Journalist Leonel Alberto Rodriguez has been the target of a series of recent threats which stem from a case he uncovered concerning a sexual assault accusation against La Banda’s former mayor, Héctor Eduardo Ruiz.
"Both the Criminal Code charges and the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation charges filed against the journalists and bloggers are equally unfounded. Therefore, the court should overturn the remaining charges and order the release of the defendants."
Two more cyber-activists are now behind bars including one who was given another jail term on 3 November, just two days before Raef Badawi, a blogger serving a 10-year jail term, was awarded a press freedom prize.
Tibet's leader-in-exile discusses his Buddhist approach to digital security, and why he still holds hope for the future of the internet.
The local newspaper's CEO fired the journalist arguing that his article, which detailed the suffering of the Bedouin community in the absence of shelter during the Gaza war, failed to respect the newspaper's "Jewish" readership.
On 26 September, the State Committee on National Security of Osh city opened a criminal investigation concerning a pilot survey on respect for the rights of ethnic minorities, which was conducted in the Jalal-Abad and Batken oblasts by a local organization that Freedom House supports.
The French consul-general in Ho Chi Minh City was assaulted by gangsters supported by plain-clothes police when he tried to assist Pham Minh Hoang, a Franco-Vietnamese blogger, and his mother.
It’s not illegal to be gay in Botswana, but sometimes it must feel like it. Just ask Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO), a non-profit group that’s been fighting for a decade to get official standing in the country, a battle that will come to a head over the next couple of weeks.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has adopted a precautionary measure in favor of Honduran journalist Julio Ernesto Alvarado, who was ordered to stop working as a journalist for 16 months after he reported on alleged wrongdoing by a university dean.
15 November is the 33rd anniversary of the Day of the Imprisoned Writer. This year PEN is highlighting the cases of five writers from Cameroon, China, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, and Paraguay and calls for their immediate and unconditional release and for the charges against them to be dropped, along with all other writers similarly threatened.
Pakistani TV talk show Hamid Mir alerted some associates after receiving a new round of threats and denunciations related to his plans to attend an upcoming conference in Bangladesh of journalists, hosted by the Bangladeshi newspaper "Prothom Alo".
Index on Censorship joins the Civic Solidarity Platform’s call to the Council of Europe to put real pressure on Azerbaijan to release the human rights defenders and political activists who have been imprisoned on unfounded charges.
Journalism, the exercise of free expression, is a basic right both for practitioners and for the readers, viewers and listeners who benefit from it. They should be able to practice this right without fear of persecution. If they are to suffer, their oppressors must face justice.
Ammar Abdulrasool has received more than 80 international awards for his photography. Government forces interrogated Abdulrasool regarding his work, placing emphasis on a photograph showing a peaceful protestor giving a police officer a flower.
Seven representatives of Cambodia's Boeung Kak Lake community were sentenced to one year in prison and a US$500 fine each after protesting over alleged deliberate drainage problems. Their arrest "is extremely worrying, especially when taking into account the fact that five of them were previously jailed for peaceful activism."
Authorities in the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland arrested two journalists from privately owned television stations last week after they each aired coverage of a protest in the northwest town of Gabiley, local journalists told CPJ.
The Internet poses a problem for those who wish to hold power without being audited by citizens. If impunity and lack of transparency are the rule, then "regular citizens", journalists and activists who use the Internet to denounce, report and bring to light information are now the enemy.
Some 75 journalists in Querétaro complained in a public statement of threats, discrimination and repression on the part of state officials in the administration of Governor Antonio Calzada.
The Freedom Fund for Filipino Journalists (FFFJ) condemns the ban on media coverage of the Ampatuan Massacre trial as an unconscionable attack on press freedom; the outcome of this trial will be critical to the dismantling or persistence of the culture of impunity in the Philippines.
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Elena Tonkacheva, a famous human rights defender and head of the Centre for Legal Transformation, Lawtrend, was informed that her residence permit in Belarus was annulled. The formal reason was several fines for exceeding speed limit.