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5 May 2016 |

Turkish journalists get two years in jail for reprinting Charlie Hebdo cartoon

An Istanbul court convicted Ceyda Karan and Hikmet Cetinkaya for "inciting hatred and hostility" of a religious nature for reproducing the cover cartoon of the Charlie Hebdo “Survivors Issue,” the first issue published after the January 2015 attack on the Paris-based magazine.
4 May 2016 |

"Like fish in poisonous waters": Report documents attacks on Somali journalists

Al-Shabab has targeted journalists as part of its campaign against the Somali government and for reporting deemed unfavorable. Government authorities have failed to adequately investigate and prosecute those responsible for abuses, leaving journalists to live in fear.
4 May 2016 |

Draft bill for the protection of journalists introduced in Paraguay

Deputy Olga Ferreira introduced a draft bill before the media today......, which seeks to create a mechanism for protecting journalists and press workers.
3 May 2016 |

On El Paquete: The (USB) key to offline Internet access in Cuba

On El Paquete: The (USB) key to offline Internet access in Cuba When Internet access is limited by infrastructure, cost, or government censorship, the ability of citizens to learn and share ideas and take charge of their own development is correspondingly limited. In Cuba, that’s where El Paquete comes in.
3 May 2016 |

Egypt's Interior Ministry marks World Press Freedom Day by storming press syndicate

Egypt's Interior Ministry marks World Press Freedom Day by storming press syndicate Just a few hours before World Press Freedom Day, a security force with the Interior Ministry raided the syndicate's headquarters.
3 May 2016 |

Free expression updates from Asia-Pacific: April

Free expression updates from Asia-Pacific: April In the April round-up: horrific attacks against secularists in Bangladesh, journalists arrested while protesting criminal defamation in the Maldives, crackdown on opposing voices in Cambodia, plus advocacy, awards and much more.
3 May 2016 |

WhatsApp blockade in Brazil could be taste of more censorship to come

WhatsApp blockade in Brazil could be taste of more censorship to come Just one day before a parliamentary commission is expected to recommend making such measures an explicit and permanent part of Brazilian law, Brazilians are getting a taste of what it feels like when ISPs can be ordered to block Internet sites and services.
2 May 2016 |

Beijing's invisible hand reaches ever deeper into Hong Kong media

Beijing's invisible hand reaches ever deeper into Hong Kong media RSF is publishing a report about media freedom in Hong Kong, where self-censorship and editorial interference have been growing steadily in recent years and where another newspaper editor was summarily dismissed two weeks ago.
2 May 2016 |

International groups renew call for Thailand to release journalist Somyot Phrueksakasemsuk

International groups renew call for Thailand to release journalist Somyot Phrueksakasemsuk Human rights defender Somyot Phrueksakasemsuk is currently incarcerated in Bangkok's Remand Prison, where he is serving a 10-year sentence following his conviction on charges of lèse-majesté.
2 May 2016 |

Emirati academic reappears in court after 8 months of enforced disappearance

Nasser bin Ghaith’s next hearing is set to be held on 2 May 2016. Until then, he remains in secret detention, despite his claims of torture. Ghaith faces charges based on the broad provisions of the UAE’s Penal Code, cybercrime law, and 2015 counter-terror law; if convicted, he could receive a sentence of life in prison.
2 May 2016 |

Kurdish radio station in Syria's Rojava region continues broadcasting despite attack

Kurdish radio station in Syria's Rojava region continues broadcasting despite attack ARTA FM suffered a hard blow on 26 April after its director was ambushed, interrogated and threatened with death. Before making their escape, the masked gunmen responsible for his attack also set the radio station itself on fire and destroyed some of its equipment.
29 April 2016 |

The Windhoek Declaration, 25 years on: What's changed?

The Windhoek Declaration, 25 years on: What's changed?
In a comprehensive report and site launched to mark World Press Freedom Day, the Media Institute of Southern Africa asks: how far have we come since the adoption of the 1991 Windhoek Declaration?
29 April 2016 |

New report maps legal threats to free expression in the Arab world

New report maps legal threats to free expression in the Arab world A study of four countries in the Arab world: Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia. Each has faced an increased threat of terrorist activity in recent years, and to varying degrees, each has responded by cracking down on online speech.
29 April 2016 |

Free expression groups call on UN to appoint Special Representative for the Safety of Journalists

Free expression groups call on UN to appoint Special Representative for the Safety of Journalists 35 IFEX members are supporting RSF's initiative to create the position of a Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for the Safety of Journalists.
29 April 2016 |

Canadian information commissioners join together to improve access to information

Canadian information commissioners join together to improve access to information Information and privacy commissioners from all 10 provinces, the three northern territories and the federal Office of the Information Commissioner have come together to propose the creation of a legislated duty to document that would apply to all public entities.
29 April 2016 |

The case of Khadija Ismayilova and her global supporting cast

The case of Khadija Ismayilova and her global supporting cast On World Press Freedom Day 2016, IFEX salutes Khadija Ismayilova, winner of the 2016 UNESCO Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize, and the people around the world making sure that - even while in prison - her voice is louder than ever.
28 April 2016 |

Bahraini dissidents still face twin threat of statelessness and deportation

Bahrain has intensified the use of stripping citizenship from those who dissent or speak out in protest as a form of punishment.
28 April 2016 |

Banning of Mejlis' activity could lead to criminalization of ethnic identity in Crimea

Since its occupation of Crimea began in February 2014, Russia and occupation authorities under its control have relentlessly harassed and persecuted anyone who voices opposition to or is perceived as an opponent of the occupation, in particular Crimea's large Crimean Tatar minority population.
28 April 2016 |

Iraq bans Al Jazeera from operating within the country

"Using the Iraqi “war on terror” media guidelines to shut down Al Jazeera is a blatant attempt to put pressure on the network to report only one side of a story in a country that struggles to provide any protection to journalists on the ground."
28 April 2016 |

Media outlets and journalists: The other victims of the Ecuador earthquake

Media outlets and journalists: The other victims of the Ecuador earthquake If there is anything that stands out from Fundamedios' research on how the media and journalists were impacted in the earthquake, it is the unbeatable will to get back to the task of communicating as soon as possible.


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