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13 August 2015 |

Maldives journalist missing for more than a year, groups deplore government's inaction

The IFJ is critical of the Maldivian police for the delay in properly investigating the case and bringing those responsible to justice. Recent action taken by police against Rilwan's family and colleagues is also concerning.
13 August 2015 |

Jailed journalists in Iran: Overlooking the majority

Jailed journalists in Iran: Overlooking the majority Dozens of Iranian journalists, bloggers, and human rights, social and political activists unknown to the outside world still languish in Iranian prisons.
13 August 2015 |

El Salvador newspaper misrepresented in unauthorised clone of its site

The Inter American Press Association asked the El Salvador Attorney General’s Office to carry out an exhaustive and swift investigation following a formal complaint of Internet attacks on the newspaper La Prensa Gráfica, an offense that has been repeated with increasing frequency in the countries of the Americas.
12 August 2015 |

Six courageous human rights activists honoured

Six courageous human rights activists honoured The prestigious Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism celebrates the valor of people who put their lives on the line to create a world free from abuse, discrimination, and oppression.
12 August 2015 |

Burundi: Spate of arbitrary arrests, torture

Burundian intelligence officials, police, and youth from the ruling party have arbitrarily arrested and ill-treated scores of suspected opponents.
12 August 2015 |

Outlets banned in Bahrain and Syria over allegations of false news

In two separate decisions, authorities in Bahrain and the Kurdish-run territory of Syria suspended the operations of three news outlets that fill a critical journalistic space in their respective areas.
12 August 2015 |

Guinean journalist's work must be considered as motive for his disappearance

Guinean journalist's work must be considered as motive for his disappearance The disappearance of Espace TV journalist Chérif Diallo is causing a great deal of agitation among his colleagues in Conakry.
11 August 2015 |

Malaysia doesn't need another 20 years of copyright, says CEO of software firm

The extension of copyright duration offers nothing but additional costs and complications for Malaysian content creators and technology innovators who do not wish to see their creativity stifled by additional copyright barriers erected all around them.
11 August 2015 |

Two arrested in Sri Lanka five years after journalist's disappearance

Two arrested in Sri Lanka five years after journalist's disappearance The two former military officials were arrested over the disappearance of Sri Lankan journalist, Prageeth Eknaligoda. They reportedly confessed to the abduction of Prageeth and handing him over to an army camp on 24 January 2010.
11 August 2015 |

How one Bahraini man's work on countering hatred got him arrested for hate speech

How one Bahraini man's work on countering hatred got him arrested for hate speech 
Sheikh Maytham Al Salman, who works for the Mashreq-Maghreb Coalition to Counter Hatred on issues relating to anti-extremism, anti-violence and hate speech, was arrested at the Bahrain International Airport upon his return from a work trip to a number of countries in North Africa.
11 August 2015 |

Is a Gambian radio station manager facing a sham trial?

Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by the judicial uncertainty hanging over Teranga FM radio manager Alagie Ceesay, who was brought before a Banjul court on a sedition charge.
10 August 2015 |

Brazilian radio host killed during live broadcast

Gleydson Carvalho was shot five times by two gunmen while he presented a live show on August 6 in the northeastern city of Camocim, news reports said. Carvalho was known for reporting on government corruption at Radio Liberdade FM station.
10 August 2015 |

Religious extremists murder fourth blogger in Bangladesh

Religious extremists murder fourth blogger in Bangladesh Following the murder, Ansar-Al-Islam, the Bangladeshi chapter of al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the killing of Niloy Neel, terming the blogger an enemy of the god.
10 August 2015 |

Freelance journalist harassed, threatened in Philippines

Journalist Emmaruth Esteban is also looking at politics and a family feud as the possible sources of the threats, but does not discount the possibility that it might be because of something she had written.
10 August 2015 |

On the shocking death of Azerbaijani journalist Rasim Aliyev

On the shocking death of Azerbaijani journalist Rasim Aliyev Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety is in shock over the murder of longtime employee and board member, current Chairman Rasim Aliyev.
10 August 2015 |

Syrian rights advocate Mazen Darwish released from prison

Syrian rights advocate Mazen Darwish released from prison Renowned Syrian journalist Mazen Darwish was freed on 10 August 2015 after spending nearly three-and-a-half years behind bars in his home country on spurious terrorism charges.
7 August 2015 |

International rights groups call for release of seriously ill Chinese journalist Gao Yu

International rights groups call for release of seriously ill Chinese journalist Gao Yu Gao, 71, has been incarcerated since her apprehension in April 2014 for allegedly leaking an internal Chinese Communist Party document disparaging human rights. She suffers from chronic heart pain, high blood pressure, and other diseases.
7 August 2015 |

Freelance journalist held incommunicado in Turkmenistan

“Given the Turkmen government’s attitude towards independent news media, it is clear that his imprisonment is linked to his journalistic activities. We urge the authorities to end the secrecy surrounding his current status and to release him without delay.”
7 August 2015 |

Opponent of Ecuadorian free trade agreements gets bouquet of flowers with threats

Opponent of Ecuadorian free trade agreements gets bouquet of flowers with threats Paulina Muñoz had previously received anonymous threats, telling her that she was under surveillance, and that she was suspected of leaking government documents.
7 August 2015 |

Houthis in Yemen abduct medical doctor and rights activist Abd al-Kader al-Guneid

Houthis in Yemen abduct medical doctor and rights activist Abd al-Kader al-Guneid The Houthis, also known as Ansar Allah, forcibly took him from his home in the city of Taizz on August 5, 2015, and have yet to respond to inquiries from his family about his whereabouts or why they are holding him.


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