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31 August 2011

IFEX Communiqué Vol 20, No 34

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| Libya

Journalists under attack as fighting continues

Jomana Karadsheh and Matthew Chance from CNN are evacuated by the International Red Cross from Rixos Hotel in Tripoli on 24 August Four Italian journalists who were kidnapped in Libya were released last week, but the fate of both foreign and local journalists - including six Libyan reporters missing since the uprising started in February - remains up in the air as fighting rages on in Tripoli, reports the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

Royal Bank of Scotland pulls out of country thanks to campaign

Leading opposition member Andrei Sannikov was given a five-year jail sentence for organising and participating in a rally against the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has announced that it will no longer engage in "any type of capital-raising" on behalf of the government of Belarus after an Index on Censorship and Free Belarus Now campaign.
| Spain

Police assault journalists covering protests

Journalists covering anti-corruption protests as well as demonstrations against Pope Benedict's four-day visit to Madrid have been met with police violence, reports the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

Media says no to abuse by politicians

D.R.C. President Joseph Kabila, above, has supporters who have been physically and verbally abusing journalists ahead of November's elections Journalists' organisations and media executives in the Democratic Republic of Congo have imposed a six-month embargo on media coverage of a member of parliament for his violent behaviour against the media. It's just one tactic in their campaign against the "noticeable rise" in attacks against journalists ahead of the November elections, say Journaliste en danger (JED) and other IFEX members.
| Mexico

Kidnapped journalist found dead

Missing Mexican journalist Humberto Millán Salazar was found dead on 25 August Missing Mexican journalist Humberto Millán Salazar was found dead on 25 August with a gunshot wound to the head, report ARTICLE 19, the Centro de Periodismo y Etica Publica (CEPET) and other IFEX members. Millán, a political reporter from Culiacán in Sinaloa state, was kidnapped the day before by armed men, say the members.

Radio broadcaster killed

A radio broadcaster who commented on corruption in his province was gunned down by two unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle on 22 August in Enrique B. Magalona, Negros Occidental, Philippines, report the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).

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