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20 August 2014 |

Journalist James Foley killed by Islamic State militants 21 months after going missing in Syria

Journalist James Foley killed by Islamic State militants 21 months after going missing in Syria In a video posted online, the Al-Qaeda splinter group Islamic State claimed to have executed Foley, saying the act was retribution for U.S. military intervention in Iraq.
19 August 2014 |

Malaysia: The newspaper that can't print "Allah"

An appeal for Catholic newspaper "The Herald" to be allowed to print the word Allah in its Malaysian-language edition has been turned down.
19 August 2014 |

Pro-democracy Hong Kong media outlet sacks independent radio host

IFJ is deeply concerned about a radio host whose contract was terminated because he promised to host a rally against the Occupy Movement in Hong Kong.
19 August 2014 |

Azerbaijan: Repression unleashed against information freedom defenders

The Azerbaijani government has been waging an unprecedented drive since July against human rights advocates, independent journalists, and their supporters.
19 August 2014 |

The U.S. must lead in upholding net neutrality

The U.S.' regulatory proposal "Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet" directly affects domestic internet policy, but it also undermines the position of the United States as an international leader on internet freedom.
19 August 2014 |

Two Iranian photographers sentenced to 25 and 50 lashes

Khalil Emami and Abass Alipour were sentenced for criticizing a book of photos published by the Qazvin city government.
19 August 2014 |

Somalia: Security forces raid, shut down radio stations, arrest eight journalists

Somalia: Security forces raid, shut down radio stations, arrest eight journalists On 15 August 2014, heavily armed security forces raided and shut down Radio Shabelle and SkyFM, and arrested at least eight journalists, including Shabelle chairman Abdimalik Yusuf Mohamud.
19 August 2014 |

Honduran journalist murdered following reports on corruption

Honduran journalist murdered following reports on corruption Nery Francisco Soto Torres was shot to death on the evening of 14 August in front of his home. Soto had recently reported on the rationing of electricity, and corruption amongst government workers.
18 August 2014 |

Journalist bashed trying to cover construction accident in China

The IFJ condemns the use of violence by a China state employee against a China Central Television (CCTV) journalist in Yuzhong County.
18 August 2014 |

Lyon Declaration: Global call to include access to information in UN development agenda

Lyon Declaration: Global call to include access to information in UN development agenda IFEX members and partners from around the world urge the UN to include access to information in the Agenda for the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.
18 August 2014 |

Yemeni journalist shot dead in Sana'a

Journalist Abdul-Rahman Hamid Al-Deen was shot in the head on 15 August 2014. He died in hospital the following day.
18 August 2014 |

Liberia: Offices of independent newspaper shut down, staff arbitrarily arrested

On 14 August, Liberia National Police officers barricaded and fired teargas into the offices of Liberia’s independent newspaper, The National Chronicle.
18 August 2014 |

Leaked: Bahrain's government spied on activists using FinFisher software

Leaked: Bahrain's government spied on activists using FinFisher software Activists and human rights defenders in Bahrain have been the target of technological surveillance by Bahraini officials with the help of the FinFisher software "FinSpy".
15 August 2014 |

Southern African Development Community: Address free expression, human rights in member countries

Southern African Development Community: Address free expression, human rights in member countries As the 15 member states of SADC prepare to meet for the 34th Summit of Heads of State and Government in Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe on August 17 and 18, 2014, the three human rights organizations drew attention to serious human rights concerns in Angola, Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
15 August 2014 |

Bulgaria: Disputed sections of “bank censorship” proposal axed

Bulgaria: Disputed sections of “bank censorship” proposal axed Bulgarian journalists covering the financial beat can breathe freely as the most controversial parts of the so-called “bank censorship” amendment to the criminal code have been removed by the legal committee of the national assembly.
15 August 2014 |

Journalist missing in the Maldives

The IFJ and its affiliate the Maldives Journalists Association call on the Maldives government to speed up investigation to clarify whereabouts of journalist Ahmed Rilwan Adbulla, who is missing since 8 August 2014.
15 August 2014 |

Leaked FinFisher documents provide insight into tight-knit surveillance industry

For the first time, there is solid confirmation of Gamma International's activities from inside the surveillance-industry giant's own files, despite their denials, on their clients and support provided to a range of governments.
15 August 2014 |

Police actions in Ferguson, U.S. interfere with freedoms of assembly, press

Police actions in Ferguson, U.S. interfere with freedoms of assembly, press Police in Ferguson, Missouri should stop using intimidation tactics against peaceful protesters and journalists following the police killing of a young African-American man on 9 August 2014.
15 August 2014 |

Police officer convicted in death of imprisoned Iranian blogger

An Iranian police officer was convicted in the death of Iranian blogger Sattar Beheshti who died in prison in November 2012. Iranian authorities are yet to disclose details of how he was killed.
15 August 2014 |

In Philippines, journalist gets death threat over Ampatuan Massacre report

A journalist received threatening text messages after reporting that some state and private prosecutors may have been bribed to fix the Ampatuan (Maguindanao) Massacre Trial in favor of the accused.


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