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19 January 2016 |

Brother of two murdered journalists denounces impunity in Paraguay

Brother of two murdered journalists denounces impunity in Paraguay


On 20th January, Paraguay's human rights record is under the spotlight at the United Nations. Ana Fondo interviewed Francisco Medina about the deteriorating conditions in Paraguay during an IFEX-ALC lobbying mission to Geneva in November 2015.
19 January 2016 |

Turkey: Remembering Hrant Dink on the anniversary of his assassination

Turkey: Remembering Hrant Dink on the anniversary of his assassination "Hrant was killed because he was trying to remind us of a history of oddness without shaming us. He was trying to speak without blaming. His was an act of 'revolutionary embarrassment'. Had he shouted aloud, blaming us, finger pointing us out as 'murderers', he wouldn’t have been killed."
18 January 2016 |

Encrypt for Freedom! Cartoons about why we need encryption

Encrypt for Freedom! Cartoons about why we need encryption Bytes for All, based in Pakistan, has released a series of graphics to help explain in simple terms why encryption is so important to our everyday lives and our freedom.
18 January 2016 |

MOM: New project launched in Colombia to fight media concentration

“Media pluralism is a cornerstone of any diverse and open society and for this reason, high concentration of media ownership – as we see it here in Colombia – puts democracy and freedom of opinion at risk,” says Christian Mihr, Executive Director of the German section of Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
18 January 2016 |

Iran releases imprisoned Washington Post journalist held since July 2014

Iran releases imprisoned Washington Post journalist held since July 2014 Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian was freed on 16 January as part of a prisoner swap between the United States and Iran, and was flown out of the country on 17 January.
18 January 2016 |

Leading Yemeni journalist Almigdad Mojalli killed in Saudi-led airstrike

Leading Yemeni journalist Almigdad Mojalli killed in Saudi-led airstrike Yemeni freelance journalist Almigdad Mojalli was killed in an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition of Arab states in Jaref, a Houthi-controlled district in the southern outskirts of the capital, Sanaa.
18 January 2016 |

Reporting equipment, external hard drives stolen from Ugandan journalist's home

Reporting equipment, external hard drives stolen from Ugandan journalist's home “I am paralyzed. All the information I have gathered for a very long time is lost. I do not know the motive of the attackers and what they intend to do with it."
16 January 2016 |

Hand grenade thrown, shots fired in attack on TV office in Islamabad, Pakistan

Hand grenade thrown, shots fired in attack on TV office in Islamabad, Pakistan Unidentified attackers hurled a hand grenade at the Islamabad bureau office of ARY News. They also threw pamphlets claiming that the Islamic State's Afghanistan chapter carried out the attack 'in reaction to the channels coverage of on-going operation Zarb-e-Azb'.
15 January 2016 |

Panamanian paper fined over article published in 2001

The newspaper Panamá América has been ordered to pay $25,000 to former Supreme Court Justice Winston Spadafora. The former judge felt offended and sued the newspaper and two of its journalists over a news item published in 2001.
15 January 2016 |

Outspoken critic of Hamas chooses self-censorship after release from prison

Ayman Alul, an outspoken journalist who works for an Iraqi TV station and often posts videos on Facebook, has announced that he will no longer cover living conditions or political developments in the Hamas-governed territory after being held for eight days.
15 January 2016 |

Cuban artists still condemned to silence

While the end of the embargo brought with it hope for political liberalisation on the island, as with previous periods of promise in Cuban history cases of repression and censorship of dissident artists were rife in 2015.
15 January 2016 |

21 Turkish academics under investigation for signing petition

21 Turkish academics under investigation for signing petition Investigation warrants have been issued for 21 academics from Kocaeli University who signed a declaration led by a group called Academics for Peace. They are being accused of "overtly insulting the Turkish nation."
15 January 2016 |

Tunisian authorities suspend activities of LGBT rights group Shams

Tunisian authorities suspend activities of LGBT rights group Shams Shams registered with the government’s secretary general in May 2015, as an organization working to support sexual and gender minorities. On January 4, 2016, the first instance tribunal in Tunis notified the group that the court was suspending its activities for 30 days.
15 January 2016 |

Paraguay at the UN: High hopes for impunity to be subject of discussion

Paraguay at the UN: High hopes for impunity to be subject of discussion Following a fact-finding visit to Paraguay, the IFEX-ALC submitted a report to the UN Human Rights Council, detailing the context for free expression in the country. Recommendations have now been included in the official stakeholders' report.
15 January 2016 |

Online journalism collective emerges as repression escalates in Burundi

Online journalism collective emerges as repression escalates in Burundi SOS Médias Burundi is a collective of journalists that emerged spontaneously within 48 hours of the destruction of the radio stations during the May 2014 coup attempt and which continues to provide anonymous coverage of events in this troubled country.
14 January 2016 |

Russia's new homophobic law could send people to jail for kissing in public

Russia's new homophobic law could send people to jail for kissing in public On 19 January, Russia's parliament will hold the first reading of another abusive homophobic law, which proposes jailing people for public displays of non-heterosexual orientation or gender identity.
14 January 2016 |

Ugandan police commander threatens to shoot journalists, seizes reporting equipment

Ugandan police commander threatens to shoot journalists, seizes reporting equipment "We are worried by the increasing brutality of police towards journalists and the entire media fraternity, especially those assigned to cover the opposition camp," says HRNJ-Uganda's national coordinator, Robert Ssempala.
14 January 2016 |

Detained without trial: Hunger striking Palestinian journalist's health deteriorating in Israeli jail

Journalist Mohammad Al-Qiq was tortured during his detention, deprived from meeting a lawyer and denied family visits. As a sign of protest, he started a hunger strike on 25 November.
13 January 2016 |

Two Iraqi broadcast journalists shot dead by masked men

Journalist Saif Tallal and cameraman Hassan al-Anbaki working for Sharqiya TV channel were shot dead on 12 January by some masked militiamen near Baquba, the capital of Diyala province in Iraq, on their way back from a professional mission covering violence in the Muqdadiyah area.
13 January 2016 |

Report reveals unpunished police violence against Greek photojournalists

Report reveals unpunished police violence against Greek photojournalists Statistics kept by the Hellenic Photojournalists’ Union indicate that just one of 16 incidents of police aggression against photojournalists between 2010 and 2014 has resulted in legal consequences.


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