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9 December 2014 |

Belarusian journalist Alyaksandr Alesin held by KGB on spying charges

The KGB told Alyaksandr Alesin's family that he is charged with "high treason" and "collaborating with the special security services or intelligence services of a foreign government."
9 December 2014 |

Malaysian cartoonist Zunar battling new sedition charge

The Malaysian government has expanded its efforts to silence Kuala Lumpur-based cartoonist Zunar, also going after his webmaster, assistants and online customers.
9 December 2014 |

Space for free expression on news websites in Egypt may soon shrink further

There are indications that the space for free expression on news websites may shrink in the near future, under pressure from a combination of new legislation and, reportedly, new surveillance tactics that may set precedents for the whole of the Middle East and North Africa.
9 December 2014 |

Sudanese authorities arrest head of human rights group

"Freedom House condemns the arrest of Dr. Medani for his work protecting and promoting human rights in Sudan," said Jenai Cox, program manager for Africa at Freedom House.
9 December 2014 |

Iran extends detention of Washington Post journalist

Jason Rezaian has been held for four months without being formally charged with any crime.
8 December 2014 |

Press freedom groups endorse Council of Europe's online safety platform for journalists

Press freedom groups endorse Council of Europe's online safety platform for journalists The International Federation of Journalists, Reporters Without Borders, Article 19 and the Association of European Journalists signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Council of Europe to promote the safety of journalists through a new online platform.
8 December 2014 |

TV reporters arrested for exposing illegal transport of arms on Pakistan's railways

The investigative reporting team of ARY News, a private TV in Pakistan, was arrested and criminally charged for an exposé on the transport of illegal arms and ammunition on state owned railways.
8 December 2014 |

Call for investigation of cameraman's arrest during Hong Kong protests

A cameraman for Hong Kong-based "Apple Daily" was handcuffed and detained. He was accused of using his camera too close to police while filming attempts by police to disperse protesters in Mong Kok.
8 December 2014 |

African court rules that Burkina Faso violated journalist's right to free expression

In a landmark judgment on 5 December 2014, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights ruled that Burkina Faso violated the right to freedom of expression of Burkinabé journalist Issa Lohé Konaté.
8 December 2014 |

Copyright law as a tool for State censorship of the Internet

If the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is U.S. law, how can governments around the world use it to censor speech?
8 December 2014 |

IFEX calls on the Aquino administration to take action to end impunity in the Ampatuan Massacre case

IFEX calls on the Aquino administration to take action to end impunity in the Ampatuan Massacre case Read IFEX's official call for justice to the Philippine government following the 5th anniversary of the Ampatuan Massacre
6 December 2014 |

U.S. freelancer's death in Yemen reflects journalism's "growing dangers"

U.S. freelancer's death in Yemen reflects journalism's Photojournalist Luke Somers died in a failed hostage rescue operation on 5 December 2014 in Yemen.
5 December 2014 |

People protesting human rights abuses under Peña Nieto subjected to violence in Mexico City

ARTICLE 19 is struck by the lack of measures to guarantee peaceful protest as a public act in pursuit of truth and justice following the events that occurred in Iguala, two months ago, against 43 teacher training college students from Ayotzinapa.
5 December 2014 |

Nepalese citizen receives threat after submitting information request

The chairman of a local market committee in Nepal issued a threat against a man seeking information. He later recanted his threat and committed to provide the information, in response to the RTI campaigner's vigilance.
5 December 2014 |

Violence, threats and insecurity: The challenges of reporting in Afghanistan

Violence against journalists in Afghanistan has been steadily increasing in 2014 with the withdrawal of foreign troops and a decrease in international aid. Five journalists were killed in the first four months of 2014.
5 December 2014 |

Prominent journalist Khadija Ismayilova charged in connection to journalist's attempted suicide

Khadija Ismayilova, who is well-known for investigating government corruption, has been charged under Article 125 of the Penal Code with having allegedly provoked the attempted suicide of Tural Mustafayev.
5 December 2014 |

Freedom on the Net 2014: New controls, arrests drive Internet freedom decline

Freedom on the Net 2014: New controls, arrests drive Internet freedom decline Global internet freedom declined for a fourth consecutive year, says Freedom House. New laws criminalised online dissent and legitimised overbroad surveillance and data collection, while more people were arrested for legitimate online activities than ever before.
5 December 2014 |

Al Qaeda threatens to execute U.S. photojournalist held hostage in Yemen

Luke Somers was kidnapped in September 2013 but the media did not report his abduction until now because his family thought it would put him in even greater danger.
5 December 2014 |

Radio Okapi journalist threatened by provincial governor in DRC

On 18 November 2014, the governor of Province Orientale said that he intended to have journalist Jean-Paul Bisila arrested. Five days earlier, he had personally intimidated the journalist over the phone.
4 December 2014 |

Honduras ignores Inter-American court's decision in favour of journalist

On 5 November 2014, the IACHR ordered the Honduran government to suspend a 16-month ban on practising journalism and other penalties imposed on Julio Alvarado. One month after the ruling, the Honduran state has failed to suspend the work ban.

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