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19 January 2015 |

"Threatened Harbor": Press freedom waning in Hong Kong, new study finds

The deterioration of press freedom has accelerated over the past year in Hong Kong, coinciding with a period of rising political tension, according to a new report released by PEN American Center at a press conference in Hong Kong.
19 January 2015 |

Zambia: Pressure on media not to cover opposition election campaign

Zambia: Pressure on media not to cover opposition election campaign Reporters Without Borders condemns attacks on media pluralism during the campaign for the presidential election in Zambia due to the ruling Patriotic Front’s harassment and threats against several news outlets.
19 January 2015 |

GCHQ's 'harvesting' of journalists' correspondence threatens free speech

GCHQ's 'harvesting' of journalists' correspondence threatens free speech The latest revelations that a GCHQ programme "harvested" correspondence at news organisations around the world have exposed another threat to the protection of sources and journalism in the public interest.
19 January 2015 |

AFP photographer shot while covering anti-Charlie Hebdo protests in Pakistan

"We call on authorities to quickly and thoroughly investigate the shooting of Agence France-Presse photographer Asif Hassan and to hold the perpetrators to account," said Bob Dietz, CPJ's Asia program coordinator. "Journalists in Pakistan must be able to safely cover newsworthy events."
19 January 2015 |

Environmental groups score big win in access to information case

Environmental groups score big win in access to information case The Centre for Environmental Rights used the country's Promotion of Access to Information Act to access records from a company accused of dumping illegal hazardous waste.
19 January 2015 |

NGOs call on Bahraini government to drop Twitter charges against Nabeel Rajab

NGOs call on Bahraini government to drop Twitter charges against Nabeel Rajab The international community's response to the current charges leveled against prominent activist Nabeel Rajab has been monumental in denouncing the Criminal Investigations Department and the Bahraini government for their actions.
16 January 2015 |

Political protesters attack journalist in Nepal

A journalist who was trying to report on a banda (general shutdown) in Nepal was attacked by protesters for riding a motorcycle.
16 January 2015 |

The shock of freedom: Vietnamese blogger's life after prison

A reflection on Vietnamese blogger Dieu Cay's time in prison and his freedom, by lawyer and human rights activist Christine Dang.
16 January 2015 |

In South Korea, deportation and defamation cases mark slide in press freedom

The recent stifling of critical voices in South Korea, including cases of arrests, deportation, and criminal defamation hearings in the past seven days, indicates a worrisome climate for press freedom and free expression.
16 January 2015 |

UNESCO "Journalism After Charlie" conference: Reflections on journalist safety, intercultural dialogue

UNESCO The UNESCO Director General, Irina Bokova opened the conference with a call to defend freedom of expression from violent attacks. "The best tribute we can pay to Charlie Hebdo's journalists is to act and work out solutions to the crisis," she added.
16 January 2015 |

President Obama's cybersecurity legislative proposal recycles old ideas

Introducing information sharing proposals with broad liability protections, increasing penalties under the already draconian Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and potentially decreasing the protections granted to consumers under state data breach law are both unnecessary and unwelcome.
16 January 2015 |

Violence against media and censorship increase after "Charlie Hebdo" massacre

Violence against media and censorship increase after RWB condemns the harassment, threats and physical attacks to which many media throughout the world have been exposed for voicing support for Charlie Hebdo, and calls on governments to do everything possible to protect journalists.
16 January 2015 |

With new round of journalist detentions, prosecutions, Iran continues to silence press

A new wave of arrests and prosecutions has been carried out by Iranian authorities in the past month, cementing the country's status as one of the world's leading jailers of journalists.
16 January 2015 |

Macedonia: Tomislav Kezarovski must be released immediately, press freedom groups say

Macedonia: Tomislav Kezarovski must be released immediately, press freedom groups say Kezarovksi has been in detention and then under house arrest since 28 May 2013 for an article he wrote in 2008 in which he allegedly revealed the identity of a witness in a murder case.
15 January 2015 |

"Charlie Hebdo" attack resonates in Southeast Asia

The murderous attack on "Charlie Hebdo" must be seen primarily as an attack on press freedom and the diversity of thought, says SEAPA. And it should resonate with Southeast Asians, who are familiar with experiences of attacks to free expression and press freedom.
15 January 2015 |

Repression in China growing at cost to party power

Repression in China growing at cost to party power "There is a clear change in how Xi Jinping is managing the censorship and security apparatus compared with his predecessor, and overall this has meant more restrictions, not more freedom," according to a Freedom House report.
15 January 2015 |

Mauritanian court finds anti-slavery activists guilty in political trial

Biram Dah Abeid, president of anti-slavery organization Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement in Mauritania (IRA); Brahim Bilal Ramdhane, IRA’s vice president; and Djiby Sow, president of the non-governmental organization Kawtal, have been sentenced to two years imprisonment by a Mauritanian court.
15 January 2015 |

Philippines court grants bail to key Ampatuan clan member

The IFJ joins its affiliate the NUJP in strongly criticising the decision by a Philippines court to grant bail to one of the accused in the case of the murder of 58 people, including 32 journalists in November 2009.
15 January 2015 |

Cambodia: 30 years of Hun Sen violence, repression

Cambodia: 30 years of Hun Sen violence, repression Cambodia urgently needs reforms so that its people can finally exercise their basic human rights without fear of arrest, torture, and execution. The role of international donors is crucial in making this happen.
15 January 2015 |

Egypt sentences atheist to 3 years in prison

An Egyptian minor offenses court on January 10, 2015, sentenced a student accused of writing Facebook posts that insulted Islam to three years in prison.


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