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16 November 2011

IFEX Communiqué Vol 20, No 45

Also available in: Français, Español, عربي

Dawit Isaak death rumours cast dark cloud over Day of the Imprisoned Writer

Free expression advocates around the world showed solidarity with jailed and murdered writers on 15 November, International PEN's annual Day of the Imprisoned Writer.

Live and online: Join us from Vienna on 23 November for a Conversation on Impunity

Impunity has always been ranked as a top priority in the free expression community. Why is that? How can we hope to change that? What has worked? These are a few questions but we know you have more. Now is your chance to ask questions directly to experts who have been fighting impunity in some of the world's most dangerous countries. Watch our special one-hour show, A Conversation on Impunity, on 23 November at 5.30pm GMT to see your question answered live!
| Syria

Disappearances and detentions of journalists reaching "catastrophic" levels

Razan Zaitouneh, who is in hiding after authorities began looking for her because she was documenting human rights violations While the Syrian military regime murdered hundreds of citizens protesting against the dictatorship in recent months, the pattern of disappearances and detentions of journalists has also continued, report the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
| Israel

Journalists facing harsh sentences and deportations in the name of "security"

An Israeli court sentenced Anat Kamm, a former soldier, to four and a half years in prison for leaking classified military documents to a newspaper Both international and Israeli journalists and free expression advocates attempting to expose the Israeli military's actions in the Palestinian territories and economic blockade of Gaza have been brutally suppressed in recent weeks under the guise of security, IFEX members report.

International mission blasts unjust media legislation and regulation

Aidan White, head of the mission and an expert with the Media Diversity Institute, at a meeting with MTI, the state news agency in Hungary. The South East European Network for Professionalization of Media (SEENPM) and 11 other IFEX members and partners conducted an international mission in Hungary on 14 to 16 November, just weeks after nearly 100,000 gathered in the streets demanding media pluralism.

Media owners sentenced in absentia to whopping 20 and 14 years

Two former media owners, Khalil Khudaiberdiyev of Osh TV and Dzhavlon Mirzakhodzhayev of Mezon TV, were found guilty in absentia of incitement to ethnic hatred on 28 October, after fleeing their country in 2010, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reports.
| Mexico

Drug gangs continue hunt for anonymous netizens with barbaric beheading

An armed group fired assault weapons through the windows of El Siglo de Torreón and set vehicles on fire in front of the building The decapitated body of someone first believed to be the moderator of an online forum that reported on the activities of the Zetas drug gang was found in Nuevo Laredo province on 9 November, report the Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of International PEN, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

Human Rights Watch seeks nominees for Hellman/Hammett grants

Human Rights Watch is seeking nominees for its Hellman/Hammett grants, which provide support to dozens of writers and activists who are victims of political persecution and are in financial need.

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