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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.