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9 April 2014 |

Campaign highlights plight of jailed journalists in lead up to World Press Freedom Day

Campaign highlights plight of jailed journalists in lead up to World Press Freedom Day The 30 Days for Freedom campaign highlights the plight of jailed journalists worldwide by focusing on 30 individuals currently imprisoned because of their work.
9 April 2014 |

Free Syria's silenced voices

Free Syria's silenced voices Spread the word about the plight of civil society activists, human rights defenders and media workers, being detained in Syria as a result of their peaceful activism. Join the global call on Thunderclap now.
9 April 2014 |

Moroccan security forces target and assault certain protesters during workers' march

Moroccan security forces target and assault certain protesters during workers' march On 6 April 2014, eight protesters belonging to the February 20 movement were arrested by Moroccan security forces during their participating in a workers' march in Casablanca.
9 April 2014 |

European Court rules mass collection, retention of metadata unacceptable

European Court rules mass collection, retention of metadata unacceptable The European Court of Justice's ruling was strong and unequivocal: the right to privacy provides a fundamental barrier between the individual and powerful institutions.
9 April 2014 |

Declassifying CIA torture report is first step toward public accounting of detainee practices

The US Senate Intelligence Committee’s vote to declassify part of its report on Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) detention and interrogation is an important first step toward public accounting of torture by the United States, says Human Rights Watch.
9 April 2014 |

Concern for Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja's health on third anniversary of his arrest in Bahrain

Concern for Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja's health on third anniversary of his arrest in Bahrain Former president and co-founder of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja was sentenced to life in prison in June 2011. He continues to be denied adequate medical attention and suffers from severe medical complications as a result of his mistreatment in detention.
8 April 2014 |

Assandi Times latest newspaper to be shut down in Kazakhstan

Three court marshals in Almaty raided the offices of the Assandi Times and ordered the journalists to stop working, accusing the paper of being linked to the independent newspaper Respublika, which is banned in Kazakhstan.
8 April 2014 |

Army official attempts to assault Nepalese journalist

An army official attempted to rape a female journalist in eastern Nepal but luckily local residents were able to come to her aid.
8 April 2014 |

Call for continuing transparency and dialogue in passage of Uruguay's media law

Described last year as exemplary by UN special rapporteur for freedom of expression Frank La Rue, Uruguay’s Broadcasting Communication Services Law is expected to bring a great deal of progress in media pluralism – including a fairer distribution of broadcast frequencies.
8 April 2014 |

Belarusian publisher wins Freedom to Publish Prize

Belarusian publisher wins Freedom to Publish Prize Ihar Lohvinau has received the 2014 IPA Freedom to Publish Prize prize, in recognition of his achievements in defending freedom of expression in Belarus. Since 2000 he has run Lohvinau Publishing House, printing foreign and local works of literature, history, politics and art, with a focus on work by repressed Belarusian writers.
8 April 2014 |

Globovisión correspondent kidnapped in Venezuela

On 6 April 2014, Nairobi Pinto, a chief correspondent for Globovisión, was kidnapped by two armed people wearing hoods. They forced the journalist into a blue Chevy vehicle outside the building she lives in, in Los Chaguaramos, Caracas.
8 April 2014 |

Seven Egypt State TV employees summoned for investigation

Three of the seven media professionals summoned by the State TV's department of legal affairs work for the "Revolutionaries All The Way" program, the rest had expressed solidarity with the program after it was suspended. They were interrogated over accusations of protesting in front of the Minister of Information's office as well as distributing pamphlets criticizing her.
8 April 2014 |

Development of Moldovan mass media remains stagnant, concludes report

Development of Moldovan mass media remains stagnant, concludes report In 2013 the situation of the media in Moldova did not change radically. According to international media freedom rankings, freedom of the press in the Republic of Moldova maintained the same level as in previous years. This lack of significant progress is almost entirely explained by the status quo in domestic politics and in relevant legislation.
8 April 2014 |

Existing media laws in Uganda seek to criminalise journalists' work, analysis finds

Existing media laws in Uganda seek to criminalise journalists' work, analysis finds Human Rights Network for Journalists has released an analysis of media laws in Uganda that limit freedom of expression. HRNJ-Uganda's national coordinator notes that a number of existing laws in Uganda do not safeguard growth of the media, but rather seek to control the work of journalists.
8 April 2014 |

Chinese police illegally copy journalists' reporting materials

While they were reporting on the public outcry against plans to build an industrial plant in Maoming, two Hong Kong journalists were harassed by police and all of the information kept on their computers and cellphones was illegally copied.
8 April 2014 |

Risk and reporting: The dangers of freelance journalism in Syria

Risk and reporting: The dangers of freelance journalism in Syria Much of the reporting that has come out of Syria in recent months has been done by freelance journalists and citizen journalists who face particular threats when reporting in one of the most dangerous locations on the planet.
8 April 2014 |

Colombian government surveillance ignoring history and human rights

Last February, the Colombian media revealed that the country’s intelligence service carried out widespread surveillance of key NGOs, journalists, and leftist politicians, including their own governmental team responsible for negotiating a peace agreement with the Colombian guerilla.
7 April 2014 |

In welcome development, UN resolution recognises role of journalists covering protests

Reporters Without Borders hails the resolution on "the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of peaceful protests" that UN Human Rights Council adopted on 28 March 2014. It recognises and endorses the essential role journalists play in covering demonstrations and condemns the harassment and attacks they often suffer while so doing.
7 April 2014 |

African court says Burkina Faso failed to investigate assassination of journalist Norbert Zongo

African court says Burkina Faso failed to investigate assassination of journalist Norbert Zongo "The court held that the failure of a government to diligently seek and bring to account the persons responsible for the assassination of a journalist...violates the human rights of journalists, endangers truth and should not be allowed," the Nigerian-based Guardian newspaper reported.
7 April 2014 |

Brazilian group publishes findings on violence against journalists during dictatorship

The International Federation of Journalists welcomes steps taken by delegates of the Federeção Nacional dos Jornalistas (FENAJ), to publish the findings of a commission established in 2012 to investigate the cases of killings, disappearances, tortures and censorship of journalists during the country’s dictatorship between 1964 and 1985.


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