Human Rights Watch mourns the passing of U Win Tin, one of Burma's most prominent human rights activists and journalists. A longtime journalist who later spent years as a political prisoner, he died of renal failure on 21 April 2014, at the age of 85.
Whether across the airwaves, on the Internet, or at the polling booth, dictators are assisted by a range of private actors who are based in free countries but sell their services to unsavory regimes abroad.
The Riyadh Criminal Court sentenced activist and blogger Fadel Al-Manasif to 15 years in jail on 17 April for participating in demonstrations in the Al-Qatif region in Saudi Arabia in 2011.
French journalists who had been held in northern Syria by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) since June 2013 – Didier François, Edouard Elias, Nicolas Hénin and Pierre Torres – were released at the Turkish border on 18 April 2014.
Henry Pinedo, the director of Radio Ayahuasca, reported that his team has received various death threats in text messages sent to their mobile phones. It is thought that the threats are related to reporting on problems with the local city waste collection service.
Mohamed Omar Mohamed, an advertising/marketing staffer for Radio Dalsan and activist at a local youth organisation, was murdered in Bakara Market on 21 April after being reportedly shot six times.
At least ten Cambodian National Rescue Party supporters and onlookers were beaten, including four seriously injured, by private security guards, as elected CNRP Member of Parliament Ms. Mu Sochua was chased away from Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Many of the people injured were present to photograph and videotape the events.
"Sudan needs to address evidence that its forces killed scores of people during protests, and arbitrarily arrested and tortured detainees," said Daniel Bekele, Africa director at Human Rights Watch. "Instead of investigating these crimes, it’s using brutality and violence to silence perceived opponents."
The criminal defamation charges brought against journalists Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian aim ultimately to curb further reporting on the Thai military's alleged involvement in gross human rights abuses, said CPJ.
Senior journalist and anchorman Hamid Mir was shot by unknown assailants. He had previously warned his colleagues and officials of an alleged Inter Service Intelligence plan to "eliminate" him.
On 16 April 2014, Alfredo Valdiviezo, the brother of journalist Fausto Valdiviezo, who was killed on 11 April 2013, received a threatening phone call while at his mother’s home in the city of Guayaquil.
The corrosion of academic freedom of expression in post-revolutionary Egypt continues.
On 17 April 2014, Iranian guards and intelligence officials raided a section of Tehran's Evin Prison holding political prisoners. At least seven journalists were attacked in this unprecedented act of violence which left dozens of prisoners injured.
The Inter American Press Association urges Colombia’s authorities to identify the perpetrators in the murder of Colombian journalist Nelson Carvajal on the 16th anniversary of his assassination – a call the organization has been making since it began investigating the case in 2001.
If the telecommunications bill is adopted in its present form, blogs and social networks with more than 3,000 visits a day will be subject to requirements similar to news media and will have to register with Roskomnadzor, the communications oversight agency.
IPI members approved various resolutions during the course of the General Assembly, including language sharply criticising the governments of Ethiopia and Egypt for their use of anti-terror laws against journalists and a call for authorities in Russia and Ukraine to end pressure on media and allow greater exchange of information between and within both countries.
A technician and reporters at a Nepalese radio station were threatened after airing a news story about how some were being lured abroad for employment "with false promises of handsome salaries".
Australia's new guidelines, "Social Media Policy of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet", outline what can and cannot be done on social media by civil servants and seem at pains to cover all bases while also being remarkably intrusive compared with other similar government documents.
Reporters Without Borders condemns independent journalist Juliet Michelena Díaz’s detention since 7 April 2014, three days after she wrote a by-lined report for the Miami-based independent news platform Cubanet about a case of ordinary police violence she had witnessed in Havana.
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The IFJ condemns the Chinese Internet regulators for restraining people's freedom to comment on the trial of a prominent microblogger, who admitted in court to charges of rumour-mongering on the net.