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9 July 2015 |

Speak out for Kuwait's “Prisoner of Reposting” Ayyad al-Harbi

Speak out for Kuwait's “Prisoner of Reposting” Ayyad al-Harbi Support Maharat and ANHRI’s Prisoner of Conscience for July, Ayyad al-Harbi
9 July 2015 |

Ethiopia releases five of the Zone 9 bloggers, drops all charges against them

Ethiopia releases five of the Zone 9 bloggers, drops all charges against them The journalists were arrested in late April 2014, along with four other bloggers. All were charged with incitement and terrorism, according to news reports.
9 July 2015 |

Australian, Thai journalists to be tried on Thai navy defamation charges

The charges relate to the reproduction on phuketwan.com of a single paragraph from a Reuters special report on Rohingya boat-people published in July 2013. Reuters subsequently won a Pulitzer Prize for the investigation in 2014.
9 July 2015 |

Three more killings in Honduras, a country where murders go unpunished

According to the Reporters Without Borders tally, a total of 28 journalists and media workers have been killed in connection with their work in Honduras since 2000. The three latest murders are likely to join the list.
9 July 2015 |

Guinea: Ex-coup leader charged in massacre of opposition supporters

Guinea: Ex-coup leader charged in massacre of opposition supporters Former self-proclaimed President Captain Moussa Dadis Camara has been charged in relation to the 2009 stadium massacre, when security forces opened fire on tens of thousands of opposition supporters peacefully gathered at a stadium in Conakry.
9 July 2015 |

How Saudi Arabia manipulates foreign media outlets

How Saudi Arabia manipulates foreign media outlets Thanks to WikiLeaks, Reporters Without Borders is able to expose how Saudi Arabia’s government, which has suppressed all media freedom domestically, tries to co-opt foreign media outlets in order to project a positive image of the kingdom internationally.
8 July 2015 |

Latin American groups condemn use of Hacking Team software

Latin American groups condemn use of Hacking Team software EFF, Derechos Digitales and their colleagues in the region have issued a statement to Latin American governments, demanding more transparency on how Latin American states are using -- or misusing -- spyware like that sold by Hacking Team.
8 July 2015 |

Lithuania removes insult articles from criminal code

Lithuania removes insult articles from criminal code The repeal of the two insult articles came after IPI and ARTICLE 19 conducted a joint mission to Lithuania, urging lawmakers to bring the country's defamation law more in line with international standards.
8 July 2015 |

Surveillance company Hacking Team's relationships with repressive regimes exposed

Surveillance company Hacking Team's relationships with repressive regimes exposed A 400 gigabyte trove of internal documents belonging to surveillance company Hacking Team has been released online. Hacking Team sells intrusive hacking tools that have allegedly been used by some of the most repressive regimes in the world.
8 July 2015 |

Russian authorities harass voters' rights group

"There is horrible irony in having authorities use trumped up charges to go after a group whose mission is to strengthen Russian democracy and rule of law."
8 July 2015 |

Singapore releases teen blogger jailed for criticising the late Lee Kuan Yew online

Singapore releases teen blogger jailed for criticising the late Lee Kuan Yew online Blogger Amos Yee, 16, spent more than 50 days in detention. During this time, his Facebook page was continually updated with what appeared to be accounts of his detention. Reports of mental stress, hospitalisation, and assault led many to worry about his safety.
8 July 2015 |

Taking photos in public spaces under threat in European Union

The European Parliament is likely to adopt an initiative report that could potentially hamper the right of press photographers to take photographs in public spaces.
7 July 2015 |

Facing criticism, Tanzanian government pledges further review of media bills

Tanzanian lawmakers have withdrawn the Access to Information Act and the Media Services Act from discussion during the current parliamentary session.
7 July 2015 |

Journalists in Egypt to face two years in prison for quoting unofficial sources

Journalists in Egypt to face two years in prison for quoting unofficial sources Under a new bill, journalists will face severe penalties if they do not limit themselves to official sources in their coverage of armed attacks and bombings by rebel groups.
7 July 2015 |

Incidents of aggression decreasing, but press freedom climate remains grim

Incidents of aggression decreasing, but press freedom climate remains grim "Regardless of statistical data that indicates certain improvement of the situation with the freedom of press in Ukraine, the status quo still remains alarming," says the Institute of Mass Information's executive director, Oksana Romaniuk.
7 July 2015 |

New National Security Law in China suppresses media freedom

According to the IFJ, if the law is enacted and implemented in its current form, it would further suppress the media, access to information and press freedom.
6 July 2015 |

Uganda: Police must investigate raid of press freedom group's office

Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda calls on police to thoroughly investigate the recent raid of their office, in which the group had laptops, a money safe box, project-related information, and cash stolen.
6 July 2015 |

Election law forces Argentinian newspapers to give free space to political parties

The Inter American Press Association has condemned a decision by the Higher Court of Justice of the Argentine province of Córdoba that rejected legal claims of unconstitutionality of electoral laws that require publications to grant free space to political parties at election times.
6 July 2015 |

Turkey: High court rules sentence for "insulting" public officials violates free expression

On 1 July 2015, Turkey’s Constitutional Court rescinded columnist Bekir Coşkun's suspended 14-month prison sentence for "insulting" public officials. The court opined that "acceptable limits to criticism of politicians are wider than acceptable limits to criticism of other people."
6 July 2015 |

Israeli Defense Forces deliberately fire teargas at Jordanian TV crew

Israeli troops deliberately fired teargas at two Palestinians journalists with Jordan’s Ro’ya TV while they were covering a peaceful Palestinian demonstration held to mark the first anniversary of the death of Mohamed Abou Khdeir, a 16-year-old Palestinian who was murdered.


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