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17 December 2014 |

Indonesia, U.S. urged to declassify, make public documents on 1965-66 mass killings

Indonesia, U.S. urged to declassify, make public documents on 1965-66 mass killings "If the US Senate can issue a detailed report on US government responsibility for CIA torture nearly a decade ago, surely the Indonesian parliament can do the same for one of the 20th century's worst massacres," says Human Rights Watch.
17 December 2014 |

Media teams attacked while covering protest demonstrations in Pakistan

Media teams attacked while covering protest demonstrations in Pakistan Activists of the opposition political party PTI harassed Geo News media teams in Lahore, Faisalabad and Karachi. The ARY News channel also complained that workers of the ruling political partyhurled rotten eggs at their van while they were covering the PTI protest in Lahore.
17 December 2014 |

Huge libel damages aim to throttle Swaziland's only independent daily

The high court of Swaziland awarded damages of 550,000 lilangeni (41,000 euros) against the Times of Swaziland. The record sum is tantamount to a death sentence for the country’s only privately-owned daily.
17 December 2014 |

UAE's anti-terrorism law triggers fears it could be used to violate citizens' rights

The United Nations Human Rights Council is being asked by a colation of international NGOs to ensure that the UAE's anti-terrorism law is not used as a tool to target, imprison, intimidate and impede the work of rights defenders.
16 December 2014 |

West Bengal government restricts journalists' movement in government building

The West Bengal Police passed an order last week stating that journalists will not be allowed to enter any of the government department's offices without prior permission from the authorities. It also stated that if journalists are found violating the order, they would be arrested and charged under the Indian Penal Code and the Official Secrets Act.
16 December 2014 |

Macau government continues to deny entry to journalists

Macau government continues to deny entry to journalists Macau's immigration department has a notorious reputation of casually blocking entry to the territory in the lead-up to so-called sensitive periods. It reflects the government's abuse of power and does not defend people's right of movement.
16 December 2014 |

U.S. Justice department will not force reporter to name source

U.S. Justice department will not force reporter to name source The International Press Institute welcomed news that the U.S. government will not force New York Times reporter James Risen to go to jail rather than revealing a source, yet remain concerned that the Justice Department may still subpoena Risen to answer other questions that could indirectly identify the source.
16 December 2014 |

President Aliyev: release Azerbaijan's award-winning investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova

President Aliyev: release Azerbaijan's award-winning investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova Boost the global call to release Ismayilova, a free expression crusader featured during IFEX’s 2012 End Impunity campaign, who has been jailed since 4 December on unfounded “inciting suicide” charges
16 December 2014 |

South Korea urged to stop using criminal defamation laws

South Korea urged to stop using criminal defamation laws In the latest use of criminal defamation legislation, eight aides of President Park Geun-hye filed a complaint against reporters and staff members of a South Korean newspaper for reporting about a leaked document from the president's office.
16 December 2014 |

Rights groups urge ASEAN to break silence on enforced disappearance of Laotian activist

Rights groups urge ASEAN to break silence on enforced disappearance of Laotian activist On the second anniversary of the enforced disappearance of prominent Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, regional and international organisations condemn the government's ongoing refusal to provide any information regarding Sombath's fate or whereabouts.
16 December 2014 |

Setting a precedent? Israel classifies Al-Aqsa TV as a terrorist organisation

Setting a precedent? Israel classifies Al-Aqsa TV as a terrorist organisation Hamas-affiliated Al-Aqsa TV and its staff have been long-time targets of the Israeli authorities, but this is perhaps the first time that a media outlet is classified as a terrorist organisation.
15 December 2014 |

Television news channel illegally suspended in Karachi

On 10 December, the private news channel Saama TV was forced to go off the air in several areas of Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, for unknown reasons.
15 December 2014 |

Liberia: Former talk show host alleges there is a state-sponsored plan to kill her

Journalist Tetee Gebro, formerly of the Sky Communications Corporation, has raised alarm that state sponsored assassins are out for her. She made the allegation as a formal complaint to the Press Union of Liberia (PUL).
15 December 2014 |

Cambodians stand together in solidarity for Human Rights Day 2014

Cambodians stand together in solidarity for Human Rights Day 2014 10 December is an important moment for the human rights community in Cambodia to raise their concerns, and last week human rights defenders, monks, activists and civil society groups marched from across the country to Phnom Penh.
15 December 2014 |

Paraguayans rise up against mandatory data retention

Paraguayans rise up against mandatory data retention Paraguay's ex-dictator, Alfredo Stroessner, maintained his grip on power with the help of “pyragues”, informers who monitored the civilian population on his behalf. That’s why so many in the country recognise the dangers in its new proposed data retention bill.
15 December 2014 |

Concern over Pakistani journalist's safety as police withdraw protection; another journalist attacked

The senior leader of the IFJ affiliate, the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), in Lahore, is facing new threats; nevertheless the Punjab Police has decided to withdraw the protection it had provided to him.
15 December 2014 |

EU brings some transparency to dialogue with China

At a time when the Chinese government is resisting external scrutiny of its human rights record more ferociously than at any time in recent memory, the EU won a battle to wrap up the latest session of its official human rights dialogue with China with a joint press conference.
15 December 2014 |

ISIS, Boko Haram, Al-Shabaab: Preying on journalists with impunity

ISIS, Boko Haram, Al-Shabaab: Preying on journalists with impunity Extremist groups are targeting journalists in Somalia, Nigeria, Iraq and Syria. And the governments who should be protecting reporters seem unable or unwilling to do so.
15 December 2014 |

Mission Journal: Window of opportunity to advance press freedom in Indonesia

Problems continue for Indonesia's journalists, despite significant progress made since the end of Suharto's authoritarian 32-year rule in 1998.
15 December 2014 |

Palestinian official leading peaceful protest against settlements killed by Israeli forces

Palestinian official leading peaceful protest against settlements killed by Israeli forces Israeli forces marked Human Rights Day on 10 December by assaulting peaceful Palestinian protesters, including a Palestinian Authority minister Ziad Abu Ein, while they attempted to plant olive trees near illegal Israeli settlements.


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President Aliyev: release Azerbaijan's award-winning investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova

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  • Boost the global call to release Ismayilova, a free expression crusader featured during IFEX’s 2012 End Impunity campaign, who has been jailed since 4 December on unfounded “inciting suicide” charges

 
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