Angolan human rights activist José Marcos Mavungo was sentenced to six years in prison on charges of rebellion for his alleged role in planning an anti-government protest that did not even take place.
"We call on Nepali authorities to ensure journalists are able to safely and freely report on events on the ground during this tumultuous time in the country," said CPJ Asia Program Research Associate Sumit Galhotra. "Any and all attacks against journalists should be swiftly investigated and the perpetrators held to account."
Several Iraqi provinces have witnessed the violent deaths of political activists and tribal leaders supportive of Iraq’s nation-wide anti-corruption protests. Undaunted by the killings and the government's apparent inability or unwillingness to respond to them, protesters have vowed to keep demonstrating until their demands are met.
A Brazilian blogger who has spent more than two months in jail in connection with a 2011 criminal defamation conviction should be released immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
Human Rights Watch and three anonymous individuals filed a complaint over surveillance by the United Kingdom. The complaint by Human Rights Watch charges its rights had been violated by the GCHQ in intercepting, using, and retaining its communications and in particular, sharing them with the NSA.
"The persecutions will not go away," Ochan Hannington, a journalist living in exile, told CPJ. "You report accurately, you face it rough. You say what the government wants to hear, you survive. I see either a compromise in the ethics or continued fleeing of journalists."
For members of the IFEX-ALC, the Secom decision to shut down Fundamedios will affect the free expression landscape in Ecuador and threatens the right of society to be informed. Fundamedios is the only organisation that monitors attacks and threats on the media and defends the right to freedom of expression in Ecuador.
Prominent opposition party member Muhammad Qahtan, 57, a leader of the Islah party, was arrested on 4 April 2015. His whereabouts have been unknown since.
For the past five days, nearly 60,000 people have gathered in Chişinău’s National Square (Piaţa Marii Adunări Naţionale, or PMAN) to protest against pervasive corruption, demand the return of $1 billion in assets that were recently stolen from Moldova’s banking system, and call for the resignation of several senior officials, including President Nicolae Timofti.
Fearless and outspoken, Nasrin Sotoudeh is one of Iran’s most well-known human rights defenders. Denied her right to practice law in October 2013, she has held a daily picket outside the Iranian Bar Association which she says she will continue until the ban is lifted.
On the second anniversary of Chinese activist Cao Shunli's arbitrary detention in Beijing, United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) member states should press China to account for its conduct in that event and her subsequent death, Human Rights Watch said.
Although the United Nations refugee agency, was recently granted access to Roszke, Hungarian authorities have not given permission to journalists or human rights organisations to visit the two police-run detention centres at the Roszke border between Serbia and Hungary, known as Hangar 1 and Hangar 2.
Ted Dawe's young adult novel "Into the River" has fallen foul of the Christian lobby group Family First, which pressured the New Zealand Film and Literature Board of Review into putting an interim restriction on the book.
The secretary of the FNJ district committee sustained injuries and his camera was destroyed when he was attacked by police personnel. In another incident, two journalists were attacked by protestors.
“These two reporters simply wrote well-sourced, balanced articles that drew attention to the practices of certain Sudanese politicians and, for this, they are being persecuted. We call for an immediate end to these summonses and interrogations as they are a completely unwarranted form of harassment that does the government’s image a great deal of damage.”
IFEX calls for the immediate retraction of a decision to dissolve local Ecuadorian free expression organisation Fundamedios.
Abdullahi Ali Hussein had received telephone threats prior to being killed. No group has claimed responsibility but the way he was killed matches the methods used by Al-Shabaab, an Islamist militia responsible for murdering many journalists in the past.
"The court stated that Venezuela violated freedom of expression by punishing RCTV for its critical editorial line in an attempt to silence dissent. We now urge Venezuelan authorities to comply with the ruling and return RCTV back to the airwaves," said CPJ.
The "New York Times" recently confirmed a rumour that Apple has been involved in a dispute with the U.S. Department of Justice regarding iMessage encryption.
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The International Partnership Mission for Indonesia and AJI have called for a thorough investigation into the 1996 murder of Indonesian journalist Udin. Evidence suggests the murder was in retaliation for his reporting into alleged corruption and election rigging.