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5 February 2016 |

Profile: Lawyer Eric Gitari

Profile: Lawyer Eric Gitari In Kenya, violence and discrimination against LGBTI people is rife. Yet signs of growing tolerance and the recent lifting of bans that had made organisations supporting LGBTI rights illegal can be attributed to the persistent lobbying and awareness raising by activists such as lawyer Eric Gitari.
5 February 2016 |

Profile: Lawyer Maria Kozlovskaya

Profile: Lawyer Maria Kozlovskaya Maria Kozlovskaya is a Russian lawyer who is at the forefront of the defence of LGBT activists on trial under anti-gay 'propaganda' laws, and in the fight against the daily discrimination, harassment and violence against them.
4 February 2016 |

Darfur activist dies after arrest, suspected torture

Darfur activist dies after arrest, suspected torture "The death of this Darfuri human rights defender is a sobering reminder that the Government of Sudan continues to carry out mass human rights abuses in Darfur, as the armed conflict there approaches its 13th year."
4 February 2016 |

African free expression groups to engage stakeholders on Internet rights and freedoms

African free expression groups to engage stakeholders on Internet rights and freedoms

Representatives of 19 of the most prominent freedom of expression organisations in Africa have been equipped with knowledge, skills and strategies needed to engage stakeholders on digital rights issues, following a two-day capacity building workshop organised by the African Freedom of Expression Exchange.
4 February 2016 |

Venezuela's national assembly reopens to the press after five-year ban

Venezuela's national assembly reopens to the press after five-year ban In 2010, deputies of the ruling Socialist Party approved a measure banning journalists from the press balcony. Instead, they were relegated to a cramped room where they could monitor congress only by watching the sessions on a state TV channel.
4 February 2016 |

Criminal defamation ruled unconstitutional in Zimbabwe

Criminal defamation ruled unconstitutional in Zimbabwe While this judgment is a welcome development, MISA Zimbabwe remains mindful of the fact that there is a litany of statutes that can still be used to criminalise freedom of expression, including the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
3 February 2016 |

IFJ report reflects on the most dangerous countries for journalists over the past 25 years

One of the findings which is borne out of the report is the scant consideration for the levels of violence against journalists around the world, with just one of ten killings being investigated.
3 February 2016 |

Medium's sitewide encryption confronts censorship in Malaysia

Medium's sitewide encryption confronts censorship in Malaysia Blogging platform Medium is now blocked in Malaysia, apparently in an effort to censor an investigative news outlet critical of the government.
3 February 2016 |

China's Great Media Wall: A report on press freedom and challenges for journalists

China's Great Media Wall: A report on press freedom and challenges for journalists The IFJ's newly released 2015 report is an annual analysis of press freedom and the ever increasing obstacles and challenges for journalists and media workers in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau.
3 February 2016 |

LGBT activist found guilty of violating Russia's "gay propaganda" law

LGBT activist found guilty of violating Russia's Activist Sergei Alekseenko said that one of the online posts deemed “propaganda” was reposted from another user's account, which stated: “Children! To be gay means to be a person who is brave, strong, confident, persistent, who has a sense of dignity and self-respect.”
3 February 2016 |

UN counter-extremism initiatives must not infringe on free expression rights

UN counter-extremism initiatives must not infringe on free expression rights Civil society groups express concern over the potential for overbroad anti-extremism practices to limit free expression
3 February 2016 |

Death sentence repealed, but Palestinian poet still faces flogging, jail

Death sentence repealed, but Palestinian poet still faces flogging, jail
 A Saudi Arabian court replaced a death sentence for Palestinian poet, Ashraf Fayadh, with an eight year prison term and 800 lashes on charges of apostasy.
2 February 2016 |

A victory for Jineth Bedoya and all Colombian survivors of sexual violence

 A victory for Jineth Bedoya and all Colombian survivors of sexual violence Fifteen years after the brutal attack on the investigative journalist, and following many legal delays, Mario Jaimes Mejía has confessed, and recognized that the crimes he was charged with are crimes against humanity.
2 February 2016 |

Tunisian journalists missing in Libya: Seventeen months of radio silence

Tunisian journalists missing in Libya: Seventeen months of radio silence
There has been no information about the fate of Sofiane Chourabi and Nadhir Ktari in the 17 months since their disappearance in eastern Libya while on assignment for Tunisia’s First TV.
2 February 2016 |

Serbian journalists take to streets to protest deteriorating media freedom

Serbian journalists take to streets to protest deteriorating media freedom The media accuse the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) of putting political pressure on journalists, while Prime Aleksandar Vucic has described the protests as an “attempt to destabilize” Serbia and has called for parliamentary elections in April, two years ahead of schedule.
2 February 2016 |

Turkey seeks life terms for journalists Can Dündar, Erdem Gül

Turkey seeks life terms for journalists Can Dündar, Erdem Gül The charges against both journalists include “gathering secret state documents for the purposes of political and military espionage” and “deliberate support for a terrorist organization without being a member”.
1 February 2016 |

Kazakh activists get prison time for Facebook posts

Kazakh activists get prison time for Facebook posts Authorities arrested the men in October 2015 in connection with Facebook posts about a text, attributed to another activist, which describes the Kazakh nation in provocative terms. Authorities claimed that the posts contained signs of 'inciting national discord.'
1 February 2016 |

Two journalists killed in the same Mexican state in span of only two days

“The cocktail of violence, corruption and impunity has turned Mexico into a disastrous country for journalism,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America desk.
1 February 2016 |

Government closes opposition TV stations owned by former governor of Katanga

Nyota TV and Radio Télévision Mapendo were closed on 28 January by the communication ministry, on the pretext that they have not paid their taxes.
29 January 2016 |

On the fate of eleven members of targeted Saudi civil rights group

The Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association was established in 2009 to promote civil and political rights and to respond to increased arrests following the second Gulf war. The Saudi government, intent on shutting it down, has been systematically targeting members.


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