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18 July 2014 |

Two bloggers detained in Oman for reporting rights violations

Two Omani bloggers and activists, Noah Saad and Muawiyah Al-Rawahi, were arrested on 12 July for reporting human rights violations in Oman.
18 July 2014 |

Swazi human rights lawyer and editor found guilty of contempt of court over critical articles

Swazi human rights lawyer and editor found guilty of contempt of court over critical articles On 17 July the High Court in Mbabane, Swaziland found Thulani Maseko and Bheki Makhubu guilty of contempt of court in relation to articles published in The Nation magazine, which criticised the conduct of Swaziland’s Chief Justice, Michael Ramodibedi.
18 July 2014 |

Scores of activists remain in Syrian jails despite general amnesty for prisoners

Scores of activists remain in Syrian jails despite general amnesty for prisoners Civil society activists, human rights defenders, media and humanitarian workers remain in arbitrary detention in Syria more than a month after the government declared a general amnesty.
17 July 2014 |

EU defamation laws fall dramatically short of international standards, report finds

EU defamation laws fall dramatically short of international standards, report finds According to a new report, just five out of 28 EU member states have repealed general criminal defamation and insult laws, despite broad international consensus among legal experts and press freedom advocates that criminal punishments for defamation represent a disproportionate restriction on free expression.
17 July 2014 |

Clipping a sparrow's wings in China: Silencing of a sex worker-rights activist

Blocking Ye Haiyan's participation at an international conference on AIDS in Australia shows that the Chinese government is moving in the wrong direction on key public health concerns and respecting the right to peaceful expression.
17 July 2014 |

Burundi: Halt crackdown on opponents, critics

“The Burundian government should stop any further politicization of the justice system and ensure the courts are not used to collectively punish opponents ahead of the 2015 national elections.”
17 July 2014 |

Egyptian student spends 175 days in prison without charge

Student Mahmoud Mohammed's detention in an Egyptian prison has been renewed for 45 days without charge after having been arrested in January for participating in protests commemorating the third anniversary of the 25 January revolution.
16 July 2014 |

Cambodian rights group calls for unconditional release of opposition leaders, end to violence

Cambodian rights group calls for unconditional release of opposition leaders, end to violence The speed with which charges were brought against nine opposition leaders in Cambodia and the fact that all the people arrested are high-ranking CNRP leaders who were not directly responsible for acts of violence only reinforces CCHR's belief that the charges are politically-motivated.
16 July 2014 |

TV cameraman stabbed to death near his home in El Salvador

Aged 23, Carlos José Orellana worked for local TV station Canal 99. The police investigating his death have not as yet suggested a possible motive.
16 July 2014 |

UN privacy report a game-changer in fighting unlawful surveillance

UN privacy report a game-changer in fighting unlawful surveillance "The right to privacy in the digital age" report puts beyond doubt that the very existence of mass surveillance programmes - which the report notes are becoming a "dangerous habit" - interfere with human rights.
16 July 2014 |

Local journalist shot dead in northern Afghanistan

Local journalist shot dead in northern Afghanistan Khalid Agha Yaqubi, a 27-year-old employee for a local radio station in northern Afghnistan, was shot dead. The shooter, who was accompanied by two or three people, knocked on the door [of the journalist's house] and opened fire on him, when his child opened the door.
16 July 2014 |

Brazil's banned biographies: When public figures want to control the message

Brazil's banned biographies: When public figures want to control the message With the World Cup in the rear view mirror, Simone Marques explores Brazil's battle over censorship of unauthorised biographies and the last-minute amendment that could cause more trouble.
16 July 2014 |

Iraqi newspaper's Baghdad office attacked by masked men in police cars

The Baghdad office of the Al-Ta'khi newspaper was attacked on 14 July by masked and armed men in police cars. Journalists present were ordered to stop issuing the newspaper and to move out of Baghdad.
15 July 2014 |

Five years on and still no justice for Chechen journalist Natalia Estemirova

Five years on and still no justice for Chechen journalist Natalia Estemirova The impunity with which Natalia’s murder was carried out, the lack of political will to find the real perpetrators and bring them to justice in the five years since, is not only a personal tragedy but a worrying sign for the safety of journalists in Russia today.
15 July 2014 |

On same-sex penguins and book censorship in Singapore

On same-sex penguins and book censorship in Singapore "And Tango Makes Three" is a children's book about two adult male penguins who hatch an egg and raise a youngster. In the view of Singapore's National Library Board, it's dangerous enough to get pulled from the shelves, along with two other books that also fell under the board's censorious eye.
15 July 2014 |

50 Burmese reporters face charges over protest against "Unity" journal sentences

50 Burmese reporters face charges over protest against Police opened cases against about 50 reporters after they held a sit-down protest against the "Unity" journal sentences outside the Myanmar Peace Center while President U Thein Sein was attending a cultural event. The reporters, who had been denied entry to the event, wore black T-shirts bearing the slogan 'Stop oppression of the press' and some had symbolically covered the mouths in black tape.
15 July 2014 |

Ecuador: Proposed constitutional reforms could result in arbitrary restrictions on the media

Ecuador: Proposed constitutional reforms could result in arbitrary restrictions on the media "The proposed reforms would make it easier for the government to impose arbitrary restrictions on the media and routinely use the military in public security operations," said José Miguel Vivanco, Americas director at Human Rights Watch
15 July 2014 |

Ethiopia: Nine bloggers and journalists held without charge beyond 80-day deadline

Ethiopia: Nine bloggers and journalists held without charge beyond 80-day deadline The Zone9 bloggers and journalists held since April have not been formally charged within the 80-day limit allowed by Ethiopia’s draconian terrorism law.
15 July 2014 |

Pakistani reporter sentenced to 4-year prison term in Afghanistan

A Pakistani television journalist was convicted on charges of travelling to Afghanistan without travel documents and sentenced to four years in prison. He had initially been accused of spying by Afghan authorities.
15 July 2014 |

ISIS militants call for death of Kuwaiti cartoonist

ISIS militants call for death of Kuwaiti cartoonist A death sentence has been pronounced via Twitter for Kuwaiti-born comic-book innovator Naif Al-Mutawa by the jihadist militant group ISIS (also known as ISIL).


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