IFJ Asia Pacific Monthly E-Bulletin

04 September 2012

To IFJ

Asia-Pacific affiliates and friends,

Welcome to

the IFJ Asia-Pacific’s monthly e-bulletin. The next bulletin will be issued on October

1, and contributions from affiliates are most welcome. To contribute, email ifj@ifj-asia.org Please distribute this bulletin

widely among colleagues in the media.

In this bulletin:

1.      In Cambodia,

ban on foreign radio broadcasts lifted

2.      New

leadership teams at IFJ affiliates in Vanautu, Sri Lanka and India

3.      Journalists

locked out in Korea; laid off in India

4.      Sri Lankan journalists

demand accountability as threats and violence continue

5.      Sexual

assault on Indian journalist; journalists assaulted by supporters of cult

leader

6.      Journalists

in China face harassment and arrest, as websites are shut down

1.      In Cambodia,

ban on foreign radio broadcasts lifted.

On July 1 the IFJ and its partners in

Cambodia welcomed the lifting of the briefly imposed ban on local radio

stations beaming foreign broadcasts. The ban was imposed by the Cambodian

government in what it described as an effort to neutralise alleged possible

interference by foreign powers in the July 28 national general elections. Further

details here.

2.      New

leadership teams at IFJ affiliates in Vanautu, Sri Lanka and India

The IFJ has extended its greetings to the new

new leadership teams affiliates of IFJ the Media Asosiesen blong Vanuatu, the

Free Media Movement in Sri Lanka and the National Union of Journalists (India).

Further details here, here and here.

3.      Journalists

locked out in Korea; laid off in India

The IFJ and its partners have strongly

protested the lock-out of more

than 180 journalists by the management of the Korean daily newspaper HankookIIbo. In India, a major news

broadcaster Network 18  laid off 350 workers

as part of a corporate plan to integrate the newsrooms of print, digital and

broadcast operations. Also, Outlook Publishing (India) Ltd, announced it would terminate the

employment of several journalists after shutting down publication of four

lifestyle magazines.

4.      Journalists

in Sri Lanka demand accountability as threats and violence continue

IFJ partners in Sri Lanka have sent a

petition to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human

Rights who recently visited the country for to assess the human rights

and national reconciliation situation. Days earlier, the country’s leading

journalist groups wrote to the National Human Rights Commission demanding it

establish accountability for incidents of media freedom violations that have

taken place during and after the civil war. In Colombo, the home of a

journalist couple was raided by masked

assailants and media workers have targeted during

peaceful protests.

5.      Sexual assault

on Indian journalist; journalists assaulted by supporters of a cult leader

The IFJ’s partners have condemned the

criminal sexual assault of a

journalist on assignment in Mumbai. Meanwhile, journalists reporting on the

aftermath of a police investigation into an alleged sexual assault by the

leader of a spiritual cult were attacked by

followers of the cult.

6.      Journalists

in China face harassment and arrest, as websites are shut down

Journalists

in China continue to confront harassment in

reporting on the misdeeds of some Government officials, and are being pressured

to leave their jobs. Meanwhile, on August 4 photographers were

verbally harangued, blocked and pushed to the ground while recording a scuffle in

Hong Kong. China’s internet regulatory authority has ordered the shutdown of 107 websites.