2 April 2012

IFEX Digest | 26 March - 1 April 2012


Côte d'Ivoire

Why is police intelligence holding opposition media executive? (RSF)
+ Police detain boss of pro-Gbagbo media group (MFWA)
+ Newspaper owner arrested for "endangering state security" (RSF)


RSF asks UN rapporteur to help end journalist's torture (RSF)


Journalist Eskinder Nega defends himself in court (IPI)


Government reverses decision to boycott media group (MFWA)
+ MFWA appeals to President Mills to rescind government decision on Multimedia group (MFWA)


President's son threatens libel suit against newspaper (CEMESP)

Two journalists arrested on mayor's orders (CEMESP)


Soldiers shut down news media following coup (RSF)
+ Freedom House condemns military coup (Freedom House)
+ IFJ joins African journalists' call for protection of journalists in wake of military coup (IFJ)
+ Soldiers storm broadcasters in coup (Index on Censorship)

Sierra Leone

District chairman forces radio off air, confiscates broadcast equipment (MFWA)


Unknown gunmen shoot, injure journalist (CPJ)
+ Shooting of journalist continues disturbing trend (IPI)

South Sudan

Corruption a no-go zone for journalists (CPJ)


IPI condemns newspaper confiscations (IPI)
+ Newspaper confiscated for fourth time; two journalists banned from writing (ANHRI)
+ Confiscation of newspaper issue, press harassment (ANHRI)


Proposed law would ban Facebook, Twitter users from insulting monarch (Freedom House)
+ Social media lese majeste law planned (Index on Censorship)


More journalists assaulted by police while on assignment (HRNJ-Uganda)
+ Three journalists attacked by police (CPJ)

CBS journalist charged with criminal defamation (HRNJ-Uganda)
+ Journalist who reported allegations against local politician facing defamation charges (IPI)



IPI releases report on plight of country's regional media (IPI)


Government must halt repression in advance of Pope's visit (Human Rights Watch)


State newspaper editor-in-chief receives death threats after publishing criticisms (Fundamedios)

Government officials threaten, intimidate local journalists (Fundamedios)


Government blamed for newspaper reporter's dismissal (RSF)


Two media outlets attacked within a week (CPJ)
+ Bomb attack and car bomb hit media as violence escalates in election run-up (RSF)


Court quashes defamation conviction on appeal (RSF)

Journalist warned about potential attack (IPYS)


Column writer denounces smear campaign against him (IPYS-Venezuela)

Asia and Pacific


Role of freedom of expression in democratisation processes: an ARTICLE 19 presentation (ARTICLE 19)

Censors issue warnings to two political journals (Mizzima News)
+ Government censors issue warnings to two opposition party newspapers (RSF)


Phnom Penh police chief says demonstrations will not be allowed in city centre during ASEAN Summit (CCHR)

Fifteen years on, no justice in grenade attack on opposition party rally (Human Rights Watch)

Rights advocate faces slanderous denunciation charge (CCHR)
+ Rights activist summonsed for questioning following criminal complaint (CCHR)


Journalist and critic reportedly jailed (CPJ)

Jailed human rights lawyer allowed visit by brother (RSF)

Censorship around party leader's ouster contributes to misinformation (CPJ)
+ As Chinese politician censored, exiled journalist triumphs (CPJ)


Mumbai police, media have reportedly failed Jyotirmoy Dey (CPJ)


Editor receives death threat (Freedom Forum)

Papua New Guinea

Comments by government information advisor raise concern (PFF)


CPJ draws attention to two unsolved murders (CPJ)

Arrest warrants issued against former Palawan governor, two other politicians in connection with broadcaster's murder (CMFR)

Sri Lanka

Eknelygoda's wife latest victim of intolerance (CPJ)

Alarming increase in hostile rhetoric, threats of reprisals against journalists (IFJ)


Government urged not to bury truth about political violence (Human Rights Watch)

Tibet (China)

Authorities openly threaten to "torture" those who circulate information (RSF)

Europe and Central Asia


Three journalists detained for 12 hours (IRFS)

Ensure detained journalists access to lawyer, family, says Human Rights Watch (Human Rights Watch)
+ IRFS statement on pressures against the arrested correspondents of Khayal TV (IRFS)

Freedom of expression situation is "alarming", say international rights organisations (ARTICLE 19)


Threat from use of Internet surveillance to combat terrorism (RSF)

Kosovo (Serbia)

Kosovo journalists receive threatening phone calls (IPI)


Investigative journalist badly injured in targeted attack (RSF)


Apparent arson attempt at activists' office (Human Rights Watch)


ANEM condemns administrative harassment of radio station in Zajecar (ANEM)


Human Rights Foundation threatened, its website hacked (BIANET)

Academic, publisher formally indicted (WiPC)

One-month suspension for daily newspaper (BIANET)
+ Turkey must lift ban on pro-Kurdish daily (CPJ)
+ "Atılım" newspaper seized three times in one month (BIANET)


Editor reported missing in Lvov region (GDF)

Middle East and North Africa


Nine human rights organisations raise freedom of expression demands with Arab League (ANHRI)

BCHR documents human rights violations post-BICI Report (BCHR)


Reuters' accreditation suspended by Tehran over erroneous headline (RSF)

Another journalist arrested as crackdown on press continues (CPJ)

Authorities attempt to silence international broadcasts (IPI)


Royal Court orders newspaper to remove critical article from website (ANHRI)


Appeal court extends online critic's sentence (RSF)


Journalist detained on charges of libel and slander (MADA)
+ Detained journalist goes on hunger strike (ANHRI)
+ IFJ calls for release of journalist held over protection of aources (IFJ)

Saudi Arabia

Authorities urged to stop arbitrary arrests, travel bans on critics (Human Rights Watch)

Human rights activist and lawyer prevented from travelling (ANHRI)

Authorities confiscate book on Arab Spring uprisings (ANHRI)


Two independent journalists killed (CPJ)
+ Two documentary-makers reportedly shot by Assad loyalists (IPI)
+ Two freelance journalists killed at Syrian-Turkish border (RSF)

Kurdish citizen journalist kidnapped and murdered (RSF)

Poet and blogger arrested; fears for safety (WiPC)


Al Jazeera journalist expelled from meeting, attacked (ANHRI)

United Arab Emirates

Arrests, threats plague activists and bloggers (RSF)

Activist arrested for criticising governor of Sharjah (ANHRI)
+ Al-Siddiq released following brief detention (ANHRI)

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