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.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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.
A journalist who was trying to report on a banda (general shutdown) in Nepal was attacked by protesters for riding a motorcycle.
A reflection on Vietnamese blogger Dieu Cay's time in prison and his freedom, by lawyer and human rights activist Christine Dang.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.