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The governments of Ecuador and Canada, both sensitive to criticism and prone to silencing their opponents, are using existing legislation to clamp down on the activities of civil society – including two IFEX members.
Carmen Aristegui is an investigative broadcast journalist who helped found Mexicoleaks, a platform that aims to connect whistleblowers with media outlets. Her courageous stance against corruption and dogged determination to serve Mexican society has repeatedly put her career in jeopardy.
The 6 February 2015 decision marked the first time in its 15-year history that the only UK court empowered to oversee GHCQ, MI5 and MI6 has ruled against the intelligence and security services.
Journalist Moisés Sánchez Cerezo was found dead weeks after being kidnapped in Veracruz state. A former police officer claims the local mayor is behind Sánchez's death.
Can authorities long known for their ignorance or even complicity in crimes against journalists institute legal measures that produce tangible change?
The suspected murder of citizen journalist María del Rosario Fuentes Rubio was reported via her own twitter account, after she was believed to have been kidnapped by cartel members in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.
Dr. Ignacio Chapela on why he is optimistic about the state of science in the public interest despite the dominating influence of industry in academia.
IFEX member the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms responds to David Swick's piece about the challenges of reporting on Israeli-Palestinian relations.
Journalism ethics professor David Swick offers advice to journalists wanting to cover a topic that engenders passionate disagreement and charges of biased reporting.
Find out how the U.S. presidential candidates measure up when it comes to free expression issues. Based on their track records, let us know who you would vote for in our online poll.
ARTICLE 19's Darío Ramírez talks about answering the call of the Mexican crime reporter a week after she went missing with her baby on 8 June.
A crime reporter has become the ninth journalist killed in Veracruz since the governor took office in December 2010, says ARTICLE 19, noting that not one of the nine cases has been solved.
After months of student protests over tuition hikes, Quebec passed Bill 78, an emergency anti-protest law. IFEX lays out exactly what all the fuss is about, and why the new law is a free expression nightmare.
In the free expression world, Canada receives failing grades for the way it muzzles its scientists and for its archaic access to information laws, says Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE).
A woman investigative journalist working for a prominent national news magazine was found beaten and strangled to death in her home in the Veracruz state capital of Xalapa on 28 April, report ARTICLE 19, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the International Press Institute (IPI) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
Mexico, 2011: 172 attacks on press freedom, including nine journalists and two media workers killed, two disappeared, and eight media outlets bombed. Most shockingly, the security forces and other state authorities were behind 40 percent of the attacks, while organised crime only accounted for 13 percent of cases.
The Mexican Senate has finally approved a constitutional amendment that will enable federal authorities to investigate and prosecute certain attacks on the press and calls on authorities to end the widespread impunity for crimes against journalists, report ARTICLE 19, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the Inter American Press Association (IAPA).
The Canadian government "muzzles" government scientists and doesn't allow journalists timely access to them, says IFEX member Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE).
IFEX members have noted some significant advancements in the criminal defamation field these past weeks: the President of Niger has become the first head of state to endorse the Declaration of Table Mountain, which calls for repeal of criminal defamation and insult laws in Africa, and Mexico's Senate has unanimously approved to decriminalise slander and libel. But although Russia recently amended its defamation legislation, critics say it did not go far enough.
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The decapitated body of someone first believed to be the moderator of an online forum that reported on the activities of the Zetas drug gang was found in Nuevo Laredo province on 9 November, report the Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of International PEN, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).