In Kenya, violence and discrimination against LGBTI people is rife. Yet signs of growing tolerance and the recent lifting of bans that had made organisations supporting LGBTI rights illegal can be attributed to the persistent lobbying and awareness raising by activists such as lawyer Eric Gitari.
Maria Kozlovskaya is a Russian lawyer who is at the forefront of the defence of LGBT activists on trial under anti-gay 'propaganda' laws, and in the fight against the daily discrimination, harassment and violence against them.
"The death of this Darfuri human rights defender is a sobering reminder that the Government of Sudan continues to carry out mass human rights abuses in Darfur, as the armed conflict there approaches its 13th year."
Representatives of 19 of the most prominent freedom of expression organisations in Africa have been equipped with knowledge, skills and strategies needed to engage stakeholders on digital rights issues, following a two-day capacity building workshop organised by the African Freedom of Expression Exchange.
In 2010, deputies of the ruling Socialist Party approved a measure banning journalists from the press balcony. Instead, they were relegated to a cramped room where they could monitor congress only by watching the sessions on a state TV channel.
While this judgment is a welcome development, MISA Zimbabwe remains mindful of the fact that there is a litany of statutes that can still be used to criminalise freedom of expression, including the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
One of the findings which is borne out of the report is the scant consideration for the levels of violence against journalists around the world, with just one of ten killings being investigated.
Blogging platform Medium is now blocked in Malaysia, apparently in an effort to censor an investigative news outlet critical of the government.
The IFJ's newly released 2015 report is an annual analysis of press freedom and the ever increasing obstacles and challenges for journalists and media workers in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau.
Activist Sergei Alekseenko said that one of the online posts deemed “propaganda” was reposted from another user's account, which stated: “Children! To be gay means to be a person who is brave, strong, confident, persistent, who has a sense of dignity and self-respect.”
Civil society groups express concern over the potential for overbroad anti-extremism practices to limit free expression
A Saudi Arabian court replaced a death sentence for Palestinian poet, Ashraf Fayadh, with an eight year prison term and 800 lashes on charges of apostasy.
Fifteen years after the brutal attack on the investigative journalist, and following many legal delays, Mario Jaimes Mejía has confessed, and recognized that the crimes he was charged with are crimes against humanity.
There has been no information about the fate of Sofiane Chourabi and Nadhir Ktari in the 17 months since their disappearance in eastern Libya while on assignment for Tunisia’s First TV.
The media accuse the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) of putting political pressure on journalists, while Prime Aleksandar Vucic has described the protests as an “attempt to destabilize” Serbia and has called for parliamentary elections in April, two years ahead of schedule.
The charges against both journalists include “gathering secret state documents for the purposes of political and military espionage” and “deliberate support for a terrorist organization without being a member”.
Authorities arrested the men in October 2015 in connection with Facebook posts about a text, attributed to another activist, which describes the Kazakh nation in provocative terms. Authorities claimed that the posts contained signs of 'inciting national discord.'
“The cocktail of violence, corruption and impunity has turned Mexico into a disastrous country for journalism,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America desk.
Nyota TV and Radio Télévision Mapendo were closed on 28 January by the communication ministry, on the pretext that they have not paid their taxes.
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The Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association was established in 2009 to promote civil and political rights and to respond to increased arrests following the second Gulf war. The Saudi government, intent on shutting it down, has been systematically targeting members.