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3 August 2016 |

Compassionate release called for in case of Bangladeshi journalist Shafik Rehman

Compassionate release called for in case of Bangladeshi journalist Shafik Rehman Civil society groups have written an open letter urging medical discharge from prison for distinguished Bangladeshi journalist Shafik Rehman .
21 July 2016 |

Cambodian government must support civil society and seek justice for Kem Ley

Cambodian government must support civil society and seek justice for Kem Ley IFEX members call for end to Cambodian governments arrests and harassment of civil society and independent investigation of the killing of noted commentator Kem Ley.
9 June 2016 |

Tongan Prime Minister should end harassment of local journalist Viola Ulakai

Tongan Prime Minister should end harassment of local journalist Viola Ulakai  IFEX members call on the Prime Minister of Tonga to cease threats of suspension of journalist Viola Ulakai and respect his past commitment to press freedom in the country.
25 May 2016 |

Malaysian MPs should reject restrictive amendments to internet and communications law

Malaysian MPs should reject restrictive amendments to internet and communications law IFEX members and regional partners urge Malaysian MPs to ensure media laws are in line with international standards on online freedom of expression and access to information.
11 May 2016 |

Groups call on UNHRC to investigate murders of writers and activists in Bangladesh

Groups call on UNHRC to investigate murders of writers and activists in Bangladesh Human rights organisations are calling for the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry into the murders of at least nine writers, bloggers, publishers, academics, and activists in Bangladesh since February 2015.
2 May 2016 |

International groups renew call for Thailand to release journalist Somyot Phrueksakasemsuk

International groups renew call for Thailand to release journalist Somyot Phrueksakasemsuk Human rights defender Somyot Phrueksakasemsuk is currently incarcerated in Bangkok's Remand Prison, where he is serving a 10-year sentence following his conviction on charges of lèse-majesté.
7 April 2016 |

Free imprisoned blogger Shokjang, civil society groups tell Chinese authorities

Free imprisoned blogger Shokjang, civil society groups tell Chinese authorities Critical blogging is the lifeblood of free societies, not a threat to social stability, say rights groups.
25 January 2016 |

International rights groups condemn attack on Afghan media community

IFEX joins in global solidarity with the victims of the Tolo TV attack and all Afghan journalists and media workers
16 November 2015 |

International delegation calls on president to address media freedom concerns

International delegation calls on president to address media freedom concerns The International Partnership Mission to Indonesia travelled to the country to meet with journalists, government and civil society representatives to review the media environment one year on since its first visit in December 2014. Significantly, it also conducted a fact-finding visit to Papua.
11 September 2015 |

Indonesia: Official inaction perpetuates impunity in 1996 murder case

Indonesia: Official inaction perpetuates impunity in 1996 murder case The International Partnership Mission for Indonesia and AJI have called for a thorough investigation into the 1996 murder of Indonesian journalist Udin. Evidence suggests the murder was in retaliation for his reporting into alleged corruption and election rigging.
7 August 2015 |

International rights groups call for release of seriously ill Chinese journalist Gao Yu

International rights groups call for release of seriously ill Chinese journalist Gao Yu Gao, 71, has been incarcerated since her apprehension in April 2014 for allegedly leaking an internal Chinese Communist Party document disparaging human rights. She suffers from chronic heart pain, high blood pressure, and other diseases.
23 June 2015 |

International NGOs urge Cambodia to scrap repressive NGO law

International NGOs urge Cambodia to scrap repressive NGO law In a joint letter, NGOs and membership organisations have called on the National Assembly of Cambodia to immediately withdraw the draft Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations (LANGO).
9 June 2015 |

Easing journalist restrictions on Papua must be backed with policy changes

Easing journalist restrictions on Papua must be backed with policy changes The International Partnership Mission to Indonesia encourages President Widodo to ensure that journalists are free to operate in all parts of the country, and to protect the safety of both foreign and Indonesian journalists.
3 June 2015 |

Rights groups urge end to Cambodia NGO law

Rights groups urge end to Cambodia NGO law The groups urged donors and others to press the government not to revive a 2011 draft law that was shelved under domestic and international pressure because it threatened freedom of association and expression.
29 May 2015 |

Nauru authorities urged to restore access to open, global Internet

Nauru authorities urged to restore access to open, global Internet Free expression and human rights organisations have reacted to the government of Nauru's decision to block certain services on the internet and to amend the criminal code to impose new penalties on expression.
15 May 2015 |

Ahead of cartoonist's trial, NGOs call on Malaysian government to drop charges

Ahead of cartoonist's trial, NGOs call on Malaysian government to drop charges Charged under the Sedition Act in Malaysia, internationally known political cartoonist Zunar could face 43 years in jail for a tweet.
29 April 2015 |

Indonesia: Global day of action calls for free and open access to Papua

Indonesia: Global day of action calls for free and open access to Papua NGOs, parliamentarians and solidarity groups all around the world are telling Indonesia that human rights abuses in Papua can no longer be ignored. Papuan voices must be heard. In this age of information, it's astounding that there are blackspot regions like West Papua.
22 April 2015 |

Groups call for end to crackdown on free expression

Groups call for end to crackdown on free expression Concerns include the use of Malaysia's Sedition Act to suppress legitimate criticism of government and courts.
20 April 2015 |

Pakistan's new cybercrime bill threatens rights to privacy and free expression

Pakistan's new cybercrime bill threatens rights to privacy and free expression Various groups expressed misgivings about the process by which a cybercrime bill was drafted and revised. The democratic process in Pakistan is undermined and the bill contains several provisions that are potentially damaging to privacy and freedom of expression.
3 March 2015 |

International mission to Sri Lanka pushes for critical reforms

International mission to Sri Lanka pushes for critical reforms The perception of increased media freedom must be made permanent, stress the delegates participating in an international mission to Sri Lanka.


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