The Khartoum government’s crackdown on free expression continues. Abdelgadir Mohammed Abdelgadir reports
Mexican prosecutors have decided to reopen the investigation into 21 deaths during protests against the Oaxaca state government in 2006. Amongst the dead was the American independent journalist Bradley Will, who was killed whilst filming a clash between the protesters. The only suspect was released in 2010 because there was insufficient evidence to convict him.
Sao Paolo police have recaptured Wilson de Moraes da Silva, who was convicted of the murder of journalist Ivandel Godinho Junior. The reporter was kidnapped in 2003, and killed three days later. Silva had served three years of his 36 year sentence when he was transferred to a prison with restricted release privileges. He failed to return to the prison after his release for Father’s Day in 2008.
Belarusian dissident Vasily Parfenkov has been sentenced to four years of imprisonment following his hearing on Thursday. He was convicted of breaking the window of a parliamentary building during protests against President Lukashenko’s re-election on 19 December. He will also have to pay pay 14m roubles ($4,700) in compensation for damage to state property. Parfenkov is an active supporter of opposition candidate Vladimir Neklyayev.
A solidarity rally in support of Belarus’s political prisoners is being held at the Belarusian Embassy in London on Saturday 19 February.