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9 February 2017 |

The Iranian revolution's 38th anniversary: 38 years of media repression

The Iranian revolution's 38th anniversary: 38 years of media repression Iran is now one of the world’s biggest prisons for media personnel, with a total of 29 journalists and citizen-journalists detained.
8 February 2017 |

Hope for The Gambia and Nigerian media under siege

Hope for The Gambia and Nigerian media under siege While Gambia gives us one of the most hopeful stories of the year, Nigerian media feel the wrath of authorities: West Africa round-up.
8 February 2017 |

Bangladeshi journalist shot during political clashes dies

The IFJ and the Bangladesh Manobadhikar Sangbadik Forum (BMSF) have strongly condemned the killing of Abdul Hakin Shimul, a journalist who died after being shot during political clashes.
8 February 2017 |

British correspondent expelled from Kenya without explanation

British correspondent expelled from Kenya without explanation Based in Nairobi for the past five years, British correspondent Jerome Starkey was detained without explanation at Nairobi airport on his return from a visit to the United Kingdom in December 2016 and was put on a flight back to London the next day.
7 February 2017 |

Police beat up prominent radio journalist in Galkayo, Somalia

Police beat up prominent radio journalist in Galkayo, Somalia On 5 February 2017, Puntland police removed the director of Radio Voice of Peace from his office in Galkayo, Mudug region, and beat him with guns and batons.
7 February 2017 |

Iran's Soft War

Iran's Soft War A new ideological tech initiative aims to keep Iranian citizens isolated from the rest of the world. Will it work?
6 February 2017 |

"Foreign agent" label still being used to stigmatise criticism in Russia

For the past four years, the Kremlin has sought to stigmatise criticism or alternative views of government policy as disloyal, foreign-sponsored, or even traitorous.
6 February 2017 |

Bangladesh urged to amend or repeal unduly restrictive laws, drop charges against publisher

Bangladesh urged to amend or repeal unduly restrictive laws, drop charges against publisher Bangladeshi publisher Shamsuzzoha Manik is currently on trial, charged with "hurting religious sentiment", for the publication of a book entitled "Debate on Islam".
6 February 2017 |

Bahraini parents sentenced to jail for protesting their children's killings

Bahraini parents sentenced to jail for protesting their children's killings
Bahrain sentences three parents to jail for protesting the killing of their sons by security forces.
6 February 2017 |

Kurdish Iranian writer and friend held on terror charges in Turkey

Kurdish Iranian writer and friend held on terror charges in Turkey PEN International is concerned at the arrest and detention of Kurdish Iranian writer and journalist Sajjad Jahan Fard, and that of his friend Hassan Baladeh, after taking pictures during a tourist visit to the city of Mardin, in the predominantly Kurdish South-east of Turkey.
6 February 2017 |

NGOs call on Boris Johnson to stand up for HRD Nabeel Rajab

NGOs call on Boris Johnson to stand up for HRD Nabeel Rajab 21 international NGOs sign letter to Boris Johnson regarding jailed HRD Nabeel Rajab.
6 February 2017 |

Australia: Free expression detained?

Australia: Free expression detained? 25 IFEX members question Australia's detention of dissident journalists, cartoonists and actors at Manus Island.
3 February 2017 |

Former leader of #ThisFlag campaign arrested

Former leader of #ThisFlag campaign arrested One of President Mugabe's most influential critics was arrested at the airport and charged with "subverting a constitutional government".
3 February 2017 |

Gambia's new president urged to release political prisoners, protect free speech

Gambia's new president urged to release political prisoners, protect free speech Mindful of the repressive freedom of expression conditions in The Gambia under the rule of Yahya Jammeh, the MFWA calls on President Barrow to undertake reforms that will promote and defend the rights of the Gambian people to freely express themselves.
3 February 2017 |

Protests grow tense in DRC as citizens mourn death of opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi

Protests grow tense in DRC as citizens mourn death of opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi Hundreds of Congolese gathered in Kinshasa after news broke night that DRC opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi passed away. Protesters threw rocks and shouted slurs against President Joseph Kabila; police responded with rounds of teargas.
2 February 2017 |

Pakistan's version of "The Onion" blocked by government

Pakistan's version of What does it say about a government when it can't take criticism, even of the tongue-in-cheek variety?
2 February 2017 |

Border agents search BBC journalist's devices

Border agents search BBC journalist's devices Ali Hamedani, a reporter for BBC World Service, was detained and questioned for over two hours at a US airport.
2 February 2017 |

Egyptian human rights group files lawsuit to annul repressive assembly law

Egyptian human rights group files lawsuit to annul repressive assembly law Egypt's assembly law, issued 103 years ago by British colonial authorities during WWI, was unanimously repealed by parliament in 1928. It is still being used today to jail thousands of innocent Egyptians.
2 February 2017 |

The threat of "glorifying terrorism" laws

The threat of Can Europeans be sentenced to jail for vague references to terrorism? It already happened. And it is a trend that threatens to spread throughout Europe.
2 February 2017 |

Benin's communications authority allows radio, TV outlets back on air

Benin's communications authority allows radio, TV outlets back on air Three of seven privately-owned broadcasters shut down in Benin last November have been permitted to resume operations. The outlets involved are Soleil FM, Eden TV and E-Télé.


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