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18 August 2014 |

Leaked: Bahrain's government spied on activists using FinFisher software

Leaked: Bahrain's government spied on activists using FinFisher software Activists and human rights defenders in Bahrain have been the target of technological surveillance by Bahraini officials with the help of the FinFisher software "FinSpy".
15 August 2014 |

Southern African Development Community: Address free expression, human rights in member countries

Southern African Development Community: Address free expression, human rights in member countries As the 15 member states of SADC prepare to meet for the 34th Summit of Heads of State and Government in Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe on August 17 and 18, 2014, the three human rights organizations drew attention to serious human rights concerns in Angola, Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
15 August 2014 |

Bulgaria: Disputed sections of “bank censorship” proposal axed

Bulgaria: Disputed sections of “bank censorship” proposal axed Bulgarian journalists covering the financial beat can breathe freely as the most controversial parts of the so-called “bank censorship” amendment to the criminal code have been removed by the legal committee of the national assembly.
15 August 2014 |

Journalist missing in the Maldives

The IFJ and its affiliate the Maldives Journalists Association call on the Maldives government to speed up investigation to clarify whereabouts of journalist Ahmed Rilwan Adbulla, who is missing since 8 August 2014.
15 August 2014 |

Leaked FinFisher documents provide insight into tight-knit surveillance industry

For the first time, there is solid confirmation of Gamma International's activities from inside the surveillance-industry giant's own files, despite their denials, on their clients and support provided to a range of governments.
15 August 2014 |

Police actions in Ferguson, U.S. interfere with freedoms of assembly, press

Police actions in Ferguson, U.S. interfere with freedoms of assembly, press Police in Ferguson, Missouri should stop using intimidation tactics against peaceful protesters and journalists following the police killing of a young African-American man on 9 August 2014.
15 August 2014 |

Police officer convicted in death of imprisoned Iranian blogger

An Iranian police officer was convicted in the death of Iranian blogger Sattar Beheshti who died in prison in November 2012. Iranian authorities are yet to disclose details of how he was killed.
15 August 2014 |

In Philippines, journalist gets death threat over Ampatuan Massacre report

A journalist received threatening text messages after reporting that some state and private prosecutors may have been bribed to fix the Ampatuan (Maguindanao) Massacre Trial in favor of the accused.
14 August 2014 |

Burkina Faso: Laptop seized, documents searched as offices of investigative publication burgled

Burkina Faso: Laptop seized, documents searched as offices of investigative publication burgled The reasons for the burglary remain unknown, but many suspect that it is because of the work the newspaper outlet.
14 August 2014 |

An analysis of Burma's News Media Law, and its compliance with free expression standards

The News Media Law introduces some guarantees for media freedom, such as the prohibition of censorship and the recognition of specific rights of "media workers". However, ARTICLE 19 remains seriously concerned with shortcomings in the law.
14 August 2014 |

Laws almost always drafted in secrecy in Cambodia, without inclusion of key stakeholders

The lack of transparency, combined with the absence of a comprehensive law governing freedom of information, means that Cambodians are unable to fully participate in the political life of their country, and legislators are free to pass laws that are unfavorable to the general public with only weak resistance.
14 August 2014 |

Journalist shot dead in Oaxaca, Mexico

Journalist shot dead in Oaxaca, Mexico Octavio Rojas Hernández was a correspondent for the newspaper El Buen Tono in the town of Cosolapa, Oaxaca. He reported mainly on police matters.
14 August 2014 |

Italian journalist, Palestinian media worker killed in Gaza

Simone Camilli and Ali Shehda Abu Afash were killed in the northern town of Beit Lahiya today when an unexploded missile blew up.
14 August 2014 |

Witness in killing of journalist shot dead in Philippines; journalists mauled, threatened at gun point

Three still unidentified men shot Ritchie Manapol, one of the three witnesses in the 2010 murder of journalist Nestor Bedolido in Davao City, Philippines.
13 August 2014 |

In Azerbaijan, media watchdog raided, equipment confiscated

Detectives with Azerbaijan's Prosecutor General's Office raided the IRFS premises on 8 August 2014, the local press reported. A journalist who was at the raid told the Committee to Protect Journalists that the detectives confiscated some of their equipment, including computers.
13 August 2014 |

Draw the Line: Do wars justify censorship?

In times of war, can censorship be justified in the name of keeping us safe? Or is national security simply an excuse used by governments to clamp down on their critics? Join the conversation.
13 August 2014 |

Hanoi government must stop attacks against Vietnam's Facebook community

Hanoi government must stop attacks against Vietnam's Facebook community Vietnamese authorities are using so-called "opinion shapers" to send an onslaught of abuse reports to Facebook, which has then led to the taking down of Facebook pages of well-known Vietnamese activists and human rights organizations.
13 August 2014 |

Kurdish reporter killed in clashes in Iraqi Kurdistan

Journalist Leyla Yildizhan was covering an attack on the camp by the Islamic State’s Jihadi fighters when she was fatally injured in the chest by shrapnel from an exploding mortar shell.
13 August 2014 |

Colombian journalist murdered 15 days after reporting death threats to authorities

Colombian journalist murdered 15 days after reporting death threats to authorities Luis Carlos Cervantes was murdered on 12 August 2014 in Bajo Cauca, Antioquia. Cervantes had been receiving death threats since 2010, and had filed at least five reports with the national prosecutor general.
13 August 2014 |

Australian proposal would require suspicionless domestic spying by ISPs

It appears the government is attempting to manipulate allegations of Australian citizens' involvement in terrorist activities overseas, to justify a much broader and more intrusive domestic surveillance regime. It's a cynical move, and one that the Australian public should not stand for.


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