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6 February 2017 |

Kurdish Iranian writer and friend held on terror charges in Turkey

Kurdish Iranian writer and friend held on terror charges in Turkey PEN International is concerned at the arrest and detention of Kurdish Iranian writer and journalist Sajjad Jahan Fard, and that of his friend Hassan Baladeh, after taking pictures during a tourist visit to the city of Mardin, in the predominantly Kurdish South-east of Turkey.
6 February 2017 |

NGOs call on Boris Johnson to stand up for HRD Nabeel Rajab

NGOs call on Boris Johnson to stand up for HRD Nabeel Rajab 21 international NGOs sign letter to Boris Johnson regarding jailed HRD Nabeel Rajab.
6 February 2017 |

Australia: Free expression detained?

Australia: Free expression detained? 25 IFEX members question Australia's detention of dissident journalists, cartoonists and actors at Manus Island.
3 February 2017 |

Former leader of #ThisFlag campaign arrested

Former leader of #ThisFlag campaign arrested One of President Mugabe's most influential critics was arrested at the airport and charged with "subverting a constitutional government".
3 February 2017 |

Gambia's new president urged to release political prisoners, protect free speech

Gambia's new president urged to release political prisoners, protect free speech Mindful of the repressive freedom of expression conditions in The Gambia under the rule of Yahya Jammeh, the MFWA calls on President Barrow to undertake reforms that will promote and defend the rights of the Gambian people to freely express themselves.
3 February 2017 |

Protests grow tense in DRC as citizens mourn death of opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi

Protests grow tense in DRC as citizens mourn death of opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi Hundreds of Congolese gathered in Kinshasa after news broke night that DRC opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi passed away. Protesters threw rocks and shouted slurs against President Joseph Kabila; police responded with rounds of teargas.
2 February 2017 |

Pakistan's version of "The Onion" blocked by government

Pakistan's version of What does it say about a government when it can't take criticism, even of the tongue-in-cheek variety?
2 February 2017 |

Border agents search BBC journalist's devices

Border agents search BBC journalist's devices Ali Hamedani, a reporter for BBC World Service, was detained and questioned for over two hours at a US airport.
2 February 2017 |

Egyptian human rights group files lawsuit to annul repressive assembly law

Egyptian human rights group files lawsuit to annul repressive assembly law Egypt's assembly law, issued 103 years ago by British colonial authorities during WWI, was unanimously repealed by parliament in 1928. It is still being used today to jail thousands of innocent Egyptians.
2 February 2017 |

The threat of "glorifying terrorism" laws

The threat of Can Europeans be sentenced to jail for vague references to terrorism? It already happened. And it is a trend that threatens to spread throughout Europe.
2 February 2017 |

Benin's communications authority allows radio, TV outlets back on air

Benin's communications authority allows radio, TV outlets back on air Three of seven privately-owned broadcasters shut down in Benin last November have been permitted to resume operations. The outlets involved are Soleil FM, Eden TV and E-Télé.
1 February 2017 |

Algerian faces 25 years over Israeli official interview

Algerian faces 25 years over Israeli official interview Morocco charges blogger with “exchanging intelligence with a foreign power” over a YouTube interview with a Foreign Ministry spokesperson.
1 February 2017 |

Monthly round-up: Attacks on secular voices, transgender and land rights in Asia

Monthly round-up: Attacks on secular voices, transgender and land rights in Asia In January: "Disappeared" bloggers, activist in Pakistan; LGBT community rights threatened in Indonesia; new independent outlets in Hong Kong; activists see no justice in Cambodia.
1 February 2017 |

Hungarian Civil Liberties Union on the government crackdown against civil society

Hungarian Civil Liberties Union on the government crackdown against civil society Fidesz's vice-president, Szilárd Németh, along with MPs of the governing parties, launched a verbal attack against several Hungarian civil society organisations that receive part of their funding from foreign donors.
31 January 2017 |

Thai media reform bill a "potential death blow" to media freedom

Thai media reform bill a SEAPA expressed fears that Thailand is moving toward greater control of the media, with the government's latest attempt to enact a new law to control the press.
31 January 2017 |

Journalists beaten inside police station in Bangladesh

Journalists beaten inside police station in Bangladesh Two ATN News employees were brutally beaten by policemen inside the Shahbagh Police Station while they were covering the shutdown enforced by the demonstrators protesting the construction of a power plant.
31 January 2017 |

Lebanon's new weapon against corruption

Lebanon's new weapon against corruption A newly passed access to information law may finally allow Lebanese citizens to hold their government accountable.
30 January 2017 |

World writers join PEN in solidarity with Turkey's imprisoned writers, as high-level mission ends

World writers join PEN in solidarity with Turkey's imprisoned writers, as high-level mission ends As a high-level mission ends in Istanbul, leading world writers join PEN in a message of solidarity to Turkish writers protesting the heavy-handed crackdown against free expression in the country.
30 January 2017 |

Burundians afraid to speak out as ruling party youth league kill, torture opponents

Burundians afraid to speak out as ruling party youth league kill, torture opponents "Burundians live in fear of the next attack, afraid to speak out to denounce the killings, torture, and other abuses."
30 January 2017 |

Spanish journalist barred entry to Venezuela to cover protests

Aitor Saez, a Spanish correspondent working for Deutsche Welle, was sent back to Colombia on the night of January 22, 2017, after immigration authorities said the Spanish journalist did not comply with the necessary requirements to enter the country.


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