Members of SEAPA mark International Anti-Corruption Day (December 9) and Human Rights Day with the resolve to reorganise and strengthen the alliance to make it more capable to meet regional press freedom and freedom of expression challenges.
The prison sentences handed down in the 2004 murder of Nepalese journalist Dekendra Thapa were surprisingly short. The murder should have been punished in a strong manner so as to discourage any further violations, says Freedom Forum.
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In light of the rising threat of extremist groups such as ISIS, governments across the Middle East and North Africa are promising their citizens stability and security – but not without a price.
Can authorities long known for their ignorance or even complicity in crimes against journalists institute legal measures that produce tangible change?
8 December 2014 marks the sixth anniversary of the arrest of poet and human rights defender Liu Xiaobo. His wife, poet and artist Liu Xia, was placed under house arrest following the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Xiaobo in October 2010.
On 2 December 2014, the Ukrainian Parliament passed a proposal to create a new body called the Ministry of Information Policy with the aim of "confronting Russia’s formidable propaganda machine."
On Human Rights Day, PEN International calls for greater protection of linguistic rights, cultural diversity and minority languages. PEN International has long recognised the vital role that language plays in identity, communications, social integration, education and development and has continued to defend linguistic rights of writers, journalist and others across the globe.
Following the pre-trial detention of prominent journalist Khadija Ismayilova, civil society groups call upon the Council of Europe to suspend Azerbaijan from its membership until Azerbaijani authorities drop all charges against NGO representatives, lawyers and journalists currently in detention.
Three journalists from the Syrian opposition TV station Orient News were killed on 8 December 2014 while headed to cover the aftermath of clashes in the village of Sheikh Miskeen in Daraa Province.
The African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights decision in the case of journalist Issa Lohé Konaté sends a strong message that governments may not use severe criminal penalties to stifle public debate and reporting on matters of public interest.
Venezuelans are some of the few citizens in the Americas who do not have a legal right to ask their government for information, since it refuses to create a law that makes its administrative functions transparent or accountable to the public.
The transmission of private TV news channels was suspended in Quetta and certain areas in Balochistan, Pakistan after the nationalist Baloch Students Organisation threatened the cable operators.
On International Anti-Corruption Day, ARTICLE 19 explains why breaking the chain of corruption is essential for development.
There is alarm over a new wave of arrests of writers, journalists, publishers and civil society activists in China in recent weeks, apparently for their public support of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
The KGB told Alyaksandr Alesin's family that he is charged with "high treason" and "collaborating with the special security services or intelligence services of a foreign government."
The Malaysian government has expanded its efforts to silence Kuala Lumpur-based cartoonist Zunar, also going after his webmaster, assistants and online customers.
There are indications that the space for free expression on news websites may shrink in the near future, under pressure from a combination of new legislation and, reportedly, new surveillance tactics that may set precedents for the whole of the Middle East and North Africa.
"Freedom House condemns the arrest of Dr. Medani for his work protecting and promoting human rights in Sudan," said Jenai Cox, program manager for Africa at Freedom House.
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Jason Rezaian has been held for four months without being formally charged with any crime.