As it becomes clear that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has retained his premiership, ARTICLE 19 urges his new government to adopt the Draft Right to Information Bill, as promised in the previous parliamentary session.
"We call on Baku's counterparts in the international community to make any further dealings with Azerbaijan conditional on Ismayilova's release, as well as the release of all journalists locked up in this repressive state."
“It is the height of hypocrisy for the court in Mauritania to reaffirm these sentences against anti-slavery activists the same week that the government strengthened its laws against slavery.”
A new and deadly combination of ineffective protections for media workers, impunity for perpetrators, and official corruption is increasingly silencing journalists around the world.
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Threats against journalist Dayana Cieza began in mid-July, after she published a report showing benefits that are enjoyed by some inmates inside a prison in Lima.
On 16 August 2015, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir threatened to have journalists murdered if they “work against their country.” Three days later, reporter Peter Moi was gunned down outside his office in Juba.
The president of the Davao del Norte Press and Radio-TV Club (DNPRC) was shot by an unidentified man and later died in hospital. The executive vice president of the DNPRC that the killing might be related to his work as a board of director of DANECO.
For more than three decades, Eren Keskin, lawyer and advocate for women’s and minority rights, has suffered numerous trials, spent time in prison, lived under threat and, twice, attempts on her life.
Critics decried the law's broadly-worded grounds that can be used to deny demonstration permits; as well as its tortuous procedures that could be abused to infringe on people's civil liberties.
On 15 August 2015, President Rafael Correa signed a decree declaring a state of emergency throughout the country because of increased activity of the Cotopaxi volcano, and ordered prior censorship on the media and social networks regarding any information on the volcano.
Burmese authorities should immediately stop using abusive laws on association and expression to halt the activities of land rights activists, Human Rights Watch said.
Sobir Valiev, deputy head of the Congress of Constructive Forces of Tajikistan, a peaceful opposition group, was detained on August 11, 2015, at the request of the Tajik government by Moldovan migration police in the Chisinau airport before boarding a flight to Istanbul.
It is hard to imagine amid the pain and sadness that anything positive could come of such brutal murders. But in the past year, there has been heightened awareness both in the media sector and in governments' handling of hostage situations.
After a year in jail, human rights activist Leyla Yunus and her historian husband Arif have been sentenced to jail time after being convicted on trumped up charges of treason, tax evasion and fraud. It is a warning to others who dare to challenge the government.
On 17 August 2015, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi approved an anti-terrorism law that, from the outset, was heavily condemned by local and international rights groups.
The raid and closure of the National Chronicle
stemmed from a series of reports which alleged that a group of Liberians, with U.S. government support, were planning to form a new government.
A comprehensive review of Hacking Team emails reveals that the company continued to train Ethiopian intelligence agents to hack into computers despite reports that its services were being used to repress government critics.
Free speech in Bangladesh is under attack as never before, held hostage between angry, machete-wielding radicals on one hand and a government, quick to take offence, on the other.
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Three years ago on 18 August 2015, citizen journalist and film-maker Osama al-Habali was arrested as he sought to cross the border from Lebanon into his native Syria. He has not been heard from since his disappearance.