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16 August 2016 |

Student protest leaders sentenced in Hong Kong

Student protest leaders sentenced in Hong Kong The Hong Kong government should quash the convictions of the students and revise the Public Order Ordinance to bring it in line with international human rights standards, Human Rights Watch said.
16 August 2016 |

Oman arrests journalists of Azamn newspaper in affront to free press

The three arrests of Azamn journalists are not isolated incidents. The Government of Oman has been recently stifling expressions of free press and free speech.
16 August 2016 |

Iranian journalist Issa Saharkhiz sentenced to three years in jail

A revolutionary court in Tehran sentenced the prominent Iranian journalist Issa Saharkhiz to three years in jail on August 8 for "insulting the Supreme Leader" and "propagating against the state," according to his lawyer, Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaei, and news reports.
15 August 2016 |

Cybercrime law adopted in Saint Vincent and Grenadines is fundamentally flawed

Cybercrime law adopted in Saint Vincent and Grenadines is fundamentally flawed IFEX members protest the impact on free expression of the overly broad bill, adopted on 12 August.
15 August 2016 |

How to build a responsible & secure whistleblower site

How to build a responsible & secure whistleblower site How do players in the free speech community, such as NGOs and journalists, make it safer to be a whistleblower? By providing secure digital platforms designed to connect them and the journalists who use the leaked information.
15 August 2016 |

Palestinian rights defenders seeking accountability at the ICC threatened

New anonymous death threats have been made against staff members of a Palestinian human rights organization advocating an investigation by the International Criminal Court into alleged war crimes in Palestine.
15 August 2016 |

Radio station shut down after show analyses report on corruption in Liberia

Radio station shut down after show analyses report on corruption in Liberia On 13 August 2016, fully geared Police Support Unit officers and the National Security Agency of Liberia were seen barricading the premises of Radio LIB24. The event occurred barely 24 hours after The Costa Show analyzed a Global Witness corruption report on Liberia.
12 August 2016 |

Pakistan's cyber crime law set to raise havoc

Pakistan's cyber crime law set to raise havoc "Too little too late" from opposition parties as new law is set to criminalize dissent of all types.
12 August 2016 |

Bahrain must end reprisals and harassment of human rights defender Sheikh Maytham Al-Salman

Bahrain must end reprisals and harassment of human rights defender Sheikh Maytham Al-Salman IFEX members call on the Government of Bahrain to stop the and judicial harassment and reprisals against Sheikh Maytham Al-Salman.
12 August 2016 |

How governments chip away at rights defenders' freedom and spirit

How governments chip away at rights defenders' freedom and spirit Jail sentences, torture and disappearances make the headlines. But, as rights defenders in Bahrain, Egypt and Turkey have found out, other forms of harassment can leave deep scars too.
12 August 2016 |

Demolition protest costs 14-year-old his life

Demolition protest costs 14-year-old his life Serious concerns follow the deployment of Angolan military police over protests against the demolition of 625 homes.
12 August 2016 |

Armenia sacks Yerevan police chief following attacks on protestors

Armenia sacks Yerevan police chief following attacks on protestors The suspension and even sacking of police officers, especially such senior figures, was dramatic and could be a sign that there will be accountability for what happened on July 29, when police violently dispersed a crowd of protesters.
12 August 2016 |

Peru invests US$22 million to spy on its citizens

Examining Latin America's growing enthusiasm for investing in surveillance...and its lackadaisical privacy legislation.
12 August 2016 |

Weighing in on the "cyber terrorism" debate in Zimbabwe

Weighing in on the This continuous misleading of the citizenry on what constitutes cyber terrorism instills fear and self-censorship among citizens when exercising their rights to free expression, access to information and freedom of conscience.
12 August 2016 |

Opposition journalist in great danger in Tajik prison

The editor of Najot, a newspaper linked to the opposition Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan (IRPT), Khikmatullo Sayfullozoda was arrested on 16 September 2015, at the same time as the IRPT’s leaders, and was sentenced to 16 years in prison on 2 June 2016.
11 August 2016 |

Hong Kong and Taiwan media used to promote Chinese government image

Hong Kong and Taiwan media used to promote Chinese government image IFJ criticises the recent action of the Chinese authorities to attempt to influence the reporting of Hong Kong and Taiwan media at key court cases, and demands the authorities immediately cease this practice.
11 August 2016 |

Malware linked to government of Kazakhstan targets journalists, political activists, lawyers

“The use of malware to spy on and intimidate dissidents beyond their borders is an increasingly common tactic employed by oppressive governments,” said Eva Galperin, Global Policy Analyst at EFF and one of the report’s authors.
11 August 2016 |

Ecuador reprimands journalist, TV station for investigative reports

Ecuador reprimands journalist, TV station for investigative reports "All of this process and the absurd conclusion demonstrate that in Ecuador, you can't do investigative journalism, that the Communications Law is made to shut up journalists who make the authorities uncomfortable," says journalist Janet Hinostroza.
10 August 2016 |

Human Rights Watch researcher blocked from continuing work in DRC

Human Rights Watch researcher blocked from continuing work in DRC "This is about more than forcing Ida Sawyer out of Congo, but is a brazen attempt to muzzle reporting on the government’s brutal repression of those supporting presidential term limits."
10 August 2016 |

Threat to environmental defenders and indigenous communities in Latin America increasing

Threat to environmental defenders and indigenous communities in Latin America increasing Latin America is, by far, the most dangerous region in the world for environmental human rights defenders (EHRDs), who face violence, threats, surveillance and arbitrary detention.


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