The ongoing harassment of civil society in Egypt contradicts all claims that the country is democratising, a process in which these organisations are a basic building block.
“We condemn the fact that in Venezuela the government always describes as media campaigns and conspiracies any information that can be critical or that points out wrongdoing," said the Inter American Press Association.
The report "The Freedom Frontier: Press Freedom in South Asia 2014-15" details threats and attacks on the media in the year up to World Press Freedom Day, and is also a key tool for advocacy on issues such as press freedom, impunity and gender equity in the media.
The ECHR has ruled that Azerbaijan violated Emin Huseynov's rights in 2008. But he will have to celebrate within the confines of the Swiss Embassy in Baku, where he has been taking refuge since August 2014.
The current state of internet restriction in Iran is very complex. It contains multiple layers of political, religious and moral constraints that have developed and evolved into an unusual status.
New draft Chinese National Security Laws set out a framework for increased controls on the country's internet infrastructure. The IFJ urges all independent civil organizations to submit their opinions to the National People's Congress by 5 June 2015.
A federal appeals court has ruled that the NSA's bulk collection of phone records is illegal, saying Congress didn't authorize collection of a ''staggering'' amount of information on Americans.
Freedom of expression in Laos slid further down in 2014 with the adoption of a series of measures aimed at tightening control over the media or curbing growing criticism over social media against the ruling party and the government.
According to ARTICLE 19's report, there were a significant number of attacks on Bangladesh journalists and an alarming increase in violations perpetrated by state actors. However, there was not a single conviction for violence against journalists in 2014.
Narges Mohammadi was arrested by intelligence ministry officials after receiving several threats and summonses, and was taken to Tehran’s Evin prison to resume serving a six-year jail term.
Enoh Meyomesse is a Cameroonian writer, poet and social activist who spent nearly three and a half years in prison on what are believed to be politically-motivated charges. He was released on 27 April 2015, following dedicated lobbying efforts by PEN International and English PEN.
Abdelkarim Nasser Ali Muthanna was killed on 22 April in Sirwah, in the eastern province of Marib, where Houthi rebels have been clashing with Sunni tribesmen for the past few weeks.
The top issues affecting free expression in the Americas and what free expression rapporteur Edison Lanza’s new report has to say about them.
On 30 April 2015, Daud Ali Omar and his wife, Hawo Abdi Aden, were shot dead by unidentified assailants while they were sleeping in their home, according to news reports and local journalists.
Although some positive initiatives have been taken by the government in relation to media freedom, there have been reports of the use of old tactics of media suppression from different parts of the country.
Nauru's Facebook ban follows government censorship of state media and a new $8,000 fee (approximately USD $6,340) for foreign media to enter the country, according to opposition critics.
The Arab-populated southern region of Iran has been the scene of several protests and consequential arrests over the past months.
Kenyan journalists are increasingly being forced to make an impossible choice in their quest to report public interest stories, as they face attacks and threats from both militant groups and government officials.
The murder of journalist Armando Saldaña Morales, is yet another example of the inability of the Mexican government to guarantee the safe practice of journalism in the country.
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Singaporean authorities ordered an independent news website to be shut down, citing the website's content as being objectionable to state interests, according to news reports. The Real Singapore is the first news website to be shut down under the country's licensing regulations, introduced in 2013.