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17 February 2015 |

New charges brought against detained Azeri journalist Khadija Ismayilova

New trumped-up charges carrying a possible 12-year jail sentence were brought today against leading independent journalist Khadija Ismayilova. She is now charged with large-scale embezzlement, illegal trading, tax evasion and abuse of authority.
17 February 2015 |

Nepalese protesters torch newspapers, press vehicle; reporter threatened

Freedom Forum condemns the death threat against Nepalese reporter Jitendra Kumar Jha and strongly urges the authorities to bring the culprit to book.
17 February 2015 |

Blocktimer killed in Bohol, Philippines; 146th since 1986 if work-related

Blocktimer killed in Bohol, Philippines; 146th since 1986 if work-related Filipino radio blocktimer Mauritio Lim was shot by an unidentified man and later died in hospital. Lim and his lawyer cohost had recently discussed the involvement of local officials in the illegal drug trade.
13 February 2015 |

Big Brother is listening: On smart TVs, users' rights and security

Big Brother is listening: On smart TVs, users' rights and security As the devices in our homes get "smarter," are they also going to spy on us? That question has led to one sentence in Samsung's SmartTV privacy policy getting a lot of attention lately.
13 February 2015 |

Reporters without Borders' press freedom index 2015 reports decline on all fronts

Reporters without Borders' press freedom index 2015 reports decline on all fronts Beset by wars, the growing threat from non-state operatives, violence during demonstrations and the economic crisis, media freedom is in retreat on all five continents.
12 February 2015 |

Spanish journalist urges Europe to address Internet harassment

Spanish journalist urges Europe to address Internet harassment Mayte Carrasco describes insults and threats after speaking about fundamentalists.
12 February 2015 |

Venezuela: New military authority to curb protests

Venezuela has granted powers to the military to use force to control peaceful demonstrations, Human Rights Watch said today. On January 23, 2015, the Defense Ministry issued a resolution authorizing the Armed Forces to maintain “public order” and “social peace” during “public meetings and demonstrations.”
12 February 2015 |

Obama announces new privacy rules for NSA data collection

The world's personal information will "only" be retained for five short years. And that's if the U.S. government decides you're not under suspicion.
12 February 2015 |

Ghanaians advised to oppose telecommunications gateway

Ghanaians advised to oppose telecommunications gateway The Interconnect Clearing House could provide an opportunistic channel for any group or government to abuse privacy and other online rights of citizens.
12 February 2015 |

Accused in 2010 killing of Filipino radio reporter convicted

A trial court found guilty one of two persons accused in the 2010 murder of a Filipino radio reporter. It was the 15th case out of 145 cases of journalists killed since 1986 in the Philippines in which there has been a conviction.
12 February 2015 |

Reinforcing "the mosquito net": Blocking the flow of people and information

Reinforcing Authorities are cracking down on people fleeing the country, and on those who share information with the outside world.
12 February 2015 |

Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed released on bail

Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed released on bail After spending over 400 days in prison, the end to their imprisonment is long overdue, as is their reunion with their families.
12 February 2015 |

Ali Abdulemam on his Bahraini identity: It is not for the government to give it or take it away

Ali Abdulemam on his Bahraini identity: It is not for the government to give it or take it away Last week, Bahrain revoked Abdulemam’s citizenship along with another 71 Bahraini citizens, many of whom are journalists or bloggers.
11 February 2015 |

A victory against GCHQ, but the fight against mass surveillance continues

A victory against GCHQ, but the fight against mass surveillance continues The 6 February 2015 decision marked the first time in its 15-year history that the only UK court empowered to oversee GHCQ, MI5 and MI6 has ruled against the intelligence and security services.
11 February 2015 |

Mexican editor flees after gunmen abduct and beat him

Enrique Juárez Torres, editor of the privately owned daily El Mañana in Matamoros, was abducted at about 4 p.m. on the same day the paper published the front-page headline, "Confrontations: Nine Dead."
11 February 2015 |

The case of Emin Huseynov: IFEX seeks goodwill from Azerbaijan's first lady

The case of Emin Huseynov: IFEX seeks goodwill from Azerbaijan's first lady IFEX calls upon the First Lady of Azerbaijan to drop charges against human rights defender Emin Huseynov, in hiding at the Embassy of Switzerland in Baku.
11 February 2015 |

Mass surveillance endangers freedom of expression in Macedonia

Mass surveillance endangers freedom of expression in Macedonia Metamorphosis, the IFEX member from Macedonia, expressed grave concern about the publicly announced allegations of mass and unauthorized surveillance of citizens, performed through criminal association and official misconduct in state institutions and/or influential corporations.
10 February 2015 |

Siberians can no longer watch TV-2 on their TV sets

The Siberian independent television station TV-2 ceased broadcasting by cable on the night of 8 February as a result of being stripped of its licence despite all its efforts to defend its rights and the right of the region’s inhabitants to be informed.
10 February 2015 |

Four years on, Egypt has pulled the plug on a digital revolution

Four years on, Egypt has pulled the plug on a digital revolution Freedom House offers a timeline that chronicles how an Egyptian social justice movement incubated online, exploded onto the streets, and is now being driven toward extinction.


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