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13 June 2017 |

Arrests, attacks & censorship: Free expression violations in West Africa triple in first quarter of 2017

Arrests, attacks & censorship: Free expression violations in West Africa triple in first quarter of 2017 Between January-March 2017, a total of 47 freedom of expression violations were recorded in West Africa. Violations ranged from arrests,attacks and the shutdown of media houses.
13 June 2017 |

The world is watching - Bahrain must release Nabeel Rajab

The world is watching - Bahrain must release Nabeel Rajab IFEX calls on Bahrain to immediately and unconditionally release Nabeel Rajab
13 June 2017 |

Côte d'Ivoire withdraws controversial media bill following MFWA petition

Côte d'Ivoire withdraws controversial media bill following MFWA petition The MFWA and its national partner organisations in West Africa have welcomed the decision of the Ivorian government to withdraw the controversial press bill, sections of which sought to criminalise speech.
13 June 2017 |

Royal Media group journalist Emmanuel Namisi threatened, assaulted in Kenya

Royal Media group journalist Emmanuel Namisi threatened, assaulted in Kenya Emmanual Namisi said the men who attacked and threatened him were angry at a story he had written alleging they played a role in the death of a woman at a political rally three nights prior.
13 June 2017 |

Dear UN: Without your support, Nabeel will remain behind bars

Dear UN: Without your support, Nabeel will remain behind bars NGOs write an open letter urging UN members and observer states to call for the release of Nabeel Rajab
12 June 2017 |

Indian journalists demand press freedom protection after state agents raid broadcaster offices

Indian journalists demand press freedom protection after state agents raid broadcaster offices India's oldest private news channel NDTV, known for its hard-hitting, anti-establishment journalism, had multiple offices raided by the country's Central Bureau of Investigation.
12 June 2017 |

Unkown assailants attack journalist in Nepal

Unkown assailants attack journalist in Nepal Anup Tiwari, a reporter with Radio Birgunj and Mountain TV, was attacked by a gang who accused him of writing negative stories about the Madhesi community.
9 June 2017 |

IFEX-ALC alarmed by widespread attacks in Venezuela

IFEX-ALC alarmed by widespread attacks in Venezuela Since public demonstrations began in March, there have been over 160 violations of the right to freedom of expression, freedom of the press, and the right to seek, receive and impart information.
9 June 2017 |

Journalist and editor arrested for defamation in Burma

Journalist and editor arrested for defamation in Burma The IFJ said: "We demand the immediate release of Swe and Naing and call for the charges to be dropped. Issues such as these should be dealt with by the Press Council and not in the courts."
9 June 2017 |

Charles Otu, reporter for "The Guardian Nigeria", attacked by armed thugs

Charles Otu, reporter for Narrating his ordeal, journalist Charles Otu said: "They accused me of being a threat to the state government and threatened to silence me unless I signed a written undertaking never to write anything against the state government."
9 June 2017 |

Comprehensive media reform initiative kicks off in The Gambia

Comprehensive media reform initiative kicks off in The Gambia Through a series of workshops and consultations, an expert group led by the MFWA and the Gambia Press Union (GPU) will come up with a comprehensive strategic framework that will guide the entire media sector reform process in The Gambia.
8 June 2017 |

Azerbaijan crackdown on media becomes dramatically more brutal

Azerbaijan crackdown on media becomes dramatically more brutal "It was immediately after President Ilham Aliyev's appointment of his wife Mehriban Aliyeva as the first vice-president of Azerbaijan that the authorities launched a large-scale repression against critics," said IRFS.
8 June 2017 |

Is the internet a "safe place" for women journalists?

Is the internet a Though great strides have been made to raise awareness, online gender-based harassment continues to be an increasingly pervasive problem for women journalists.
7 June 2017 |

Saudi Arabia: 14 protesters facing execution after unfair trials

Saudi Arabia: 14 protesters facing execution after unfair trials This statement was originally published on hrw.org on 6 June 2017.
7 June 2017 |

Bahrain suspends independent news outlet "Al-Wasat", further restricting press freedom

Bahrain suspends independent news outlet Editor Mansoor al-Jamri described the sudden closure as a "total surprise" and said that the newspaper was denied due process. The Government of Bahrain has reportedly failed to provide Al-Wasat with any means of recourse, leaving it without a clear understanding of how to proceed in the face of its indeterminate suspension.
7 June 2017 |

Foreign and Moroccan journalists must be free to cover Rif protests

Foreign and Moroccan journalists must be free to cover Rif protests Are the authorities trying to hide what is going on in the Rif? According to the information so far gathered by RSF, two journalists have been arrested and three have gone into hiding in the past few days, while an Algerian journalist has been deported.
7 June 2017 |

Jordan revokes "Al-Jazeera" license amid Qatar tensions

Jordan revokes "Journalists, and ordinary people who rely on [Al Jazeera] for news and information, are paying the price for this regional diplomatic dispute," said CPJ Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator Sherif Mansour.
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.
6 June 2017 |

Venezuelan court fines news website US$500,000 for 'moral damage' to politician

Venezuelan court fines news website US$500,000 for 'moral damage' to politician A Venezuelan court fined the independent news website La Patilla the equivalent of U.S.$500,000 for republishing a 2015 story from a Spanish newspaper alleging that a top Venezuelan official had ties to drug trafficking.
6 June 2017 |

Ethiopia: Third Internet shutdown follows imprisonment of two human rights activists

Ethiopia: Third Internet shutdown follows imprisonment of two human rights activists An internet shutdown in Ethiopa between 30 May and 8 June 2017 followed the imprisonment of Yonatan Tesfaye and Getachew Shiferaw, who were sentenced with "inciting anti-government protests" and "inciting violence" for criticising the government over Facebook.


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