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14 October 2014 |

Azerbaijan: Independent groups face funding limits as international coalition responds to crackdown

Azerbaijan: Independent groups face funding limits as international coalition responds to crackdown Draft amendments to limit funding of independent groups come as the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative is to decide at a board meeting what action to take on Azerbaijan’s membership in response to its intensifying crackdown.
14 October 2014 |

Support It! Bring on celebrities that can help your cause

Support It! Bring on celebrities that can help your cause Check out the IFEX Campaign Toolkit to learn how to harness celebrity support for your campaign!
14 October 2014 |

Seven women rights defenders on trial in Egypt

Seven women rights defenders on trial in Egypt In the lead-up to the trial of seven Egyptian women human rights defenders, over 220 women’s and human rights organizations representing nearly 70 countries issued a statement demanding their immediate release.
14 October 2014 |

ISIS kills two Iraqi journalists in two days

ISIS kills two Iraqi journalists in two days The latest victim, a news agency reporter, was shot several times in the head in Mosul.
13 October 2014 |

Turkish judiciary called upon to drop charges against German photojournalists

Turkish judiciary called upon to drop charges against German photojournalists Björn Kietzmann, Chris Grodotzki and Ruben Neugebauer were arrested on 11 October 2014 in Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey. They had been reporting on the protests against the jihadi group Islamic State’s (IS) attacks on the Kurdish city of Kobane in neighbouring Syria.
10 October 2014 |

Bolivia's president and state-run TV skip presidential election debate

Rather than operate as a public service channel, critics told the Committee to Protect Journalists, Bolivia TV has morphed into a highly partisan propaganda tool for Morales's left-wing government.
10 October 2014 |

Youth and student unions vow to free arrested Burmese activist

Burmese activist Ma Phyu Hnin Htwe faces prosecution accused of participating in the unlawful detention of two Chinese citizens, employees of the Wenbao Company that runs the controversial copper mine in Letpadaung. The mine has been the site of clashes with local people over alleged issues of land confiscation, threats to locals' health and the environment.
10 October 2014 |

Proposed amendments to Canada’s copyright law threaten press freedom

Proposed amendments to Canada’s copyright law threaten press freedom Recently proposed amendments to Canada’s copyright law, that would allow news footage to be used in political advertisements, present a serious threat the integrity of Canadian news media, says Canadian Journalists for Free Expression.
10 October 2014 |

Youth minister threatens to dismiss University of Zambia radio staff

Youth minister threatens to dismiss University of Zambia radio staff Youth and Sport Minister Chishimba Kambwili has threatened to dismiss reporters at UNZA Radio, and has accused them of being sponsored by his enemies.
10 October 2014 |

Filipino journalist threatened after dispute with Vice Governor

Journalist Rommel Ramos requested a security detail from the Philippine National Police after receiving death threats following a misunderstanding with the Vice Governor of Bulacan.
10 October 2014 |

Pioneering research launched on tech driven violence against women in Pakistan

Technology based violence is exposing women to the entire spectrum of conceivable harms in Pakistan, says a Bytes for All research report. The report also highlights the negative impact created by the lack of a cybercrime law.
10 October 2014 |

Japanese reporter charged with defamation in South Korea

Japanese journalist Tatsuya Kato was charged with criminal defamation for a story that criticised the behavior of South Korean President Park Geun-hye during the Sewol ferry disaster in April 2014.
10 October 2014 |

Azerbaijani political analyst Arzu Geybullayeva threatened on social media

Azerbaijani political analyst Arzu Geybullayeva threatened on social media Arzu Geybullayeva is being subjected to a growing campaign of intimidation for working for the Istanbul-based Armenian newspaper Agos. She has faced an increasing number of threats on social media following an interview with the Azerbaijani news site modern.az.
10 October 2014 |

Mexican reporter abducted for several hours for planning to cover peace march

Reporter Miguel Ortega Bonilla is requesting protection for himself and his family after being threatened and abducted for several hours on 5 October in Teziutlán, as he was about to cover a peace march in a neighbouring town.
9 October 2014 |

Cuban journalist detained for second time in a month

The National Revolutionary Police have arrested and threatened independent journalist Bernardo Arévalo for the second time in a less than month, this time as he was travelling to the northern province of Matanzas.
9 October 2014 |

Iranians arrested for sharing jokes about Ayatollah Khomeini using phone apps

Iranians arrested for sharing jokes about Ayatollah Khomeini using phone apps When jokes about the Islamic Republic’s founder and former Supreme Leader began circulating in Iran via WhatsApp, Tango and Viber in mid-September, a response from the authorities was not long in coming.
9 October 2014 |

In lead up to elections in Burma, free expression is critical

In lead up to elections in Burma, free expression is critical With 13 months remaining before general elections in Burma, ARTICLE 19 provides an overview of the situation, focusing on broadcasting reform, protest laws, Constitutional change and more.
9 October 2014 |

Journalists prevented from covering Ebola crisis in West Africa

Journalists prevented from covering Ebola crisis in West Africa The panic in Western African countries hit by the Ebola epidemic is taking its toll on local news media. Some countries are “quarantining” their journalists to prevent them covering this unprecedented public health crisis although responsible media coverage is badly needed.
9 October 2014 |

Over 100 human rights groups call on Bahrain to immediately free Nabeel Rajab

Rights activist Nabeel Rajab was detained on 1 October 2014 for publishing certain tweets. On 9 October, no hearing took place and his case was instead transferred to the Lower Criminal Court for a hearing on 19 October
9 October 2014 |

Gunmen open fire on journalist's home in Zacatecas, Mexico

Before the shooting, journalist Margarito Juárez was threatened by Fresnillo municipal president after writing an article about a case of alleged corruption involving him and the Los Zetas criminal organization.


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