On 20th January, Paraguay's human rights record is under the spotlight at the United Nations. Ana Fondo interviewed Francisco Medina about the deteriorating conditions in Paraguay during an IFEX-ALC lobbying mission to Geneva in November 2015.
"Hrant was killed because he was trying to remind us of a history of oddness without shaming us. He was trying to speak without blaming. His was an act of 'revolutionary embarrassment'. Had he shouted aloud, blaming us, finger pointing us out as 'murderers', he wouldn’t have been killed."
Bytes for All, based in Pakistan, has released a series of graphics to help explain in simple terms why encryption is so important to our everyday lives and our freedom.
“Media pluralism is a cornerstone of any diverse and open society and for this reason, high concentration of media ownership – as we see it here in Colombia – puts democracy and freedom of opinion at risk,” says Christian Mihr, Executive Director of the German section of Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian was freed on 16 January as part of a prisoner swap between the United States and Iran, and was flown out of the country on 17 January.
Yemeni freelance journalist Almigdad Mojalli was killed in an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition of Arab states in Jaref, a Houthi-controlled district in the southern outskirts of the capital, Sanaa.
“I am paralyzed. All the information I have gathered for a very long time is lost. I do not know the motive of the attackers and what they intend to do with it."
Unidentified attackers hurled a hand grenade at the Islamabad bureau office of ARY News. They also threw pamphlets claiming that the Islamic State's Afghanistan chapter carried out the attack 'in reaction to the channels coverage of on-going operation Zarb-e-Azb'.
The newspaper Panamá América has been ordered to pay $25,000 to former Supreme Court Justice Winston Spadafora. The former judge felt offended and sued the newspaper and two of its journalists over a news item published in 2001.
Ayman Alul, an outspoken journalist who works for an Iraqi TV station and often posts videos on Facebook, has announced that he will no longer cover living conditions or political developments in the Hamas-governed territory after being held for eight days.
While the end of the embargo brought with it hope for political liberalisation on the island, as with previous periods of promise in Cuban history cases of repression and censorship of dissident artists were rife in 2015.
Investigation warrants have been issued for 21 academics from Kocaeli University who signed a declaration led by a group called Academics for Peace. They are being accused of "overtly insulting the Turkish nation."
Shams registered with the government’s secretary general in May 2015, as an organization working to support sexual and gender minorities. On January 4, 2016, the first instance tribunal in Tunis notified the group that the court was suspending its activities for 30 days.
Following a fact-finding visit to Paraguay, the IFEX-ALC submitted a report to the UN Human Rights Council, detailing the context for free expression in the country. Recommendations have now been included in the official stakeholders' report.
SOS Médias Burundi is a collective of journalists that emerged spontaneously within 48 hours of the destruction of the radio stations during the May 2014 coup attempt and which continues to provide anonymous coverage of events in this troubled country.
On 19 January, Russia's parliament will hold the first reading of another abusive homophobic law, which proposes jailing people for public displays of non-heterosexual orientation or gender identity.
"We are worried by the increasing brutality of police towards journalists and the entire media fraternity, especially those assigned to cover the opposition camp," says HRNJ-Uganda's national coordinator, Robert Ssempala.
Journalist Mohammad Al-Qiq was tortured during his detention, deprived from meeting a lawyer and denied family visits. As a sign of protest, he started a hunger strike on 25 November.
Journalist Saif Tallal and cameraman Hassan al-Anbaki working for Sharqiya TV channel were shot dead on 12 January by some masked militiamen near Baquba, the capital of Diyala province in Iraq, on their way back from a professional mission covering violence in the Muqdadiyah area.
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Statistics kept by the Hellenic Photojournalists’ Union indicate that just one of 16 incidents of police aggression against photojournalists between 2010 and 2014 has resulted in legal consequences.