25 January 2012

IFEX Communiqué Vol 21, No 04

International / Middle East and North Africa

Human Rights Watch urges West to accept Islamist rise to power, support Arab Spring protesters

Human Rights Watch urged world powers to accept Islamist parties as legitimate political powers and to support the rights of Arab Spring protesters after they ousted long-time regimes once backed by the West, in its annual report released on Sunday. Freedom House and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) also heralded Arab protesters in their annual reviews.


Government's promises of reform unfulfilled, mission announces at Arab Free Press Forum

BCHR president Nabeel Rajab, right, talks with prominent Yemeni journalist Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani at the Arab Free Press Forum Bahrain has failed to deliver on promises of reform despite a highly-touted commission of inquiry, says a report from an international mission to the country. "Justice Denied in Bahrain: Freedom of Expression and Assembly Curtailed" finds that rights violations continue daily, and individuals jailed during the government crackdown in February and March 2011 remain in prison.


Crackdown on dissent extends to "last available sanctuary" for free expression: the web

A victim of Iran's online crackdown: Web developer Saeed Malekpour had a death sentence confirmed this month for allegedly hosting illegal content online Earlier this month, web developer Saeed Malekpour and IT professionals Vahid Asghari and Ahmad Reza Hasempour had their death sentences confirmed for allegedly hosting illegal content online, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF). They are the newest victims of Iran's latest wave of arrests and convictions - one that has mushroomed into a clampdown against online dissent, just before parliamentary elections on 2 March.

The Gambia

Former minister gets life sentence for seditious T-shirt

The T-shirt that landed former Gambian information minister Amadou Scatred Janneh a life sentence A former Gambian information minister has been sentenced to life for conspiring to overthrow the President with T-shirts demanding an end to dictatorship, report the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) and ARTICLE 19.


Journalist killed while covering terrorist bombings

TV reporter Enenche Akogwu was gunned down in Kano on 20 January, shortly after covering a series of deadly bombings by Boko Haram A TV reporter was gunned down in Kano, shortly after covering a series of deadly bombings on 20 January by the militant Islamic sect Boko Haram, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).


In state-owned publishing industry, censorship reigns, says IPA

Publishing books and other materials in Vietnam is "a complex, opaque, at times irrational, and highly bureaucratic process," says the International Publishers Association (IPA) following a mission to the country.

International / Awards and other opportunities

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