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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.
8 October 2014 |

Hong Kong union condemns deliberate attacks on media by anti-Occupy protesters

Hong Kong union condemns deliberate attacks on media by anti-Occupy protesters Thugs and anti-Occupy Movement protesters brutally attacked several journalists in Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong on 3 and 4 October 2014.
8 October 2014 |

EU-US trade negotiations continue shutting out the public - when will they learn?

EU-US trade negotiations continue shutting out the public - when will they learn? EU and US trade officials still have not learned the more important lesson from ACTA - shutting out the public from seeing or participating in a given policymaking venue only guarantees that the public will see those resulting policies as illegitimate.
8 October 2014 |

Political activists still jailed in Burma, amnesty announcement notwithstanding

The Burmese authorities announced that some 3,000 prisoners would be released in an amnesty, but none of the country's prisoners of conscience - activists detained solely for peacefully expressing their views - will be included in the release, notes Amnesty International.
8 October 2014 |

South African court debates constitutionality of criminal defamation

The appeal of journalist Cecil Motsepe's criminal conviction on a charge of defamation was heard in the Pretoria High Court on 6 October 2014. This matter had been watched very closely by civil society organisations and free speech forums as a great cause for concern in terms of the implications on freedom of expression


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