12 March 2012

IFEX Digest | 5 - 11 March 2012



International




Human rights council urged to recognise role of free expression in protecting rights of LGBT persons (ARTICLE 19)

Africa





Democratic Republic of Congo

Goma-based journalist receives death threats, fears for his life (JED)

Equatorial Guinea

Disappointing vote by UNESCO on Obiang prize (Human Rights Watch)
+ Renamed Obiang prize is a blow to UNESCO (CPJ)
+ Freedom House urges UNESCO to reject renamed Obiang prize (Freedom House)

Twenty-three African press freedom groups and journalists urge UNESCO to abolish Obiang prize (MFWA)

Ethiopia

Ban Ki-moon should speak out on imprisoned journalists, says IPI (IPI)

Kenya

CPJ underlines hazards of reporting all sides of the Lamu port story (CPJ)

Malawi

MISA concerned about growing intolerance of media freedom (MISA)
+ State House warns journalists, human rights defenders against discrediting President Mutharika (MISA)

Information minister threatens journalist, alleges espionage within media fraternity (MISA)
+ Information minister attacks newspaper's assessment of government (MISA)
+ Dismissed journalist raises concern over "espionage" within media fraternity (MISA)

Nigeria

Broadcast regulator bans TV station from live-streaming programmes on website (MRA)

Somalia

"Stop the bloodbath, protect journalists and free expression," UN Human Rights Council told (NUSOJ)

Radio station closed, media director arrested in Puntland (NUSOJ)
+ Puntland radio station closed, director held (CPJ)

NUSOJ outraged over murder of young journalist in Galkayo (NUSOJ)
+ Young journalist gunned down in Galkayo in latest media killing (RSF)
+ IFJ expresses dismay over serial killing of journalists (IFJ)
+ Fourth journalist killed in as many months (IPI)
+ Journalist killed in Puntland (CPJ)
+ Broadcast journalist murdered (Freedom House)

Southern Africa

MISA celebrates women journalists on the occasion of International Women's Day (MISA)

Tanzania

Writer, senior editors face sedition charges (MISA)

Togo

Police assault photojournalist (CPJ)

Zimbabwe

War veterans threaten "NewsDay" newspaper (MISA)

"Daily News" banned in rural areas (MISA)

Americas





Dominican Republic

Court acquits three men of murdering cameraman four years after crime (RSF)

First lady files forgery charges against journalist (IPI)

Ecuador

Environmental activists detained for demonstrating against mining (Fundamedios)

Official misrepresents Human Rights Watch position (Human Rights Watch)

Haiti

Cité Soleil in mourning for murdered community radio station manager (RSF)
+ Radio journalist killed (IPI)

Honduras

Radio journalist receives death threat (C-Libre)
+ IAPA outraged at repeated violence against journalists (IAPA)

Mexico

Ten journalists attacked in nine days in Oaxaca (ARTICLE 19)

Peru

Radio Campesina in Cajamarca closed temporarily, doubts over motive (IPYS)

United States

Deputies use photo of reporter for target practice (IPI)

Venezuela

IAPA condemns ratification of multi-million-dollar fine against Globovisión (IAPA)

Radio announcer reports being threatened by regional government personnel (IPYS-Venezuela)

Freedom of expression continues to decline following government's rejection of UN recommendations (IFEX-ALC)

Globovisión journalists attacked while covering rally (CPJ)

Asia and Pacific





Bangladesh

International Women's Day 2012: Writing wrongs against women (ARTICLE 19)

Burma

Government construction engineer sues "Modern Journal" (Mizzima News)

China

New detention law introduced; businessman harassed over blog entries (CPJ)

IFJ urges lifting of ban on Taiwan media group at Chinese regional forum (IFJ)

Online editor detained for reposting (CPJ)

IFJ urges government disclosure regarding attacks in Xinjiang province (IFJ)

IFJ Press Freedom in China Campaign Bulletin - March 2012 (IFJ)

India

Crowd attacks journalists during election violence (CPJ)

Journalist dies of injuries suffered in attack (IPI)
+ Two journalists murdered in space of two weeks in Madhya Pradesh (RSF)
+ South Asia media partners denounce wave of murders, call for serious investigations (IFJ)
+ Journalist dies after being attacked (CPJ)

Japan

A year after Fukushima explosion, authorities urged to disclose detailed information about health, food safety (Human Rights Watch)

Malaysia

Ministry's show-cause letter to "The Star" unnecessary, says CIJ (CIJ)

Nepal

Freedom Forum condemns break-in at newspaper office, attack on journalists (Freedom Forum)

Pakistan

Four CD shops destroyed by explosives in Takhtbhai (PPF)

Papua New Guinea

Police officer threatens newspaper reporter (RSF)

Philippines

Radio journalist shot, wounded (CPJ)
+ IFJ condemns attack on radio broadcaster (IFJ)
+ Radio host narrowly escapes murder attempt (RSF)
+ Suspect identified in shooting attack on journalist (RSF)

Taiwan

IFJ urges lifting of ban on Taiwan media group at Chinese regional forum (IFJ)

Europe and Central Asia





Albania

IPI welcomes defamation reform, presses for full decriminalisation (IPI)

Azerbaijan

Online journalist sentenced to 18 months in prison (RSF)
+ Editor-in-chief sentenced to one and a half years in jail (IRFS)

Anti-corruption journalist receives threats, explicit images (IRFS)
+ Khadija Ismayilova appeals to law-enforcement bodies (IRFS)

Reporters injured while covering clashes in Quba (CPJ)
+ IRFS concerned about assault (IRFS)

Belarus

Writer loses appeal, sentenced to 4 years in labour camp (WiPC)

Montenegro

IPI condemns physical attack on journalist Olivera Lakic (IPI)

Russia

Journalists detained at post-election rally (CPJ)
+ IFJ condemns media crackdown in Russia (IFJ)

Putin must carry out promised reforms, end impunity for journalists' murders (Human Rights Watch)

Tajikistan

Facebook and four news websites blocked on government's orders (RSF)

Turkey

One year on, prominent reporter and IPI World Press Freedom Hero languishes in prison (IPI)
+ A year in prison for no reason (RSF)

Middle East and North Africa





Bahrain

Fifty rights groups call on King to free Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, whose life is at risk in prison (BCHR)

Egypt

Journalists and bloggers among 12 people to appear before military courts (RSF)
+ Journalists accused of "insulting armed forces" (CPJ)

Court revokes exception to emergency law (ANHRI)

Multinational telecoms colluded with state during revolution, says CIHRS (CIHRS)

IFJ calls for dismissal of charges against foreign journalist (IFJ)

Iran

Human rights lawyer sentenced to 18 years in jail (RSF)
+ Authorities urged to quash convictions and free rights advocates (Human Rights Watch)

Kuwait

Art exhibit raided, gallery closed down (ANHRI)

Daily suspended for "creating sectarian strife" (CPJ)

Writer detained on libel charges (ANHRI)

Palestine

MADA calls for an end to all forms of discrimination against women journalists (MADA)

Qatar

Twelve Egyptian citizens detained (ANHRI)

United Arab Emirates

Activist arrested following criticism of authorities (ANHRI)





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