15 February 2012

IFEX Communiqué Vol 21, No 07


Activists attacked, arrested on protest anniversary

Riot police stop leading human rights activist Nabeel Rajab as he marches towards Pearl Square on 14 February 2012, the one-year anniversary of Bahrain's protests. He was later detained On Tuesday's one-year anniversary of Bahrain's uprising, security forces fired tear gas and stun grenades at protesters trying to retake Pearl Square, the epicentre of last year's protests, and arrested dozens - including several international observers, report the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) and news reports.


Correa's defamation win exposes country's "disturbing" free expression situation

Juan Carlos Calderón and Christian Zurita with their controversial book, Two Ecuadoran journalists have been ordered to pay President Rafael Correa US$2 million in moral damages - the latest in a string of incidents that point to a "disturbing" and "deteriorating" free expression situation in Ecuador under President Rafael Correa, says IFEX-ALC, an alliance of 16 IFEX members in Latin America and the Caribbean. The ruling does not look good for the daily "El Universo", whose appeal in a multimillion dollar defamation case is being heard today.


Two journalists killed in a week

Paulo Rocaro was the second journalist killed in Brazil this past week A Brazilian journalist who reported on corruption was shot to death on Sunday night near the Paraguayan border in what police say was a possible contract killing, reports IFEX's member in Brazil the Associação Brasileira de Jornalismo Investigativo (ABRAJI) as well as other IFEX members. It was the second murder of a Brazilian journalist in less than week, says ABRAJI.

Saudi Arabia / Malaysia

Blogger faces charges of blasphemy, apostasy after Mohammed tweets

Saudi blogger Hamza Kashgari may face the death penalty for tweets he sent out about the Prophet Mohammed A Saudi blogger whose tweets about the Prophet Mohammed were deemed blasphemous and tantamount to apostasy has been deported from Malaysia back to Saudi Arabia, where he is certain to face trial and possibly the death penalty, report Malaysia's Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ), the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), Human Rights Watch and other IFEX members.


Repeal of emergency rule has not led to media freedom, say IFEX members

The 12 April 2009 edition of the Fiji's military leadership has lifted emergency rule - in place for nearly three years - but has swiftly imposed other restrictions on the media in its place, say the Pacific Freedom Forum (PFF), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).


RSF creates mirror sites to combat censorship

Can't access that independent news site in Russia? Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has started creating mirror sites - exact copies - in the hopes of getting around the censors. Find the list of mirrors here.
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