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17 April 2017 |

Media group discusses women's online rights with Ghana's gender minister

Media group discusses women's online rights with Ghana's gender minister The Media Foundation for West Africa met with Ghana's Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ms. Otiko Afisa Djaba at her office to discuss ways of promoting women's rights online.
17 April 2017 |

Journalists who reported Chechnya's gay crackdown fear for their lives

Journalists who reported Chechnya's gay crackdown fear for their lives "Novaya Gazeta" said it feared for the safety of its reporters after Muslim preachers threatened retaliation and an advisor to the Chechen President said there are no gay people in Chechnya.
17 April 2017 |

Journalist sentenced to death in Yemen for 'spying'

Journalist sentenced to death in Yemen for 'spying' A court in rebel-held Sana'a sentenced veteran journalist Yahya Al Jubaihi, who has been detained since 6 September 2016, on charges of collaborating and spying for an "enemy state".
16 April 2017 |

Malaysia urged to cease arrests, investigations of critics on social media

Malaysia urged to cease arrests, investigations of critics on social media ARTICLE 19 is concerned about the arrest and remand of two unnamed social media users and the ongoing police search for a further two social media users in the space of just two days for comments made on Facebook.
16 April 2017 |

Satirical news show censored by Apple in Hong Kong and Taiwan

Satirical news show censored by Apple in Hong Kong and Taiwan China Uncensored, which is affiliated with the persecuted religious group Falung Gong, says that the Apple TV app store has blocked users from accessing it not only in mainland China, but also in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
13 April 2017 |

Journalists face trial for covering protests in Belarus

Journalists face trial for covering protests in Belarus "Journalists covering protests are not committing a crime; they are doing their jobs," said CPJ. "Belarusian authorities should drop the absurd charges against Ales Levchuk, Milana Kharitonova, and all journalists who have been detained for their work, and should cease trying to intimidate the news media."
13 April 2017 |

Burmese researcher handed six-month jail sentence for criticising army head on Facebook

Burmese researcher handed six-month jail sentence for criticising army head on Facebook According to the Burmese media, researcher Myo Yan Naung Thein is the seventh person to be detained on a defamation charge since the civilian government headed (in practice) by Aung San Suu Kyi took office in 2016.
13 April 2017 |

Spike in journalist killings in Mexico spurs international calls for justice

Spike in journalist killings in Mexico spurs international calls for justice IFEX members around the world denounce the alarming rate of journalist murders in Mexico and demand a thorough evaluation of existing protection mechanisms.
12 April 2017 |

Stop failing Pacific press test, PFF tells Australia and PNG

Australia and Papua New Guinea must review media relations after two separate but equally "shocking" bans on PNG press, says PFF, the Pacific Freedom Forum.
12 April 2017 |

Tweet for the release of jailed Azerbaijani blogger Mehman Huseynov

Tweet for the release of jailed Azerbaijani blogger Mehman Huseynov Join the campaign to #FreeMehman by participating in the Thunderclap.
12 April 2017 |

After delivering years of strife, Erdoğan demands more power

This Sunday, Turkey will hold a referendum on changes to its constitution that would transform the country from a parliamentary to a presidential republic, concentrating power in the hands of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Erdoğan has pursued this greater responsibility despite an increasingly disastrous record of governance.
11 April 2017 |

Free expression deteriorating in Pakistan ahead of UN review

Free expression deteriorating in Pakistan ahead of UN review In 2012, Pakistan made a commitment to improve its free expression record. Five years later, the endemic killings and threats targeting journalists throughout the country tell a very different story.
11 April 2017 |

Canada's "badly broken" access to information system must be fixed

Canada's The Liberal government's decision to indefinitely delay reforms to strengthen the Access to Information Act should concern everyone who cares about transparency and democratic accountability in Canada.
11 April 2017 |

NTV reporter kidnapped, beaten over post about Ugandan First Lady

NTV reporter kidnapped, beaten over post about Ugandan First Lady TV reporter Gertrude Uwitware was kidnapped and beaten during the weekend over her coverage of a dispute between well-known university academic Stella Nyanzi and Janet Museveni, who is Uganda’s minister of education and President Yoweri Museveni’s wife.
11 April 2017 |

Somaliland journalist gets 2-year sentence for "anti-national activity"

Somaliland journalist gets 2-year sentence for Independent journalist Abdimalik Muse Oldon was accused of allegedly making comments against Somaliland's president while expressing support for the president of Somalia on social media.
11 April 2017 |

Ukraine's new law targets anti-corruption activists, journalists

Ukraine's new law targets anti-corruption activists, journalists This new requirement is a slap in the face of Ukraine's anti-corruption activists and its international partners who have been calling for a more transparent government.
10 April 2017 |

Iranian journalist on hunger strike now in critical condition

Iranian journalist on hunger strike now in critical condition Henghameh Shahidi is a journalist who has been on hunger strike since her arrest on 9 March 2017. She is currently held in solitary confinement in Tehran's Evin prison.
10 April 2017 |

Is F1 taking Bahrain abuses seriously?

Is F1 taking Bahrain abuses seriously? The Bahrain Grand Prix will be taking place again this weekend. But will racing fans and Formula 1 pay attention to the repression and deaths going on in the background?
10 April 2017 |

Prosecutor requests death penalty for RFI reporter in Cameroon

Prosecutor requests death penalty for RFI reporter in Cameroon
RFI reporter Ahmed Abba has been charged with failing to report acts of terrorism to the authorities. At his 16th trial, the prosecutor shocked the courtroom by asking for the death penalty without first demonstrating Abba’s guilt on any of the charges.
10 April 2017 |

Uganda's glimpse of hope

Uganda's glimpse of hope 2017 is turning out to be a hopeful year for Uganda, as justice is finally being served for numerous violations against journalists.


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