Tunisian demonstrators hold a mock TV set bearing jail bars during a protest calling for the release of Sami Fehri, jailed boss of the Ettounsiya TV channel.
Throughout 2012, journalists have been killed at a rate of more than one a month. DCMF recorded 18 murders this year alone and almost none of the criminals have been prosecuted. Journalists are usually caught in the propaganda war between the government and militia groups such as Al Shabaab.
Confiscating newspapers after printing is a common tactic used by Sudan’s security service which results in heavy financial losses for the newspapers and sometimes leaves the outlets with no choice but to shut down their businesses.
DCMF has been documenting the killings of journalists, media activists and citizen journalists since the beginning of anti-regime protests in March 2011. The centre has compiled a death toll which now stands at 92, with Abu Yezen al-Hamoui, a local Syrian journalist working with an Al Jazeera crew, being the latest victim.
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