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21 October 2014 |

Supreme Court of Pakistan to indict TV chief and anchor for contempt

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’.
20 October 2014 |

Excessive force, violations of due process at Ecuador protests

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.
20 October 2014 |

Radio journalist's sentence galvanises call to end criminal defamation in Uganda

Radio journalist's sentence galvanises call to end criminal defamation in Uganda 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.
20 October 2014 |

Victory for free expression in Lebanon as censorship bureau approves critical play

Victory for free expression in Lebanon as censorship bureau approves critical play Censorship body gives green light to latest play from Index award nominee Lucien Bourjeily, despite being featured heavily in the work.
20 October 2014 |

Five journalists sentenced to jail in Burma

Three journalists and two publishers were sentenced on 16 October to two years in prison on anti-state charges in Burma.
20 October 2014 |

Kyrgyzstan should reject bill criminalising expression about LGBTI rights and people

Kyrgyzstan should reject bill criminalising expression about LGBTI rights and people 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."
20 October 2014 |

Journalist assaulted by cadres of the Bangladesh Chhatra League

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.
17 October 2014 |

Paraguayan journalist shot to death despite being granted police protection

Pablo Medina, a correspondent for ABC Color in Curuguaty, was killed on 16 October 2014. Medina had received threats in the past.
17 October 2014 |

Kurdish journalists detained by Turkish authorities after fleeing northern Syria

Kurdish journalists detained by Turkish authorities after fleeing northern Syria 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.
17 October 2014 |

Ecuadorian TV station fined for showing "morbid" content

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.
17 October 2014 |

South Sudan: President should veto abusive security bill

South Sudan: President should veto abusive security bill
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.
17 October 2014 |

Three women journalists abducted, sexually assaulted in Papua New Guinea

Three women journalists abducted, sexually assaulted in Papua New Guinea 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.
17 October 2014 |

Libya remains extremely dangerous for journalists

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.
17 October 2014 |

Mexican authorities must investigate Sinaloan journalist's disappearance

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.
16 October 2014 |

Azerbaijan: Stop harassment and legal action against leading investigative journalist

Azerbaijan: Stop harassment and legal action against leading investigative journalist 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.
16 October 2014 |

Sudan: Police beat, arrest female students

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.
16 October 2014 |

Macedonian investigative magazine "Fokus" fined thousands of euros in defamation case

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.
16 October 2014 |

Space narrows for online news media in Singapore

Space narrows for online news media in Singapore Government control in Singapore grows as more websites must get onerous licenses.
16 October 2014 |

Bahraini rights activist Zainab Al-Khawaja arrested for tearing monarch's photo

Bahraini rights activist Zainab Al-Khawaja arrested for tearing monarch's photo 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.
16 October 2014 |

Threats to minority linguistic education, LGBT rights amongst free expression concerns in Kyrgyzstan

Threats to minority linguistic education, LGBT rights amongst free expression concerns in Kyrgyzstan 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.


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