China's leading Internet regulatory body issued a media directive stating that mobile phone apps of Chinese news organisations are not to send more than three push notifications of "negative news" related to public security and law during President Xi's visit to the U.S.
"A year after Hong Kong people staged an unprecedented protest for democracy, the government continues to deny this fundamental right, while pressing charges against student leaders for organizing the peaceful movement," said Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch. "This raises real concerns about adherence to international human rights standards."
The public's right to freedom of information (FOI) in Southeast Asia only marginally improved in the last decade with most societies experiencing the tightening noose of secrecy laws or policies. SEAPA provides an analysis of developments in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.
Each year, the world's leaders are invited to New York for the United Nations General Assembly, where they are given a platform to speak freely and openly. But while the leaders of many countries enjoy this privilege, their journalists back home are jailed, threatened, attacked, or even killed for reporting the news.
Italian cameraman Andrea Bernardi and his Palestinian colleague photographer Abbas Momani, both clearly identifiable as journalists, were violently assaulted by soldiers at Beit Furik, near Nablus while they covered clashes between the army and Palestinian protesters.
MISA's 2015 report reveals that direct requests for information are still generally met with hostility within the public service, with researchers experiencing long delays, non-responsive institutions or demands to justify their request for information.
It's not just those who speak out who are sent to jail. Increasingly, EFF has seen coders, designers, makers, and hackers detained or threatened with prison for their work protecting or enhancing free expression and privacy.
A recent journalism graduate, Yama Behroz, was killed when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded at his doorstep in Faizabad, Northern Afghanistan. Some of the reports suggested that the IED was planted at his door, and he was then called and asked to come out of the house.
On 7 September 2015, authorities charged Pastor Omot Agwa, Ashinie Astin, and Jamal Oumar Hojele under the counterterrorism law after detaining them for nearly six months. The charge sheet refers to the food security workshop, which was organized by an indigenous rights group and two international organizations, as a “terrorist group meeting.”
As the world celebrates International Right to Know Day, which takes place on 28 September every year, ARTICLE 19 calls on the Tunisian parliament to carry out its responsibilities to protect access to information, as set out in Article 32 of the constitution, and in international law.
Courts have long recognized that the First Amendment protects parodies. EFF has filed a brief urging a Michigan state court of appeals to apply the same protections to parodies posted on Twitter as to parodies everywhere else.
Uzbekistan police have detained two human rights activists in recent days as they documented forced labor in the country's cotton fields. For years, the Uzbek government has relied on the forced labour of over a million people each year to pick cotton.
Last week The Washington Post
disclosed a draft memorandum, allegedly penned by U.S. National Security Council staff members, indicating quiet but widespread agreement that the president should at least defer weakening encryption through compelled technical backdoors.
Journalist Karma Khayat is facing a possible seven-year jail sentence or fine of 100,000 euros, or both. The tribunal is scheduled to pass sentence on 28 September. Khayat plans to appeal.
An Islamic militant group in Bangladesh, Ansarullah Bangla Team, has issued a 'hit-list' of secular bloggers, writers and activists around the world, saying they will be killed if its demands are not met. This list includes a number of individuals who are based overseas.
Justice Paul Uuter Dery, who has been implicated in a bribery and corruption exposé by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, has accused the MFWA, an IFEX member, of contempt of court.
Hungarian authorities have denied the press entrance to refugee camps and transit centres. Police have beaten journalists with batons, broken their equipment, and thrown teargas at them, even when they identify themselves as members of the press.
Despite today’s development, IPI noted that journalists in Egypt continue to face a number of challenges to press freedom and it urged authorities to implement a broad list of recommendations IPI released last month aimed at reversing the ongoing deterioration of press freedom in the country.
Since April 2015, security forces have detained five prominent members of Iran’s Teachers’ Association, as well as the secretary general of the Teachers Organization of Iran.
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