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20 February 2015 |

Did GCHQ spy on you? Demand government accountability for illegal spying

Did GCHQ spy on you? Demand government accountability for illegal spying Privacy International's campaign gives everyone a chance to remedy illegal government activity and hold intelligence agencies accountable.
20 February 2015 |

Sudan: 19 publications seized in 3 days

Sudan: 19 publications seized in 3 days The seizures not only constitute a grave violation of media pluralism but also inflict major financial losses on publications that are already fighting for economic survival.
19 February 2015 |

Senior Muslim Brotherhood official sentenced to 18 months in jail in Jordan for criticizing UAE

Jordan’s State Security Court sentenced a senior opposition figure on February 15, 2015, to 18 months in prison for criticizing the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
19 February 2015 |

Burundian court orders release of journalist Bob Rugurika

Since Rugurika's arrest in January, there has been a huge public mobilization campaign by Burundian journalists and independent groups.
19 February 2015 |

Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution and the evolution of art

Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution and the evolution of art In an attempt to avoid Western hegemony, Ayatollah Khomeini condemned all music deemed to be influenced by “foreigners”. This lead to an aggressive “cultural reconstruction” that attempted to eradicate many artists from Iran's music scene.
19 February 2015 |

Colombian journalist known for reporting on corruption killed at home radio station

On 14 February 2015, journalist Luis Peralta Cuellar was killed at his home in the department of Caquetá. Peralta was known for his critical journalistic style and he was heard across five municipalities.
18 February 2015 |

Fighting words: Taking on ISIS in the digital sphere

Fighting words: Taking on ISIS in the digital sphere ISIS has been steadily strengthening its grip on social media, it has proved how effective its means of recruitment online can be, and has displayed how fast it can spread propaganda on the Internet. These are strong weapons in any war. So who is fighting back?
18 February 2015 |

Ecuador media regulator sanctions newspaper over cartoon depicting lawmaker

Ecuador’s media regulator on Friday ordered the daily newspaper El Universo to issue a public apology over a political cartoon satirising a lawmaker from President Rafael Correa’s party.
18 February 2015 |

Making the invisible visible: An artist brings the surveillance state out of the shadows

Making the invisible visible: An artist brings the surveillance state out of the shadows What does a surveillance state look like? That is the question photographer and "experimental geographer" Trevor Paglen tries to address in his recent projects.
18 February 2015 |

Land rights activist gunned down in southern Thailand

"For too long Thai authorities have stood by while activists like Chai Bunthonglek have been murdered in cold blood for standing up for their communities," said HRW.
18 February 2015 |

Uzbekistan: Hayrullo Hamidov, prominent journalist and independent religious figure, freed

The Uzbek authorities' amnesty of a prominent journalist and independent religious figure should open the path to the release of other activists and religious believers imprisoned for the peaceful exercise of their fundamental rights, Human Rights Watch said.
18 February 2015 |

Profile of journalist who covertly filmed mass uprising in Saudi Arabian province

Profile of journalist who covertly filmed mass uprising in Saudi Arabian province
Safa Al Ahmad took enormous risks during her regular trips to document the violent protests.
17 February 2015 |

Is the best communication law no communication law at all?

Is the best communication law no communication law at all? At an event in Washington organised by the IACHR Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression participants discussed the risks and benefits of communications laws.
17 February 2015 |

Journalists express solidarity with Danish citizens, condemn Copenhagen attacks

Journalists express solidarity with Danish citizens, condemn Copenhagen attacks The deadly shootings took place at a meeting entitled “Art, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression" on Saturday and outside the city's main synagogue on Sunday.
17 February 2015 |

New charges brought against detained Azeri journalist Khadija Ismayilova

New trumped-up charges carrying a possible 12-year jail sentence were brought today against leading independent journalist Khadija Ismayilova. She is now charged with large-scale embezzlement, illegal trading, tax evasion and abuse of authority.
17 February 2015 |

Nepalese protesters torch newspapers, press vehicle; reporter threatened

Freedom Forum condemns the death threat against Nepalese reporter Jitendra Kumar Jha and strongly urges the authorities to bring the culprit to book.
17 February 2015 |

Blocktimer killed in Bohol, Philippines; 146th since 1986 if work-related

Blocktimer killed in Bohol, Philippines; 146th since 1986 if work-related Filipino radio blocktimer Mauritio Lim was shot by an unidentified man and later died in hospital. Lim and his lawyer cohost had recently discussed the involvement of local officials in the illegal drug trade.
13 February 2015 |

Big Brother is listening: On smart TVs, users' rights and security

Big Brother is listening: On smart TVs, users' rights and security As the devices in our homes get "smarter," are they also going to spy on us? That question has led to one sentence in Samsung's SmartTV privacy policy getting a lot of attention lately.
13 February 2015 |

Reporters without Borders' press freedom index 2015 reports decline on all fronts

Reporters without Borders' press freedom index 2015 reports decline on all fronts Beset by wars, the growing threat from non-state operatives, violence during demonstrations and the economic crisis, media freedom is in retreat on all five continents.
12 February 2015 |

Spanish journalist urges Europe to address Internet harassment

Spanish journalist urges Europe to address Internet harassment Mayte Carrasco describes insults and threats after speaking about fundamentalists.


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