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10 May 2017 |

Six detained for Facebook posts under Thailand's repressive lèse majesté laws

Six detained for Facebook posts under Thailand's repressive lèse majesté laws Human rights lawyer Prawet Praphanukul, activist Danai Tibsuya, and four unidentified others were arrested and charged under the repressive lèse majesté provisions of the Thailand Criminal Code, and for offences under the Criminal Code and Computer Crimes Act.
9 May 2017 |

Iran deprives 55 million voters of freely reported news

Iran deprives 55 million voters of freely reported news With the campaign for the Iranian presidential election officially under way since 28 April, many obstacles = new and old - stand in the way of freely reported news and information in Iran.
9 May 2017 |

IAPA achieves commitment in Peru on World Press Freedom Day

IAPA achieves commitment in Peru on World Press Freedom Day At the same time the international delegation of the IAPA echoed the Peruvian president's concerns about initiatives contrary to freedom of expression and of the press.
9 May 2017 |

Omani authorities block access to online magazine "Mowatin"

Omani authorities block access to online magazine The blocking decision is the latest in a series of repressive measures taken by Omani authorities as part of the country's broader crackdown on independent media.
9 May 2017 |

Tanzanian President John Magufuli's aside on "limits" of press freedom raises fears

Tanzanian President John Magufuli's aside on Tanzanian President John Magufuli’s ominous warning to journalists that press freedom has “limits” following a sequence of events that led to the firing of his information minister has raised new concerns about authoritarianism in the east African republic.
9 May 2017 |

Canadians confused by fake news

They may be confused about fake news, but Canadians are pretty clear that "national security" is no excuse to force journalists to turn sources over.
9 May 2017 |

No land for whistleblowers

No land for whistleblowers A proposed new UK law could lead to the imprisonment of civil servants and journalists for disclosing information that would otherwise be available to anyone who asked for it.
8 May 2017 |

The month in Asia Pacific in three minutes

The month in Asia Pacific in three minutes A tragic murder in the Maldives shakes the world, India and Malaysia's digital crackdown, and Yance Wenda gets beaten up covering...World Press Freedom Day protests.
8 May 2017 |

Contempt of court case and death threat mark World Press Freedom Day in Nepal

Contempt of court case and death threat mark World Press Freedom Day in Nepal A reporter for Nagarik daily, received a death threat after reporting on massive illegal deforestation in Lalitpur, Nepal.
8 May 2017 |

New fronts, brave voices: Press freedom in South Asia

New fronts, brave voices: Press freedom in South Asia The 15th edition of the IFJ and SAMSN annual report documents media rights issues and national and regional activities to empower journalists to confront the challenges relating to press freedom in South Asia over the past year.
5 May 2017 |

Al-Jazeera English suspended in South Sudan

Al-Jazeera English suspended in South Sudan The ban follows a series of Al-Jazeera reports about the ongoing clashes between government forces and rebel troops. The Qatari TV news channel reported on 20 April that many civilians had been displaced by fighting in the southern county of Kajo-Keji.
5 May 2017 |

Speak out against anti-gay attacks in Chechnya

Speak out against anti-gay attacks in Chechnya Tell President Putin to stop police beatings and forcible outings of gay men in Chechnya.
5 May 2017 |

World's largest biometric database is leaking Indian citizens' data

World's largest biometric database is leaking Indian citizens' data Over the last few months, the Indian twittersphere has been awash with citizens concerned about government websites leaking millions of individual digital ID numbers.
5 May 2017 |

Australia: New press freedom report is chilling reading

Australia: New press freedom report is chilling reading MEAA CEO Paul Murphy says: "While lawmakers' efforts have focussed on criminalising legitimate public interest journalism and going after whistleblowers, long-standing press freedom concerns continue to be ignored."
4 May 2017 |

Morocco's red lines remain intact

Morocco's red lines remain intact The country's new legislation takes prison terms for peaceful free speech out of one law, only to put it right back into another.
4 May 2017 |

Concerns about UK press freedom raised in submission to UN Human Rights Council

Concerns about UK press freedom raised in submission to UN Human Rights Council In September 2016, RSF submitted a contribution to the UN Human Rights Council underscoring press freedom concerns in the U.K. This worrying trend has worsened in the months following this submission.
4 May 2017 |

Radio Free Asia journalist flees Cambodia under legal threat

Radio Free Asia journalist Huot Vuthy left the country after receiving a summons to appear in court on charges that he failed to identify himself as a journalist during a prison visit with a group of 16 jailed opposition politicians and political activists.
3 May 2017 |

Legal, political and policy environment for Pakistani media has deteriorated significantly

Legal, political and policy environment for Pakistani media has deteriorated significantly A PPF report covering the period January 2016 to April 2017 points to indications that all branches of state are determined to control the media, rather than promoting a safe and secure environment for the growth of pluralistic democratic media institutions.
3 May 2017 |

The devastating decline of free expression and press freedom in Southeast Asia

The devastating decline of free expression and press freedom in Southeast Asia On World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) 2017, the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) shares a number of stories that demonstrate the devastating decline of free expression and press freedom in the region.
3 May 2017 |

Trump the truth: Free expression in the US president's first 100 days

Trump the truth: Free expression in the US president's first 100 days Efforts to undermine the press during President Trump's first 100 days signal to regimes abroad that the United States will not stand up for press freedom.


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