On 14 April, three Lebanese journalists working for Hezbollah's al-Manar television station, were shot while covering fighting between government forces and insurgents in Maaloula, north of Damascus.
On April 14, 2014, journalist Nairobi Pinto, head of the correspondents department at Globovisión, was released by her captors in Cúa, the capital of Urdaneta municipality in Miranda state, at close to 1 a.m. after the communicator had been kidnapped for over one week.
India has taken on the monumental challenge of issuing each resident of the country with a Unique Identification Number (UID). Concerns about privacy and data retention stem in part from the fact that the country has not passed a privacy law or a comprehensive data protection law.
During the IPI World Congress in Cape Town, the organisation's executive director delivered a report on the state of press freedom in Africa and elsewhere.
Australia is looking at repealing sections of the Racial Discrimination Act, including section 18c which makes it unlawful to "offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate" people based upon their race. While conservatives applaud the action for reasons of freedom of speech, others argue it will allow more hate speech to go unchecked.
Russian authorities have used the "foreign agents" law to limit advocacy, advisory, and public education outreach work by independent groups on a wide spectrum of issues that involve comment on or interaction with government authorities, Human Rights Watch said.
“In most of the countries covered by this project, we constantly have threats or attacks on journalists and we need to see legal changes,” SEEMO Secretary General Oliver Vujovic said.
Carlos Hilario Mejía Orellana, who had received threats in the past and who was head of sales and marketing for Radio Progreso, was stabbed to death in his home in Yoro department, Honduras, on 11 April 2014.
Two journalists were arrested in Egypt on 9 April 2014 and new charges filed against three others, according to news reports.
On 8 April, a Bahraini court passed a 30-month jail sentence on blogger Ali Maaraj on charges of "insulting the king" and "improper handling of information technology".
Onimisi Isiaka Yusuf was arrested for posting pictures of the attempted jailbreak by detainees suspected to be members of Boko Haram.
Turkish journalist Ahmet Şik is an ardent defender of freedom of expression, and has devoted his career to denouncing corruption and human rights abuses.
Bangladesh witnessed the Internet take on an increasing role in its socio-political sphere in 2013. Usage trends swung more towards positives while the country's regulatory precedents have been mostly negative.
Russian authorities should immediately free Ruslan Kutaev, the head of an independent Chechen group, says Human Rights Watch. Russian authorities should drop the charges against him and ensure that the investigation into allegations that police tortured him is effective.
The undersigned civil society organizations would like to first express gratitude for the important role that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has and continues to play in addressing human rights violations in Bahrain. Bahraini civil society has and will continue to work closely with the OHCHR to improve the human rights situation in Bahrain.
EFF has long advocated for websites to support HTTPS instead of plain HTTP to encrypt and authenticate data transmitted on the Internet. However, a recently discovered catastrophic bug, nicknamed "Heartbleed," has critically threatened the security of some HTTPS sites since 2011.
ARTICLE 19 is deeply concerned about Cambodia's Draft Cybercrime Law, which falls well below international standards on the rights to freedom of expression, information and privacy. If passed in its current form, there is a serious risk that Cambodia's currently free online space will backslide into the country's deep-seated culture of secrecy and self-censorship. ARTICLE 19 obtained a copy of the Draft Law despite the attempts of the Cambodian Government to keep it secret.
Professor Vladimir Kislinger believes that the harassment is a result of his work as an activist and his open support for the young university students who have been protesting in the nation's streets.
The Media Council of Uganda has summoned two media houses and a journalist over a news story about a cabinet minister's alleged plot to grab a deceased person's property.
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On 2 April 2014, individuals belonging to the Tunisian Ennahda movement attacked members of the Nesma TV crew leaving a cameraman wounded in the shoulder. Four days later, reporters attending a football match between the EGS Gafsa and Stade Gabésien teams were prevented from covering the match by EGS Gafsa's fans.