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15 July 2015 |

Media freedom under threat in western Balkans

Media freedom under threat in western Balkans A new report by Human Rights Watch documents physical attacks and threats, punitive lawsuits, and smear campaigns targeting journalists in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Serbia.
15 July 2015 |

Hacking Team's troubling connections to Bahrain

Hacking Team's troubling connections to Bahrain Among the 400 gigabytes of data, was a file called “Midworld Pro – Bahrain” which indicated a Bahraini purchase of the “Remote Control System” spyware likely used to target human rights activists and political opposition.
15 July 2015 |

Bahraini rights defender Nabeel Rajab released; many others still unjustly imprisoned

Bahraini rights defender Nabeel Rajab released; many others still unjustly imprisoned The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) welcomes Nabeel Rajab's release, but also calls for all charges against him to be dropped, in addition to the release of all other unjustly detained prisoners of conscience.
14 July 2015 |

EU countries urged to follow in Iceland's footsteps and repeal blasphemy laws

EU countries urged to follow in Iceland's footsteps and repeal blasphemy laws Reporters Without Borders calls on EU countries that still have blasphemy laws to follow the example of Iceland, which has just repealed its blasphemy legislation in a highly symbolic move six months after the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris.
14 July 2015 |

Uganda Communications Commission directive threatens election reporting

Uganda Communications Commission directive threatens election reporting
A directive issued to all broadcasters by the Uganda Communications Commission attempts to restrict journalists' ability to report freely on the upcoming presidential, parliamentary, and local government elections in Uganda.
14 July 2015 |

Mexican president urged to rein in violence against journalists

Mexican president urged to rein in violence against journalists Reporters Without Borders has written to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto calling for urgent measures to protect media personnel and to combat impunity for crimes of violence against them.
14 July 2015 |

Chinese efforts to quash human rights campaigns rippling out of control

Chinese efforts to quash human rights campaigns rippling out of control A string of disappearances and arrests of over 100 human rights lawyers in China in the past week is the boldest move yet in Beijing’s sprawling campaign to destroy China’s human rights movement.
13 July 2015 |

Journalist in Kosovo reportedly receiving ongoing threats

Serbeze Haxhiaj, a journalist with public radio Radio Kosova, has received threats from individuals who identified themselves as former superior officers in the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) / Ushtria Çlirimtare e Kosovës (UCK).
13 July 2015 |

Three online outlets in Ecuador attacked after publishing information on Hacking Team

They were attacked after publishing opinion articles or news reports about the contracts of several Ecuadorian government agencies with Italian company Hacking Team.
13 July 2015 |

EU parliament calls for release of Nabeel Rajab and ban on tear gas exports to Bahrain

EU parliament calls for release of Nabeel Rajab and ban on tear gas exports to Bahrain This is the first resolution on Bahrain to have been adopted by the current parliament, elected in April 2014, and marks continued European concern for the state of human rights in the Gulf country.
13 July 2015 |

The Harmful Digital Communications Act: Harmful to everyone except online harassers

The Harmful Digital Communications Act: Harmful to everyone except online harassers
From private disagreements to a viral video of police brutality, a whistleblower's leak or a heartfelt political call to arms: if the full spectrum of human expression happens to be expressed online, the HDC Act applies.
10 July 2015 |

Ethiopia releases columnist Reeyot Alemu and five of the Zone 9 bloggers

Ethiopia releases columnist Reeyot Alemu and five of the Zone 9 bloggers Alemu was arrested in 2011 and charged with plotting an act of terrorism, while the Zone 9 bloggers were arrested in 2014 and accused of using social media to create instability in the country.
10 July 2015 |

Perpetrators still at large, two years after murder of Russian journalist

Perpetrators still at large, two years after murder of Russian journalist Akhmednabi Akhmednabiyev was shot dead on 9 July 2013 as he left for work in Makhachkala, Dagestan. He had actively reported on human rights violations against Muslims by the police and Russian army.
10 July 2015 |

Critical journalist Reeyot Alemu released after 4 years in Ethiopian prison

Critical journalist Reeyot Alemu released after 4 years in Ethiopian prison Reeyot Alemu had been jailed since June 2011 on terrorism charges. Her release comes a day after the release of five other jailed Ethiopian journalists, who are affiliated with the Zone 9 collective.
10 July 2015 |

How writers can counter digital control and surveillance

How writers can counter digital control and surveillance Society’s use of digital surveillance is here to stay. But we are not wholly powerless in the face of it. Writer Deji Bryce Olukotun maps several paths to follow to secure our protection online.
10 July 2015 |

Jordanian court orders arrest of journalist over terrorism reporting

Ghazi Mrayat's detention was in connection with a July 6 report he wrote for Al-Rai which cited a "well-informed source" as saying that Jordanian security services had foiled an Iranian-backed terror plot.
10 July 2015 |

Disappearance of Belarusian journalist remains a mystery 15 years on

Disappearance of Belarusian journalist  remains a mystery 15 years on 7 July 2015 marked 15 years since the disappearance of journalist Dzmitry Zavadski. Law enforcement agencies have yet to find the mastermind behind the crime.
9 July 2015 |

Speak out for Kuwait's “Prisoner of Reposting” Ayyad al-Harbi

Speak out for Kuwait's “Prisoner of Reposting” Ayyad al-Harbi Support Maharat and ANHRI’s Prisoner of Conscience for July, Ayyad al-Harbi
9 July 2015 |

Ethiopia releases five of the Zone 9 bloggers, drops all charges against them

Ethiopia releases five of the Zone 9 bloggers, drops all charges against them The journalists were arrested in late April 2014, along with four other bloggers. All were charged with incitement and terrorism, according to news reports.
9 July 2015 |

Australian, Thai journalists to be tried on Thai navy defamation charges

The charges relate to the reproduction on phuketwan.com of a single paragraph from a Reuters special report on Rohingya boat-people published in July 2013. Reuters subsequently won a Pulitzer Prize for the investigation in 2014.


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