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12 August 2014 |

Protestors arrested, beaten by police at camp housing displaced people in Zimbabwe

Protestors arrested, beaten by police at camp housing displaced people in Zimbabwe Anti-riot police on August 3, 2014, beat and arrested hundreds of people at a camp housing approximately 20,000 displaced people in southern Zimbabwe. A humanitarian crisis is developing as thousands fled in fear and may be living in the open without access to food or health facilities.
12 August 2014 |

Promote free expression: Explore and share Turkey's virtual Museum of Crimes of Thought

Promote free expression: Explore and share Turkey's virtual Museum of Crimes of Thought Initiative for Freedom of Expression in Turkey (Antenna-TR) has created an online museum of free expression rights violations in Turkey.
11 August 2014 |

Opinion spaces decrease in Venezuela a month after publication is sold

Opinion spaces decrease in Venezuela a month after publication is sold The recent suspensions and departures of so many writers at El Universal is definitely alarming, as it will likely diminish the spectrum of opinions in Venezuela, a country where the open spaces of opinions are becoming less and less common.
11 August 2014 |

Pakistan urged to revoke suspension of rights in Islamabad

"Pakistan faces very real threats of terrorism, but giving unbridled powers to the army and suspending fundamental rights is the wrong response," says Human Rights Watch. Powers given to the military risk misuse in the face of ongoing large-scale political protests.
11 August 2014 |

Namibians denounce lack of public consultation surrounding constitutional amendement bill

Namibians denounce lack of public consultation surrounding constitutional amendement bill
Access to information is critical in a society that aims to strengthen citizen participation, promote critical thinking and debate, and achieve socio-economic justice. Namibians were not provided access to information on the Third Constitutional Amendment Bill, but were informed by the media, who had to use leaked information.
11 August 2014 |

Russian journalist Andrei Stenin missing in Ukraine

Editors from Russia’s state-run news agency, RIA Novosti, say they have been unable to reach journalist Andrei Stenin since 5 August. He is believed to have been with pro-Russian separatists before his disappearance.
11 August 2014 |

Five Kuwaiti critics stripped of their citizenship

As part of a wider crackdown on people seeking reform, Kuwaiti authorities have stripped five critics of their citizenship leaving them stateless.
11 August 2014 |

Journalists' federation welcomes presidential promises on jailed Burmese reporters

Journalists' federation welcomes presidential promises on jailed Burmese reporters The IFJ welcomed a breakthrough in relations between the Myanmar government and its media, following a meeting between Burma's Interim Press Council and President Thein Sein. The meeting was arranged at the request of Myanmar's Interim Press Council following growing concern over the government's jailing of journalists.
11 August 2014 |

Two journalists and three media workers abducted in Libya

At least two journalists and three media workers affiliated with the privately owned Albarqa TV station were abducted at a checkpoint in the eastern Libyan city of Tobruk on 11 August 2014.
11 August 2014 |

British Virgin Islands revises cybercrime bill to add public interest clause

In a rare move by the British Virgin Islands (BVI) Governor to withhold assent, the House of Assembly opted to revisit and amend the Computer Misuse and Cybercrime Act last week to include a public-interest exemption.
11 August 2014 |

Prominent human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng out of prison, but freedom uncertain

Prominent human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng out of prison, but freedom uncertain Gao Zhisheng might be out of prison, but the true test is how the Chinese authorities will now treat him. He should not be subjected to any police surveillance or restrictions on his movements, and given immediate access to adequate medical treatment.
8 August 2014 |

Chinese investigative reporter freed on bail after a year in pre-trial detention

RWB welcomes newspaper reporter Liu Hu's release on bail after a nearly year in detention on trumped-up defamation charges designed to silence him. His release demonstrates the weakness of the prosecution case against him.
8 August 2014 |

Restrictive broadcast policy in Bangladesh raises concerns

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's cabinet has approved a restrictive policy governing Bangladesh's broadcast media. While the policy calls for the creation of an independent commission to oversee electronic media, it's unclear how and how quickly the commission will be formed. Meanwhile, the policy restricts what can be broadcast, raising red flags.
8 August 2014 |

Enraged hacker resorts to aggressive methods against French journalist and website

Enraged hacker resorts to aggressive methods against French journalist and website French hacker Grégory Chelli has been using extraordinarily aggressive methods to harass Benoît le Corre, a journalist with the French news website Rue89, ever since the site published Le Corre’s profile of Chelli on 29 July.
8 August 2014 |

Canada: Media should be allowed to interview ex-Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr

Canada: Media should be allowed to interview ex-Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr For over two years, media requests to interview Omar Khadr have consistently been denied by Correctional Service Canada. Canadian Journalists for Free Expression believes Canadians have a right to hear both sides of this story.
7 August 2014 |

Liberian government threatens media outlets with license forfeiture

The government of Liberia through the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism has asked all media entities operating in the country to renew their permits and/or get registered or risk being shut down.
7 August 2014 |

Cuban authorities urged to explain detained blogger’s disappearance

When detained Cuban writer and blogger Angel Santiesteban-Prats disappeared from San Miguel del Padrón prison on 21 July, the authorities said he had escaped but his daughter managed to talk briefly with him in a police station ten days later. His present whereabouts are unknown.
7 August 2014 |

Oman holding blogger Muawiyah Alrawahi at psychiatric hospital

Omani blogger Muawiyah Alrawahi is known for using his blog and YouTube channel to discuss atheism and raise other sensitive topics, including criticism of Sultan Qaboos.
7 August 2014 |

Bangladeshi journalist attacked with harpoon at home

Nasrul Anwar, a staff reporter for the Bangla-language daily "Kaler Kantho", was attacked by an unidentified person at his home in Dhaka. He believes the attack was a result of his reporting on corruption against some influential people in the area.
7 August 2014 |

Q&A: Pakistan's Hamid Mir speaks about climate for press freedom following attack

CPJ speaks with Geo News senior anchor Hamid Mir. In April 2014, he was shot multiple times shortly after a CPJ delegation met with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who pledged to take several steps to improve journalist security in Pakistan.


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