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17 April 2014 |

Saudi rights activist Waleed Abu al-Khair arrested, family denied access

Saudi Arabia’s Specialized Criminal Court ordered Abu al-Khair’s detention when he attended a hearing in his case on 15 April 2014. Since his arrest the authorities have not allowed him to contact family members, who had no knowledge of his whereabouts for 24 hours.
17 April 2014 |

Israel arrests Palestinian journalist after visiting Lebanon

Israel arrests Palestinian journalist after visiting Lebanon Journalist Majd Kayyal was arrested on 12 April 2014 returning from Lebanon via the Sheikh Hussein Crossing after two weeks in Lebanon participating in the As Safir newspaper conference. He is facing charges of visiting a hostile state and communicating with foreign agents.
16 April 2014 |

Getting away with murder: CPJ's 2014 Global Impunity Index

Getting away with murder: CPJ's 2014 Global Impunity Index Syria has joined the list of countries where journalists' murders are most likely to go unpunished, while Iraq, Somalia, and the Philippines once again were the worst offenders, CPJ has found in its newly updated Impunity Index.
16 April 2014 |

Palestinian journalist faces threats of legal action by Hamas government

As a result of an article she wrote on Hamas soldiers and Gaza's mosques for the Lebanese Al-Akhbar newspaper on 3 April 2014, Palestinian journalist Orouba Othman now faces legal consequences.
16 April 2014 |

Journalists harassed, detained and denied entry to Ukraine

Journalists harassed, detained and denied entry to Ukraine According to the latest media reports, over 20 journalists and crews from around a dozen Russian news outlets have been denied entry to the country over the past few days. The incidents have taken place amid increasing tension in Ukraine, with pro-Russian activists occupying buildings in more eastern towns.
16 April 2014 |

Ahead of Algerian elections, both foreign and local journalists face restrictions

Ahead of Algerian elections, both foreign and local journalists face restrictions Authorities have been interfering with the ability of journalists to cover tomorrow's presidential elections, which follow weeks of protests regarding President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to run for a fourth term.
15 April 2014 |

#FreethePress: 30 days for freedom

#FreethePress: 30 days for freedom Demand the release of jailed journalists worldwide in the lead up to World Press Freedom Day on 3 May. Join the Twitter campaign with the hashtag #FreethePress.
15 April 2014 |

Ethiopian authorities detain ARTICLE 19 staff for 29 hours

On 3 April 2014, Patrick Mutahi flew to Addis Ababa, where he was due to deliver a security and safety training for journalists and media workers. Upon landing, he was detained by immigration officials, who confiscated his passport and mobile telephone and told him that he would not be permitted to enter the country.
15 April 2014 |

Linking access to information to protection of the environment in Bangladesh

Linking access to information to protection of the environment in Bangladesh ARTICLE 19 outlines how local communities and activists are using the Right to Information Act to hold Bangladeshi authorities accountable for creating a safe and sustainable environment.
15 April 2014 |

Danger of self-censorship after council issues warning to radio stations in Haiti

Danger of self-censorship after council issues warning to radio stations in Haiti Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by the communiqué that the National Telecommunications Council issued on 8 April 2014 condemning “certain” radio stations that “systematically broadcast false information liable to disturb pubic order".
15 April 2014 |

Repressive anti-terrorism law threatens peaceful dissent in Pakistan

Repressive anti-terrorism law threatens peaceful dissent in Pakistan Pakistan's draft counterterrorism violates fundamental rights to freedom of speech, privacy and peaceful assembly. In its current form, the law could be used to suppress peaceful political opposition and criticism of government policy, says Human Rights Watch.
15 April 2014 |

Three motorcyclists arrested over violent assault of Ugandan journalist

Ddamba Ismael was attacked by a mob of angry commercial motorcyclists while he covered them demanding the release of their colleague, who had been detained by the cyclists' leaders for allegedly failing to pay operational fees in Kampala.
15 April 2014 |

Two Vietnamese netizens released from prison, 31 others still held

RWB is relieved to learn that two netizens who had spent several years in prison - Vi Duc Hoi and Nguyen Tien Trung - were released although they are now assigned to a form of house arrest.
15 April 2014 |

Journalist Mashallah Shamsolvaezin calls on Iran to release the 48 reporters it holds behind bars

Journalist Mashallah Shamsolvaezin calls on Iran to release the 48 reporters it holds behind bars Iranian journalist Mashallah Shamsolvaezin, the International Press Institute’s newest World Press Freedom Hero, called publicly on his country’s government to unconditionally release the 48 journalists it holds behind bars.
15 April 2014 |

Brazilian journalists under increased pressure from police and protesters

A new report, prepared by the Council for the Defense of the Human Person, said a recent rise in violence can be attributed to the mass protests that began in June 2013 against transport fare rises, corruption and the amount of money spent on preparation for the FIFA World Cup 2014.
15 April 2014 |

Kazakh media publications and public associations risk suspension under state of emergency decree

Kazakh media publications and public associations risk suspension under state of emergency decree If the government declares a state of emergency, officials can issue orders to suspend or terminate media publications, suspend the activities of political parties and public associations, or have administrative sanctions brought against individuals for using audio or video recording devices when they have been ordered not to.
15 April 2014 |

Three Lebanese al-Manar journalists murdered in Syria

Three Lebanese al-Manar journalists murdered in Syria On 14 April, three Lebanese journalists working for Hezbollah's al-Manar television station, were shot while covering fighting between government forces and insurgents in Maaloula, north of Damascus.
14 April 2014 |

Globovisión journalist released after having been kidnapped for a week in Venezuela

Globovisión journalist released after having been kidnapped for a week in Venezuela On April 14, 2014, journalist Nairobi Pinto, head of the correspondents department at Globovisión, was released by her captors in Cúa, the capital of Urdaneta municipality in Miranda state, at close to 1 a.m. after the communicator had been kidnapped for over one week.
14 April 2014 |

Controversy surrounds India's biometric database

Controversy surrounds India's biometric database India has taken on the monumental challenge of issuing each resident of the country with a Unique Identification Number (UID). Concerns about privacy and data retention stem in part from the fact that the country has not passed a privacy law or a comprehensive data protection law.
14 April 2014 |

IPI executive director reflects on the state of press freedom worldwide

During the IPI World Congress in Cape Town, the organisation's executive director delivered a report on the state of press freedom in Africa and elsewhere.


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