27 February 2012

IFEX Digest | 20 - 26 February 2012



International




Local censorship goes global as media under siege, says CPJ report (CPJ)

Africa





Liberia

Former senator files US$5 million libel suit against newspaper (CEMESP)

Somalia

NUSOJ condemns new communications law as a "licence to restrict" independent broadcasting and media freedom (NUSOJ)

Two more journalists arrested in continuing crackdown (NUSOJ)

Sudan

Security forces seize independent daily's entire print run (ANHRI)

Americas





Argentina

Reporter and journalism student threatened by armed assailants (FOPEA)

Canada

Online surveillance bill threatens web users' rights (RSF)

CJFE calls on government to stop muzzling scientists and researchers (CJFE)

Ecuador

Fundamedios condemns brutal blow against fundamental freedoms (Fundamedios)

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights orders suspension of sentences against "El Universo" (WiPC)

Panama grants diplomatic asylum to "El Universo" director (Fundamedios)

Trinidad and Tobago

IPI writes open letter to commissioner of police about recent media raids (IPI)

Asia and Pacific





Afghanistan

Local radio station manager decapitated in Urgun, Paktika (RSF)
+ Radio reporter murdered (CPJ)

China

Blackout imposed by Chinese authorities (RSF)

Hong Kong (China)

IFJ urges Fire Services Department to review media policy (IFJ)

India

Government launches broad new offensive against electronic communications (RSF)

IFJ shocked at brutal murder of journalist, his family (IFJ)
+ Journalist and family murdered (IPI)
+ Journalist and his family found dead (CPJ)

Pakistan

Copies of newspaper torched; transmission of TV channel suspended (PPF)

Papua New Guinea

IFJ concerned over announcement of new "monitoring" committee (IFJ)

Sri Lanka

National reconciliation efforts must address journalists' concerns, says IFJ (IFJ)

Thailand

Website editor's trial resumes, court hears defence witnesses (RSF)

Tibet (China)

Writer arrested in ongoing crackdown (WiPC)

Blackout imposed by Chinese authorities (RSF)

Europe and Central Asia





Azerbaijan

Journalist for Iranian TV station imprisoned on drug charges (IRFS)
+ Journalists pay the price as Azeri-Iranian war of words heats up (RSF)
+ Journalist for Iranian media imprisoned in Azerbaijan (CPJ)
+ Sahar TV driver also detained on fabricated drug charges (IRFS)

Kyrgyzstan

Government blocks access to prominent site Ferghana News (CPJ)

Russia

TV anchors threatened by outlawed extremist group (GDF)

Serbia

IPI challenges authorities to solve journalist murder cases, protect journalists under threat (IPI)

ANEM condemns attack on Studio B television crew (ANEM)
+ IPI condemns attack on Serbian TV crew (IPI)

Middle East and North Africa





Bahrain

Human rights defender renews hunger strike, calls on EU states to take more action (BCHR)

Egypt

Media professionals call for editorial independence of state media (ANHRI)

Iran

Journalist for Iranian TV station imprisoned on drug charges (IRFS)
+ Journalists pay the price as Azeri-Iranian war of words heats up (RSF)
+ Journalist for Iranian media imprisoned in Azerbaijan (CPJ)
+ Sahar TV driver also detained on fabricated drug charges (IRFS)

Concern about treatment of detained journalists and netizens (RSF)

Israel

Palestinians facing wave of detentions, attacks (IPI)

Morocco

Clinton urged to pressure reform of repressive speech laws (Human Rights Watch)

Authorities urged to drop prosecutions over vote boycott (Human Rights Watch)

Palestine

Violations of media freedoms in the occupied Palestinian territories in 2011 (MADA)

Palestinians facing wave of detentions, attacks (IPI)

Syria

Authorities urged to allow aid, evacuation for wounded, dead (CPJ)
+ Authorities leave journalists trapped with residents in Homs (RSF)

Authorities urged to immediately and unconditionally release Mazen Darwish and other detained activists (ARTICLE 19)
+ Journalists and bloggers arrested; fears for safety (WiPC)

Trapped journalists killed in Homs bombardment (RSF)
+ Two journalists killed in shelling attack (ANHRI)
+ CPJ condemns killings of Colvin, Ochlik (CPJ)
+ Two foreign journalists and Syrian videographer killed in Homs shelling (IPI)
+ IFJ condemns killing of two journalists (IFJ)
+ WiPC pays tribute to Marie Colvin, Remi Ochlik and Ramy al-Sayed (WiPC)

Authorities block website used to disseminate live videos (ANHRI)

Tunisia

Newspaper director released pending trial (Human Rights Watch)

Yemen

BBC correspondent attacked three times in past year (CPJ)





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