Free Expression Daily Digest: Thurs., May 5

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Egyptian journalists increase protest of government crackdown
Egypt’s journalists union demanded an apology Wednesday from President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi and reiterated a call for his interior minister’s dismissal following a police raid on union headquarters Saturday.

Cambodian center launches social media campaigns for press freedom
The Cambodian Center for Human Rights has taken the help of new media outlets to release a series of info-graphics as part of a campaign to highlight the situation of press freedom and access to information in Cambodia on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day. LANKAWEB

Tanzania: Isles journalists urged to remain impartial, boost greater unity
Journalists have been commended for good work during the 2015 and 2016 elections in the islands, but need to improve impartiality. The importance of being impartial or unbiased was voiced by the Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources, Livestock and Fishing, Mr Hamad Rashid at the media forum to mark ‘World Press Freedom Day 2016.’ ALL AFRICA

Uganda: Monitor journalists win awards for press freedom
The Daily Monitor newspaper scooped the overall winner award for highlighting the journalists’ human rights. The company and three of its journalists were awarded by the Human Rights Network for Journalists, a network of human rights journalists, in recognition of their “outstanding” reporting of media rights in the country. ALL AFRICA

Peruvian journalist sentenced to prison for defamation
A court in Peru found Caretas journalist Rafo Leon guilty of defamation on Tuesday for criticizing a former columnist for the newspaper, El Comercio. PERU REPORTS