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8 April 2015 |

Human Rights Watch sues US Drug Enforcement Administration over surveillance

Although the Drug Enforcement Administration has indicated the program was “suspended” in 2013, this suit seeks to ensure the program is permanently terminated, that it cannot restart, and that all of Human Rights Watch’s illegally collected records have been purged from all government systems.
8 April 2015 |

A third social media manager gets death threats in Ecuador

According to its manager, "Ecuatorianos en el ring" - which has Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts - has been known for being an apolitical page that shows videos complaining about various topics.
8 April 2015 |

Both Saudi-led coalition and Houthi militias target journalists in Yemen

Both Saudi-led coalition and Houthi militias target journalists in Yemen Journalists in Yemen are facing increasing threats from several sides as the political and military situation in the country deteriorates.
7 April 2015 |

The Rwandan genocide, 21 years later: Media must reflect on role of hate speech

The Rwandan genocide, 21 years later: Media must reflect on role of hate speech The Media Foundation for West Africa recalls the deadly role played by the media in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, and urges journalists to report responsibly and refrain from spreading hate speech.
7 April 2015 |

Turkey: Social media sites restored after blanket blocking

Turkey: Social media sites restored after blanket blocking A Turkish court had ordered the blocking of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for 'national security' reasons, after a photograph of a prosecutor with a gun to his head was widely circulated on social media.
7 April 2015 |

Moroccan journalism NGO apparent target of "adultery" conviction

RWB is alarmed by Hicham Mansouri's conviction and imprisonment on an adultery charge, suspecting that the real target is the organisation he works for, the Moroccan Association of Investigative Journalism (AMJI).
7 April 2015 |

Malaysian cartoonist Zunar faces 43 years in prison over tweets

Malaysian cartoonist Zunar faces 43 years in prison over tweets Political cartoonist Zunar has been charged in Kuala Lumpur with nine counts of sedition for tweets posted following a controversial court ruling. The tweets in question criticised a Federal Court decision, which upheld the conviction of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.
7 April 2015 |

Venezuela: Stop harassing human rights defenders

Twenty-eight international and Latin American human rights organizations are calling on the Venezuelan government to stop making unsubstantiated allegations against human rights defenders.
6 April 2015 |

Council of Europe launches online platform for media protection

Council of Europe launches online platform for media protection The platform will feature alerts about the harassment of journalists, impunity, threats to journalists' sources and more.
6 April 2015 |

Will China's detention of feminist activists shut the movement up or make it louder?

Will China's detention of feminist activists shut the movement up or make it louder? Some prominent commentators have argued that the recent detentions of women activists will cement the feminist movement. China watchers wait with bated breathe to see how the story will unfold, pinning their hopes on a positive outcome.
6 April 2015 |

Ecuadorian court rescinds libel sentence against politician and journalist

On 23 March 2015, the Criminal Division of the National Court of Justice rescinded the sentence imposed on former assembly member Cléver Jiménez, and his adviser, journalist Fernando Villavicencio, for libel against President Rafael Correa.
6 April 2015 |

Martial law lifted in Thailand, but tougher measures in place

Martial law lifted in Thailand, but tougher measures in place Thailand may have nominally ended martial law on 1 April but the new powers are just as sweeping and intimidating.
6 April 2015 |

Concern over arrest of Bangladeshi journalist, his treatment in custody

Bangladeshi journalis Mizanur Rahman was reportedly arrested in retaliation for his reports alleging corruption and abuse of power by local officials.
6 April 2015 |

Concern over Canadian government's refusal to issue journalist Mohamed Fahmy a passport

The absence of a passport not only restricts Fahmy's ability to live any semblance of a normal life, but also poses a threat to his personal security and safety in Egypt.
6 April 2015 |

Online support group for LGBT children faces court hearing in Russia

Online support group for LGBT children faces court hearing in Russia A court in Saint Petersburg will hear a case against an online group for allegedly violating Russia’s anti-LGBT "propaganda law." Deti 404, or Children 404, is an online support group for LGBT children to discuss violence and harassment they face at school and home and receive help.
6 April 2015 |

Somali media network raided after broadcasting Al-Shabaab spokesperson's voice on radio

NISA officials stated their actions came after after Radio Shabelle broadcasted the voice of an Al Shabaab spokesperson, who claimed responsibility for the terror attack at Garissa University.
2 April 2015 |

Press freedom deteriorates in Hong Kong

According to a recent HKJA survey, both the public and journalists believe that press freedom deteriorated in 2014. To counter this, there is a clear need for freedom of information legislation to ensure the right to access information held by the government and public bodies.
2 April 2015 |

Bahraini rights defender and BCHR president arrested

Bahraini rights defender and BCHR president arrested Over 20 police vehicles reportedly surrounded the home of Nabeel Rajab, after which security forces presented him with a warrant charging him with spreading false news relating to statements concerning acts of torture and inhumane treatment at Jaw Prison.
2 April 2015 |

Media restrictions in Papua underscore Indonesia's wider problems

Media restrictions in Papua underscore Indonesia's wider problems With more than 50 years of restricted media access, one of the least covered armed conflicts in the world is the long-simmering struggle between Indonesia's military and the secessionist Free Papua Movement.
2 April 2015 |

Hostage-taking prompts latest case of Turkish censorship

Hostage-taking prompts latest case of Turkish censorship Reporters Without Borders condemns the quickly-imposed ban on media coverage of the courthouse drama in Çağlayan, Istanbul, on 31 March, when a prosecutor was taken hostage and murdered after eight hours of fruitless negotiations between the authorities and his two kidnappers, who were themselves killed in a shootout with police.


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