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25 July 2014 |

Four detained journalists appear in court in Burma on Emergency Provisions Act charges

The decision to go ahead with the prosecution of four journalists who were detained on charges of threatening state security is the latest move in an ongoing crackdown on freedom of information in Burma by the police and judicial authorities.
25 July 2014 |

Media muzzled in Pakistan's Waziristan offensive

The Pakistan military's public communications arm trumpeted a decisive victory in its ongoing offensive against alleged Pakistani Taliban strongholds in North Waziristan. But Shawal Valley residents who witnessed the attack and have since fled to internally displaced persons (IDP) camps had a different story.
25 July 2014 |

Russia: Repeal new TV advertising law

Russia: Repeal new TV advertising law The new amendments to the federal law “On Advertising” bans cable and satellite channels that charge viewers a subscription fee from receiving revenue for commercials in their programming. The law does not apply to Russian public TV channels, including nationwide channels owned or controlled by the Kremlin.
25 July 2014 |

Writers Maseko, Makhubu given two-year jail terms for contempt of court in Swaziland

The judge in charge of the case, Mpendulo Simelane, said the sentences were intended as “a deterrent not only to the appellants to abstain from similar behaviours in the future but also to others who may have a like-minded scheme in contemplation.”
25 July 2014 |

A list of journalists attacked by Israeli forces in Gaza

A list of journalists attacked by Israeli forces in Gaza The Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate has published a list detailing the attacks that Israeli forces have carried out against journalists reporting on the crisis, including the 4 media workers who have been killed since the conflict began.
25 July 2014 |

Canadian charities will survive chilling audits of "political activities"

Last week it was made public that the Canadian Revenue Agency is auditing PEN Canada for its “political activities.” They are just the latest victims in an aggressive campaign targeting outspoken organizations such as Amnesty International, the David Suzuki Foundation and Environmental Defence.
25 July 2014 |

One year on, no justice for murdered LGBT activist in Cameroon

One year on, no justice for murdered LGBT activist in Cameroon "It is hard to believe that over the course of a year authorities in Cameroon have not conducted a proper investigation into the murder of Eric Lembembe and that there have been no arrests, no court proceedings, and no justice served," said Vukasin Petrovic, director of Africa programs at Freedom House.
25 July 2014 |

Colombian student faces prison charges for sharing academic article online

Colombian student faces prison charges for sharing academic article online Diego Gomez, 26, a Master's student who researches biodiversity shared a research paper that he had used in his own work, online for others in his field to access. The author of the paper then filed a lawsuit over the “violation of [his] economic and related rights.”
25 July 2014 |

Four journalists, including three U.S. citizens, detained in Iran

Four journalists, including three U.S. citizens, detained in Iran Jason Rezaian, a U.S. citizen and a correspondent for the Washington Post, and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, an Iranian correspondent for the United Arab Emirates-based newspaper The National, were taken into custody in Tehran.
25 July 2014 |

Turkish-Jewish writer's novels included in social media campaign of "Israeli products to boycott"

Turkish-Jewish writer's novels included in social media campaign of PEN International condemns a social media campaign to boycott the work of Turkish-Jewish writer and PEN Turkey board member Mario Levi.
24 July 2014 |

Deep Dive: Updates to the Necessary and Proportionate Principles

Deep Dive: Updates to the Necessary and Proportionate Principles July 10 marks one year since EFF and a coalition of hundreds of experts and human rights activists put the finishing touches on the Necessary and Proportionate Principles. A recently published version of the Principles incorporates the feedback received over the past year.
24 July 2014 |

Nepalese journalist forced to flee after receiving threats

Journalist Ramesh Rawal was forced to move out of his home district after receiving continuous threats from various officials; he believes the threats are linked to his stories on corruption by government agencies.
24 July 2014 |

Russian authorities urged to release Ukrainian journalist Yevgeny Agarkov

Russian authorities urged to release Ukrainian journalist Yevgeny Agarkov Agarkov was arrested after he reportedly travelled to Voronezh to cover the case of Nadezhda Savchenko, a Ukrainian pilot who is being held for her role in the deaths of Russian journalists Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin.
24 July 2014 |

Bahraini journalist describes her attempts at getting those who tortured her prosecuted

Bahraini journalist describes her attempts at getting those who tortured her prosecuted Naziha Saeed, a Bahraini correspondent for France 24 and Radio Monte Carlo, was severely beaten and tortured in police custody two years ago. Here, she describes her attempts to have those responsible prosecuted.
24 July 2014 |

Draft media law legalises closure of media houses in semi-autonomous region of Puntland

Puntland's new media law gives the Ministry of Information the power to withhold or revoke media house registration unilaterally. The ministry will also have the authority to issue and withdraw journalists' identification cards.
23 July 2014 |

Identity theft persists in Pakistan's biometric era

Identity theft persists in Pakistan's biometric era Pakistan is one of the few nations that has registered almost the entire population's biometric details and provided citizens with a computerized national identity card. But even with that system in place, fraud is still rampant.
23 July 2014 |

As forest residents evicted in Thailand, rights to protest and access information restricted

The Thai military junta is urged to cease forced evictions, arbitrary arrests and detention, and intimidation of residents in six forest villages in Buriram province. In one case, soldiers arrested Sornram Masuntei and detained him for about 10 hours after he requested information from local military commanders about whether certain eviction orders would affect residents who were poor and landless.
23 July 2014 |

Chinese journalist dismissed after writing on Hong Kong news website

CPJ is concerned over the termination of Chinese journalist Song Zhibiao from a monthly magazine after he wrote for a Hong Kong website. His dismissal marks the first publicized case of its kind following recent directives by the Chinese government that bar journalists from cooperating with foreign news agencies.
23 July 2014 |

Toronto-based Tajik blogger released from prison after 36 days

Toronto-based Tajik blogger released from prison after 36 days Aleksandr Sodiqov was released from prison on 22 July 2014. He is now under house arrest and forbidden to leave the country pending the outcome of the government’s investigation.
23 July 2014 |

Pakistan: Office of cable television operator set ablaze in Karachi

Unidentified armed men set fire to the office of Worldcall, a cable television operator, apparently in retaliation for resuming the transmission of Geo News channels.


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