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The journalists were arrested in late April 2014, along with four other bloggers. All were charged with incitement and terrorism, according to news reports.
The charges relate to the reproduction on phuketwan.com of a single paragraph from a Reuters special report on Rohingya boat-people published in July 2013. Reuters subsequently won a Pulitzer Prize for the investigation in 2014.
According to the Reporters Without Borders tally, a total of 28 journalists and media workers have been killed in connection with their work in Honduras since 2000. The three latest murders are likely to join the list.
Former self-proclaimed President Captain Moussa Dadis Camara has been charged in relation to the 2009 stadium massacre, when security forces opened fire on tens of thousands of opposition supporters peacefully gathered at a stadium in Conakry.
Thanks to WikiLeaks, Reporters Without Borders is able to expose how Saudi Arabia’s government, which has suppressed all media freedom domestically, tries to co-opt foreign media outlets in order to project a positive image of the kingdom internationally.
EFF, Derechos Digitales and their colleagues in the region have issued a statement to Latin American governments, demanding more transparency on how Latin American states are using -- or misusing -- spyware like that sold by Hacking Team.
The repeal of the two insult articles came after IPI and ARTICLE 19 conducted a joint mission to Lithuania, urging lawmakers to bring the country's defamation law more in line with international standards.
A 400 gigabyte trove of internal documents belonging to surveillance company Hacking Team has been released online. Hacking Team sells intrusive hacking tools that have allegedly been used by some of the most repressive regimes in the world.
"There is horrible irony in having authorities use trumped up charges to go after a group whose mission is to strengthen Russian democracy and rule of law."
Blogger Amos Yee, 16, spent more than 50 days in detention. During this time, his Facebook page was continually updated with what appeared to be accounts of his detention. Reports of mental stress, hospitalisation, and assault led many to worry about his safety.
The European Parliament is likely to adopt an initiative report that could potentially hamper the right of press photographers to take photographs in public spaces.
Tanzanian lawmakers have withdrawn the Access to Information Act and the Media Services Act from discussion during the current parliamentary session.
Under a new bill, journalists will face severe penalties if they do not limit themselves to official sources in their coverage of armed attacks and bombings by rebel groups.
"Regardless of statistical data that indicates certain improvement of the situation with the freedom of press in Ukraine, the status quo still remains alarming," says the Institute of Mass Information's executive director, Oksana Romaniuk.
According to the IFJ, if the law is enacted and implemented in its current form, it would further suppress the media, access to information and press freedom.
Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda calls on police to thoroughly investigate the recent raid of their office, in which the group had laptops, a money safe box, project-related information, and cash stolen.
The Inter American Press Association has condemned a decision by the Higher Court of Justice of the Argentine province of Córdoba that rejected legal claims of unconstitutionality of electoral laws that require publications to grant free space to political parties at election times.
On 1 July 2015, Turkey’s Constitutional Court rescinded columnist Bekir Coşkun's suspended 14-month prison sentence for "insulting" public officials. The court opined that "acceptable limits to criticism of politicians are wider than acceptable limits to criticism of other people."
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Israeli troops deliberately fired teargas at two Palestinians journalists with Jordan’s Ro’ya TV while they were covering a peaceful Palestinian demonstration held to mark the first anniversary of the death of Mohamed Abou Khdeir, a 16-year-old Palestinian who was murdered.