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19 May 2015 |

Syria: American journalist's mother asks his abductors to let him speak to her

Syria: American journalist's mother asks his abductors to let him speak to her A hostage in Syria since 14 August 2012, Austin Tice completed his 1,000th day in captivity last week.
15 May 2015 |

Ahead of cartoonist's trial, NGOs call on Malaysian government to drop charges

Ahead of cartoonist's trial, NGOs call on Malaysian government to drop charges Charged under the Sedition Act in Malaysia, internationally known political cartoonist Zunar could face 43 years in jail for a tweet.
15 May 2015 |

Vietnamese editor faces anti-state charges for reporting on corruption

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 13 May 2015.
15 May 2015 |

FOI bill well positioned for passage by Philippines Congress

FOI bill well positioned for passage by Philippines Congress While the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill is well positioned for passage, Congress will be working within a very tight timetable. The Right to Know. Right Now! Coalition has set up an online Congress Action on FOI tracker to monitor developments in the coming days, weeks, and months.
15 May 2015 |

Countering anti-LGBT discrimination in hostile environments

Countering anti-LGBT discrimination in hostile environments In the run-up to the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on 17 May, planned activities in Burundi, Myanmar, India, Jamaica, and Bangladesh offer a sample of what is being done to counter discrimination even in hostile environments.
15 May 2015 |

Defying the spiral of silence: A video against self-censorship

Defying the spiral of silence: A video against self-censorship The campaign was launched by I'lam Media Center, a Palestinian NGO that works to protect citizens' freedom of expression and give them a sense of control and empowerment.
15 May 2015 |

Impunity persists 10 years after massacre left hundreds dead

Impunity persists 10 years after massacre left hundreds dead “Fear still hangs over the people of Uzbekistan.” On 13 May 2005, government forces killed hundreds of protesters who had gathered to speak out against poverty and government repression.
14 May 2015 |

Venezuelan judge stops media owners from leaving country

A court order in Venezuela prevents 22 executives and representatives of news media, who are involved in a lawsuit filed by National Assembly President, from leaving the country.
14 May 2015 |

PayPal blocks donations for report on Russian actions in Ukraine

PayPal blocks donations for report on Russian actions in Ukraine The "Putin. War" report was published online on 12 May 2015. The bulk of the research and writing was done by Boris Nemtsov, an opposition figure who was murdered in February 2015.
14 May 2015 |

GEO TV journalist forced to leave Peshawar after latest detainment

Rasool Dawar, a special correspondent for Geo TV hailing from North Waziristan, left Peshawar in the last week stating that he felt insecure in the region, where he has been twice detained for hours under 'extremely torturous conditions' by the security agencies.
14 May 2015 |

Act to keep Malaysian cartoonist Zunar from serving 43 years in prison

Act to keep Malaysian cartoonist Zunar from serving 43 years in prison

Sign the IFJ Asia-Pacific petition to help #FreeZunar
13 May 2015 |

UN experts: Secretive trade agreements threaten human rights

UN experts: Secretive trade agreements threaten human rights Experts at the UN warn of both the substance of agreements like the TPP and the secretive, corporate-dominated process.
13 May 2015 |

Another secular blogger killed; another voice of tolerance silenced

Another secular blogger killed; another voice of tolerance silenced Ananta Bijoy Das is the third blogger killed in Bangladesh in three months; all criticised fundamentalism and promoted freedom of thought and expression.
13 May 2015 |

Burkina Faso bans live political broadcasts for three months

Burkina Faso’s Higher Council for Communication's communiqué said public health programmes and programmes of a recreational, sentimental or cultural nature were exempted from the ban "as long as they stayed within their subject."
13 May 2015 |

Lithuania's defamation reform bill doesn’t go far enough

Lithuania's defamation reform bill doesn’t go far enough A defamation reform bill pending before the Lithuanian Parliament would constitute a welcome step in the right direction, but should be further amended to meet international standards, the International Press Institute (IPI) and Article 19 said, following a joint two-day mission to Lithuania.
13 May 2015 |

The deadly consequences of practicing journalism in Iraq

The deadly consequences of practicing journalism in Iraq Journalist Raed Al-Joubouri’s murder at his Baghdad home last week comes just days after another journalist, Thaer Alali, was publicly killed by ISIS.
12 May 2015 |

Freedom of information violations: The elections connection

Freedom of information violations: The elections connection In the months leading up to local elections in DRC there have been weeks of internet outages, social media blocks and closures of media outlets.
12 May 2015 |

Open access for foreign journalists in Papua? Cautious welcome for Indonesian president's promise

Open access for foreign journalists in Papua? Cautious welcome for Indonesian president's promise AJI welcomes President Joko Widodo's statement that he would open wide the gates for foreign journalists to carry out their journalistic duties in Papua. AJI will closely monitor the implementation of this promise.
12 May 2015 |

In secret decision, Burmese military court acquits soldiers accused of journalist's murder

The IFJ and the South East Asia Journalist Unions (SEAJU) demand a full investigation into the secret acquittal of the unnamed soldiers charged with murdering Burmese freelance journalist Aung Kyaw Naing in 2014.
12 May 2015 |

Radio journalist kidnapped in Guerrero state, Mexico

Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by a wave of violence against journalists in Mexico in which the latest victim, radio presenter Bernardo Javier Cano Torres, was abducted near the troubled city of Iguala.


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