2 May 2012

IFEX Communiqué Vol 21, No 18

World Press Freedom Day is on 3 May: What are you doing?

UNESCO Photo Caption IFEX has launched a special website in English, French, Spanish and Arabic so you can find out the latest press freedom news and resources and how you can get involved in World Press Freedom Day in your country. To show your support for the day, visit ifex.org/wpfd and use the UNESCO World Press Freedom Day logo as your Facebook or Twitter profile or post it on your wall.


Boko Haram militants threaten further attacks on media

The Abuja offices of Less than a week after bomb attacks on media houses killed at least eight in Abuja and Kaduna, the militant Islamic sect Boko Haram has released a video claiming responsibility and threatening further attacks against media groups, reports Media Rights Agenda (MRA).


Environmental activist killed during confrontation with military police

Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered an investigation into the death of a prominent anti-logging activist during a confrontation with military police.


Journalists targeted in rally for electoral reform

Security forces attacked both local and foreign journalists last week with tear gas and water cannons while cracking down on a rally for electoral reform in Kuala Lumpur, reports Malaysia's Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ), as well as international IFEX members.


Retrial announced for al-Khawaja and other activists

The hunger strike of al-Khawaja told in pictures. See GraphicJournalism.org for the full image Bahrain has announced a retrial for hunger-striking political activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and 20 others accused of plotting against the state in the Arab Spring protests last year, report the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), the Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of PEN International and Human Rights Watch. The IFEX members are disappointed that the activists remain in custody pending the retrial, and are calling for their immediate release.


Another investigative journalist killed in Veracruz

A woman investigative journalist working for a prominent national news magazine was found beaten and strangled to death in her home in the Veracruz state capital of Xalapa on 28 April, report ARTICLE 19, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the International Press Institute (IPI) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).


Committee to Protect Journalists launches Journalist Security Guide

Learn how to handle dangerous situations, including preparing for armed conflict, covering organised crime and corruption, and mitigating the risk of sexual violence.
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