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25 January 2016 |

Five years after the Arab Spring, Egypt must #DetainNoMore

Five years after the Arab Spring, Egypt must #DetainNoMore Sign CIHRS and EuroMed Rights’ petition for freedom for five emblematic prisoners of conscience in Egypt.
22 January 2016 |

Mind the gap: A review of the right to privacy at the UN in 2015

In 2015 the United Nations' human rights mechanisms significantly increased their capacity to monitor and assess states' compliance with their obligations around the right to privacy. However, a spate of new laws that expand digital surveillance powers and reduce safeguards below the standards of international human rights law have been adopted by certain countries.
22 January 2016 |

Kuwait's new cybercrimes law restricts free expression and targets online activists

The new legislation contains 21 articles which seek to regulate a number of online activities in Kuwait. There is particular concern that the new law, especially articles 4, 6 and 7, could be used to limit freedom of expression on the Internet, as well as to target online activists including bloggers and citizen journalists.
22 January 2016 |

African free expression groups hold digital rights advocacy workshop

African free expression groups hold digital rights advocacy workshop Organised by the African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), the workshop aims to deepen participants' knowledge of online advocacy and develop strategies to create an Internet environment that fosters innovation, information sharing and development.
22 January 2016 |

Demonstrations in Tunisia spread to 15 states

Demonstrations in Tunisia spread to 15 states Demonstrations in favour of dignity and employment were held in Kasserine after an unemployed man – Ridha Yahyaoui – had taken his own life there.
22 January 2016 |

Award-winning poet faces trial following peaceful demonstration in Georgia

Award-winning poet faces trial following peaceful demonstration in Georgia On 25 December 2015, Irakli Kakabadze was arrested and injured during a peaceful demonstration protesting the appointment of Judge Levan Murusidze to the Appeals Court of Georgia’s High Council of Justice in Georgia.
21 January 2016 |

NGOs to Morocco: Drop charges against journalist Ali Anouzla once and for all

NGOs to Morocco: Drop charges against journalist Ali Anouzla once and for all As one of the most respected Arab journalists in the region, Ali Anouzla's publications are renowned for their unequivocally pro-democracy editorial line that translates into a critical yet fair treatment of the real power holders in Morocco.
20 January 2016 |

How can Canadian journalists protect anonymous sources?

How can Canadian journalists protect anonymous sources? The right to hide an anonymous source’s identity is important because some stories might never be told without insiders who could face serious consequences if it became known that they gave information to a reporter.
19 January 2016 |

Ukraine: 2015 saw fewer attacks on journalists, increased restrictions on access to information

Ukraine: 2015 saw fewer attacks on journalists, increased restrictions on access to information In 2015, in Ukrainian territory not under occupation, there were 310 registered press freedom violations, which is three times less than in 2014, according to IMI's Freedom of the Press Barometer.
19 January 2016 |

UK: Free speech groups welcome win for press freedom in Miranda case

UK: Free speech groups welcome win for press freedom in Miranda case Said the Court of Appeal about their decision, "If journalists and their sources can have no expectation of confidentiality, they may decide against providing information on sensitive issues of public interest."
19 January 2016 |

Profile: Rakel Dink

Profile: Rakel Dink Rakel Dink is the widow of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink. She is the founder of the Hrant Dink Foundation, whose mission is to end discrimination of all kinds and to promote inter-cultural dialogue.
19 January 2016 |

Bahrain must end harassment of human rights defender Sheikh Maytham Al-Salman

Bahrain must end harassment of human rights defender Sheikh Maytham Al-Salman IFEX members call on the Government of Bahrain to stop the judicial harassment of Sheikh Maytham Al-Salman, and to allow human rights defenders to exercise their right to freedom of expression.
19 January 2016 |

Brother of two murdered journalists denounces impunity in Paraguay

Brother of two murdered journalists denounces impunity in Paraguay


On 20th January, Paraguay's human rights record is under the spotlight at the United Nations. Ana Fondo interviewed Francisco Medina about the deteriorating conditions in Paraguay during an IFEX-ALC lobbying mission to Geneva in November 2015.
19 January 2016 |

Turkey: Remembering Hrant Dink on the anniversary of his assassination

Turkey: Remembering Hrant Dink on the anniversary of his assassination "Hrant was killed because he was trying to remind us of a history of oddness without shaming us. He was trying to speak without blaming. His was an act of 'revolutionary embarrassment'. Had he shouted aloud, blaming us, finger pointing us out as 'murderers', he wouldn’t have been killed."
18 January 2016 |

Encrypt for Freedom! Cartoons about why we need encryption

Encrypt for Freedom! Cartoons about why we need encryption Bytes for All, based in Pakistan, has released a series of graphics to help explain in simple terms why encryption is so important to our everyday lives and our freedom.
18 January 2016 |

MOM: New project launched in Colombia to fight media concentration

“Media pluralism is a cornerstone of any diverse and open society and for this reason, high concentration of media ownership – as we see it here in Colombia – puts democracy and freedom of opinion at risk,” says Christian Mihr, Executive Director of the German section of Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
18 January 2016 |

Iran releases imprisoned Washington Post journalist held since July 2014

Iran releases imprisoned Washington Post journalist held since July 2014 Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian was freed on 16 January as part of a prisoner swap between the United States and Iran, and was flown out of the country on 17 January.
18 January 2016 |

Leading Yemeni journalist Almigdad Mojalli killed in Saudi-led airstrike

Leading Yemeni journalist Almigdad Mojalli killed in Saudi-led airstrike Yemeni freelance journalist Almigdad Mojalli was killed in an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition of Arab states in Jaref, a Houthi-controlled district in the southern outskirts of the capital, Sanaa.
18 January 2016 |

Reporting equipment, external hard drives stolen from Ugandan journalist's home

Reporting equipment, external hard drives stolen from Ugandan journalist's home “I am paralyzed. All the information I have gathered for a very long time is lost. I do not know the motive of the attackers and what they intend to do with it."
16 January 2016 |

Hand grenade thrown, shots fired in attack on TV office in Islamabad, Pakistan

Hand grenade thrown, shots fired in attack on TV office in Islamabad, Pakistan Unidentified attackers hurled a hand grenade at the Islamabad bureau office of ARY News. They also threw pamphlets claiming that the Islamic State's Afghanistan chapter carried out the attack 'in reaction to the channels coverage of on-going operation Zarb-e-Azb'.


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