Bahraini security forces arrested photographer Sayed Ahmed Al-Mousawi, 25, after raiding his home at dawn on 10 February 2014.
“Intellectual freedom is the freedom to think,” says Franklin Carter, editor and researcher with the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee. “People need it to learn and grow throughout their lives. Learning and growing are much easier if people are free to read, write and discuss information and ideas.”
A bill to partially decriminalise defamation in Trinidad and Tobago has received final parliamentary approval, the latest sign of growing momentum around the International Press Institute's Campaign to Repeal Criminal Defamation in the Caribbean.
The Inter American Press Association is supporting a public awareness campaign launched by the Association of Argentine Press Entities (ADEPA) for Argentina’s authorities to ensure the safety and protection of journalists.
IFEX members joined the world's press on and around the Global Day of Action organised by the Al Jazeera Network on 27 February in calling for the release of three Al Jazeera journalists detained in Egypt since 29 December 2013.
Security officers arrested Mohamed Bare on 11 February for posting photos on the Radio Danan website showing the Lower Shabelle region’s vice-president after he was injured by a bomb.
The March 2013 Art of Transition Symposium was the first public discussion of artist freedom of expression in Burma, looking in particular at the impact of the wave of political reforms, which started at the end of 2011, on artistic freedom of expression.
The shutdown order issued by a district court in Almaty against the independent weekly newspaper Pravdivaya Gazeta
is yet another example of Kazakhstan's determination to gag independent voices in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said on 25 February 2014, adding that the verdict should be overturned on appeal.
Many standard web programmes lack the necessary security for writers to be protected from surveillance and hacking. However, several organisations which defend freedom of speech online and promote digital security have developed simple guides to improve online security.
IFJ and the HKJA have condemned a brutal attack on recently-sacked "Ming Pao" chief editor Kevin Lau. The horrific attack comes amidst rising tensions in Hong Kong over ongoing threats to free speech and freedom of the press.
A U.S. court has ruled that Google should remove the Innocence of Muslims video from YouTube because of copyright. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed that an actress in the video may have a claim and further ordered that the ruling be kept secret until 26 February “to prevent a rush to copy and proliferate the film".
Yemeni authorities issued the ban against Aden Alghad newspaper on 22 February sparking protests in Aden.
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression celebrates the principled stand taken by independent MP Brent Rathgeber in killing his own private member’s bill, C-461; "Mr. Rathgeber gave up that opportunity on the principle that it would do more harm than good. It was a good day for democracy."
President Yoweri Museveni’s approval of a harsh anti-homosexuality law has stirred considerable attention, including a rebuke from United Nations’ officials and an array of human rights groups. But for veteran Ugandan journalist Peterson S. Ssendi, the government’s campaign against homosexuals is nothing new.
A Swiss court has ordered a journalist to testify against his source in a drug dealer case that was published on the Swiss German-language daily, Basler Zeitung
in October 2012. According to Article 28a of the Swiss Penal Code, journalists and media organisations have the right to protect their sources.
Azeri authorities recently made a secret audio recording of private conversation between civil society representatives and U.S. congressional aides visiting Baku. The illegally obtained recording is now used by the government to back up absurd "espionage" allegations against award-winning journalist Khadija Ismayilova.
A call for a UN mandate on privacy emerged from an expert seminar held in Geneva this week on "The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age".
The idea of press freedom and free speech requires a real understanding on the part of lawmakers that criticism of public officials and public figures is protected or privileged communication, says CMFR in response to the Philippines' deliberations on the Cybercrime Prevention Act. Criminal libel is legislation that favors the political class; which is an insidious spirit that is inimical to democracy.
February is Black History Month and that history is intimately linked with surveillance by the federal government in the name of "national security." Indeed, the history of surveillance in the African-American community plays an important role in the debate around spying today and in the calls for a congressional investigation into that surveillance.
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High school students were recently interrogated by police after having peacefully occupied Keratsini's 2nd High School in October. Those taken in for questioning were asked about their own and their teachers' political preferences, especially those who had been striking against public job cuts and forced transfers.