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7 June 2017 |

Georgia must act on illegal abduction of Afgan Mukhtarli

Georgia must act on illegal abduction of Afgan Mukhtarli After an Azerbaijani journalist was spirited away from Georgia, rights groups say the country must back up its previous statements on enforced disappearances.
25 April 2017 |

Hungary's academic freedom and expression at risk due to changes to education law

Hungary's academic freedom and expression at risk due to changes to education law IFEX members call on EU officials to condemn Hungary's attack on the Central European University as a threat to academic freedom and free expression.
3 April 2017 |

CoE urged to include Belarus in platform monitoring journalists' safety

CoE urged to include Belarus in platform monitoring journalists' safety Partners of the Council of Europe Platform for the Promotion of Journalism and the Protection of Journalists are deeply concerned by the aggravating current situation in Belarus regarding the mass detention of journalists.
24 March 2017 |

Wave of detentions must end, organisations stress in letter to Belarus president

Wave of detentions must end, organisations stress in letter to Belarus president 48 organisations from 24 countries have condemned the continuing wave of detentions and harassment of peaceful protesters, journalists, human rights defenders, civil society activists, anarchists and opposition party members in Belarus.
24 March 2017 |

Kazakhstan must treat editor Zhanbolat Mamay fairly

Kazakhstan must treat editor Zhanbolat Mamay fairly Members of IFEX wrote an open letter on behalf of Kazakh Editor Zhanbolat Mamay, calling for a fair and impartial handling of charges against him and full investigation into his mistreatment in prison and threats made to his family.
15 March 2017 |

At UNHRC, rights groups highlight deterioration of media freedom in Turkey

At UNHRC, rights groups highlight deterioration of media freedom in Turkey Over 70 rights and expression organisations worldwide entreated the UN Human Rights Council's 34th session to call on Turkey to take immediate steps to address the ongoing free expression crisis in the country.
3 March 2017 |

Azerbaijan: Crackdown on free expression accelerates with upheld conviction of prominent blogger

Azerbaijan: Crackdown on free expression accelerates with upheld conviction of prominent blogger The undersigned organisations condemn in the strongest possible terms today's sentencing of Mehman Huseynov, Azerbaijani journalist and chairman of the country's leading freedom of expression group, Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety, to two years in jail on defamation charges. He was taken into custody from the court room, without being allowed to speak in his defence.
19 December 2016 |

One of world's longest-imprisoned journalists now placed in solitary confinement

Muhammad Bekjanov – an Uzbek journalist who tried to initiate debate on taboo subjects such as the use of forced labour in the cotton harvest – has been placed in solitary confinement. The journalist has been in prison for 17 years, and the move could be a sign that the government is preparing to extend his prison term yet again.
26 October 2016 |

Parliament must defend health of Turkish democracy

Parliament must defend health of Turkish democracy Over 40 organisations call for Turkey's national assembly to end the national state of emergency, extended for three months on October 19th.
19 October 2016 |

Turkey: State of emergency provisions violate human rights and should be revoked

Turkey: State of emergency provisions violate human rights and should be revoked Twenty-six NGOs are calling on the Government of Turkey to ensure that the state of emergency and the related emergency decrees are not tools to facilitate serious human rights violations and to silence dissent.
1 September 2016 |

Turkey: Charges must be dropped in high-profile trial of journalists following failed coup

On 2 September, the first hearing will take place in a trial concerning 5 Taraf journalists. The trial is believed to be politically motivated and the government is being asked to drop all charges against the accused.
18 August 2016 |

Renewed crackdown ahead of referendum

Renewed crackdown ahead of referendum Less than six weeks away from a constitutional referendum, Azerbaijan unleashes a new wave of repression.
14 July 2016 |

Five Turkish journalists charged with "divulging state secrets"

Five Turkish journalists charged with "Beyond the simple problem of a lack of evidence, there are serious concerns regarding the indictment which suggest it has been written to obfuscate facts and to implicate the journalists in involvement in the Balyoz case, an already controversial story, to limit public support for their situation."
17 May 2016 |

A race against F1 in Azerbaijan

A race against F1 in Azerbaijan Ahead of Baku's first Grand Prix, activists are calling for a very different type of quick release.
24 March 2016 |

On eve of trial, leading free expression groups call on Turkey to drop charges against Dündar, Gül

On eve of trial, leading free expression groups call on Turkey to drop charges against Dündar, Gül Dündar, editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet, and Gül, the newspaper's Ankara representative, face accusations of aiding a terrorist organisation, espionage and disclosure of classified documents for reports in Cumhuriyet claiming that Turkey's intelligence agency secretly armed Islamist rebel groups in Syria.
18 March 2016 |

Relief felt as 15 political prisoners are released in Azerbaijan

Relief felt as 15 political prisoners are released in Azerbaijan The release of these political prisoners is a step in the right direction, say the Sport for Rights Coalition, but dozens of others remain in Azerbaijani jails.
15 March 2016 |

Kazakhstan must ensure impartiality of actions towards Mateyev

Kazakhstan must ensure impartiality of actions towards Mateyev A joint letter to Kazakhstan's President Nazarbayev calling for review of recent state actions towards Seytkazy Matayev and the National Press Club.
27 January 2016 |

Turkey must allow supporters to meet with imprisoned journalists

Turkey must allow supporters to meet with imprisoned journalists International free expression groups condemn the government's refusal to allow supporters to visit journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, who are behind bars for reports claiming that Turkey's intelligence agency secretly armed Islamist rebel groups in Syria.
18 December 2015 |

Turkish government uses methods "incompatible" with democratic society to silence media

Turkish government uses methods In this letter to Turkish President Erdoğan and Prime Minister Davutoğlu, members of the South East European Network for Professionalization of Media, express grave concerns over the Turkish government’s flagrant violations of media freedoms.
11 December 2015 |

Civil society calls for investigation into surveillance of journalist Cătălin Tolontan

Civil society calls for investigation into surveillance of journalist Cătălin Tolontan IFEX members call for an immediate investigation into spying operations in Romania incompatible with free and democratic society.


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