27 June 2012

IFEX Communiqué Vol 21, No 26


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!

How I helped get Stephania Cardoso the protection she needed | Darío Ramírez

Mexican crime reporter Stephania Cardoso is alive in Mexico and under government protection, in part thanks to quick thinking by ARTICLE 19 ARTICLE 19's Darío Ramírez talks about answering the call of the Mexican crime reporter a week after she went missing with her baby on 8 June.

Journalists face life imprisonment on trumped-up terrorism charges

Imprisoned writer and journalist Eskinder Nega, with his wife, journalist Serkalem Fasil A journalist in Ethiopia and another in Burundi are facing life behind bars after shocking verdicts in unrelated cases but with almost identical anti-terrorism charges, say IFEX members.

Special rapporteurs call for a "crime against free expression"

Four international experts that have special mandates on free expression are calling on governments to create a special category of "crimes against free expression" that warrants stiffer penalties and removes restrictions on how long after a crime is committed prosecutions can be initiated, reports ARTICLE 19, one of the groups that brought the rapporteurs together.

Media come under attack amid strike by police officers

The wave of labour unrest that has been rocking Bolivia for months took a disturbing turn when the police launched a mutiny to demand more pay and journalists in several cities became the targets of their anger, reports Reporters Without Borders (RSF). The La Paz-based National Press Association (Asociación Nacional de la Prensa, ANP) recorded several assaults on the press.

Rights defenders targeted as authorities tighten restrictions on freedom of assembly

As four human rights defenders are brought to trial on charges of "inciting an unarmed gathering," and another is sent to jail, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) and other rights groups express alarm about the increasing crackdown on human rights defenders in the aftermath of the amendments to the law on associations in December 2011.
 
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