While telling the world that they are not dictators, the Thai military authorities are extending their grip into universities and banning discussions about democracy and human rights. In the latest incident, they banned a seminar on democracy, and detained lecturers and students.
On 15 September 2014, Ghada Jamsheer was arrested and a detention order of seven days was issued against her on charges of defamation on Twitter.
The Inter American Press Association condemns a court order in Brazil censoring the magazine IstoÉ
, ordering it to withdraw its weekly publication from the market for having reported on a case of corruption in the public administration.
More than 20 journalists and civil society activists have been detained without charge for working with news media affiliated or sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood since it was declared a terrorist organization in December 2013. Many of them have gone on hunger strike.
In a welcome development in Bolivia, a judge has ruled that criminal charges of espionage, complicity and disclosure of state secrets against two journalists be dropped and the case be moved to the country’s Press Tribunal.
Sodiqov, a blogger and PhD student in political science at the University of Toronto, was arrested in Tajikistan on June 16 in Khorog while conducting field research on “the causes of conflict and conflict management.”
Index on Censorship gives us a roundup of eleven incidents in the past year when free expression was limited on American campuses.
A mob of villagers killed three journalists and six others who were raising awareness about Ebola in the village of Womey. The campaign team reportedly consisted of local administrators, medical officers and a preacher.
Maryam al-Khawaja, who was detained upon arrival to Bahrain's airport on 30 August 2014, has been released. Charges against her still stand and she has been subjected to a travel ban. Her first hearing is scheduled for 1 October 2014.
The broad language of the Anti-Cybercrime Law could be used to restrict press freedom and impose prison sentences on journalists inside the country.
Unidentified people fired shots at the home of Rana Mohammad Azeem, the Lahore-based president of the PFUJ, on September 16 in a move he believes was intended to intimidate and silence him.
Right to Know Day, on 28 September, coincides with the start of a year-long negotiation process to agree the Post-2015 agenda. States will be discussing the framework that will be the foundation for international policy commitments for the next fifteen years and more.
Alberto Suárez, the police chief of the central city of Cochabamba, threatened Escarley Pacheco, a reporter for ATB Cochabamba, after she asked him about his ex-wife’s claims that he had subjected her to physical violence.
A paper shortage resulting from government currency controls has so far forced 37 newspapers in Venezuela to suspend or reduce their print editions.
According to the BBC, the team was in the city to investigate reports of Russian servicemen being killed near the border with Ukraine.
, two outspoken opposition weeklies owned by the same publisher, have announced that they are suspending publication until further notice because their latest issues were suppressed and replaced by fake issues supporting the government.
As some of the world's biggest, best-known firms – with far greater leverage against the government than individual activists – begin to voice their concerns, there are opportunities for change. Companies should adopt sound business practices in China, including on human rights, and report on them regularly.
A journalist received threatening text messages while he was on-air discussing corruption allegations against the former governor of Northern Samar province, Philippines. He claimed that after which, he noticed three vehicles tailed him after his broadcast and the following day.
During the 27th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, Ireland, together with other countries, will table a resolution to protect civil society space. The realisation of this resolution will lend much needed support to Malaysian civil society at a time when democratic space is rapidly deteriorating in the country.
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IFEX members express concerns about the political environment in Fiji as the country holds its first election after nearly eight years of military rule.