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24 August 2011

IFEX Communiqué Vol 20, No 33

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| India

Another right to information activist shot dead

Shehla Masood joins a dozen people killed in the last year for seeking information under India’s Right to Information Act A woman activist who was a strong advocate of India's right to information law has been gunned down in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India, making her the 13th right to information activist murdered in the past year, say Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and news reports.

Crackdown on critical groups confirms civil society fears of forthcoming NGO law

Phnom Penh, 18 August: Members of the Prey Lang network took part in a “pray long for Prey Lang” celebration, seen here, before being detained and questioned by the authorities for handing out flyers about deforestation Organisations critical of a government project to rebuild a railway link that could displace thousands of families have been suspended or told to toe the government line, reports the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR). Critics say it's a sign of what's to come if a controversial bill that aims to regulate the country's non-governmental groups gets passed.

Governments attack Twitter activists

Egyptian activist Asmaa Mahfouz faces a military investigation for her comments on Twitter and Facebook The governments of at least three Arab countries - Egypt, Bahrain and Kuwait - have launched investigations into or prosecuted Twitter activists, provoking other countries in the region to follow suit, reports the Arabic Network of Human Rights Information (ANHRI).
| Angola

Authorities block activists on way to parallel SADC summit

Journalist Joana Macie's Angola visa In an apparent restriction on free expression, journalists and activists trying to participate in activities planned around last week's summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Luanda, Angola, were denied entry to the country, report the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Human Rights Watch. A parallel civil society forum was also cancelled.
| Chile

Citizen protests draw attention to media concentration problems, says new RSF report

A surge in citizen unrest in Chile, from students demonstrating against an unfair and expensive school system to miners demanding better working conditions, may help break up the country's media oligopoly inherited from the Pinochet regime, says a new report by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

Following U.K. riots, INSI offers guidelines on how to safely report on protests

INSI recommends that journalists entering areas of unrest carry protective eyewear in case they are tear-gassed The International News Safety Institute (INSI) has published recommendations on how to safely report on protests and unrest following the recent attacks against journalists covering the riots in the U.K.

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