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15 December 2014 |

Turkey: Crackdown on opposition media

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.
15 December 2014 |

One year on and still no word on four activists abducted in Syria

One year on and still no word on four activists abducted in Syria 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.
12 December 2014 |

Paramilitaries give Colombian media outlets deadline to get out of cities where they operate

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.
12 December 2014 |

Blogger detained in Vietnam amid clampdown on dissent

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.
12 December 2014 |

Turkey: Parliament should rethink hasty measures to increase police powers

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.
12 December 2014 |

Four responses to the problem of impunity

Four responses to the problem of impunity 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.
12 December 2014 |

Ampatuan massacre witness ambushed in the Philippines

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.
12 December 2014 |

Jordanian prosecutors use 2014 reform loopholes to silence critics

Jordanian authorities have broken reform promises by arresting and charging three activists for speech-related offenses.
11 December 2014 |

Life on the run in Amazon jungle for journalist charged with defaming president

Journalist Fernando Villavicencio went underground in March after an Ecuadoran court upheld his 18-month prison sentence for defaming President Rafael Correa.
11 December 2014 |

U.S. Senate torture report must be released in full

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.
11 December 2014 |

Two Somali journalists killed and three injured in twin bombings

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.
11 December 2014 |

Indonesia urged to investigate deadly shooting of peaceful protesters in Papua

Indonesia urged to investigate deadly shooting of peaceful protesters in Papua 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.
11 December 2014 |

Press alliance members pledge to work for media freedom, realisation of human rights

Press alliance members pledge to work for media freedom, realisation of human rights 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.
10 December 2014 |

Court sentences accused in Nepalese journalist's murder case

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.
10 December 2014 |

On Human Rights Day, remember jailed human rights defenders

On Human Rights Day, remember jailed human rights defenders 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 and #FreeBassel to show your support.
10 December 2014 |

In the name of national security

In the name of national security 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.
10 December 2014 |

Is freedom of expression contagious?

Is freedom of expression contagious? Can authorities long known for their ignorance or even complicity in crimes against journalists institute legal measures that produce tangible change?
10 December 2014 |

Six years after his arrest, China urged to release Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo and wife Liu Xia

Six years after his arrest, China urged to release Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo and wife Liu Xia 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.
10 December 2014 |

Alarm over the creation of "Orwellian" information ministry in Ukraine

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."
10 December 2014 |

On Human Rights Day, call for greater protection of linguistic rights

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.


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