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8 October 2014 |

Hong Kong union condemns deliberate attacks on media by anti-Occupy protesters

Hong Kong union condemns deliberate attacks on media by anti-Occupy protesters Thugs and anti-Occupy Movement protesters brutally attacked several journalists in Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong on 3 and 4 October 2014.
8 October 2014 |

EU-US trade negotiations continue shutting out the public - when will they learn?

EU-US trade negotiations continue shutting out the public - when will they learn? EU and US trade officials still have not learned the more important lesson from ACTA - shutting out the public from seeing or participating in a given policymaking venue only guarantees that the public will see those resulting policies as illegitimate.
8 October 2014 |

Political activists still jailed in Burma, amnesty announcement notwithstanding

The Burmese authorities announced that some 3,000 prisoners would be released in an amnesty, but none of the country's prisoners of conscience - activists detained solely for peacefully expressing their views - will be included in the release, notes Amnesty International.
8 October 2014 |

South African court debates constitutionality of criminal defamation

The appeal of journalist Cecil Motsepe's criminal conviction on a charge of defamation was heard in the Pretoria High Court on 6 October 2014. This matter had been watched very closely by civil society organisations and free speech forums as a great cause for concern in terms of the implications on freedom of expression
8 October 2014 |

Two journalists assassinated in separate incidents in Punjab, Pakistan

The IFJ joins its affiliate the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) in strongly deploring the murders of two journalists in two separate incidents in Hafizabad, Punjab province.
8 October 2014 |

Accusations against local official result in attempt to kill Peruvian journalist

Journalist Santos Porras, director of the weekly Quién in Huancayo, has reported to IPYS that people tried to kill him after he published serious accusations against the local leader.
8 October 2014 |

Big businesses attempt to muzzle critical reporting in India

Big businesses attempt to muzzle critical reporting in India The legal troubles of an environmental journalist are a window on to a pattern of how big businesses are using India's outdated defamation laws to silence criticism of their operations.
8 October 2014 |

Ethiopian magazine owners sentenced in absentia to over three years in prison

Ethiopia’s federal supreme court hassentenced three magazine owners in absentia to more than three years in prison on charges of "inciting violent revolts, printing and distributing unfounded rumours and conspiring to unlawfully abolish the constitutional system of the country."
8 October 2014 |

Egyptian press photographer held without charge for past 14 months

Arrested while covering the Rabaa massacre, freelance news photographer Mahmoud Abu Zied has been badly mistreated and is now in poor health.
7 October 2014 |

Without net neutrality, the threats range from slow lanes to censorship

Without net neutrality, the threats range from slow lanes to censorship There is a real danger that eliminating the open net could lead to content discrimination by Internet providers that don't like what they see.
7 October 2014 |

What's next for Hong Kong

To de-escalate, the Hong Kong government should start by meeting with the protest leaders, commit to an investigation into the use of excessive force to clear protestors, and exercise restraint with respect to further uses of force.
7 October 2014 |

How automatic encryption ensures safety by default

Everyone benefits from secure tools, but the most vulnerable users -- such as journalists -- benefit most when they don't need to go out of their way to stay safe.
7 October 2014 |

Facebook increases its tracking reach, users have little choice in matter

Facebook increases its tracking reach, users have little choice in matter Facebook expanded its ever-growing advertising and tracking reach this week with new integration between the giant social network and Atlas, an advertising platform. The company now lets advertisers target you across all of your devices.
7 October 2014 |

Author challenges China's censorship of his book ahead of its launch in English

Chen Xiwo, described as "one of China's most outspoken voices on freedom of expression for writers" by Asia Sentinel, has spoken about how he challenged the Chinese government's decision to censor his latest book ahead of its launch in English.
7 October 2014 |

Journalist convicted of criminal defamation for reporting on alleged theft of solar panels

Journalist convicted of criminal defamation for reporting on alleged theft of solar panels Ronald Ssembuusi has been convicted of criminal defamation for airing a story that implicates former District Chairman Daniel Kikoola in the theft of solar panels donated by the African Development Bank.
7 October 2014 |

Anna Politkovskaya: Eight years later, the search for justice continues

Anna Politkovskaya: Eight years later, the search for justice continues Today marks eight years since the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, and almost a decade of further human rights abuses by Vladimir Putin’s government.
7 October 2014 |

Crimea: Pro-Ukraine activists amongst seven people missing since May 2014

Crimea: Pro-Ukraine activists amongst seven people missing since May 2014 At least seven people have been forcibly disappeared or gone missing in Crimea since May 2014, including two on September 27. Three are Crimean Tatars and two are pro-Ukraine activists.
7 October 2014 |

Journalists as hostages of ISIS: The lasting chill on free expression

Journalists as hostages of ISIS: The lasting chill on free expression The gruesome murders of journalists and aid workers by ISIS have ignited a long-overdue international conversation on the particular risks faced by journalists covering the Syrian civil war.
6 October 2014 |

In Philippines, Senate president sues journalist for libel

The Senate President filed a libel complaint against a Filipino journalist, over a blog entry in which the journalist implicated the senator in a corruption issue.
6 October 2014 |

Foreign media censor own coverage of Hong Kong protests

Foreign media censor own coverage of Hong Kong protests As mainland China steps up its efforts to suppress information about the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, the online censorship monitoring website GreatFire.org has reported that several international media censored their own coverage in the initial stages at least.


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