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17 September 2014 |

Female journalist stabbed to death in northern Afghanistan

Female journalist stabbed to death in northern Afghanistan AFJC is saddened to learn that journalist Palwasha Tokhi Meranzai was stabbed to death in broad daylight in northern Afghanistan; she had reportedly received a death threat about a month before the incident.
17 September 2014 |

Access to timely, accurate information is critical to Ebola response

Access to timely, accurate information is critical to Ebola response Media crackdowns in Liberia and Sierra Leone may be cutting off access to potentially life-saving information about Ebola.
17 September 2014 |

Journalist beheadings in Syria reignite debate over risk and safety for freelancers

Now that the initial wave of revulsion at the beheading of two young journalists has passed, the international media is wringing its hands and asking how it can spare others the heartbreak of the families of U.S. journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff.
16 September 2014 |

Burmese comedian Zarganar on his time in prison, securing the release of political prisoners

Burmese comedian Zarganar on his time in prison, securing the release of political prisoners In this interview, Zarganar, Burma's most popular comedian, speaks about his campaign to secure the release of remaining political prisoners, as well as his unlikely friendship with a murderer known as Buffalo, who helped him find the path to forgiveness.
16 September 2014 |

Reporting on possible Ebola outbreak in Venezuela treated as campaign against the state

Reporting on possible Ebola outbreak in Venezuela treated as campaign against the state Tareck El Aissami, Aragua state governor, has been authorised to investigate reporters who have written about a possible outbreak of Ebola at the Central Hospital in Maracay, capital city of Aragua.
16 September 2014 |

Is new Mexican law for protection of minors a "Trojan horse"?

The IAPA's concern over a proposed law for the protection of minors is based on legislative experience in the Americas, where many laws for the protection of minors have included restrictions of news content.
16 September 2014 |

Critical Chinese writer Tie Liu arrested, home raided

Chinese writer and publisher Tie Liu has been detained on a charge of "picking quarrels and provoking trouble". He had recently written online articles criticising Communist Party propaganda chief Liu Yunshan for restrictions on press freedom.
16 September 2014 |

Yemeni soldiers fire live ammunition at Houthi protesters killing nine

Yemeni soldiers fire live ammunition at Houthi protesters killing nine Houthis, a Zaidi Shi’a resistance group, held demonstrations in Sanaa on September 7 and 9, 2014. The heavy-handed response by state security forces resulted in loss of life and injuries to the demonstrators.
15 September 2014 |

Concern over police abuses in Vietnamese prisons, 'uneven' media coverage

Police throughout Vietnam abuse people in their custody, in some cases leading to death, Human Rights Watch said in a new report. Local media coverage of these incidents has been uneven, raising serious concerns about the negative impact of government control of the media
15 September 2014 |

Ecuadorian president's staff assigns question to journalist at event

On August 14, 2014 President Rafael Correa, during a discussion with journalists in Loja, refused to answer a question asked by the journalist Paulina Bustamante from Daily Centinela. She later apologized to the president for not asking a question that had been assigned to her by state officials.
15 September 2014 |

Legal amendments give authorities power to block websites, amass Internet user data

Legal amendments give authorities power to block websites, amass Internet user data New legal amendments deepen existing internet censorship in Turkey, increase surveillance of internet users, and violate privacy.
15 September 2014 |

UN HRC: Right to water and sanitation relies on free expression

In an oral statement to the UN Human Rights Council on 9 September 2014, ARTICLE 19 welcomed the annual report of the Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation for making strong recommendations for States to recognise the connection between the right to water and sanitation and the right to freedom of expression.
15 September 2014 |

The IGF and the 'inconvenient' ungovForum

At the recent Internet Governance Forum held in Turkey, the authorities rejected applications for workshops filed by grassroots-based Turkish organizations about the Turkish government's acts of censorship and surveillance. The ungovForum was therefore set up as an alternative forum and counterpoint to the IGF.
15 September 2014 |

Conditions increasingly restrictive for foreign correspondents in China

A new report by the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China says that conditions for international journalists reporting in China have steadily deteriorated in recent years, and that the government has failed to fulfill pledges made before the Beijing Games to foster an open reporting environment for international journalists.
15 September 2014 |

Republic of Congo: Journalist robbed, sister raped, in suspected government-orchestrated act

An armed robbery at TV journalist Elie Smith’s Brazzaville home in the early hours of 10 September, during which Smith’s sister was raped, is suspected by Smith’s media colleagues of being a government-orchestrated act of reprisal.
15 September 2014 |

Restrictions on campus protest could spark unrest in Egypt

Restrictions on campus protest could spark unrest in Egypt With just a few weeks to go before Egyptian universities open their gates to students for the start of the new academic year, the Egyptian authorities are feeling jittery — and rightly so.
15 September 2014 |

Politically-motivated attacks on journalists in Haitian town

At least five journalists have been the victims of physical or verbal attacks in the past month in Petit-Goâve, a coastal town 65 km west of Port-au-Prince.
15 September 2014 |

Omani blogger targeted, harassed for his criticism of government policies

Police released Mohammed al-Fazari on September 4, 2014, without filing charges against him, but threatened to prosecute him if he continued criticizing the government.
12 September 2014 |

Gambia: President should reject homophobic law

Gambia: President should reject homophobic law Several provisions of the Gambian law violate international human rights law and amount to persecution on the basis of real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. Sections of the law are similar to the harsh homophobic legislation that was annulled in August 2014 in Uganda.
12 September 2014 |

Opposition supporter 'disappeared' in Thailand

Human Rights Watch has repeatedly raised serious concerns regarding the use of arbitrary arrest and secret military detention by the military-led junta.


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