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12 February 2015 |

Venezuela: New military authority to curb protests

Venezuela has granted powers to the military to use force to control peaceful demonstrations, Human Rights Watch said today. On January 23, 2015, the Defense Ministry issued a resolution authorizing the Armed Forces to maintain “public order” and “social peace” during “public meetings and demonstrations.”
12 February 2015 |

Obama announces new privacy rules for NSA data collection

The world's personal information will "only" be retained for five short years. And that's if the U.S. government decides you're not under suspicion.
12 February 2015 |

Ghanaians advised to oppose telecommunications gateway

Ghanaians advised to oppose telecommunications gateway The Interconnect Clearing House could provide an opportunistic channel for any group or government to abuse privacy and other online rights of citizens.
12 February 2015 |

Accused in 2010 killing of Filipino radio reporter convicted

A trial court found guilty one of two persons accused in the 2010 murder of a Filipino radio reporter. It was the 15th case out of 145 cases of journalists killed since 1986 in the Philippines in which there has been a conviction.
12 February 2015 |

Reinforcing "the mosquito net": Blocking the flow of people and information

Reinforcing Authorities are cracking down on people fleeing the country, and on those who share information with the outside world.
12 February 2015 |

Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed released on bail

Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed released on bail After spending over 400 days in prison, the end to their imprisonment is long overdue, as is their reunion with their families.
12 February 2015 |

Ali Abdulemam on his Bahraini identity: It is not for the government to give it or take it away

Ali Abdulemam on his Bahraini identity: It is not for the government to give it or take it away Last week, Bahrain revoked Abdulemam’s citizenship along with another 71 Bahraini citizens, many of whom are journalists or bloggers.
11 February 2015 |

A victory against GCHQ, but the fight against mass surveillance continues

A victory against GCHQ, but the fight against mass surveillance continues The 6 February 2015 decision marked the first time in its 15-year history that the only UK court empowered to oversee GHCQ, MI5 and MI6 has ruled against the intelligence and security services.
11 February 2015 |

Mexican editor flees after gunmen abduct and beat him

Enrique Juárez Torres, editor of the privately owned daily El Mañana in Matamoros, was abducted at about 4 p.m. on the same day the paper published the front-page headline, "Confrontations: Nine Dead."
11 February 2015 |

The case of Emin Huseynov: IFEX seeks goodwill from Azerbaijan's first lady

The case of Emin Huseynov: IFEX seeks goodwill from Azerbaijan's first lady IFEX calls upon the First Lady of Azerbaijan to drop charges against human rights defender Emin Huseynov, in hiding at the Embassy of Switzerland in Baku.
11 February 2015 |

Mass surveillance endangers freedom of expression in Macedonia

Mass surveillance endangers freedom of expression in Macedonia Metamorphosis, the IFEX member from Macedonia, expressed grave concern about the publicly announced allegations of mass and unauthorized surveillance of citizens, performed through criminal association and official misconduct in state institutions and/or influential corporations.
10 February 2015 |

Siberians can no longer watch TV-2 on their TV sets

The Siberian independent television station TV-2 ceased broadcasting by cable on the night of 8 February as a result of being stripped of its licence despite all its efforts to defend its rights and the right of the region’s inhabitants to be informed.
10 February 2015 |

Four years on, Egypt has pulled the plug on a digital revolution

Four years on, Egypt has pulled the plug on a digital revolution Freedom House offers a timeline that chronicles how an Egyptian social justice movement incubated online, exploded onto the streets, and is now being driven toward extinction.
10 February 2015 |

TV journalist killed in Honduras on his way home

Carlos Fernández, an active member of RAPCOS, an alerts and protection network for journalists and communicators, was killed on the night of 5 February 2015 in the municipality of Roatán, in the Islas de la Bahía department.
10 February 2015 |

Groups hope Uruguay's media law will become model in Latin America

Groups hope Uruguay's media law will become model in Latin America The adoption of the Law of Audiovisual Communication Services promotes democratisation of the media and the effective exercise of freedom of expression in Uruguay.
9 February 2015 |

Four TV journalists in Dominican Republic publicly threatened

Juan Bolívar Díaz, Huchi Lora, Amelia Deschamps and Roberto Cavada, four of the country’s most influential television journalists received death threats from people who accuse them of being "anti-Dominican traitors" as a result of their criticism of government policies.
9 February 2015 |

Mongolian officials file criminal defamation charges against provincial journalists

Even though their articles were in the public interest, two provincial journalists in Mongolia are being accused of defamation through online and social media.
9 February 2015 |

Authorities in Georgia urged to drop bill that would ban 'strife-inciting calls'

In a recent joint statement, over a dozen news outlets and 20 Georgian media freedom and human rights groups said the bill "carries a risk of unreasonably restricting freedom of expression and stifling criticism."
9 February 2015 |

Will Nigerians speak out over Boko Haram in the upcoming elections?

Will Nigerians speak out over Boko Haram in the upcoming elections? As Nigeria's 14 February general election approaches, the menace of Boko Haram intensifies. Human rights lawyer Rommy Mom examines local views on the rise of the extremist group, and the media silence that accompanies it.


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