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On 6 April 2014, eight protesters belonging to the February 20 movement were arrested by Moroccan security forces during their participating in a workers' march in Casablanca.
The European Court of Justice's ruling was strong and unequivocal: the right to privacy provides a fundamental barrier between the individual and powerful institutions.
The US Senate Intelligence Committee’s vote to declassify part of its report on Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) detention and interrogation is an important first step toward public accounting of torture by the United States, says Human Rights Watch.
Former president and co-founder of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja was sentenced to life in prison in June 2011. He continues to be denied adequate medical attention and suffers from severe medical complications as a result of his mistreatment in detention.
Three court marshals in Almaty raided the offices of the Assandi Times
and ordered the journalists to stop working, accusing the paper of being linked to the independent newspaper Respublika
, which is banned in Kazakhstan.
An army official attempted to rape a female journalist in eastern Nepal but luckily local residents were able to come to her aid.
Described last year as exemplary by UN special rapporteur for freedom of expression Frank La Rue, Uruguay’s Broadcasting Communication Services Law is expected to bring a great deal of progress in media pluralism – including a fairer distribution of broadcast frequencies.
Ihar Lohvinau has received the 2014 IPA Freedom to Publish Prize prize, in recognition of his achievements in defending freedom of expression in Belarus. Since 2000 he has run Lohvinau Publishing House, printing foreign and local works of literature, history, politics and art, with a focus on work by repressed Belarusian writers.
On 6 April 2014, Nairobi Pinto, a chief correspondent for Globovisión, was kidnapped by two armed people wearing hoods. They forced the journalist into a blue Chevy vehicle outside the building she lives in, in Los Chaguaramos, Caracas.
Three of the seven media professionals summoned by the State TV's department of legal affairs work for the "Revolutionaries All The Way" program, the rest had expressed solidarity with the program after it was suspended. They were interrogated over accusations of protesting in front of the Minister of Information's office as well as distributing pamphlets criticizing her.
In 2013 the situation of the media in Moldova did not change radically. According to international media freedom rankings, freedom of the press in the Republic of Moldova maintained the same level as in previous years. This lack of significant progress is almost entirely explained by the status quo in domestic politics and in relevant legislation.
Human Rights Network for Journalists has released an analysis of media laws in Uganda that limit freedom of expression. HRNJ-Uganda's national coordinator notes that a number of existing laws in Uganda do not safeguard growth of the media, but rather seek to control the work of journalists.
While they were reporting on the public outcry against plans to build an industrial plant in Maoming, two Hong Kong journalists were harassed by police and all of the information kept on their computers and cellphones was illegally copied.
Much of the reporting that has come out of Syria in recent months has been done by freelance journalists and citizen journalists who face particular threats when reporting in one of the most dangerous locations on the planet.
Last February, the Colombian media revealed that the country’s intelligence service carried out widespread surveillance of key NGOs, journalists, and leftist politicians, including their own governmental team responsible for negotiating a peace agreement with the Colombian guerilla.
Reporters Without Borders hails the resolution on "the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of peaceful protests" that UN Human Rights Council adopted on 28 March 2014. It recognises and endorses the essential role journalists play in covering demonstrations and condemns the harassment and attacks they often suffer while so doing.
"The court held that the failure of a government to diligently seek and bring to account the persons responsible for the assassination of a journalist...violates the human rights of journalists, endangers truth and should not be allowed," the Nigerian-based Guardian
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The International Federation of Journalists welcomes steps taken by delegates of the Federeção Nacional dos Jornalistas (FENAJ), to publish the findings of a commission established in 2012 to investigate the cases of killings, disappearances, tortures and censorship of journalists during the country’s dictatorship between 1964 and 1985.