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11 July 2016 |

Nabeel Rajab: 'Prison did not defeat me, I defeated prison'

Nabeel Rajab: 'Prison did not defeat me, I defeated prison' With over 300,000 followers on Twitter, Bahraini rights defender Nabeel Rajab's activism online has undeniably made him a voice of influence in Bahrain and the region at large. Unfortunately, his persistence in exposing state violations online has also led to several run-ins with the law, the most recent of which has landed him in solitary confinement.
11 July 2016 |

Somali journalists arrested following interviewees' criticism of food aid distribution

On 9 July 2016, security forces raided the premises of City FM, shut down the radio station and arrested the editor-in-chief and deputy editor-in-chief. The journalists had broadcast interviews with internally displaced persons (IDPs) who accused the administration of "misappropriating" food aid.
8 July 2016 |

Disastrous toll: 21 Latin American journalists killed in past six months

Disastrous toll: 21 Latin American journalists killed in past six months None of the countries where these journalists have been killed is officially at war, but each of them suffers from a significant degree of structural violence linked to ubiquitous armed groups that include Mexico’s cartels and Central America’s “maras.”
8 July 2016 |

IFEX-ALC expresses deep concern over increase in violence against journalists in Guatemala

IFEX-ALC expresses deep concern over increase in violence against journalists in Guatemala IFEX-ALC is deeply concerned with the increase in acts of violence against journalists in Guatemala. Since the new government of President Jimmy Morales began its mandate in January 2016, five journalists have been killed.
8 July 2016 |

Nauru electoral observers urged to monitor media access

Nauru electoral observers urged to monitor media access Electoral observers in Nauru must include access to news media within their reports to ensure human rights are fully respected.
8 July 2016 |

"Vatileaks" verdict: Journalists acquitted, priest found guilty

Vatican judges acquit journalists who published exposés on endemic corruption in the Holy See.
7 July 2016 |

Meet the women leaders of Bahrain's cyberactivist movement

Meet the women leaders of Bahrain's cyberactivist movement
Despite systematic cyber assaults, the Internet is a vital refuge for Bahraini women looking for anonymity and freedom of expression.
7 July 2016 |

Newspaper and radio station offices damaged during forced entry linked to ownership dispute

A statement by the cooperative running Tiempo Argentino said that the men who entered the offices "destroyed important equipment crucial to the editorial process with the clear intention of obstructing the dissemination of the newspaper and its web production."
7 July 2016 |

Media, human rights groups urge Obama and Trudeau to call for charges against Turkish journalists to be dropped

Media, human rights groups urge Obama and Trudeau to call for charges against Turkish journalists to be dropped Media and human rights groups join Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in asking Canada and the United States to call for charges against RSF's Turkey representative Erol Önderoglu to be dropped ahead of the NATO summit.
7 July 2016 |

Burundian intelligence services torture suspected opponents

Burundian intelligence services torture suspected opponents Intelligence officials told some detainees they would be killed if they spoke about their treatment and ordered others to lie or promise not to talk to human rights groups. Intelligence agents have followed and threatened people suspected of giving information to human rights groups.
6 July 2016 |

"Reading is not a crime!" Angolan activists conditionally released from prison

The Angolan Supreme Court on Wednesday provisionally released 17 members of a book club who were jailed after they discussed peaceful protest and democracy at a meeting last June, inspired by Gene Sharp’s book, From Dictatorship to Democracy.
6 July 2016 |

WhatsApp disabled as "Shutdown Zimbabwe" protest takes place

WhatsApp disabled as The platform had become the main communication tool Zimbabweans were using to mobilise and share information on the protest.
6 July 2016 |

Anti-slavery activists arrested in Mauritania, others missing

Diop Amatidjane, third vice president of IRA-Mauritania, was arrested June 30 by police at his home. Police also arrested Balla Touré, external relations officer. The whereabouts of Amatidjane and Touré along with four other IRA members remain unknown.
6 July 2016 |

TV show director and investigative team charged with revealing Peru state secrets

TV show director and investigative team charged with revealing Peru state secrets Journalist Rosana Cueva, director of investigative television show Panorama, announced that she and her investigative team had been accused by the Ministry of Defense of purportedly revealing state secrets. The charges were brought after the show issued a report demonstrating mismanagement of money destined for the fight against drug trafficking.
6 July 2016 |

Algeria's alarming trend

Algeria's alarming trend Independent journalists and human rights defenders are feeling the wrath of the government, as arrests become increasingly common.
5 July 2016 |

AFEX urges Sudanese government to end massive crackdown on free speech

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) is deeply concerned about the continued wave of attacks on freedom of expression in Sudan. Some of these violations include the arbitrary arrest of journalists and media professionals, confiscation of publications, and the suspension of media houses.
5 July 2016 |

Libyan journalists lack protection, face rising violence

Libyan journalists lack protection, face rising violence The latest acts of violence against journalists in Libya include the murder of freelancer reporter Khaled Al Zantani by an ISIS sniper on 23 June in Benghazi.
5 July 2016 |

One country, two nightmares: HKJA's annual press freedom report

One country, two nightmares: HKJA's annual press freedom report The past year under review has been extremely difficult for Hong Kong and media freedoms, with the one country, two systems principle facing serious threats as a result of a spillover to Hong Kong of mainland Chinese ideological control.
5 July 2016 |

Criminal case against IFEX member Mizzima News must be dismissed

Criminal case against IFEX member Mizzima News must be dismissed The IFEX network calls on the Attorney General of Myanmar to immediately dismiss the criminal case being brought against staff of the IFEX member organisation Mizzima News.
5 July 2016 |

Asia monthly round-up: Big threats to free expression

Asia monthly round-up: Big threats to free expression Facebook takedowns, digital rights in Nepal, attacks on the media, Tiananmen censorship, a landmark act in Sri Lanka and much more in this month's regional round-up.


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