Newspapers fined for "damaging honour" of businessman (IRFS)

France

RSF releases press freedom index for 2011/2012 (RSF)

Kazakhstan

Independent editor imprisoned (CPJ)

Independent editor detained, newsrooms raided (CPJ)

Russia

Independent newspaper suspends publication in response to pressure (GDF)

Turkey

Books of slain Kurdish poet under investigation (BIANET)

Three journalists released pending trial, 11 others still imprisoned (BIANET)

Uzbekistan

Editor sentenced to additional five-year jail term while still in prison (CPJ)

Middle East and North Africa



Algeria

New media law stifles free expression, says CPJ (CPJ)

Bahrain

Freedom House delegation denied entry (Freedom House)

International Mission to Bahrain Report says promises for reform unfulfilled, while situation deteriorates (ANHRI)

Egypt

Exceptions to ending emergency law invite abuse, says Human Rights Watch (Human Rights Watch)
+ ANHRI condemns effective continuation of emergency law (ANHRI)

Blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad freed after being held for 10 months (RSF)

Popular television programme censored (ANHRI)

Iran

Targeting of journalists ongoing (CPJ)
+ Journalists, bloggers arrested ahead of elections (Human Rights Watch)

Iraq

Journalist protection law falls short, should be repealed, says CPJ (CPJ)

Journalist illegally detained, while another is attacked (ANHRI)

Tunisia

IFEX-TMG delegation meets members of the Constituent Assembly (IFEX-TMG)

Director charged for broadcasting "Persepolis"; journalists assaulted (Human Rights Watch)

Awards


Oxfam Novib/PEN Awards celebrate writers against the odds (WiPC)
+ ANHRI congratulates Arab winners of Oxfam Novib/PEN Award (ANHRI)





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