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24 February 2015 |

EU special representative for human rights must meet with Azerbaijan's jailed critics

EU special representative for human rights must meet with Azerbaijan's jailed critics "We have seen a marked deterioration in the human rights situation in Azerbaijan in recent months. A host of prominent reporters and civil society activists, who play a vital role in holding government to account, have been arrested and their voices silenced. The EU can — and should — do much more to hold Azerbaijan to account."
23 February 2015 |

UN free expression rapporteur shares thoughts on Burma, upcoming challenges

How can ongoing legal changes in Burma lead to an atmosphere that promotes press freedom, rather than limiting it? David Kaye, the U.N. special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and others will answer that question at the IPI's 2015 World Congress.
23 February 2015 |

Maldivian journalist receives death threats

This statement was originally published on ifj.org on 20 February 2015.
23 February 2015 |

A timeline of Egypt's Alaa Abdel Fattah: No stranger to an unjust judiciary

A timeline of Egypt's Alaa Abdel Fattah: No stranger to an unjust judiciary Alaa Abdel Fattah, an iconic symbol of the 2011 Egyptian revolution, was sentenced along with 24 other defendants on 23 February 2015.
20 February 2015 |

Three Vietnamese bloggers get jail terms for "abusing democratic freedoms"

RWB condemns the sentences ranging from 12 to 18 months in prison that a people's court imposed on three Vietnamese bloggers under criminal code article 258.
20 February 2015 |

Unprecedented crackdown on freedom of expression in Malaysia

In less than 50 days since the start of 2015, Malaysian police have detained or investigated at least 23 individuals in relation to statements that they have made.
20 February 2015 |

Did GCHQ spy on you? Demand government accountability for illegal spying

Did GCHQ spy on you? Demand government accountability for illegal spying Privacy International's campaign gives everyone a chance to remedy illegal government activity and hold intelligence agencies accountable.
20 February 2015 |

Sudan: 19 publications seized in 3 days

Sudan: 19 publications seized in 3 days The seizures not only constitute a grave violation of media pluralism but also inflict major financial losses on publications that are already fighting for economic survival.
19 February 2015 |

Senior Muslim Brotherhood official sentenced to 18 months in jail in Jordan for criticizing UAE

Jordan’s State Security Court sentenced a senior opposition figure on February 15, 2015, to 18 months in prison for criticizing the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
19 February 2015 |

Burundian court orders release of journalist Bob Rugurika

Since Rugurika's arrest in January, there has been a huge public mobilization campaign by Burundian journalists and independent groups.
19 February 2015 |

Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution and the evolution of art

Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution and the evolution of art In an attempt to avoid Western hegemony, Ayatollah Khomeini condemned all music deemed to be influenced by “foreigners”. This lead to an aggressive “cultural reconstruction” that attempted to eradicate many artists from Iran's music scene.
19 February 2015 |

Colombian journalist known for reporting on corruption killed at home radio station

On 14 February 2015, journalist Luis Peralta Cuellar was killed at his home in the department of Caquetá. Peralta was known for his critical journalistic style and he was heard across five municipalities.
18 February 2015 |

Fighting words: Taking on ISIS in the digital sphere

Fighting words: Taking on ISIS in the digital sphere ISIS has been steadily strengthening its grip on social media, it has proved how effective its means of recruitment online can be, and has displayed how fast it can spread propaganda on the Internet. These are strong weapons in any war. So who is fighting back?
18 February 2015 |

Ecuador media regulator sanctions newspaper over cartoon depicting lawmaker

Ecuador’s media regulator on Friday ordered the daily newspaper El Universo to issue a public apology over a political cartoon satirising a lawmaker from President Rafael Correa’s party.
18 February 2015 |

Making the invisible visible: An artist brings the surveillance state out of the shadows

Making the invisible visible: An artist brings the surveillance state out of the shadows What does a surveillance state look like? That is the question photographer and "experimental geographer" Trevor Paglen tries to address in his recent projects.
18 February 2015 |

Land rights activist gunned down in southern Thailand

"For too long Thai authorities have stood by while activists like Chai Bunthonglek have been murdered in cold blood for standing up for their communities," said HRW.
18 February 2015 |

Uzbekistan: Hayrullo Hamidov, prominent journalist and independent religious figure, freed

The Uzbek authorities' amnesty of a prominent journalist and independent religious figure should open the path to the release of other activists and religious believers imprisoned for the peaceful exercise of their fundamental rights, Human Rights Watch said.
18 February 2015 |

Profile of journalist who covertly filmed mass uprising in Saudi Arabian province

Profile of journalist who covertly filmed mass uprising in Saudi Arabian province
Safa Al Ahmad took enormous risks during her regular trips to document the violent protests.
17 February 2015 |

Is the best communication law no communication law at all?

Is the best communication law no communication law at all? At an event in Washington organised by the IACHR Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression participants discussed the risks and benefits of communications laws.
17 February 2015 |

Journalists express solidarity with Danish citizens, condemn Copenhagen attacks

Journalists express solidarity with Danish citizens, condemn Copenhagen attacks The deadly shootings took place at a meeting entitled “Art, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression" on Saturday and outside the city's main synagogue on Sunday.


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