On 14 December 2014, the editor of the daily Zaman
newspaper was arrested, along with the head of Samanyolu broadcasting group and other media personnel.
The prominent Syrian human rights defenders Razan Zaitouneh, Samira al-Khalil, Wael Hamada, and Nazem Hammadi – the Douma Four – were abducted in Douma, a city near Damascus under the control of armed opposition groups.
The Águilas Negras paramilitary group has given news outlets a deadline of 1 January to leave the cities where they operate, but the government has yet to respond.
Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Quang Lap was detained by police in Ho Chi Minh City, the second blogger to be arrested in as many weeks in Vietnam, according to news reports.
The new security bill, published on the parliamentary website on November 25, would stiffen penalties for people involved in some protests and allow provincial governors to instruct police to focus on particular crimes and perpetrators, seemingly usurping the role of prosecutors and judges.
No investigation. No punishment. In Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Pakistan, impunity is the norm. And in neighbouring Afghanistan, the government's vow to address journalists' safety is still to be tested.
The IFJ joins the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines in expressing concern over the attack on yet another witness in the trial against those accused of the Ampatuan Massacre. Five years on from the deadliest massacre of journalists in history, justice is still denied.
Jordanian authorities have broken reform promises by arresting and charging three activists for speech-related offenses.
Journalist Fernando Villavicencio went underground in March after an Ecuadoran court upheld his 18-month prison sentence for defaming President Rafael Correa.
The summary report underscores the need for the US government to promptly release the full report, bolster oversight of the CIA, and investigate and appropriately prosecute the senior officials responsible for the torture program.
The attack, which Al-Shabaab militants claimed responsibility for, killed Abdulkadir Ahmed Mayow, a 27-year-old reporter for Somali Channel TV and Star FM, and Mohamed Isaq Barre, a 25-year-old cameraman for Kalsan TV, local journalists told CPJ.
Police and military personnel fired live ammunition at about 800 peaceful demonstrators, including women and children, in Papua. Six people were killed, and at least 17 others wounded.
Members of SEAPA mark International Anti-Corruption Day (December 9) and Human Rights Day with the resolve to reorganise and strengthen the alliance to make it more capable to meet regional press freedom and freedom of expression challenges.
The prison sentences handed down in the 2004 murder of Nepalese journalist Dekendra Thapa were surprisingly short. The murder should have been punished in a strong manner so as to discourage any further violations, says Freedom Forum.
Join the global campaign for Alaa Abd El Fattah, Bassel Khartabil and so many others who have been unjustly imprisoned because of their activism. Sign this statement demanding their release, and send a tweet using the hashtags #FreeAlaa
to show your support.
In light of the rising threat of extremist groups such as ISIS, governments across the Middle East and North Africa are promising their citizens stability and security – but not without a price.
Can authorities long known for their ignorance or even complicity in crimes against journalists institute legal measures that produce tangible change?
8 December 2014 marks the sixth anniversary of the arrest of poet and human rights defender Liu Xiaobo. His wife, poet and artist Liu Xia, was placed under house arrest following the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Xiaobo in October 2010.
On 2 December 2014, the Ukrainian Parliament passed a proposal to create a new body called the Ministry of Information Policy with the aim of "confronting Russia’s formidable propaganda machine."
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On Human Rights Day, PEN International calls for greater protection of linguistic rights, cultural diversity and minority languages. PEN International has long recognised the vital role that language plays in identity, communications, social integration, education and development and has continued to defend linguistic rights of writers, journalist and others across the globe.