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3 January 2017 |

Three Belarusian bloggers detained for criticizing government policies

Three Belarusian bloggers detained for criticizing government policies Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate release of three bloggers – Dzmitry Alimkin, Yury Paulavets and Syarhey Shyptsenka – who have been held by the Belarusian authorities for the past three weeks for criticizing the government’s supposed “Russophobic” tendencies.
3 January 2017 |

Historic decision aims to give all Canadians access to reliable, world-class Internet

Historic decision aims to give all Canadians access to reliable, world-class Internet OpenMedia describes the CRTC decision as truly historic. It will be a game-changer for rural and underserved communities across Canada where Internet access is either unavailable or unaffordable, due to a digital divide keeping almost one in five Canadians offline.
3 January 2017 |

Bangladeshi reporter arrested over coverage of garment industry strike

Bangladeshi reporter arrested over coverage of garment industry strike RSF calls for the immediate release of Nazmul Huda, a reporter who was arrested because of his coverage of a strike by garment workers in Ashulia, the Dhaka suburb where Bangladesh's biggest garment factories are located.
2 January 2017 |

In defense of whistleblowers: EFF responds to a Malcolm Gladwell article

In defense of whistleblowers: EFF responds to a Malcolm Gladwell article In response to a Malcolm Gladwell article, EFF argues that whistleblowers should be judged on whether they brought seriously improper and illegal government or corporate activities to light, not based on who they are or where they sit in an elite hierarchy.
2 January 2017 |

Turkish investigative journalist Ahmet Şık arrested

Turkish investigative journalist Ahmet Şık arrested Şık was arrested at his home in Istanbul this morning as a government crackdown targeting critical voices in the press intensified further.
31 December 2016 |

Russia's five most memorable online censorship moments of 2016

Russia's five most memorable online censorship moments of 2016 As 2016 comes to a close, RuNet Echo looks back at the five most controversial, infamous, and even ironic actions this year by Russia's federal censors.
31 December 2016 |

Study maps forms of surveillance faced by female journalists in Pakistan

Study maps forms of surveillance faced by female journalists in Pakistan A newly released DRF pilot study explores the gendered surveillance that female journalists experience in Pakistan.
30 December 2016 |

Two online media outlets suffer break-in at shared office in Buenos Aires

“We are not into paranoia but we are not naive either,” said Revista Anfibia editor Martin Alé. “Of the 20 offices in this building, it was the one with two media outlets that was targeted. This was an act of theft and an act of vandalism.”
28 December 2016 |

Bahrain's prosecution detains Nabeel Rajab despite court-ordered release

Bahrain's prosecution detains Nabeel Rajab despite court-ordered release A Bahraini court ordered the provisional release of human rights defender Nabeel Rajab on bail. However, the Public Prosecution subsequently ordered his continued detention for seven days.
25 December 2016 |

Popular Tanzanian website's office raided, staff arrested and detained

The arrest on Tuesday of Maxence Melo, founder and editor of Jamii Forum, the popular Tanzanian website, has raised serious concerns among the human rights community in the region.
24 December 2016 |

Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji released from prison pending appeal

Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji released from prison pending appeal Naji has served 10 months of a sentence imposed in February 2016 for ‘violating public modesty’. The court suspended his sentence pending his appeal scheduled for 1 January 2017. He was released on 22 December.
22 December 2016 |

Concerns over abducted website founder's health and possible mistreatment

Concerns over abducted website founder's health and possible mistreatment RSF fears that Huang Qi, the founder of the 64 Tianwang news website, has been mistreated since his abduction-style arrest more than three weeks ago and calls for his immediate release.
22 December 2016 |

Venezuelan journalist shot at in presumed retaliation for earlier report

On December 8, 2016, journalist Jamel Louka, correspondent for Diario La Antena, was shot at in the Monagas municipality of Guárico state. The incident took place during the morning when he was intercepted by four men on two motorcycles, who shot at his car.
22 December 2016 |

Thailand's Cyber Crime Act tightens internet control

Thailand's Cyber Crime Act tightens internet control In a recent media interview, Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha stressed the need for Thai authorities to have a tool to act against online content considered to be critical and offensive to the monarchy.
22 December 2016 |

New Europe-wide campaign counters hate speech in media

New Europe-wide campaign counters hate speech in media As hate speech and stereotypes targeting migrants and refugees proliferate across Europe, balanced and fair media reporting is needed more than ever.
21 December 2016 |

Military official arrested for Guinea’s 2009 stadium massacre

Military official arrested for Guinea’s 2009 stadium massacre In 2009, members of Guinea’s Red Berets, burst into a stadium in Conakry, and opened fire on tens of thousands of opposition supporters peacefully gathered there. At the time, Diakité 'Toumba' Diakité – who was arrested yesterday – commanded the Red Berets.
21 December 2016 |

Journalist killed in Philippines, first under President Duterte

Journalist Larry Que's murder came after he published a column, which criticised local officials and their alleged negligence in allowing the setting up of a crystal meth laboratory in Catadunanes, Philippines.
21 December 2016 |

Brazil: New bill threatens existing environmental protections and rights of communities

Brazil: New bill threatens existing environmental protections and rights of communities A new bill currently before the Brazilian Congress will create far greater flexibility regarding existing rules for environmental permits. The new bill would reduce social participation and weaken access to public information.
21 December 2016 |

Escalating police violence in besieged village of Diraz in Bahrain

Escalating police violence in besieged village of Diraz in Bahrain “Bahrain is gambling with its stability," said Director of Advocacy at Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) Sayed Ahmed AlWadaei.
21 December 2016 |

Zehra Doğan, artist, journalist and activist released pending trial

Zehra Doğan, artist, journalist and activist released pending trial On 9 December 2016, Zehra Doğan was freed from Mardin Women’s Prison where she had been held since July, charged with membership and propaganda for a terrorist organisation. But there is little to celebrate. Her trial opens in February 2017, and, if convicted she could spend years more in prison.


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