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30 March 2017 |

'Anti-Islamic' posts may cost Iranian his life

'Anti-Islamic' posts may cost Iranian his life Despite serving in the military and being the grandson of a "martyr", Iran's Sina Dehghan faces the death penalty over social media posts the Revolutionary Guards considers "insulting".
30 March 2017 |

Draft broadcasting law put before Mongolia parliament

Draft broadcasting law put before Mongolia parliament The IFJ calls on the Mongolia government to ensure thorough consultation with stakeholders on the draft Broadcasting Law and its potential implementation.
29 March 2017 |

Ugandan ruling party youth convicted of assaulting journalists

Ugandan ruling party youth convicted of assaulting journalists
In what HRNJ-Uganda describes as a "milestone in defence of media freedom", five youth supporters of the ruling National Resistance Movement party have been found guilty of assaulting three journalists who were covering the Entebbe Local Council elections.
28 March 2017 |

Europe's March Madness

Europe's March Madness With mass arrests in Belarus, Turkey's referendum, Dunja Mijatović leaving office, and IFEX members being targeted by Macedonia and Hungary, American basketball tournaments had nothing on Europe last month.
28 March 2017 |

Journalists detained covering Russia protests

Journalists detained covering Russia protests Russian media reported that at least 11 journalists were detained on 26 March 2017 while reporting on nationwide protests. All have since been released.
28 March 2017 |

TV news channel suspended in Thailand

TV news channel suspended in Thailand SEAPA condemned the 27 March 2017 National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) order suspending VOICE TV's license to operate for seven days.
28 March 2017 |

Lebanese activist charged for Facebook post criticising politicians

Lebanese activist charged for Facebook post criticising politicians The arrest and detention of the activist, Ahmad Amhaz, is incompatible with Lebanon’s human rights obligations. Lebanese authorities should immediately release him and stop bringing charges for criticizing public officials.
28 March 2017 |

Press's ability to hold power to account in the U.S. is in jeopardy

Press's ability to hold power to account in the U.S. is in jeopardy International media leaders have signalled their deep concern with the U.S. administration's persistent attacks on the press in a letter addressed to President Donald Trump.
27 March 2017 |

Judge criticises government inaction on online media access

Judge criticises government inaction on online media access The HKJA welcomes the High Court's decision to grant it leave to challenge the government's blanket ban on digital-only news outlets from its press events and facilities.
27 March 2017 |

Mass detentions of journalists in Belarus

Mass detentions of journalists in Belarus In Belarus, the detention of journalists for covering massive protests against the unemployment tax is taking place at a disproportionate level.
27 March 2017 |

Planning for the future of media development in Burma

Planning for the future of media development in Burma It is important that a comprehensive media policy articulates a long-term vision for a vibrant, independent and accountable media in Burma.
27 March 2017 |

Journalist who covered politics and security is murdered in Chihuahua

Journalist who covered politics and security is murdered in Chihuahua Miroslava Breach Velducea, La Jornada correspondent, contributor to El Norte of Juárez, and director and owner of the MIR agency, was killed by gunshots on the morning of March 23, 2017, in the city of Chihuahua.
27 March 2017 |

Algerian writer under threat of arrest on blasphemy charges

Writer and human rights defender Anouar Rahmani is currently the subject of a criminal investigation for allegedly insulting Islam following the publication of his latest novel, "Jibril’s Hallucination".
26 March 2017 |

Concern over directive on online media in Nepal

Concern over directive on online media in Nepal Freedom Forum is alarmed over the issuance of the Online Mass Communications Operation Directive 2017 and has called on the government to repeal it.
25 March 2017 |

Student protestor killed in Sierra Leone

Student protestor killed in Sierra Leone Police officers in Sierra Leone have killed one student, injured several others and arrested dozens in an attempt to quell protests by students of the University of Njala, located in the city of Bo in South-Eastern part of the country.
24 March 2017 |

Wave of detentions must end, organisations stress in letter to Belarus president

Wave of detentions must end, organisations stress in letter to Belarus president 48 organisations from 24 countries have condemned the continuing wave of detentions and harassment of peaceful protesters, journalists, human rights defenders, civil society activists, anarchists and opposition party members in Belarus.
24 March 2017 |

Online harassment and threats for Indian journalist exposing illegal sand mining

Online harassment and threats for Indian journalist exposing illegal sand mining IFJ expresses serious concern over the online harassment and threats over the telephone to independent journalist Sandhya Ravishankar over her reporting of illegal beach sand mining in Tamil Nadu, India.
24 March 2017 |

Two bloggers detained for 'propagandizing against the state' in Vietnam

Two bloggers detained for 'propagandizing against the state' in Vietnam The Vietnamese government announced on its official Facebook page that bloggers Phan Kim Khanh and Bui Hieu Vo had been detained on charges of "propagandizing against the state," which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
24 March 2017 |

Kazakhstan must treat editor Zhanbolat Mamay fairly

Kazakhstan must treat editor Zhanbolat Mamay fairly Members of IFEX wrote an open letter on behalf of Kazakh Editor Zhanbolat Mamay, calling for a fair and impartial handling of charges against him and full investigation into his mistreatment in prison and threats made to his family.
24 March 2017 |

De-legitimise and obstruct: An assault on civil society in Hungary and Macedonia

De-legitimise and obstruct: An assault on civil society in Hungary and Macedonia Populist, nationalist politicians in Central and Eastern Europe are launching attacks on civil society; the aim is to silence criticism and undermine pro-democracy, anti-corruption groups that hold governments to account.


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