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Tajikistan – Internet censorship could add Tajikistan to “countries under surveillance”, says RSF

3 Aug

The Russian news agency RIA-Novosti’s website has joined Asia-Plus, YouTube and a number of other sites that were recently filtered and blocked.

via IFEX

Ethiopian appeals court reduces sentence of Reeyot Alemu

3 Aug

The front cover of Reeyot Alemu's book, 'EPRDF's Red Pen.' (Reeyot Alemu)

Nairobi, August 3, 2012An appeals court in Addis
Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, has reduced a 14-year prison sentence given to journalist Reeyot Alemu in January to five years and dropped most of
the terrorism charges against her, according to local journalists.

Reeyot, a columnist for the independent weekly Feteh, was sentenced in January and fined 33,000 birrs (US$1,500) under Ethiopia’s sweeping anti-terrorism law for planning and conspiring a terrorist act; possessing property for terrorist acts; and participating in the promotion or communication of a terrorist act, according to local journalists.

from Committee to Protect Journalists http://cpj.org/2012/08/ethiopian-appeals-court-reduces-sentence-of-reeyot.php

Sri Lanka – Media skeptical over Press Council Act amendments

3 Aug

The government plans to amend the 1973 act so that websites will be regulated by the same agency that regulates printed media.

via IFEX

Cambodia – CCHR outlines political context behind rights defender’s arrest

3 Aug

Mam Sonando’s willingness to criticise the government and condemn forced evictions and land grabbing have seen him put behind bars on two previous occasions.

via IFEX

Syria – Five Turkish journalists wounded in Aleppo, latest danger zone for media personnel

3 Aug

Three of the journalists were hit by sniper fire while the other two were struck by shrapnel from a shell that exploded nearby.

via IFEX

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