"Detaining journalists for defamation violates not only their personal rights but also freedom of information in general, because it leads to self-censorship. We urge the authorities to free Nsigué, Ndiomo and Nicodemus without further delay."
The Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA) condemns the decision of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to abandon the investigation into the murder of five Australian journalists in East Timor.
Venezuelan authorities have repeatedly blocked access to Argentinian news outlet Grupo Infobae, after the outlet published photos of the body of a murdered Venezuelan congressman.
A summary of free expression cases by The Belarusian Association of Journalists documents the period from 25 August - 21 September 2014. The cases include the arrest of an activist for owning "extremist" literature, and the detention of journalists covering a civil society initiative.
Kuwaiti authorities have announced the third batch of citizenship revocations this year, during a general crackdown on dissent.
Macedonian authorities must ensure that all the “absurd” charges against the journalist Tomislav Kezarovski are dropped so that justice and freedom of expression can prevail.
The bill would expand the power of police to carry out searches based on “reasonable suspicion.” It lowers the threshold for such searches and reverses a reform from February 2014 that allows courts to grant police powers to search people and property only when there is “a strong suspicion based on concrete evidence.”
A ban preventing women in Iran from attending sports events that men attend was introduced in 2012. Ghoncheh Ghavami was arrested for staging a peaceful protest against the ban at a volleyball match in Tehran.
A number of journalists participating in the closing ceremony of a journalism training workshop in Colombo on 15 October 2014 received threatening text messages warning them not to attend.
Nguyen Van Hai, a citizen journalist better known by his blogger name of Dieu Cay, was released on 21 October 2014; 26 other citizen journalists are still held in Vietnam, the world's third largest prisoner of netizens.
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On 17 October 2014, journalist and founding member of PEN Honduras, Julio Ernesto Alvarado, appeared along with other journalists before the Supreme Court of Honduras in a final attempt to fight the reinstatement of a 16-month ban on practising journalism.
Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, who is giving a speech at London’s Chatham House today, is viewed by his admirers as the man who saved the nation. But Rwanda under Kagame has no tolerance for dissent or political opposition.
On 16 October 2014, ARTICLE 19 gave evidence before Google’s Advisory Council on the so-called right to be forgotten. In their written evidence to the council, ARTICLE 19 highlighted that the right to know must be given equal weight in the balance with the right to privacy.
On 17 October 2014, a hired gunman entered the offices of Radio Rumba in the district of Pichanaki looking for radio journalist Gerson Fabián Cuba. In the resulting struggle the journalist’s wife, was killed.
Abdimalik Yusuf and Ahmed Abdi Hassan were freed on bail on 21 October 2014. They still face charges of incitement to commit a crime and incitement to disobey the law.
Egyptian authorities have arrested more than 110 university students since the start of the school year on 11 October 2014.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan decided to prosecute the chief executive of the ARY News private TV network, Salman Iqbal, and program anchor Mubashir Lucman, indicting them for airing 'scandalous and defamatory programs against the judiciary'.
Security forces used excessive force to disperse largely peaceful demonstrations in Quito, Ecuador on September 17 and 18, 2014, arbitrarily detaining and beating protesters, says Human Rights Watch.
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HRNJ-Uganda vows to fight criminal defamation following the recent sentencing of Ronald Ssembuusi. Ssembussi was ordered to pay a large fine or serve a jail term over a story he aired in 2011.