"While terrorism poses grave threats to society, overbroad and abusive counterterrorism measures can also inflict grave harm and exacerbate conflict," HRW said. "Harsh measures that conflate political or religious dissent with crime discourage ordinary people from trusting or cooperating with law enforcement agencies."
Kenji Goto was kidnapped in Syria in October 2014 by the Islamic State. He has reported on the conflict since its beginning, with a focus on the humanitarian crisis.
Six Eritrean journalists, who had been held since a wave of arrests in February 2009, have been released on bail.
As freedom of expression is an important component of a democracy and of accountable government, it is worrying that the authorities frequently respond immediately with prosecution and the framing of speech that they disagree with as criminal in nature, says CIJ.
The falling price of oil has brought with it long lines and empty supermarket shelves, highlighting economic issues that the government would rather not discuss.
Blocktimer Alberto "Pastor" Martinez has passed away, days before he was to be presented on the witness stand in a case against his attackers. In 2005, he survived an attack that left him paralysed from the waist down.
Zahra Khanda, a women's rights activist, was arrested at her home in Tehran on 19 January. Reasons for her arrest have not been provided. Young activist Atena Ferghdani was arrested in court on 11 January for a video she posted online.
In the midst of heated constitutional debate, opposition parties organised a general shutdown and journalists were at the receiving end of resulting tensions.
The IFJ strongly criticises the illegal detention of a Chinese media worker for three months without reason and threats to a German journalist that her visa would be revoked for not assisting police investigations as well as allegations for spying.
"The DRC government should end this horrific violence against its own citizens and immediately lift the telecommunications blackout that is apparently intended to prevent news of the security forces' action from being more widely known," said Vukasin Petrovic, director for Africa programs.
Riseup, a tech collective that provides security-minded communications to activists worldwide, sounded the alarm last month when a judge in Spain stated that the use of their email service is a practice, he believes, associated with terrorism.
During an anti-Charlie Hebdo demonstration on 17 January and during an opposition march the next day, the police stormed the headquarters of four news organizations and physically attacked at least eight journalists.
Nabeel Rajab was sentenced to six months for a tweet he posted in September 2014. In October, he was arrested and charged with insulting public institutions.
The former minister of Road and Transportation, Mr. A. Gansukh, has filed a criminal lawsuit against Mr. L. Davaapil for defaming him through social media. A first instance court hearing was held in December 2014 during which the accused was ordered to pay a 9.7 mln. MNT (approx. US$5,200) fine in compensation, in accordance with the Criminal Code, provision 111.2; the amount is 51 times higher than the minimum wage.
Two columnists from the daily Cumhuriyet
are under investigation for ‘religious defamation’ for featuring the first, post-shooting cover of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo
, which depicts the Prophet Mohamed, in their respective columns.
Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel should urge president Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan to free leading human rights defenders, journalists, and other government critics jailed unjustly in Azerbaijan, Human Rights Watch says. Merkel is scheduled to meet Aliyev in Berlin on 21 January 2015.
RWB welcomes the appointment of several human rights and freedom of information defenders in the new national unity government that was finally formed on 12 January 2015.
A closure order issued by the Tehran public prosecutor was confirmed by the Committee for Press Authorization and Surveillance (an offshoot of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance), which said it was withdrawing the newspaper’s permit for “insulting Islam.”
Deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership have been negotiated in almost complete secrecy, enabling these agreements to include extreme copyright and other digital policy provisions.
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Calls in Europe for the abolition of the continent’s remaining blasphemy laws have grown louder following last week’s deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo
, a French magazine known for its unsparing religious satire.