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11 December 2014 |

Press alliance members pledge to work for media freedom, realisation of human rights

Press alliance members pledge to work for media freedom, realisation of human rights 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.
10 December 2014 |

Court sentences accused in Nepalese journalist's murder case

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.
10 December 2014 |

On Human Rights Day, remember jailed human rights defenders

On Human Rights Day, remember jailed human rights defenders Join the global campaign for Alaa Abd El Fattah, Bassel Khartabil and so many others who have been unjustly imprisoned because of their activism. Sign this statement demanding their release, and send a tweet using the hashtags #FreeAlaa and #FreeBassel to show your support.
10 December 2014 |

In the name of national security

In the name of national security 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.
10 December 2014 |

Is freedom of expression contagious?

Is freedom of expression contagious? Can authorities long known for their ignorance or even complicity in crimes against journalists institute legal measures that produce tangible change?
10 December 2014 |

Six years after his arrest, China urged to release Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo and wife Liu Xia

Six years after his arrest, China urged to release Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo and wife Liu Xia 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.
10 December 2014 |

Alarm over the creation of "Orwellian" information ministry in Ukraine

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."
10 December 2014 |

On Human Rights Day, call for greater protection of linguistic rights

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.
10 December 2014 |

Council of Europe urged to suspend Azerbaijan following Khadija Ismayilova's arrest

Council of Europe urged to suspend Azerbaijan following Khadija Ismayilova's arrest 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.
10 December 2014 |

Three Orient News journalists killed in Syria

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.
10 December 2014 |

In landmark decision, African court rules imprisonment for defamation violates free expression

In landmark decision, African court rules imprisonment for defamation violates free expression 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.
9 December 2014 |

Venezuela refuses access to information request from civil society

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.
9 December 2014 |

Cable operators suspend transmission of private TV channels in Balochistan province due to threat

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.
9 December 2014 |

Corruption, information and post-2015 development

Corruption, information and post-2015 development On International Anti-Corruption Day, ARTICLE 19 explains why breaking the chain of corruption is essential for development.
9 December 2014 |

Writers and publishers arrested in China in new wave of repression

Writers and publishers arrested in China in new wave of repression 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.
9 December 2014 |

Belarusian journalist Alyaksandr Alesin held by KGB on spying charges

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."
9 December 2014 |

Malaysian cartoonist Zunar battling new sedition charge

The Malaysian government has expanded its efforts to silence Kuala Lumpur-based cartoonist Zunar, also going after his webmaster, assistants and online customers.
9 December 2014 |

Space for free expression on news websites in Egypt may soon shrink further

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.
9 December 2014 |

Sudanese authorities arrest head of human rights group

"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.
9 December 2014 |

Iran extends detention of Washington Post journalist

Jason Rezaian has been held for four months without being formally charged with any crime.


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