13 June 2012

IFEX Communiqué Vol 21, No 24

Thousands call for Putin's resignation amid raids, free assembly crackdown

Masked security officials carried boxes from the home of opposition activist Alexei Navalny on 11 June 2012 Thousands of Russian anti-government protesters risked hefty fines and took part in a major rally in Moscow yesterday calling for President Vladimir Putin's resignation and for new elections to be held.

IFEX members shine light on dirty rights record of Euro 2012 hosts

Cause for celebration? IFEX members use Euro 2012 to highlight rights abuses in the host country Ukraine The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its European arm are asking journalists at the Euro 2012 football tournament to look beyond the glitzy new stadiums in the host country Ukraine and see how their colleagues have been the victims of threats, attacks and censorship.

Citizen journalists bear human cost of uprising

Five citizen journalists were killed in two days in Syria last month, cementing the country's position as the world's worst for journalists in 2012, say the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the International Press Institute (IPI) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

Police apologise for attacks on media, promise reforms

Journalists who covered the arrest and release of opposition leader Kizza Besigye (left) have themselves been attacked by police Following months of attacks on journalists, the head of the Ugandan police force has created a press unit that will receive and investigate complaints of press freedom violations, report the Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), ARTICLE 19 and Freedom House.

IFEX members welcome rare conviction in journalist murder case

In a rare victory against impunity, a gang member who killed TV cameraman Alfredo Antonio Hurtado Núñez last year has been given 30 years in jail, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

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