"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."
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.
This statement was originally published on ifj.org
on 20 February 2015.
Alaa Abdel Fattah, an iconic symbol of the 2011 Egyptian revolution, was sentenced along with 24 other defendants on 23 February 2015.
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.
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.
Privacy International's campaign gives everyone a chance to remedy illegal government activity and hold intelligence agencies accountable.
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.
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).
Since Rugurika's arrest in January, there has been a huge public mobilization campaign by Burundian journalists and independent groups.
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.
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.
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?
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.
What does a surveillance state look like? That is the question photographer and "experimental geographer" Trevor Paglen tries to address in his recent projects.
"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.
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.
Safa Al Ahmad took enormous risks during her regular trips to document the violent protests.
At an event in Washington organised by the IACHR Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression participants discussed the risks and benefits of communications laws.
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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.