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23 March 2016 |

West African governments must prioritise safety of journalists, access to information

West African governments must prioritise safety of journalists, access to information At the West Africa Conference on Media and Participatory Governance, participants deplored the continuous attacks on journalists and the impunity with which such crimes are committed. Participants also noted that more countries in the region have yet to pass right to information laws.
23 March 2016 |

Human rights defenders face prosecution in unprecedented crackdown on NGOs

Human rights defenders face prosecution in unprecedented crackdown on NGOs In recent weeks, the Egyptian authorities have summoned human rights workers for questioning, banned them from travel and attempted to freeze their personal funds and family assets.
22 March 2016 |

Russian rights defender attacked in Chechnya

Attackers hit Igor Kalyapin, head of independent Russian human rights group Committee for the Prevention of Torture, as he was leaving his hotel in Grozny. He was there to meet with journalists and discuss an earlier attack on human rights defenders and the media.
22 March 2016 |

Moving forward for the media in Burma

Moving forward for the media in Burma Mizzima News editor-in-chief Soe Myint discussed challenges facing the Burmese media as the country transitions to democracy and his hopes for the future during the IPI World Congress.
22 March 2016 |

Journalism in Afghanistan: An increasingly deadly profession

Journalism in Afghanistan: An increasingly deadly profession Statistics released this week by the Afghanistan Journalists Center report an alarming 85% increase in incidents of "violence, threats, intimidation, and insults" against journalists over the past year.
21 March 2016 |

The next front in the new crypto wars: WhatsApp

The next front in the new crypto wars: WhatsApp According to the New York Times, the Department of Justice is locked in a “prolonged standoff” with WhatsApp. The story may represent a disturbing preview of the next front in the FBI’s war against encryption.
21 March 2016 |

Kenya's tradition of satire undermined by firing of celebrated cartoonist

Kenya's tradition of satire undermined by firing of celebrated cartoonist Godfrey Mwampembwa's drawings include a 2009 cartoon that mocked President Kenyatta (finance minister at the time) for a $100 million accounting error.
21 March 2016 |

Egypt's regime tenaciously hounds last remaining voice of victims: Civil society

Egypt's regime tenaciously hounds last remaining voice of victims: Civil society At a time when the torture and murder of Egyptians have become a mark of patriotism, defenders of the victims of these crimes are being prosecuted.
18 March 2016 |

Emad Mubarak: Dissent considered more dangerous in Egypt than murder

Emad Mubarak: Dissent considered more dangerous in Egypt than murder Emad Mubarak is the founder of the Association of Freedom of Thought and Expression. He has over 10 years' experience in defending and promoting the right to free expression in Egypt. In this exclusive article for IFEX, Mubarak shares invaluable insight into the desperate state of affairs in Egypt today.
18 March 2016 |

As US-Cuba relations thaw, what's next for the island's independent press?

As US-Cuba relations thaw, what's next for the island's independent press? When Obama arrives in Cuba next week for an historic visit -the first by a sitting U.S. president since 1928- he will find a media landscape that has greatly developed over the past decade.
18 March 2016 |

Media giant sheds 120 editorial jobs in latest round of cuts

Media giant sheds 120 editorial jobs in latest round of cuts Fairfax Media, one of Australia's largest media companies, has announced job cuts to editorial teams on three of the group's main titles, amounting to about a quarter of the editorial staff.
18 March 2016 |

Brazilian journalist's car shot

Brazilian journalist Kennedy Salomé Lenk was asleep at home with his wife and children in the small town of Afonso Cláudio, in Espírito Santo, north of Rio de Janeiro, when he awoke to gunshots at around 1 a.m. on March 10, according to news reports.
18 March 2016 |

Relief felt as 15 political prisoners are released in Azerbaijan

Relief felt as 15 political prisoners are released in Azerbaijan The release of these political prisoners is a step in the right direction, say the Sport for Rights Coalition, but dozens of others remain in Azerbaijani jails.
17 March 2016 |

Head of investigative journalist collective targeted in bomb attack

Head of investigative journalist collective targeted in bomb attack Min Min, chief editor of the online Root Investigative Agency, said that the attack was likely in retribution for his agency's critical reporting on various sensitive issues, including alleged corruption among local officials and the illegal narcotics trade.
17 March 2016 |

Honduras: Where impunity reigns and activists face mounting dangers

Honduras: Where impunity reigns and activists face mounting dangers Are the escalating violence, deteriorating human rights climate and shocking rates of impunity enough to wake people up to the current reality in Honduras?
17 March 2016 |

DRC Radio station director wins court case after decree protecting journalists

Coming in the wake of a decree ratified by Sud-Kivu’s governor a month ago on the protection of journalists, the ruling is a victory for freedom of information.
17 March 2016 |

Journalist's killer sentenced to life imprisonment in Pakistan

Journalist's killer sentenced to life imprisonment in Pakistan Ayub Khattak was killed in October 2013 over his reporting on the local drug scene; the conviction of his killer marks only the third such conviction in Pakistan, where the IFJ has recorded over 100 murders of journalists since 2000.
17 March 2016 |

Four years after his arrest, NGOs ask: Where is Syrian activist Bassel Khartabil?

Four years after his arrest, NGOs ask: Where is Syrian activist Bassel Khartabil? Since his detention, many human rights groups have campaigned for his release. On 21 April 2015, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention declared his detention a violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and called for his release, yet the Syrian authorities refuse to free him.
16 March 2016 |

Radio announcer shot while on air in Brazil

Brazilian radio announcer João Valdecir de Borba was killed on 10 March while he was broadcasting a musical radio program.
16 March 2016 |

What's behind the Indonesian president's troubling silence on LGBT persecution?

What's behind the Indonesian president's troubling silence on LGBT persecution? Since January, numerous government officials have demeaned and threatened Indonesia's LGBT population. President Joko Widodo, who secured his election victory on a platform of promoting economic development and human rights, has yet to publicly speak out against discriminatory statements.


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