In light of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the Media Foundation for West Africa is highlighting the story Musa Saidykhan, who, in 2006, was arrested and tortured by Gambian security forces for exercising his right to free expression.
Google, Facebook, Amazon and beyond... The Electronic Frontier Foundation's fifth annual report looks at online service providers' privacy and transparency practices.
Police in Armenia used force to disperse a largely peaceful protest on June 23, 2015, raising concerns about potential human rights violations.
June 5th marked seven years since the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice ordered the government of The Gambia to release “Chief” Ebrima Manneh, a journalist who has been missing since July 2006. Unfortunately, Manneh’s whereabouts remain unknown.
Between the highjacking of the #Baku2015 hashtag on Twitter, John Oliver's hilarious critique of the games, and U2 appealing to audience members to stand with Azerbaijan's political prisoners, non-athletes around the world have managed to turn the European Games on its head.
RSF hails the policy improvements, including provisions for involving the families more and the possibility of negotiating with hostage-takers, but says the US authorities must now demonstrate that they are equal to the hopes raised by the announcement.
Farghadani was first arrested and imprisoned in August 2014 for a cartoon she posted on Facebook, critical of members of parliament. She was released in November 2014 but re-arrested six weeks later and sentenced to 12 years and nine months in jail.
Blogger Roy Ngerng is worried that the damages in a defamation case filed against him by Singapore's prime minister, will deal him a financial blow from which he may not be able to recover.
Ashok Dulal, a journalist with "Rajdhani" daily, published in Kathmandu, Nepal, was threatened for taking a photograph of a damaged school.
Sheikh Ali Salman, leader of the Al-Wefaq Society and a prominent religious figure in Bahrain, was charged with publicly inciting hatret, insulting public institutions, and promoting a change in the regime.
In a joint letter, NGOs and membership organisations have called on the National Assembly of Cambodia to immediately withdraw the draft Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations (LANGO).
Women are challenging traditional notions of journalism and what it means to work in the media industry, carving their own path to ensure their voices are heard and their stories are told.
"The government needs to recognize that the freedom to express your gender is as fundamental as any other freedom," said HRW after a Sharia (Islamic law) court in Malaysia has sentenced nine transgender women to fines, and two to one-month jail terms.
The largest development bank in the world has done little to prevent or dissuade governments from intimidating critics of the projects it funds.
"Lukasz Masiak was one of the most recognised journalists in the region. Often he undertook and wrote about difficult and controversial topics. He wrote boldly and honestly, for which he was highly regarded in the journalistic community."
Nearly seven years after Amanda Lindhout was kidnapped in Somalia, along with Australian photographer Nigel Brennan and translator Abdifatah Elmi, one of the alleged masterminds behind their ordeal has been charged.
"Policing demonstrations can be difficult, but beating people certainly isn’t acceptable crowd control," said Lydia Gall, Balkans and Eastern Europe researcher at Human Rights Watch. "And beating a journalist covering a protest is not just unlawful, but an indefensible attack on press freedom."
Sentenced to 15 years in prison and a 15-year travel ban following his release, Saudi lawyer and rights advocate Waleed Abulkhair—the recipient of numerous human rights awards—is paying a steep price for challenging the views and practices of Saudi Arabia’s religious and political leaders.
The Inter American Press Association condemns the murder in Mexico of journalist Ismael Díaz López, and calls on the authorities to undertake an urgent and exhaustive investigation to determine if the motive for the crime was related to his work.
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Journalists Beatriz Lara Mendoza and Alfredo Parada of El Aragueño newspaper were arrested and strip-searched after being mistakenly summoned to a police station where dangerous criminals were being held.