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17 June 2015 |

Bangladeshi journalists and bloggers among 24 named in death threat

Bangladeshi journalists and bloggers among 24 named in death threat
A threatening letter by banned Islamist group Ansarullah Bangla Team apparently targets people for their perceived support for war crimes trials stemming from Bangladesh's bloody 1971 war of independence.
17 June 2015 |

European Court deals a blow to online expression

European Court deals a blow to online expression The decision, which imposes liability on a news portal for the comments of its users, could chill freedom of expression beyond the Council of Europe states.
17 June 2015 |

Obscure surveillance laws in U.K. "corrode democracy itself" says review

Obscure surveillance laws in U.K. The recent release of independent reviewer David Anderson QC’s report, commissioned for the government, is a resounding call for wholesale reform of Britain’s surveillance legislation.
16 June 2015 |

Indian journalist beaten, dragged after another burned to death

Indian journalist beaten, dragged after another burned to death Police have reportedly opened an investigation centred on a man that journalist Haider Khan's reporting implicated in a wrongful land transfer.
16 June 2015 |

Iranian filmmaker and journalist Mostafa Azizi sentenced to eight years in Evin prison

Iranian filmmaker and journalist Mostafa Azizi sentenced to eight years in Evin prison On June 8, 2015, Azizi was convicted of charges that include collusion against Iran’s national security and insulting Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader. The charges may have stemmed from posts that Azizi made on social media, but it is not clear which particular posts or other actions provoked his arrest.
15 June 2015 |

Over 200 rights groups demand freedom for Congolese youth activists

Fred Bauma and Yves Makwambala were arrested at a workshop organized to launch “Filimbi,” a platform to encourage Congolese youth to peacefully and responsibly perform their civic duties
15 June 2015 |

Egypt's civil society facing renewed government crackdown

Egypt's civil society facing renewed government crackdown Ten international rights groups are calling for the repeal of a repressive 2002 associations law, which empowers the government to shut down any group virtually at will, confiscate its property, or block its funding.
15 June 2015 |

Jailed Vietnamese blogger Ta Phong Tan on hunger strike over mistreatment

Jailed Vietnamese blogger Ta Phong Tan on hunger strike over mistreatment Incarcerated blogger Ta Phong Tan has been on hunger strike since mid-May to protest the mistreatment of political prisoners at the prison where she is being held in Vietnam's central Thanh Hoa province.
15 June 2015 |

Call for investigation into journalist's burning death; police accused

Before he died, Indian freelance journalist Jagendra Singh alleged that police set him on fire; he also accused an Uttar Pradesh minister of "unleashing a reign of terror" on him and his family in reprisal for his investigative reports and critical comments.
15 June 2015 |

Important, but not enough: Egyptian officer sentenced in killing of protester Shaimaa Al-Sabbagh

Important, but not enough: Egyptian officer sentenced in killing of protester Shaimaa Al-Sabbagh “The sentence against al-Sabbagh’s killer would serve justice but past convictions of police have been reversed on appeal, meaning there has been zero accountability for killing protesters,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director.
15 June 2015 |

Iran trial for U.S. journalist resumes behind closed doors

Iran trial for U.S. journalist resumes behind closed doors Jason Rezaian is being held on charges of spying and collaborating with hostile governments, gathering classified information and disseminating propaganda against the Islamic Republic. International observers have criticised the charges as being politically motivated.
15 June 2015 |

Reporting on FIFA scandal costs newspaper official advertising contract

Reporting on FIFA scandal costs newspaper official advertising contract The decision was in retaliation for an editorial that criticized the Premier of the Cayman Islands and local officials for allegedly engaging in acts of corruption, including one related to the FIFA soccer scandal.
12 June 2015 |

The Gambia must implement court judgement on murdered journalist Deyda Hydara

The Gambia must implement court judgement on murdered journalist Deyda Hydara June 10 2015 marked one year since the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice ordered The Gambia to pay $50,000 in damages to the family of Deyda Hydara, who was murdered over ten years ago. The Gambia has not complied with this judgment.
11 June 2015 |

An open letter calling for justice for slain journalist Ibrahim Foday

An open letter calling for justice for slain journalist Ibrahim Foday Four years after Sierra Leone Journalist Ibrahim Foday's death, members of IFEX join the Media Foundation for West Africa in calling for more rapid progress.
11 June 2015 |

Digital safety tips for journalists covering the Baku 2015 European Games

The IFJ and the EFJ have warned that journalists covering the Baku 2015 European Games may be subject to surveillance by the Azeri security services. Alan Pearce, a journalist and author specialising in cyber-security and counter-surveillance, provides some top tips and spy-proof measures.
11 June 2015 |

Indian netizens take up the fight for Internet freedom

Indian netizens take up the fight for Internet freedom The net neutrality debate that captured the attention of internet users in the U.S. and turned them into digital advocates has now reached the world's largest democracy.
11 June 2015 |

Bahrain Ombudsman's report fails to address a number of issues, say human rights groups

ADHRB received reports that persons who had submitted complaints to the Ombudsman had been subjected to retaliatory acts of torture from Ministry of the Interior employees, implying an abuse-perpetuating link between the Ombudsman and the MOI.
11 June 2015 |

Russian investigative journalist facing death threats

Russian investigative journalist facing death threats In a May 19, 2015 editorial, Grozny Inform, which is closely linked to the republic’s leadership, intoned that Elena Milashina could meet the same fate as Anna Politkovskaya, the journalist murdered in 2006.
11 June 2015 |

Kenyan government targets NGOs in tense coastal region

The harassment and intimidation of the nongovernmental organisations Haki Africa and Muslims for Human Rights, is connected to their legitimate human rights work, Humans Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Civil Society Organizations Reference Group, and National Civil Society Congress say.
11 June 2015 |

Attacks on journalists mar Mexico’s elections

Attacks on journalists mar Mexico’s elections “Exposing corruption or fraud by political parties has become an act of bravery for journalists in Mexico", said Claire San Filippo from Reporters Without Borders.


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