Despite the introduction of a new and improved press law, the mixture of legal tools used to imprison, harass, censor, and fine journalists for their reporting are all still available.
As the theory goes, policy can create the optimal framework for trust. But, in reality...
The pre-referendum period in Thailand has seen a spike in clampdowns on freedom of speech and freedom of the media under the military junta.
Sign PEN International's appeal for Turkey to respect freedom of expression and human rights during the post-coup state of emergency.
Following an outcry by the local and international community, including a statement issued by the African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), Alfred Taban was granted bail on 29 July 2016.
Unidentified men and police punch, kick and use wooden clubs to beat journalists and protesters, as protests in Armenia reach their third week.
Murders, media bans and surveillance laws put growing pressures on civil society in Asia.
"There is a direct relationship between the opacity of the bay waters and the opacity of information regarding its pollution."
Newspaper bans, Facebook takedowns and clampdowns on internet and telecommunications services are making it harder for people to access information, express dissent and maintain contact with friends and family during a very turbulent time.
Seven South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) journalists and one contracted freelance journalist were fired between July 18-19 for protesting an SABC management decision not to report on violent protests.
RSF is appalled by an Azerbaijani appeal court decision to uphold journalist Elchin Hasanov's conviction on a trumped-up hooliganism charge and to confirm his sentence.
The closure and expropriation of 45 newspapers, 16 TV channels, 23 radio stations, three news agencies and 15 magazines were ordered on the evening of 27 July in the second decree-law issued under the state of emergency. Twenty-nine publishing houses were also closed.
Although the USA is considered to have relatively generous freedoms of speech, many whistleblowers are not afforded protection and are subjected to lengthy prison terms after disclosing classified information to the public.
The flimsy nature of the “extremism” charge against journalist Alexander Sokolov suggests that he is being persecuted because of his reporting. He specializes in investigating large-scale corruption.
On July 16, 2016, agents of the National Security Service arrested Alfred Taban, Editor-in-Chief of Juba Monitor
, an independent English language daily newspaper in South Sudan. The security service accused the journalist of inciting violence, and consequently shutdown the Juba Monitor on the same day.
On Sunday 17 July 2016 award-winning journalist Nazeeha Saeed was charged by Bahraini Public Prosecution for reporting to foreign media outlets without a license.
RSF calls for the revision of several clauses that are extremely damaging to the free flow of news and information and to public debate.
How documentary filmmakers used black screens & actors to fight legal injunctions that threatened to silence their film.
Since May 2016, the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Servicio Bolivariano de Inteligencia Nacional, SEBIN) and National Guard have detained 21 people on allegations that they were planning, fomenting, or had participated in violent anti-government actions.
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The Pacific region faces a new reality often marked by attacks from both governments and private interests, a situation that is often worsened by a worrying lack of awareness about digital protections.