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12 May 2015 |

Egypt's civil society slowly being strangled despite claims of democratising

Egypt's civil society slowly being strangled despite claims of democratising The ongoing harassment of civil society in Egypt contradicts all claims that the country is democratising, a process in which these organisations are a basic building block.
11 May 2015 |

Venezuelan media outlets charged for republishing information from a Spanish paper

“We condemn the fact that in Venezuela the government always describes as media campaigns and conspiracies any information that can be critical or that points out wrongdoing," said the Inter American Press Association.
11 May 2015 |

The Freedom Frontier: An exploration of media freedom in South Asia

The Freedom Frontier: An exploration of media freedom in South Asia
The report "The Freedom Frontier: Press Freedom in South Asia 2014-15" details threats and attacks on the media in the year up to World Press Freedom Day, and is also a key tool for advocacy on issues such as press freedom, impunity and gender equity in the media.
11 May 2015 |

European Court rules Azerbaijan violated journalist's rights

European Court rules Azerbaijan violated journalist's rights The ECHR has ruled that Azerbaijan violated Emin Huseynov's rights in 2008. But he will have to celebrate within the confines of the Swiss Embassy in Baku, where he has been taking refuge since August 2014.
11 May 2015 |

Twitter freedom: The strange case of Iran

Twitter freedom: The strange case of Iran The current state of internet restriction in Iran is very complex. It contains multiple layers of political, religious and moral constraints that have developed and evolved into an unusual status.
11 May 2015 |

Draft China National Security Laws promote socialist values and censorship

New draft Chinese National Security Laws set out a framework for increased controls on the country's internet infrastructure. The IFJ urges all independent civil organizations to submit their opinions to the National People's Congress by 5 June 2015.
8 May 2015 |

U.S.: Court ruling rejects NSA bulk collection of Americans' phone records

A federal appeals court has ruled that the NSA's bulk collection of phone records is illegal, saying Congress didn't authorize collection of a ''staggering'' amount of information on Americans.
8 May 2015 |

Laos: Free expression under stricter control

Laos: Free expression under stricter control Freedom of expression in Laos slid further down in 2014 with the adoption of a series of measures aimed at tightening control over the media or curbing growing criticism over social media against the ruling party and the government.
8 May 2015 |

Bangladesh: Culture of impunity tragically becoming a harsh reality for journalists

Bangladesh: Culture of impunity tragically becoming a harsh reality for journalists According to ARTICLE 19's report, there were a significant number of attacks on Bangladesh journalists and an alarming increase in violations perpetrated by state actors. However, there was not a single conviction for violence against journalists in 2014.
8 May 2015 |

Iranian journalist and human rights activist Narges Mohammadi arrested

Iranian journalist and human rights activist Narges Mohammadi arrested Narges Mohammadi was arrested by intelligence ministry officials after receiving several threats and summonses, and was taken to Tehran’s Evin prison to resume serving a six-year jail term.
8 May 2015 |

Profile: Enoh Meyomesse

Profile: Enoh Meyomesse Enoh Meyomesse is a Cameroonian writer, poet and social activist who spent nearly three and a half years in prison on what are believed to be politically-motivated charges. He was released on 27 April 2015, following dedicated lobbying efforts by PEN International and English PEN.
8 May 2015 |

Yemen radio station chief killed amidst continuing crisis

Abdelkarim Nasser Ali Muthanna was killed on 22 April in Sirwah, in the eastern province of Marib, where Houthi rebels have been clashing with Sunni tribesmen for the past few weeks.
7 May 2015 |

The 5 big free expression issues in the Americas

The 5 big free expression issues in the Americas The top issues affecting free expression in the Americas and what free expression rapporteur Edison Lanza’s new report has to say about them.
7 May 2015 |

Murder of Somali radio journalist latest in series of attacks in Baidoa

On 30 April 2015, Daud Ali Omar and his wife, Hawo Abdi Aden, were shot dead by unidentified assailants while they were sleeping in their home, according to news reports and local journalists.
7 May 2015 |

Sri Lankan intellectuals assaulted at Colombo May Day rally, journalists targeted

Sri Lankan intellectuals assaulted at Colombo May Day rally, journalists targeted Although some positive initiatives have been taken by the government in relation to media freedom, there have been reports of the use of old tactics of media suppression from different parts of the country.
7 May 2015 |

Criticism about human rights abuses in Nauru refugee camps leads to Facebook ban

Criticism about human rights abuses in Nauru refugee camps leads to Facebook ban Nauru's Facebook ban follows government censorship of state media and a new $8,000 fee (approximately USD $6,340) for foreign media to enter the country, according to opposition critics.
7 May 2015 |

Iran's Ahwazi Arabs subjected to mass arrests

The Arab-populated southern region of Iran has been the scene of several protests and consequential arrests over the past months.
6 May 2015 |

Threats facing journalists in northern Kenya

Kenyan journalists are increasingly being forced to make an impossible choice in their quest to report public interest stories, as they face attacks and threats from both militant groups and government officials.
6 May 2015 |

No place for free expression: 17 journalists killed in Veracruz, Mexico since 2000

The murder of journalist Armando Saldaña Morales, is yet another example of the inability of the Mexican government to guarantee the safe practice of journalism in the country.
6 May 2015 |

Independent news website shut down in Singapore for content "objectionable to state interests"

Independent news website shut down in Singapore for content Singaporean authorities ordered an independent news website to be shut down, citing the website's content as being objectionable to state interests, according to news reports. The Real Singapore is the first news website to be shut down under the country's licensing regulations, introduced in 2013.


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