Sign CIHRS and EuroMed Rights’ petition for freedom for five emblematic prisoners of conscience in Egypt.
In 2015 the United Nations' human rights mechanisms significantly increased their capacity to monitor and assess states' compliance with their obligations around the right to privacy. However, a spate of new laws that expand digital surveillance powers and reduce safeguards below the standards of international human rights law have been adopted by certain countries.
The new legislation contains 21 articles which seek to regulate a number of online activities in Kuwait. There is particular concern that the new law, especially articles 4, 6 and 7, could be used to limit freedom of expression on the Internet, as well as to target online activists including bloggers and citizen journalists.
Organised by the African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), the workshop aims to deepen participants' knowledge of online advocacy and develop strategies to create an Internet environment that fosters innovation, information sharing and development.
Demonstrations in favour of dignity and employment were held in Kasserine after an unemployed man – Ridha Yahyaoui – had taken his own life there.
On 25 December 2015, Irakli Kakabadze was arrested and injured during a peaceful demonstration protesting the appointment of Judge Levan Murusidze to the Appeals Court of Georgia’s High Council of Justice in Georgia.
As one of the most respected Arab journalists in the region, Ali Anouzla's publications are renowned for their unequivocally pro-democracy editorial line that translates into a critical yet fair treatment of the real power holders in Morocco.
The right to hide an anonymous source’s identity is important because some stories might never be told without insiders who could face serious consequences if it became known that they gave information to a reporter.
In 2015, in Ukrainian territory not under occupation, there were 310 registered press freedom violations, which is three times less than in 2014, according to IMI's Freedom of the Press Barometer.
Said the Court of Appeal about their decision, "If journalists and their sources can have no expectation of confidentiality, they may decide against providing information on sensitive issues of public interest."
Rakel Dink is the widow of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink. She is the founder of the Hrant Dink Foundation, whose mission is to end discrimination of all kinds and to promote inter-cultural dialogue.
IFEX members call on the Government of Bahrain to stop the judicial harassment of Sheikh Maytham Al-Salman, and to allow human rights defenders to exercise their right to freedom of expression.
On 20th January, Paraguay's human rights record is under the spotlight at the United Nations. Ana Fondo interviewed Francisco Medina about the deteriorating conditions in Paraguay during an IFEX-ALC lobbying mission to Geneva in November 2015.
"Hrant was killed because he was trying to remind us of a history of oddness without shaming us. He was trying to speak without blaming. His was an act of 'revolutionary embarrassment'. Had he shouted aloud, blaming us, finger pointing us out as 'murderers', he wouldn’t have been killed."
Bytes for All, based in Pakistan, has released a series of graphics to help explain in simple terms why encryption is so important to our everyday lives and our freedom.
“Media pluralism is a cornerstone of any diverse and open society and for this reason, high concentration of media ownership – as we see it here in Colombia – puts democracy and freedom of opinion at risk,” says Christian Mihr, Executive Director of the German section of Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian was freed on 16 January as part of a prisoner swap between the United States and Iran, and was flown out of the country on 17 January.
Yemeni freelance journalist Almigdad Mojalli was killed in an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition of Arab states in Jaref, a Houthi-controlled district in the southern outskirts of the capital, Sanaa.
“I am paralyzed. All the information I have gathered for a very long time is lost. I do not know the motive of the attackers and what they intend to do with it."
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Unidentified attackers hurled a hand grenade at the Islamabad bureau office of ARY News. They also threw pamphlets claiming that the Islamic State's Afghanistan chapter carried out the attack 'in reaction to the channels coverage of on-going operation Zarb-e-Azb'.