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1 April 2015 |

Al Jazeera journalists confined to hotel in Nigeria after covering military operations against Boko Haram

Al Jazeera journalists confined to hotel in Nigeria after covering military operations against Boko Haram The Nigerian Defence Headquarters issued a statement last Wednesday accusing the reporters of "loitering" during operations against Boko Haram and cited "increasing suspicion that their activities were aimed at interfering with the ongoing military operations."
1 April 2015 |

International coalition launches roadmap to protect online freedom of expression

International coalition launches roadmap to protect online freedom of expression 


The "Manila Principles for Intermediary Liability", unveiled on 24 March, were created to empower individuals, intermediaries and governments to fight back when online expression is censored.
1 April 2015 |

Mission Journal: Bangladeshi press reined in as Hasina exerts authority

Mission Journal: Bangladeshi press reined in as Hasina exerts authority The suspension of a popular news show is a sign of the pressures faced by Bangladesh's independent media amid a backdrop of political turbulence.
1 April 2015 |

Omani blogger Muawiyah Alrawahi detained for more than a month

Muawiyah Alrawahi, who has criticized Omani authorities on his blog and YouTube channel, has long been persecuted for his work.
1 April 2015 |

Arrest of Malaysian editors, publisher under Sedition Act "an assault on media freedom"

Arrest of Malaysian editors, publisher under Sedition Act The recent arrests and the raid of a media outlet are part of a worrying trend of a decline in standards of freedom of expression in Malaysia.
1 April 2015 |

Groups warn of sweeping powers new French law would grant spy agencies

Groups warn of sweeping powers new French law would grant spy agencies
The introduction of this law only two months after the Charlie Hebdo tragedy is seen as an attempt to broaden surveillance powers under the guise of preventing terrorism.
1 April 2015 |

Canada needs serious access to information reform

Canada needs serious access to information reform It is long past time for Canada's Access to Information Act to be reviewed and updated. Once a world leader in ATI, the country now lags far behind.
31 March 2015 |

Imprisoned Cuban journalist granted home visits, but still fights for full freedom

About the relaxing of his prison conditions, journalist José Antonio Torres said, "This is not what I was pursuing. My goal is freedom. I am not, and have never been, a spy."
31 March 2015 |

Rafael Marques de Morais slapped with 15 new charges over diamond industry exposé

Rafael Marques de Morais slapped with 15 new charges over diamond industry exposé Winner of this year's Index on Censorship award for journalism, de Morais is facing 15 libel charges and 9 charges for criminal defamation arising from his 2012 book, Blood Diamonds: Corruption and torture in Angola.
31 March 2015 |

Malaysian journalist threatened on social media after questioning government tactics

Threats of violence have been made against BFM 89.9 journalist Aisyah Tajuddin on social media, following the posting of a video in which she questioned the actions of the Kelantan state government in Malaysia.
31 March 2015 |

Singapore blogger jailed for critical Lee Kuan Yew video

Singapore blogger jailed for critical Lee Kuan Yew video Singapore police arrested Amos Yee, a teenage video blogger, in connection with an eight-minute video he posted on YouTube in which he criticised the policies and political heritage of the late Lee Kuan Yew.
31 March 2015 |

Officials in Guatemala prevent indigenous radio station from reopening

Regarded as “pirates” by the authorities and telecommunication networks, community radio stations are very vulnerable and are permanently exposed to the possibility of closure or seizure of their equipment.
31 March 2015 |

Kuwaiti authorities disperse opposition demonstration, arrest 16 protesters

Eleven of the protesters were released on March 25 and are expected to face charges of illegal gathering. Five remain in custody and may face charges of attacking law enforcement offices in addition to the illegal gathering charges.
30 March 2015 |

Nicaragua's first lady keeps press at arm's length

It's been nearly 3,000 days since Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega last held a news conference.
30 March 2015 |

Yet another Bangladeshi blogger brutally murdered

Yet another Bangladeshi blogger brutally murdered Washiqur Rahman, a 27-year-old blogger, was hacked to death with machetes today by three men in Tejgaon, an industrial district of Dhaka.
30 March 2015 |

When witnesses become defendants: The murder of Egyptian protester Shaimaa El Sabbagh

When witnesses become defendants: The murder of Egyptian protester Shaimaa El Sabbagh Witnesses to the murder of Shaimaa El Sabbagh who willingly testified during the trial of a policeman accused of killing her are now facing criminal charges for allegedly participating in protests on the day of her death.
27 March 2015 |

Journalist's appeal prompts call for decriminalisation in Brazil

Reporters Without Borders hopes that, in a decision due shortly, Brazil’s Federal Supreme Court will overturn journalist José Cristian Góes’ criminal defamation conviction over a fictional tale about political corruption that he posted on his blog in May 2012, for which he received an initial jail sentence.
27 March 2015 |

Iran's balancing act: Nuclear talks, arrests, censorship and Internet control

Iran's balancing act: Nuclear talks, arrests, censorship and Internet control Iran wants the economic benefits of improved relations with the West while maintaining censorship and control over its cyber space.
27 March 2015 |

Journalist jailed on extremism charges in Moldova's Transdniester region

Sergei Ilchenko, a freelance contributor to local and regional media, has been held for more than a week and equipment seized from his and his son's homes, according to news reports.
27 March 2015 |

UN Human Rights Council takes major step towards protecting privacy online

UN Human Rights Council takes major step towards protecting privacy online The council announced the creation of a Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, marking a significant step towards ensuring mass surveillance and privacy abuses receive scrutiny at the international level.


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