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9 February 2015 |

Authorities in Georgia urged to drop bill that would ban 'strife-inciting calls'

In a recent joint statement, over a dozen news outlets and 20 Georgian media freedom and human rights groups said the bill "carries a risk of unreasonably restricting freedom of expression and stifling criticism."
9 February 2015 |

Will Nigerians speak out over Boko Haram in the upcoming elections?

Will Nigerians speak out over Boko Haram in the upcoming elections? As Nigeria's 14 February general election approaches, the menace of Boko Haram intensifies. Human rights lawyer Rommy Mom examines local views on the rise of the extremist group, and the media silence that accompanies it.
9 February 2015 |

Indian editor arrested for republishing "Charlie Hebdo" cartoon

After republishing a "Charlie Hebdo" cartoon, Indian editor Shirin Dalvi was forced into hiding and started wearing a hijab due to threats. Publication of the newspaper has also been shut down following the incident.
9 February 2015 |

Libya's journalists assaulted, kidnapped, and killed with impunity

“This is a very dangerous time to be a journalist in Libya,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “Too many journalists in post-Gaddafi Libya face a situation where saying what you think can get you killed.”
6 February 2015 |

Ecuadorian daily faces complaints, potential massive fines over satirical cartoon

Ecuadorian daily faces complaints, potential massive fines over satirical cartoon Despite cartoonist Xavier Bonilla’s public apology, 17 groups with reported ties to the government launched a complaint for alleged “socio-economic discrimination” in violation of Ecuador’s controversial Law on Communication.
6 February 2015 |

States, media must raise awareness about Female Genital Mutilation

States, media must raise awareness about Female Genital Mutilation The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) joins the UN and members of civil society in calling for an end to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) to commemorate the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, which takes place every February 6.
6 February 2015 |

GCHQ-NSA intelligence sharing unlawful, says U.K. surveillance tribunal

GCHQ-NSA intelligence sharing unlawful, says U.K. surveillance tribunal British intelligence services acted unlawfully in accessing millions of people’s personal communications collected by the NSA, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruled on 6 February 2015.
6 February 2015 |

Journalists get cyberbullied too

Journalists get cyberbullied too Social media has proved to be an inestimably valuable tool for freedom of expression around the world, but journalists have reported facing verbal abuse, harassment, and cyberbullying on social media sites as a result of their work.
5 February 2015 |

Does the Canadian Security Establishment know too much about Canadians?

With an election coming this year, PEN Canada feels that the time has come for straight talk from all who want the privilege of leading Canadians, on the issue of the government's cybersurveillance of citizens.
5 February 2015 |

Concern over proposed measures to ensure "political neutrality of NGOs" in Cambodia

Cambodian groups are concerned over the potential introduction of new measures banning staff of civil society organisations from giving media interviews or making statements deemed to have "insulted" political parties during election periods.
5 February 2015 |

Russia: Defense lawyer brutally beaten

"The violent attack on a defense lawyer right outside the courthouse strongly indicates that the assailants were confident they would get away with it," said Rachel Denber, deputy Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch.
5 February 2015 |

President's chief of staff discredits media outlet as political opponent in Argentina

During a press conference in which he complained of a “political confrontation” by “opposition media”, Chief of Staff Jorge Capitanich tore up two pages of Clarín, which on Sunday had published articles about the death of public prosecutor Alberto Nisman.
5 February 2015 |

A system of selective justice? Egypt sentences 229 protesters to life in prison

A system of selective justice? Egypt sentences 229 protesters to life in prison Political activist Ahmed Douma was amongst those sentenced to life in prison in connection with a protest that took place in December 2011 and was brutally dispersed by police and military forces.
4 February 2015 |

Will new government in Indonesia bring about surveillance reforms?

Will new government in Indonesia bring about surveillance reforms? Too often Indonesians have witnessed their government purchasing and using surveillance technology without making the changes necessary to operate them in accordance with the law. Now is an opportunity to reverse that trend.
4 February 2015 |

Turkey: Indictment of Dutch journalist highlights press freedom fears

Turkey: Indictment of Dutch journalist highlights press freedom fears A charge of “making propaganda for a terrorist organisation” brought against Dutch journalist Frederike Geerdink in a Diyarbakır court has accepted charges in Turkey is yet another sign of the worsening climate for freedom of expression in the country.
4 February 2015 |

Iran: The un-universal application of universal human rights

Iran: The un-universal application of universal human rights
How Iran's ruling elite consider the right to free speech, free expression, and privacy as a privilege only afforded to a handful of high-ranking Iranian officials.
4 February 2015 |

Liberian president pledges to decriminalise media offenses

Liberian president pledges to decriminalise media offenses In the Liberian president's recent State of the Nation address, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf reaffirmed the government’s commitment to decriminalise media offenses.
3 February 2015 |

Mexican journalist found dead, local mayor named as mastermind

Mexican journalist found dead, local mayor named as mastermind Journalist Moisés Sánchez Cerezo was found dead weeks after being kidnapped in Veracruz state. A former police officer claims the local mayor is behind Sánchez's death.
3 February 2015 |

7 things to love about reddit's first transparency report

7 things to love about reddit's first transparency report Lots of companies publish transparency reports, but not all of them do a good job. EFF took some time to look at exactly what reddit's report included and was impressed by what it found.
3 February 2015 |

Reporters without bylines: Women journalists in Burma's minority areas

Reporters without bylines: Women journalists in Burma's minority areas Reporters in Burma's ethnic minority regions often endure extortion and harassment. Women journalists, who are heavily outnumbered by their male counterparts in rural areas, face additional challenges in their reporting.


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