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17 July 2012 | Israel

Violations of media freedoms in June 2012

Media freedoms in the occupied Palestinian territories suffered a setback in June 2012, due to Israel's continued policy of targeting journalists.
16 July 2012 | Libya

Incoming government faces press freedom hurdles, says IPI

Journalists are calling on the government to pass and implement laws guaranteeing the media’s independence from government control.

ANHRI releases annual report on freedom of expression in the Arab world in 2011

The 184-page report attempts to document the progress of freedom of expression by introducing key aspects of developments that accompanied the Arab Spring revolutions.
9 July 2012 | Syria

June marked by killing of unprecedented number of citizen journalists

Around 10 citizen journalists have been killed since late May, according to RSF.
6 July 2012 | Saudi Arabia

Escalating crackdown on rights defenders

Authorities are undertaking a fierce campaign to crackdown on rights defenders to prevent them from monitoring and reporting on ongoing violations, particularly relating to freedoms of expression and assembly and prisoners' rights, demands for reform, or the defense of fundamental rights and freedoms in the Kingdom.
5 July 2012 | Algeria

Freedom of information still a concern after 50 years of independence, says RSF

The entire nation is being asked to join in celebrating this anniversary but there are journalists who will not be able to respond because they are threatened, are being prosecuted or are in prison.
4 July 2012 | Palestine

MADA reports on targeting of Palestinian media by Israeli forces

The Israeli Forces have pursued a policy of silencing the Palestinian press in its efforts to show the bitter reality of living under the continuing violations committed by the occupation forces, says MADA.
4 July 2012 | Syria

Human Rights Watch documents use of torture centers

The systematic patterns of ill-treatment and torture documented clearly point to a state policy of torture and ill-treatment since the beginning of the crackdown on anti-government protests.
28 June 2012 | Syria

Creative dissent in Syria

The regime has gone to great lengths to silence the satirical commentary of Ali Ferzat, but the celebrated cartoonist has no intention of letting the censors keep him down.
28 June 2012 | Palestine

Violations of media freedoms in May 2012

Israeli occupation forces suppressed journalists covering events organised to show solidarity with Palestinian prisoners, among them five journalists, four of whom are under administrative detention.
28 June 2012 | Bahrain

BCHR publishes second part of post-BICI report

The findings of the report indicate that on many levels the human rights situation has worsened since March, and human rights defenders, activists and journalists have been arrested.
7 June 2012 | Tunisia

Anthology of Tunisian Revolution released in French

Anthology of Tunisian Revolution released in French IFEX-TMG and PEN's Anthology of freedom of expression, now available in English, French and Arabic, honours the writers, activists and photographers who contributed to the struggle for free expression in Tunisia.
28 May 2012 | Bahrain

BCHR calls on international community to keep attention on Bahrain

UN member states expressed strong concerns over the country's human rights record during the second cycle of their Universal Periodic Review in Geneva.
14 May 2012 | Palestine

Violations of media freedoms in April 2012

In the report, MADA notes a significant decline in violations against journalists in April 2012.
4 May 2012 | Tunisia

Fleeting Words: An Anthology of Revolution launched for World Press Freedom Day

Fleeting Words: An Anthology of Revolution launched for World Press Freedom Day The anthology, part of IFEX-TMG's ongoing project, brings together journalistic articles, commentaries, prose and verse in Arabic written both during the Ben Ali regime and since its fall, and is illustrated with images of the revolution.
30 April 2012 | Palestine

Violations of media freedoms in March 2012

MADA is concerned about the deterioration in freedom of expression in the territories, in particular the safety of journalists and bloggers in response to their reporting or their writing on social networking sites.
6 April 2012 | Bahrain

Press freedom situation worsens as authorities attempt to whitewash actions

The authorities have hired Western PR firms to help project a favourable image of the regime in the Western media.
4 April 2012 | Tunisia

Internet regulation reform vital, says ARTICLE 19

While the Internet may be partly free in practice since the ousting of President Ben Ali, the repressive laws that formed part of the censorship apparatus of his government remain. There is therefore a real danger that free speech on the Internet may be stifled again as long as they are still on the statute book.
4 April 2012 | Tunisia

Protecting free expression and free information in the new Constitution

ARTICLE 19 hopes that international and regional standards and comparative examples indicating the best practices of states on the protection of the right to freedom of expression and freedom of information will provide a useful source of reference for drafters of the new Tunisian Constitution.
29 March 2012 | Bahrain

Vital reform commitments unmet, finds Human Rights Watch

Some of the BICI’s most serious concerns, like accountability for crimes such as torture and relief for people wrongly imprisoned have not been adequately addressed, says Human Rights Watch.


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