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22 July 2014 |

Hungarian advertisement tax silences independent media

The new advertisement tax imposes a 40% tax on media outlets with earnings above 65 million Euros per year. Apparently, the only Hungarian media channel meeting this condition is independent broadcaster RTL Klub.
22 July 2014 |

Afghan journalist threatened after reporting on corruption

Afghan journalist threatened after reporting on corruption Abdul Maqsood Azizi, a reporter with Pajhwok Afghan News in Logar province, received a death threat after filing a story on corruption implicating the local governor.
22 July 2014 |

East Timor urged to revise repressive media law

East Timor urged to revise repressive media law East Timor's president should refuse to sign a new media law until parliament revises provisions that will chill free speech, Human Rights Watch said. The Court of Appeal is reviewing the law's constitutionality in response to a request by the president.
22 July 2014 |

Unidentified men attack Chinese dissident blogger

The target of permanent police surveillance, Chinese blogger Hu Jia believes a recent attack was prompted by the "Return to Tiananmen Square" online campaign that was launched to mark the pro-democracy movement's 25th anniversary.
22 July 2014 |

Bolivian editor’s 30-month jail term quashed

Reporters Without Borders welcomes the decision to overturn the 30-month jail sentence that Rogelio Peláez, the editor of the monthly Larga Vista, received for allegedly defaming a lawyer. The ruling ends years of judicial harassment for Peláez, but other Bolivian journalists are currently the targets of legal proceedings.
22 July 2014 |

Bahrain's Ministry of Justice seeks to suspend main opposition bloc

On 20 July 2014, the Ministry of Justice announced that it has filed a lawsuit to suspend the activities of Al Wefaq National Islamic Society for three months.
22 July 2014 |

Impunity persists: 20 years of fear in The Gambia

Impunity persists: 20 years of fear in The Gambia It's been 20 years since Lieutenant Yahya Jammeh overthrew the Gambian government and proclaimed himself President of the Republic. Some of the human rights violations recorded over the last 20 years include the killing of 14 protesters in April 2000 and the killing of journalist Deyda Hydara in 2004.
21 July 2014 |

How "The Right to be Forgotten" affects privacy and free expression

How IFEX members reflect on the broader implications of "The Right to be Forgotten" ruling, which allows individuals to demand that embarrassing information about themselves be removed from search engine results.
21 July 2014 |

Ethiopian bloggers, journalists charged under flawed anti-terrorism law

The court charged the nine with having links to banned opposition groups and trying to violently overthrow the government, local media reported. A tenth blogger, who was not in Ethiopia at the time of the arrests, was charged in absentia.
21 July 2014 |

Israel to journalists in Gaza: We are not responsible for your injury

Israel to journalists in Gaza: We are not responsible for your injury Days after Israel tells journalists it is not responsible for their injury a Palestinian cameraman dies in Gaza. Khaled Hamad is the second media professional to have died since the beginning of Israel's military offensive on 8 July.
21 July 2014 |

Take Back the Tech! Let's end violence against women online

Take Back the Tech! Let's end violence against women online Ask Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to share their policies on violence against women online, and help us demand the protection of women’s free expression rights online.
18 July 2014 |

Eight journalists assaulted in Bangladesh

Eight journalists were allegedly assaulted by a group of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists of Dhaka University during a football match at the campus.
18 July 2014 |

Concern over Australian bill that would penalise disclosing information about intelligence operations

MEAA urges the Australian Parliament to carefully consider the implications for press freedom in National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No 1) 2014 - the implications not just for whistleblowers seeking to shed light on wrongdoing but also for journalists whose work could be criminalised by these proposed amendments.
18 July 2014 |

Slideshow: Raising awareness on India's troubling Internet laws

Slideshow: Raising awareness on India's troubling Internet laws The Global Network Initiative has launched a campaign to raise awareness on India's Internet laws. The coalition, of which CPJ is a founding member, has created an interactive slideshow that explains the impact of current laws and regulations on the country's Internet users.
18 July 2014 |

Two bloggers detained in Oman for reporting rights violations

Two Omani bloggers and activists, Noah Saad and Muawiyah Al-Rawahi, were arrested on 12 July for reporting human rights violations in Oman.
18 July 2014 |

Swazi human rights lawyer and editor found guilty of contempt of court over critical articles

Swazi human rights lawyer and editor found guilty of contempt of court over critical articles On 17 July the High Court in Mbabane, Swaziland found Thulani Maseko and Bheki Makhubu guilty of contempt of court in relation to articles published in The Nation magazine, which criticised the conduct of Swaziland’s Chief Justice, Michael Ramodibedi.
18 July 2014 |

Scores of activists remain in Syrian jails despite general amnesty for prisoners

Scores of activists remain in Syrian jails despite general amnesty for prisoners Civil society activists, human rights defenders, media and humanitarian workers remain in arbitrary detention in Syria more than a month after the government declared a general amnesty.
17 July 2014 |

EU defamation laws fall dramatically short of international standards, report finds

EU defamation laws fall dramatically short of international standards, report finds According to a new report, just five out of 28 EU member states have repealed general criminal defamation and insult laws, despite broad international consensus among legal experts and press freedom advocates that criminal punishments for defamation represent a disproportionate restriction on free expression.
17 July 2014 |

Clipping a sparrow's wings in China: Silencing of a sex worker-rights activist

Blocking Ye Haiyan's participation at an international conference on AIDS in Australia shows that the Chinese government is moving in the wrong direction on key public health concerns and respecting the right to peaceful expression.
17 July 2014 |

Burundi: Halt crackdown on opponents, critics

“The Burundian government should stop any further politicization of the justice system and ensure the courts are not used to collectively punish opponents ahead of the 2015 national elections.”


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