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."
The Malaysian government has expanded its efforts to silence Kuala Lumpur-based cartoonist Zunar, also going after his webmaster, assistants and online customers.
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.
"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.
Jason Rezaian has been held for four months without being formally charged with any crime.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Photojournalist Luke Somers died in a failed hostage rescue operation on 5 December 2014 in Yemen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.