20 June 2012

IFEX Communiqué Vol 21, No 25

IFEX's new look
Be the first to see IFEX's new logo and look! In late July, we will be introducing "IFEX This Week", a freshly designed weekly newsletter listing the top free expression story in each region (in English, with relevant links to other languages). "IFEX This Week" will be issued every Wednesday and replace the "IFEX Communiqué". You will receive the last edition of the "Communiqué" on 4 July. And watch this fall for our new monthly round-up of the context behind the free expression headlines, "IFEX In Context". More news to come, later this summer!

UN expert supports International Day to End Impunity

Ampatuan massacre memorial service: The International Day to End Impunity marks the anniversary of the 23 November 2009 Ampatuan massacre in the Philippines, the single deadliest incident for journalists The UN's special rapporteur on free expression, Frank La Rue, has announced his support for the International Day to End Impunity, as well as other initiatives that fight unsolved crimes against journalists.

Rights groups pressure Mexico to protect Veracruz journalists, end impunity

At a 29 April 2012 protest in Veracruz, journalists show photographs of colleagues murdered in Mexico in the last few years whose cases have yet to be solved A crime reporter has become the ninth journalist killed in Veracruz since the governor took office in December 2010, says ARTICLE 19, noting that not one of the nine cases has been solved.

Journalist hacked to death in Sharsha

In the latest incident in a series of particularly brutal attacks on journalists in Bangladesh, reporter Jamal Uddin was hacked to death in Sharsha, Jessore, last week, possibly for reporting on a local drug-smuggling syndicate, report Bangladesh-based Media Watch and other IFEX members

Authorities arrest dozens of protesters, writers

Authorities have arrested at least 22 protesters and nine activists and writers since late May, in what the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) has called "the largest [crackdown] in months that has reached prominent members of the opposition and journalists."

Government to ban Skype, other online tools

To protect the state-owned telecom provider, the Ethiopian government has introduced legislation that will make using online communication tools such as Skype punishable by up to 15 years in jail, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the International Press Institute (IPI) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

Exiled journalists mainly from East Africa, says Committee to Protect Journalists

Fifty-seven journalists fled their countries in the past year, more than a quarter of them from East Africa, says the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

Google reports "alarming" rise in government censorship requests

Internet giant Google says it has seen an "alarming" number of government requests to censor Internet content in the past six months.
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