26 March 2012

IFEX Digest | 19 - 25 March 2012



International




On the 36th anniversary of the ICCPR, an opportunity to protect free speech (ARTICLE 19)

Africa





Democratic Republic of Congo

Belgian journalist Thierry Michel takes on impunity (CPJ)

Television station attacked, programme host in hiding (JED)

Gabon

Journalists summoned over critical articles (CPJ)

Ghana

Political activist detained over allegations against first lady (MFWA)

Kenya

Police assault three journalists, detain one (CPJ)

Malawi

Arrest of human rights official part of larger crackdown (Freedom House)

Mali

With coup, quiet #Mali generates noise on Twitter (CPJ)
+ Coup leaders must respect rights (Human Rights Watch)

Mauritius

Island republic's television stations a "tool of the government," says president (Index on Censorship)

Nigeria

Reporter threatened over coverage of Islamist sect (CPJ)

Sierra Leone

TV cameraman assaulted by opposition party supporters (MFWA)

Uganda

Police rough up human rights advocate, beat journalists covering opposition leader's arrest (HRNJ-Uganda)
+ Police beat journalists covering Besigye's arrest (CPJ)
+ Police must be held accountable for brutality against journalists (ARTICLE 19)

Legislators rescind decision preventing media from using electronic devices in Parliament (HRNJ-Uganda)

Legislators prevent media from accessing Parliament with video and still cameras, electronic recorders (HRNJ-Uganda)

Zimbabwe

Six activists sentenced for watching Arab Spring video (Human Rights Watch)
+ Freedom House condemns conviction of activists (Freedom House)

Americas





Bolivia

Journalist sentenced to two and a half years in prison for defamation (ANP)
+ Thirty-month jail term for editor in libel case brought by lawyer (RSF)
+ Journalist sentenced to prison for defamation (CPJ)

Canada

Sûreté du Québec raids Montréal journalist Eric-Yvan Lemay's home (CJFE)
+ Journalist's home searched, confidentiality of sources threatened (RSF)

Chile

Aysén protests and student rallies have worrying impact on journalists' safety (RSF)

Ecuador

Government media personnel prevented from covering indigenous movement march (Fundamedios)

Newspaper owner attacked by athlete (Fundamedios)

IFEX-ALC acknowledges Ecuadoran president's decision (IFEX-ALC)

El Salvador

News website threatened for its reporting (CPJ)

Honduras

Journalist receives death threat in Choloma (C-Libre)

Mexico

IAPA concerned over explosion outside "Expreso" newspaper in Tamaulipas (IAPA)

ARTICLE 19 releases report on press entitled "Forced Silence" (ARTICLE 19)

Venezuela

October election already fuelling threats and violence against media (RSF)

Regional television station journalist threatened with kidnapping (IPYS-Venezuela)

Asia and Pacific





Bangladesh

Authorities turn up the heat on journalists (RSF)

China

RSF condemns prior censorship and increased Internet control (RSF)

Hong Kong (China)

Mainland interference in political reporting alleged in Hong Kong (IFJ)

India

National media prevented from covering anti-nuclear protest in Tamil Nadu (RSF)

Indonesia

PFF supports no-treason call for West Papua (PFF)

Nepal

Journalists assaulted (Freedom Forum)

Writer under threat; fears for safety (WiPC)

Pakistan

TV channel's office and satellite van attacked in Karachi (PPF)
+ IFJ condemns attack on office of television broadcaster (IFJ)

Philippines

Poet, journalist and activist remains detained without trial (WiPC)

Sri Lanka

Government calls journalists "traitors" (CPJ)
+ UN Rights Council: Sri Lanka vote a strong message for justice (Human Rights Watch)
+ Government-orchestrated threats against exile journalists (RSF)
+ Amid Sri Lankan denial, threats rise for journalists (CPJ)

Thailand

Four newspapers threatened with defamation (SEAPA)

Europe and Central Asia





Azerbaijan

Investigate musicians' alleged ill-treatment by police, says Human Rights Watch (Human Rights Watch)

ARTICLE 19 calls on authorities to ensure safety and security of detained activists (ARTICLE 19)

Four journalists arrested over Quba riots (RSF)
+ Four media representatives arrested in connection with Guba protest (IRFS)
+ IRFS statement on media representatives jailed in relation to Guba protests (IRFS)

Kazakhstan

Human Rights Watch urges authorities to allow peaceful protests to proceed (Human Rights Watch)

Editor Igor Vinyavsky released (Adil Soz)
+ In Kazakhstan, editor released from jail (CPJ)

Netherlands

Newspaper's Rotterdam offices attacked (BIANET)

Portugal

Police officer allegedly attacks photojournalist covering Lisbon strike (IPI)

Russia

New wave of detentions at peaceful protests (Human Rights Watch)

Turkey

Journalist recently released from prison is under investigation again (BIANET)

Newspaper's Rotterdam offices attacked (BIANET)

Two investigative journalists threatened on Twitter (RSF)

Middle East and North Africa





Algeria

Two journalists assaulted by police (RSF)

Israel

IPI expresses support for journalist facing seven years in prison (IPI)

Journalist assaulted while covering protest (ANHRI)
+ Journalist's camera broken at protest (CPJ)

Kuwait

News website blocked (ANHRI)

Libya

Two British journalists freed following nearly four weeks' detention (RSF)

Morocco

Security forces crack down on peaceful protest (ANHRI)

Palestine

Journalist assaulted while covering protest (ANHRI)
+ Journalist's camera broken at protest (CPJ)

Syria

Journalists arrested in run-up to anniversary of uprising (ANHRI)
+ Wave of arrests in run-up to anniversary of uprising (RSF)
+ Journalist beaten, arrested in Damascus (CPJ)

United Arab Emirates

Activist released on bail, still facing charges (ANHRI)





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