Radio presenter Kisuule Richard aka Kamagu, was arrested for hosting an opposition politician on his show. Meanwhile, Mulinda Mukasa, the Board Chairperson of HRNJ-Uganda, and journalist Halima Uthman were arrested for taking photos at the police station.
ARTICLE 19 strongly opposes the current Irish policy allowing for imposition of fees for making requests as well as the pending bill before the Dail to expand fees by allowing requests to be split and charged for each facet.
The Inter American Press Association has echoed a protest made by United States news organisations against the White House over restrictions on news coverage of the daily activities of President Barack Obama, reducing the climate of official transparency and editorial independence of news media.
ARTICLE 19 recently analysed Italy's defamation law for its compliance with international free expression standards. The law, adopted by the Chamber of Deputies on 17 October 2013, introduces amendments to several laws dealing with civil and criminal defamation.
The reported abduction of two Swedish journalists comes amid a string of kidnappings across Syria. Approximately 30 local and international journalists are currently missing, with several cases not being publicised at the request of family members and news outlets.
Chile’s outgoing president has vetoed the Digital Television Act, a law that would have opened the way to modest progress in broadcasting in Chile. Reporters Without Borders says that new broadcast media legislation must be a priority for the country's next president.
On 19 November, Radio Hamisheh Bahar in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, was attacked by gunmen who beat security guards and journalists and then destroyed transmission equipment, interrupting broadcasting.
For almost 70 years, a secret post-war alliance of five English-speaking countries [US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand] has been building a global surveillance infrastructure to "master the internet" and spy on the world's communications. Privacy International is launching an international campaign to pry open the "Five Eyes" arrangement and bring their secretive spying alliance under the rule of law.
Reporters Without Borders hopes that key issues that are important to the population, such as agrarian reform, environmental conflicts, a purge of the police and obviously human rights, will be the vehicles of a new pluralism and the restoration of the rule of law, which has been sacrificed since the June 2009 coup d’état.
Close to 20 journalists were blocked from accessing the City Hall chambers during the impeachment of Mayor Erias Lukwago. Police did not provide a reason for restricting the media professionals' access to the building.
Blogger Nguyen Van Hai of Vietnam, popularly known as Dieu Cay, is serving a 12-year jail sentence in connection with his politically sensitive blog posts.
Journalist Cesar Obando Flores, who works for the local broadcaster Libre Estereo, in Santa Rosa de Aguán, Colón, reported that he has received direct threats related to his coverage of the 24 November 2013 election.
Secretary Herminio Coloma recently argued that there is "no more culture of impunity" in the Philippines. The Freedom Fund for Filipino Journalists disputes this claim, based on its extensive research and monitoring of journalists' safety in the Philippines.
A car explosion in the capital Sanaa left a senior Yemeni journalist, seriously injured. This was the latest in a recent series of attacks which targeted journalists and media premises.
The Southeast Asian Press Alliance expresses deep concern over incidents at the recent protests in Bangkok, which saw media being attacked for their role in reporting unfolding incidents in Thailand.
As IFEX's 2013 International Day to End Impunity campaign draws to a close, the UN General Assembly has passed a welcome resolution calling on all Member States to protect journalists and media workers.
The campaign, launched on 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, is a response to the numerous cases of women journalists being threatened, attacked, harassed, raped or even killed in the course of their profession.
Organisations urge the Syrian government to not use the Anti-Terrorism Law or any other law to target human rights defenders, journalists, humanitarian workers and other peaceful activists. The Syrian government should also guarantee in all circumstances that human rights defenders in Syria are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of all restrictions including judicial harassment.
Radio Shabelle journalist Mohamed Bashir Hashi posted a video online in which he interviewed a young female reporter describing her alleged rape by two male journalists. Hashi and the woman were later arrested after one of the two incriminated journalists filed a complaint against them.
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A far-right magazine recently put France’s black justice minister Christiane Taubira on its cover, comparing her to a monkey. The storm of indignation that followed gave unexpected visibility to the magazine and members of the government expressed their desire to sue the magazine or to block the distribution of the infamous issue.