The Supreme Court of Pakistan on October 13 decided to prosecute the chief executive of the private television network, Salman Iqbal, and the program anchor, Mubashir Lucman, indicting them for airing ‘scandalous and defamatory programs against the judiciary’.
Security forces used excessive force to disperse largely peaceful demonstrations in Quito, Ecuador on September 17 and 18, 2014, arbitrarily detaining and beating protesters, says Human Rights Watch.
HRNJ-Uganda vows to fight criminal defamation following the recent sentencing of Ronald Ssembuusi. Ssembussi was ordered to pay a large fine or serve a jail term over a story he aired in 2011.
Censorship body gives green light to latest play from Index award nominee Lucien Bourjeily, despite being featured heavily in the work.
Three journalists and two publishers were sentenced on 16 October to two years in prison on anti-state charges in Burma.
The draft law "...would block LGBTI organizations and others working on sexual and reproductive rights from operating legally, and restrict the media and people who seek to express their views publicly and peacefully."
Journalist Abdullah Al Noman was attacked in Dhaka on 16 October by members of a students' political organisation working under the Bangladeshi ruling party, the Bangladesh Awami League.
Pablo Medina, a correspondent for ABC Color in Curuguaty, was killed on 16 October 2014. Medina had received threats in the past.
The journalists were forced to leave the city of Kobani, northern Syria, after fighting intensified between Kurdish forces protecting the city and IS forces. They were among 265 Kurds who crossed the border to seek refuge in Turkey where they were taken into custody by Turkish authorities.
Canal Uno was fined US$ 10,200 for allegedly violating multiple articles of the Communications Law, concerning the reporting of restricted information about children, teenagers and ethical standards.
President Salva Kiir should veto a bill giving South Sudan’s National Security Service (NSS) sweeping powers, a group of national and international human rights organizations said on 15 October 2014.
News reports say that a bus dropping off National Broadcasting Corporation staff was taken over by a group of men in Port Moresby. The men ordered the driver and all male staff out and drove off with the three women on board.
Libya’s journalists are still among the leading victims of the political turmoil and violence that have been a constant ever since Col. Gaddafi’s overthrow in the 2011 revolution.
Antonio Gamboa Urías has been the director of Nueva Prensa magazine for about ten years and has more than 18 years' experience as a journalist. The magazine touches on issues related to corruption and politics in the region of Los Mochis, Sinaloa.
Against the backdrop of the unprecedented crackdown on civil society, Khadija Ismayilova’s arrest on criminal defamation charges seems imminent and would confirm the authorities’ intent to silence all critical voices in the country.
On October 5 and 6, 2014, government security forces forcibly evicted about 70 female students from the Zahra dormitory complex in Khartoum, beating and arresting many students.
Media freedom suffered another blow in Macedonia when the appellate court confirmed that Fokus
magazine must pay almost ten thousand euros to a high government official for defamation.
Government control in Singapore grows as more websites must get onerous licenses.
Zainab al-Khawaja, who is eight months pregnant, was in court on 14 October to face charges relating to two previous incidents. She was arrested again in the courtroom for ripping up a photo of the King.
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This report by Cathal Sheerin identifies several challenges to free expression in Kyrgyzstan, including restrictions on minority linguistic rights and proposed legislation to criminalise the so-called "propaganda" of "non-traditional" relationships.