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The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has denounced the multiple media freedom violations in the Iraqi Kurdistan region, documented in a new report by IFJ affiliate the Kurdistan Journalists Syndicate.
An opposition-aligned TV station and independent news website have come under threat of closure and cyberattack after the government declared a state of emergency.
One of the detainees claims police subjected him to electric shocks to extract confessions.
Since 2012, Bahraini authorities have stripped 578 nationals of their citizenship, leaving many stateless.
- Protest is a right: Reflections from Maina Kiai, former UN Special Rapporteur and lifelong advocate for human rights
The links between freedom of expression and freedom of assembly have never been closer. Journalist Samuel Gebre interviewed Kiai in Nairobi for IFEX, first in December 2017, and then again in January 2018, and shares some of these insights from a passionate individual who has dedicated his career to the promotion of human rights, globally as well as in his native Kenya.
Pacific Freedom Forum tackles the plight of refugee journalists across the Oceania region.
Freedom Forum listed some of its concerns to the proposed media reform law in Nepal.
- Private censorship is not the best way to fight hate or defend democracy: Here are some better ideas
"We are at a critical moment for free expression online and for the role of the Internet in the fabric of democratic societies. We need to get this right."
The year has begun with a bit of everything as threats against press freedom and the right to freedom of expression are ongoing, as is our work in combating these actions.
In a month that featured reports of a malware surveillance campaign in Lebanon, Telegram blocked in Iran, arrests in the Gulf, crackdowns in Tunisia, the suppression of political expression in Egypt, and more, the release of Yemeni human rights blogger Hisham Al-Omeisy was a small, but welcome, bit of good news.
From the optimism and hope for China leading up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where a more free and open media was promised by China's leaders to the world, the IFJ reports that reality on the ground is harshly different, with a continuing and disturbing decline in media freedoms in both Mainland China and Hong Kong.
A disturbing regional trend in 2017 is still evident in the first month of the new year, which featured a threat to close down Rappler news website in the Philippines, the revival of criminal libel law in Samoa, and the filing of a draconian espionage bill in Australia.
Four privately-owned TV channels and around ten radio stations were taken off the air for defying a ban on covering opposition leader Raila Odinga's mock inauguration as president, a suspension that RSF says violates the right to inform.
Digital Rights Foundation's new report explores the levels of digital threats that journalists face, records their experiences of online insecurity, and flags needed protections from the journalists' community, their respective media organisations, and the government.
22 Bahrainis currently remain on death row. The prosecution of peaceful dissidents in military courts is expected to flourish if the international community remains silent.
- International NGOs and IFEX members join urgent calls for Tunisian government to withdraw draft broadcasting bill that threatens freedom of expression
The undersigned regional and international NGOs join Tunisian organisations in their demands that the government immediately withdraw a draft law on the broadcasting regulator which fails to meet international standards on freedom of expression and independent broadcasting in democratic countries.
European politicians express little confidence in the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder investigation, Turkey releases then rearrests Amnesty Chair, rights group targeted in Russia, good and bad solutions for 'fake news', online hate speech in Germany, Council of Europe gets new human rights commissioner and awards IFEX participatory status, a record fine in Kyrgyzstan….
Amnesty Turkey head Taner Kılıç was released in the Büyükada trial only to be rearrested after the prosecutor objected to his release.
The bill proposes life sentences for spreading negative propaganda against the Liberation War or the Father of the Nation.
World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) presents a major opportunity for the government of Ghana to showcase Ghana's democratic ideals to the world. It would therefore be extremely embarrassing for Ghana not to have in place a Right to Information (RTI) Law - one of the cardinal pieces of legislation that advances democracy and human rights.