14 December 2011
IFEX Communiqué Vol 20, No 49
The number of journalists in prison around the world is higher than it has been in 15 years, says a Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) report. As of 1 December, 179 writers, editors and photojournalists were detained, according to CPJ's annual survey. The jump is largely attributed to beyond-the-law military regimes in Middle East and North Africa, most notably in Iran, which topped the list with 42 journalists imprisoned.
IFEX members marked International Human Rights Day on 10 December by demanding freedom of expression and right to information for Somali journalists, Brazilian indigenous communities, Chinese dissident writers and other targeted groups throughout the world.
An activist with a long history of campaigning for transparency and accountability was shot dead by unknown gunmen at a time the government attempts to further clamp down on the free flow of information.
Just before a brutally violent and hotly contested election, Journaliste en danger (JED) condemned the lack of media standards and inaction by DRC's broadcast regulatory that have contributed to massive divisions in the country.
Three members of the Media Monitoring Project of Zimbabwe (MMPZ) are in jail after they showed a film about the media's role in the election process, report the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), ARTICLE 19 and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) is calling on news agencies and journalists to send in articles and video and audio clips that portray excellence in human rights reporting, among 11 other categories.