18 April 2012

IFEX Communiqué Vol 21, No 16


Iraq ranked worst at solving journalists' murders for fifth straight year

Committee to Protect Journalists Impunity Index: Iraq remains at the top for the fifth straight year Iraq remains at the top of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Impunity Index for the fifth year in a row, with cases of 93 journalists killed in the past 10 years still unsolved. Find out which other countries are the worst at solving journalists' murders here.


2012 looking to be deadliest year for media, says International Press Institute

A Scout holds a poster of Lebanon's television cameraman Ali Shaaban during his funeral. Syria is the deadliest country in the world for the media so far this year The recent deaths of journalists in Nigeria, Lebanon, Somalia and Indonesia bring the number of journalists killed so far in 2012 to 36 - which means this year is on track to be the deadliest for the media since International Press Institute (IPI) began keeping records in 1997.


Azerbaijani journalist wins UNESCO's World Press Freedom Day Prize

Azerbaijani journalist Eynulla Fatullayev has won the 2012 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize Eynulla Fatullayev, an Azerbaijani journalist and press freedom advocate who spent four years in jail on trumped-up charges, has won the 2012 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, says UNESCO.


Popular opposition activists released, campaign to free all political prisoners goes on

Leading Belarusian opposition activist Andrei Sannikov has been released from detention and pardoned by President Alexander Lukashenko Belarusian opposition activists Andrei Sannikov and Dzmitry Bondarenko have been released from detention and pardoned by President Alexander Lukashenko, report Index on Censorship and ARTICLE 19, along with a coalition of groups which had been lobbying for their freedom.

Côte d'Ivoire

President vows to reopen case of missing reporter

Eight years after Franco-Canadian journalist Guy-André Kieffer mysteriously disappeared in Abidjan, his case might get a second wind with Côte d'Ivoire's new President promising a special commission of enquiry, says Reporters Without Borders (RSF).


Three bloggers face 20 years in jail for spreading anti-state propaganda

Vietnamese bloggers Nguyen Van Hai, Phan Thanh Hai and Ta Phong Tan face 20 years in jail on anti-state charges Three well-known Vietnamese bloggers who are already being held in open-ended detentions have been charged with spreading anti-government propaganda and face up to 20 more years in jail, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Human Rights Watch.


Know your rights: ARTICLE 19 releases regional legal resources

The appetite for change in the Middle East and North Africa provides a historic opportunity to safeguard free expression through legal reforms, says ARTICLE 19 Want to know if it's okay to expose environmental hazards in your country, write a scathing critique on a government official, or set up a blog under a pseudonym, but don't know where to start? Check out ARTICLE 19's legal analyses to see at a glance the major developments in the law relating to free expression last year in four different regions: the Americas, Middle East and North Africa, Africa and Asia-Pacific.


What we like: Guardian's Battle for the Internet series

This week, the "Guardian" launches a seven-day series on the challenges to the open Internet. Is it problematic that the net is essentially Facebook for many? What do SOPA, PIPA and ACTA mean for you? And where do you stand in the open v. closed debate? Battle for the Internet tackles these issues, and more.
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