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13 March 2013

IFEX Digest | 7 - 13 March 2011


Over 100 organisations call on UN Human Rights Council to reject "defamation" and "denigration" of religions (ARTICLE 19)

CJFE celebrates women journalists on International Women's Day (CJFE)
+ Forced exile for journalist Li Jianhong (CJFE)

International Women's Day - celebrating women's voices and courage (ARTICLE 19)

Save BBC World Service, says IFJ (IFJ)

WiPC July-December 2010 caselist (WiPC)

RSF report marking International Women's Day (RSF)



Death threats against opposition; arbitrary arrests of activists, journalists (Human Rights Watch)
+ Journalist gets one-year jail term, media harassed and censored (RSF)

Journalist gets one year in prison for defamation (CPJ)
+ Local journalist gets year in prison (MISA)
+ Reporter sentenced to one year's imprisonment for defamation (WiPC)
+ Free journalist jailed for reporting on judge (Human Rights Watch)

Côte d'Ivoire

State-owned newspaper targeted in rocket attack, pro-Ouattara newspapers destroyed (MFWA)
+ Nine newspapers resume publishing after week-long protest against harassment (RSF)
+ Pro-Ouattara newspapers resume publication (MFWA)

Three foreign media disappear from Abidjan airwaves (MFWA)

Equatorial Guinea

Journalist suspended over Libya reference (CPJ)
+ In wave of censorship, authorities suspend state radio broadcasts, journalist (RSF)


Film crew detained by Casamance gendarmes for three days (MFWA)

Sierra Leone

Journalists' association to sue opposition politician over attacks on two journalists (MFWA)


Human Rights Watch urges government to investigate and prosecute abuse of protesters by national security officials (Human Rights Watch)

Three journalists freed, five others still detained (RSF)


BBC programme banned for being critical of government (MISA)


Journalist grilled over opposition leader story (HRNJ-Uganda)

WAN-IFRA concerned over attacks on journalists covering elections (WAN-IFRA)


Zimbabwe Media Commission announces intention to form statutory media complaints body (IPI)

MISA condemns assault on pregnant journalist (MISA)



Supreme Court urges government to avoid bias in allocating state advertising (CPJ)


Draft right to information law falls short of international standards, ARTICLE 19 says (ARTICLE 19)

Journalists assaulted while reporting on land dispute in Lomas de Andalucía (ANP)


Last of Black Spring journalists freed; one reporter still jailed (CPJ)
+ Does last Black Spring journalist's release mark turning point for free expression? (RSF)
+ Last of the "Black Spring" writers released (WiPC)


Individual assaulted by presidential guard for referring to president as a "fascist" (Fundamedios)
+ President of the republic will use contempt against "anyone who insults him" (Fundamedios)

Government dedicates two ‘chains' to question interviewer (Fundamedios)

El Salvador

RSF reacts to guilty verdict for filmmaker's killers with mixture of relief and frustration (RSF)
+ Eleven sentenced in filmmaker's 2009 slaying (CPJ)
+ IAPA welcomes conviction of gang members (IAPA)


Prominent rights defender threatened (Human Rights Watch)


WiPC calls for justice for poet and activist Susana Chávez Castillo (WiPC)


University forum calls for more freedom of expression (IAPA)


Threats and attacks against journalists who criticised mayor (IPYS)

Daily newspaper attacked with Molotov cocktails (OLA)
+ News daily attacked; editor threatened (CPJ)

United States

NGO gains access to Guantanamo documents; 22 new charges laid against soldier accused of providing information to Wikileaks (RSF)

Asia & Pacific


Publisher determined to pursue good journalism despite challenges (SEAPA)


Uighur website editor sentenced in secret (CPJ)

IFJ Press Freedom in China Campaign Bulletin - March 2011 (IFJ)

RSF urges National Congress to consider problem of fundamental rights (RSF)

PEN American Center and CPJ statement on China's domestic and international free expression obligations (CPJ)
+ CPJ calls on China to stop inhibiting international press (CPJ)


Court acquits three defendants accused in journalist's murder (AJI)
+ CPJ disturbed by acquittal in journalist's death (CPJ)
+ Three men acquitted of TV cameraman's murder (RSF)
+ Accused freed, charges downgraded in journalist's murder (IFJ)

Government support for ban on minority Islamic sect poses threat to freedom of expression, says ARTICLE 19 (ARTICLE 19)
+ Revoke provincial decrees to ban a faith (Human Rights Watch)
+ Monitor trials of deadly attack on religious minority (Human Rights Watch)

AJI demands swift police action on attack against reporter (AJI)


Camera operator attacked by police in Peshawar (RSF)


PFF cites media freedom concerns following journalist's termination, newspaper closure (PFF)

Papua New Guinea

PFF welcomes fair use ruling on mining photos (PFF)


Radio broadcaster threatened following reports on illegal fishing (CMFR)

Sri Lanka

IFJ welcomes United Nations' response on missing journalist's case (IFJ)

Media rights groups to U.N.: intervene in case of missing journalist Prageeth Eknelygoda (CPJ)
+ IFJ welcomes progress in Prageeth Eknaligoda case (IFJ)


Publisher assaulted following controversial article on cabinet minister (PFF)
+ Group attack on journalist, editor threatened (IFJ)
+ Helped by thugs, cabinet minister beats up newspaper publisher (RSF)

Europe & Central Asia


Youth activists targeted as freedom of expression clampdown continues (ARTICLE 19)

IRFS staff interrogated, harassed by police (IRFS)

Outspoken youth activist arrested for criticising authorities (IRFS)


CJFE condemns continued house arrest of journalist, calls for lifting of restrictions (CJFE)


Criminal defamation case threatens academic freedom (ARTICLE 19)


IPI renews objections to media law following amendments (IPI)
+ Media law is unacceptable despite amendments (RSF)
+ IFJ welcomes European Parliament action on Hungary and media freedom (IFJ)
+ Fundamental changes still needed in media law (CPJ)
+ New Constitution enshrines discrimination (Human Rights Watch)


World's press groups assess media scene in European Union-hopeful country (WAN-IFRA)


Court orders arrest of journalists (IPI)
+ PEN Free Expression Award winner Nedim Sener and writer Ahmet Sik formally charged (WiPC)
+ CPJ concerned about rash of journalist arrests (CPJ)
+ Court orders two journalists held on terrorist conspiracy charge (RSF)
+ Journalists Ahmet Sık and Nedim Sener arrested (BIANET)
+ Journalists' arrest prompts reactions (Antenna -TR)
+ International press groups condemn journalist arrests (WAN-IFRA)
+ IPI delegation on emergency visit to Istanbul (IPI)

Sociologist and lawyer convicted of "making propaganda for the Kurdistan Workers' Party" in magazine article (BIANET)

Journalist and newspaper executives sued by former prosecutor (BIANET)

Journalists' arrests chill free speech (Human Rights Watch)

Middle East & North Africa

CPJ condemns continued attacks on press in Libya, Yemen, and Egypt (CPJ)
+ Foreign media obstructed in Libya, threats in Yemen and Kurdistan (RSF) Overview of recent media freedom violations (RSF)
+ Iraqi Kurdistan: prevent attacks on protesters (Human Rights Watch)
+ CPJ condemns attack on radio station in Iraqi Kurdistan (CPJ)


Academic and human rights activist released after seven months in detention (WiPC)

IFJ calls for solidarity to curb blacklisting of journalists (IFJ)


Military Council urged to end attacks on protesters, preserve state security records (Human Rights Watch)

Prime minister's comments on private TV channels point to urgent need for state media reform, says ANHRI (ANHRI)

Prosecution starts investigation following ANHRI complaint filed against telecommunications companies (ANHRI)


Authorities urged to allow women's march for equality, respect protesters' right to express demands for change (Human Rights Watch)

8 March 2011 – International Women's Day: crackdown on women's rights activists (WiPC)


Military intelligence detains six Syrians calling for democratic change in their country (Human Rights Watch)
+ Syrian activists kidnapped in Beirut (SKeyes)


Seven journalists unaccounted for, three others abused (CPJ)
+ Brazilian reporter released after eight days (RSF)
+ "Guardian" reporter still missing, reported held by authorities (IPI)
+ CPJ seeks release of "Guardian" reporter; obstruction continues (CPJ)


MADA and Institute of Law hold workshop in Gaza (MADA)

MADA appeals to authorities to end persecution of journalist (MADA)


Blogger and human rights activist arrested (ANHRI)

Saudi Arabia

Interior ministry reiterates ban on all protests, arrests protesters (Human Rights Watch)
+ Arab League urged not to stay silent, support people's right to demonstrate peacefully (ANHRI)


IFEX-TMG members celebrate International Women's Day with brave women of Tunisia (IFEX-TMG)


Soldiers allegedly shoot dead two people during peaceful march (Human Rights Watch)
+ Police fail to stop attacks on protesters (Human Rights Watch)
+ Suspend aid after attacks on protesters (Human Rights Watch)

Authorities urged to halt attacks on peaceful protesters (Human Rights Watch)

Security forces killed at least nine, injured 150, at peaceful Aden protests (Human Rights Watch)

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