IFEX Daily Digest for 13 August 2012

13 August 2012 | Syria

State television crew missing following clash between Syrian army and rebels

A crew from the pro-government television station al-Ikhbariya and their driver are unaccounted for since their disappearance after a clash between the Syrian army and rebel forces in the suburbs of Damascus.

Compiled by Diane Partenio

10 August 2012 | Djibouti

News website correspondent arrested, held incommunicado in Djibouti

Houssein Ahmed Farah was arrested at around 11 a.m. on 8 August in Djibouti-Ville by two police officers, Col. Abdoulkader Ibrahim Gona and Col. Abdillahi Hassan Boulaleh.
10 August 2012 | Nigeria

Journalist in Nigeria severely beaten after photographing hospital staff

Benedict Uwalaka was attacked and brutalised on the premises of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital in Nigeria by persons believed to be mortuary attendants.

Compiled by Erin Woycik

13 August 2012 | Mexico

Two female journalists in Mexico receive threats for reports on organised crime

Female journalists Olga Wornat and Lydia Cacho have been recently threatened for shedding light on organized crime's activities and infiltration into high-level political circles.

Europe and Central Asia
Compiled by Diane Partenio

13 August 2012 | Kazakhstan

Another opposition journalist brutally assaulted in Kazakhstan

An archivist and reporter for several opposition newspapers, Ularbek Baitailak was left for dead at the edge of the road by his attackers.
10 August 2012 | Spain

Political control over state-owned broadcaster in Spain gives cause for concern, says Reporters Without Borders

Several journalists with a reputation for being critical of the ruling Popular Party (PP) in Spain have been relieved of their duties at the state-owned broadcaster RTVE.

Middle East and North Africa
Compiled by Khadija Mahi

13 August 2012 | Palestine | Israel

Violations of media freedom in Palestine in first half of 2012

While new figures show a slight decrease in the number of attacks against journalists and media organisations, the status of media freedoms in the occupied Palestinian territories remains under serious threat.

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