According to ARTICLE 19's report, there were a significant number of attacks on Bangladesh journalists and an alarming increase in violations perpetrated by state actors. However, there was not a single conviction for violence against journalists in 2014.
Narges Mohammadi was arrested by intelligence ministry officials after receiving several threats and summonses, and was taken to Tehran’s Evin prison to resume serving a six-year jail term.
Enoh Meyomesse is a Cameroonian writer, poet and social activist who spent nearly three and a half years in prison on what are believed to be politically-motivated charges. He was released on 27 April 2015, following dedicated lobbying efforts by PEN International and English PEN.
Abdelkarim Nasser Ali Muthanna was killed on 22 April in Sirwah, in the eastern province of Marib, where Houthi rebels have been clashing with Sunni tribesmen for the past few weeks.
The top issues affecting free expression in the Americas and what free expression rapporteur Edison Lanza’s new report has to say about them.
On 30 April 2015, Daud Ali Omar and his wife, Hawo Abdi Aden, were shot dead by unidentified assailants while they were sleeping in their home, according to news reports and local journalists.
Although some positive initiatives have been taken by the government in relation to media freedom, there have been reports of the use of old tactics of media suppression from different parts of the country.
Nauru's Facebook ban follows government censorship of state media and a new $8,000 fee (approximately USD $6,340) for foreign media to enter the country, according to opposition critics.
The Arab-populated southern region of Iran has been the scene of several protests and consequential arrests over the past months.
Kenyan journalists are increasingly being forced to make an impossible choice in their quest to report public interest stories, as they face attacks and threats from both militant groups and government officials.
The murder of journalist Armando Saldaña Morales, is yet another example of the inability of the Mexican government to guarantee the safe practice of journalism in the country.
Singaporean authorities ordered an independent news website to be shut down, citing the website's content as being objectionable to state interests, according to news reports. The Real Singapore is the first news website to be shut down under the country's licensing regulations, introduced in 2013.
The Maldivian media have faced a number of challenges from the government in recent months and the Public Service Media Bill is another attempt by the Yameen government to control critics.
On 11 May, help the Bahrain Center for Human Rights demand #Freedom4Nabeel
Florian Bauer, a sports reporter for leading German public broadcasters ARD and WDR, was arrested with his crew – a cameraman, a sound engineer and a driver – by Qatari state security police while filming foreign workers on building sites on 27 March.
A Turkish court on April 29, 2015, released from prison a lawyer facing trial for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, but he should not be facing such charges in the first place, Human Rights Watch said.
In a statement published on World Press Freedom Day, four free expression rapporteurs warn of systematic attacks aimed at silencing voices at international, national and local levels.
A regional network reports on how press laws and other legal restrictions were used against the media over the last year.
As the 2016 Olympic Games approach, CPJ urges Brazilian authorities to ensure that safeguards are in place so that journalists covering street demonstrations can do so freely and without fear of reprisal.
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Information Minister U Ye Htut said during IPI's World Congress that Burma's "reform process is irreversible". Yet a month later a government representative could not cite any specific action that has been taken in regard to legislative reform.