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3 August 2016 |

Morocco's new press law undermined by draft penal code

Morocco's new press law undermined by draft penal code Despite the introduction of a new and improved press law, the mixture of legal tools used to imprison, harass, censor, and fine journalists for their reporting are all still available.
3 August 2016 |

Can surveillance and innovation coexist?

Can surveillance and innovation coexist? As the theory goes, policy can create the optimal framework for trust. But, in reality...
3 August 2016 |

Speech restrictions cloud constitutional referendum in Thailand

Speech restrictions cloud constitutional referendum in Thailand The pre-referendum period in Thailand has seen a spike in clampdowns on freedom of speech and freedom of the media under the military junta.
3 August 2016 |

Turkey: State of Emergency must not trample human rights

Turkey: State of Emergency must not trample human rights Sign PEN International's appeal for Turkey to respect freedom of expression and human rights during the post-coup state of emergency.
2 August 2016 |

Prominent South Sudanese journalist released after 2 weeks in detention

Following an outcry by the local and international community, including a statement issued by the African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), Alfred Taban was granted bail on 29 July 2016.
2 August 2016 |

Stunned by grenades and beatings

Stunned by grenades and beatings Unidentified men and police punch, kick and use wooden clubs to beat journalists and protesters, as protests in Armenia reach their third week.
2 August 2016 |

Asia Pacific round-up: Kem Ley, Kashmir ban and Pakistan's law

Asia Pacific round-up: Kem Ley, Kashmir ban and Pakistan's law Murders, media bans and surveillance laws put growing pressures on civil society in Asia.
29 July 2016 |

Rio Games transparency as opaque as its waters

Rio Games transparency as opaque as its waters "There is a direct relationship between the opacity of the bay waters and the opacity of information regarding its pollution."
29 July 2016 |

Kashmir: Communications blockade exacerbates the human rights crisis

Kashmir: Communications blockade exacerbates the human rights crisis Newspaper bans, Facebook takedowns and clampdowns on internet and telecommunications services are making it harder for people to access information, express dissent and maintain contact with friends and family during a very turbulent time.
29 July 2016 |

South African journalists fired for protesting decision on covering demonstrations

Seven South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) journalists and one contracted freelance journalist were fired between July 18-19 for protesting an SABC management decision not to report on violent protests.
28 July 2016 |

Outrage over Azerbaijani court decision upholding journalist's sentence

RSF is appalled by an Azerbaijani appeal court decision to uphold journalist Elchin Hasanov's conviction on a trumped-up hooliganism charge and to confirm his sentence.
28 July 2016 |

In Turkey, 102 media outlets closed by decree

In Turkey, 102 media outlets closed by decree The closure and expropriation of 45 newspapers, 16 TV channels, 23 radio stations, three news agencies and 15 magazines were ordered on the evening of 27 July in the second decree-law issued under the state of emergency. Twenty-nine publishing houses were also closed.
28 July 2016 |

The price U.S. whistleblowers pay for revealing secrets

The price U.S. whistleblowers pay for revealing secrets Although the USA is considered to have relatively generous freedoms of speech, many whistleblowers are not afforded protection and are subjected to lengthy prison terms after disclosing classified information to the public.
28 July 2016 |

Russia urged to free journalist held for 12 months on spurious charge

Russia urged to free journalist held for 12 months on spurious charge The flimsy nature of the “extremism” charge against journalist Alexander Sokolov suggests that he is being persecuted because of his reporting. He specializes in investigating large-scale corruption.
28 July 2016 |

Twelve days on, South Sudanese journalist still in detention

On July 16, 2016, agents of the National Security Service arrested Alfred Taban, Editor-in-Chief of Juba Monitor, an independent English language daily newspaper in South Sudan. The security service accused the journalist of inciting violence, and consequently shutdown the Juba Monitor on the same day.
28 July 2016 |

NGOs to Bahrain: Rights of Nazeeha Saeed and all journalists to report must be respected

NGOs to Bahrain: Rights of Nazeeha Saeed and all journalists to report must be respected On Sunday 17 July 2016 award-winning journalist Nazeeha Saeed was charged by Bahraini Public Prosecution for reporting to foreign media outlets without a license.
27 July 2016 |

Cybercrime bill in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines raises concerns for free flow of news

Cybercrime bill in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines raises concerns for free flow of news RSF calls for the revision of several clauses that are extremely damaging to the free flow of news and information and to public debate.
27 July 2016 |

The (failed) silencing of "The Opposition"

The (failed) silencing of How documentary filmmakers used black screens & actors to fight legal injunctions that threatened to silence their film.
27 July 2016 |

Venezuela: Dissidents allege torture, coerced confessions

Venezuela: Dissidents allege torture, coerced confessions Since May 2016, the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Servicio Bolivariano de Inteligencia Nacional, SEBIN) and National Guard have detained 21 people on allegations that they were planning, fomenting, or had participated in violent anti-government actions.
27 July 2016 |

Nighat Dad: Reflections on digital (in)security

Nighat Dad: Reflections on digital (in)security The Pacific region faces a new reality often marked by attacks from both governments and private interests, a situation that is often worsened by a worrying lack of awareness about digital protections.


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