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2 July 2017 |

Signature campaign launched for release of journalists in Burma

Signature campaign launched for release of journalists in Burma A signature campaign was launched on 30 June 2017 for the immediate release of all Burmese journalists who were arrested and charged under section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law.
2 July 2017 |

MENA round-up: A clear return to authoritarian tactics across the region

MENA round-up: A clear return to authoritarian tactics across the region This June, the Gulf crisis and its ramifications on the right to free expression across the region dominated the news. Other developments included protests in Morocco and Lebanon, censorship in Egypt and the West Bank, and the loss of lives in Iraq.
2 July 2017 |

Qatar renews travel ban imposed on prominent human rights lawyer Najeeb Al-Nuaimi

Qatar renews travel ban imposed on prominent human rights lawyer Najeeb Al-Nuaimi Al-Nuaimi is a well-known human rights lawyer who voluntarily defended prisoners of conscience in Qatar, including poet Mohamed Rashid Al-Ajami.
30 June 2017 |

Pakistan: Journalist arrested for posting critical posts on Facebook

Local journalists believe Zafar Achakzai was arrested for comments he had posted on Facebook criticizing security agencies and the arrest of a member of the provincial assembly, for killing a traffic police constable in a hit and run accident.
30 June 2017 |

Malaysia: Drop criminal charges against human rights defender, lawyer Siti Kasim

Malaysia: Drop criminal charges against human rights defender, lawyer Siti Kasim ARTICLE 19 strongly condemns the criminal charges brought against lawyer and human rights defender Siti Kasim for "obstructing a public servant in discharge of his public functions" in connection with a transgender event on 3 April 2016.
30 June 2017 |

Turning up the heat on Europe's despots

Turning up the heat on Europe's despots Our June round-up looks at Turkey's EU accession talks, protection for whistleblowers, a missed opportunity in Central Asia, Hungary's 'foreign agents law', abducted journalists, ECHR's LGBTQI+ russia ruling, and more….
30 June 2017 |

Statement of Solidarity in Support of MENA HRDs for IFEX25

Statement of Solidarity in Support of MENA HRDs for IFEX25 NGOs around the world ask authorities to stop campaigns of repression against HRDs and civil society organisations in the Middle East and North Africa region
29 June 2017 |

Media freedom in free fall 20 years after Hong Kong returned to China

Media freedom in free fall 20 years after Hong Kong returned to China A generation after Hong Kong was handed back to China, the level of media freedom in the former British colony has never been so low.
29 June 2017 |

Three Burmese journalists arrested for alleged links to a rebel group

Three Burmese journalists arrested for alleged links to a rebel group Three journalists were arrested by the Myanmar Armed Forces after having travelled to rebel-controlled communities to cover a drug-burning ceremony marking the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
28 June 2017 |

Council of Europe encourages its member states to recognise "a right to whistleblowing"

Council of Europe encourages its member states to recognise The EFJ welcomes a Council of Europe resolution which recognises investigative journalism as a "public asset" and encourages "adequate protection to whistleblowers" in order to better fight corruption.
27 June 2017 |

Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo must be granted medical care

Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo must be granted medical care Given Liu Xiaobo's diagnosis of late-stage liver cancer, PEN urges the Chinese authorities to allow the Nobel Peace Laureate to seek medical attention wherever he chooses.
27 June 2017 |

How the Tax Disclosure Project holds politicians to account

How the Tax Disclosure Project holds politicians to account Pakistani journalist Umar Cheema and Nick Mathiason, director of Finance Uncovered, are the brains behind an innovative global initiative that holds politicians accountable by making a simple request.
27 June 2017 |

Student leader Satchivi Foly detained by gendarmes in Togo

Student leader Satchivi Foly detained by gendarmes in Togo Gendarmes in Lomé attacked members of students' rights group Ligue Togolaise des Droits des Etudiants (LTDE) with batons and tear gas before proceeding to arrest their leader, Satchivi Foly, and several other members.
26 June 2017 |

Canadian press remains defenceless

Canadian press remains defenceless The Trudeau government missed a crucial chance to extend badly-needed journalist protections, leaving Canada as one of the only industrialized countries in the world lacking legislation to protect confidential sources.
26 June 2017 |

Citizen-journalists increasingly hounded by Iran

Citizen-journalists increasingly hounded by Iran In Iran, an increasing number of journalists are falling victim to the war between government factions.
26 June 2017 |

Charges against blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh must be dropped

Charges against blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh must be dropped PEN International calls on the Vietnamese authorities to drop all charges against blogger and government critic Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, also known by her pen name Me Nam ('Mother Mushroom'), ahead of her trial, which is expected to take place on 29 June 2017.
25 June 2017 |

German parliament backs RSF initiative

German parliament backs RSF initiative Germany's parliament has put its weight behind Reporters Without Borders' initiative for the creation of a United Nations Special Representative for the Safety of Journalists, the first parliament worldwide to do so.
25 June 2017 |

Imprisoned dissident dies in custody in Uzbekistan

Imprisoned dissident dies in custody in Uzbekistan The Uzbek government is urged to immediately allow an independent investigation into the enforced disappearance and death in prison of a human rights and opposition activist, Nuraddin Jumaniyazov.
25 June 2017 |

Tanzania imposes 2-year publishing ban on privately-owned "Mawio" newspaper

Tanzania imposes 2-year publishing ban on privately-owned Tanzania's Information, Sports and Culture minister imposed a 24-month ban on "Mawio"'s print editions and any articles posted online over articles that mentioned two retired presidents in reports on an investigation into misconduct.
25 June 2017 |

Yet again, Angola charges Rafael Marques de Morais

Yet again, Angola charges Rafael Marques de Morais Internationally renowned journalist Rafael Marques de Morais and Mariano Bras Lourenco are charged by Angola with crimes against the state.


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