With over 300,000 followers on Twitter, Bahraini rights defender Nabeel Rajab's activism online has undeniably made him a voice of influence in Bahrain and the region at large. Unfortunately, his persistence in exposing state violations online has also led to several run-ins with the law, the most recent of which has landed him in solitary confinement.
On 9 July 2016, security forces raided the premises of City FM, shut down the radio station and arrested the editor-in-chief and deputy editor-in-chief. The journalists had broadcast interviews with internally displaced persons (IDPs) who accused the administration of "misappropriating" food aid.
None of the countries where these journalists have been killed is officially at war, but each of them suffers from a significant degree of structural violence linked to ubiquitous armed groups that include Mexico’s cartels and Central America’s “maras.”
IFEX-ALC is deeply concerned with the increase in acts of violence against journalists in Guatemala. Since the new government of President Jimmy Morales began its mandate in January 2016, five journalists have been killed.
Electoral observers in Nauru must include access to news media within their reports to ensure human rights are fully respected.
Vatican judges acquit journalists who published exposés on endemic corruption in the Holy See.
Despite systematic cyber assaults, the Internet is a vital refuge for Bahraini women looking for anonymity and freedom of expression.
A statement by the cooperative running Tiempo Argentino
said that the men who entered the offices "destroyed important equipment crucial to the editorial process with the clear intention of obstructing the dissemination of the newspaper and its web production."
Media and human rights groups join Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in asking Canada and the United States to call for charges against RSF's Turkey representative Erol Önderoglu to be dropped ahead of the NATO summit.
Intelligence officials told some detainees they would be killed if they spoke about their treatment and ordered others to lie or promise not to talk to human rights groups. Intelligence agents have followed and threatened people suspected of giving information to human rights groups.
The Angolan Supreme Court on Wednesday provisionally released 17 members of a book club who were jailed after they discussed peaceful protest and democracy at a meeting last June, inspired by Gene Sharp’s book, From Dictatorship to Democracy
The platform had become the main communication tool Zimbabweans were using to mobilise and share information on the protest.
Diop Amatidjane, third vice president of IRA-Mauritania, was arrested June 30 by police at his home. Police also arrested Balla Touré, external relations officer. The whereabouts of Amatidjane and Touré along with four other IRA members remain unknown.
Journalist Rosana Cueva, director of investigative television show Panorama, announced that she and her investigative team had been accused by the Ministry of Defense of purportedly revealing state secrets. The charges were brought after the show issued a report demonstrating mismanagement of money destined for the fight against drug trafficking.
Independent journalists and human rights defenders are feeling the wrath of the government, as arrests become increasingly common.
The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) is deeply concerned about the continued wave of attacks on freedom of expression in Sudan. Some of these violations include the arbitrary arrest of journalists and media professionals, confiscation of publications, and the suspension of media houses.
The latest acts of violence against journalists in Libya include the murder of freelancer reporter Khaled Al Zantani by an ISIS sniper on 23 June in Benghazi.
The past year under review has been extremely difficult for Hong Kong and media freedoms, with the one country, two systems principle facing serious threats as a result of a spillover to Hong Kong of mainland Chinese ideological control.
The IFEX network calls on the Attorney General of Myanmar to immediately dismiss the criminal case being brought against staff of the IFEX member organisation Mizzima News.
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Facebook takedowns, digital rights in Nepal, attacks on the media, Tiananmen censorship, a landmark act in Sri Lanka and much more in this month's regional round-up.