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- Bangladesh drafts draconian Digital Security Act

Jue, 02/01/2018 - 12:53
The bill proposes life sentences for spreading negative propaganda against the Liberation War or the Father of the Nation.

- Ghana: Hosting World Press Freedom Day without RTI law would be embarrassing

Jue, 02/01/2018 - 04:00
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.

- Kenya cuts TV transmissions over coverage of Raila Odinga's "swearing in"

Jue, 02/01/2018 - 03:11
Officials from Kenya's broadcast regulator, accompanied by police, switched off transmitters on 30 January 2018 while TV stations were broadcasting live coverage of an opposition party event in Nairobi.

- State of free expression deteriorated in Spain in 2017

Jue, 02/01/2018 - 01:40
Spain's 'gag law' was used to fine journalists while rappers and Twitter users were prosecuted.

- Malta journalists face SLAPP threat even as criminal libel repeal proceeds

Mar, 01/30/2018 - 19:37
The misuse of defamation law to silence journalists remains a problem in Malta, even as the Maltese government is currently discussing a new bill to repeal the country's criminal libel law.

- Under the radar: a UNESCO human rights tool you probably don't know about

Mar, 01/30/2018 - 00:28
UNESCO's Committee on Conventions and Recommendations offers a mechanism that any individual or group can use to try to get violations of human rights, including the right to freedom of expression, addressed by States - but it's relatively unknown. This 3-minute IFEX guide explains how to use it.

- Ghana's ruling political party urged to redress attack on journalists by its security guards

Mar, 01/30/2018 - 00:06
The MFWA has petitioned the National Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Freddie Blay, over the brutal assault by the party's security officers on journalists which occurred at the party's National Headquarters in Accra, Ghana.

- Why wait? Wikipedia & Google accidentally declare Putin winner of future presidential elections

Lun, 01/29/2018 - 23:41
"If something so simple as a Wikipedia error can spawn a cascade of misinformation about something so important as a presidential election, there may be more trouble ahead."

- Sudan: Peaceful demonstrators arrested, attacked

Lun, 01/29/2018 - 23:25
Demonstrations across Sudan began on 6 January, and on several occasions since then, Sudanese authorities have used excessive force to disperse demonstrators, including beating peaceful demonstrators with sticks and batons, and firing tear gas into crowds.

- DRC journalist Willy Akonda accused of "compromising" president over bread truck photos

Lun, 01/29/2018 - 23:08
This statement was originally published on on 25 January 2018.

- Ethiopia: Why release of journalists Darsema Sori & Khalid Mohammed does not signal end to press crackdown

Lun, 01/29/2018 - 22:38
Despite the release of journalists Darsema Sori and Khalid Mohammed, Ethiopia's use of imprisonment, harassment, and surveillance means that the country continues to be a hostile environment for journalists.

- Guinea: Judge delivers controversial judgement in case of murdered journalist Mohamed Diallo

Lun, 01/29/2018 - 22:11
A High court judge in Guinea has delivered a controversial judgement in the case of murdered journalist El Hadj Mohamed Diallo.

- Australia's security bill threatens journalists and whistleblowers

Dom, 01/28/2018 - 20:39
The National Security Legislation Amendment Bill could result in journalists being sent to prison just for doing their job.

- Burma student protesters expelled for demanding larger education budget

Dom, 01/28/2018 - 20:21
This is the first case involving a student protest under the government headed by Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

- New media crackdown marks anniversary of Egyptian revolution

Dom, 01/28/2018 - 19:41
Seven years after massive demonstrations in Cairo's Tahriri square, authorities clamp down even harder on media freedoms.

- Release Imprisoned Bahraini Human Rights Defender Dr. Abduljalil al-Singace

Mié, 01/24/2018 - 22:07
Bahrain human rights defender Dr. Abduljalil al-Singace shouldn’t spend another birthday in prison for exercising his right to freedom of expression. Call for his release here.

- Russia should release Sochi blogger Alexander Valov

Mié, 01/24/2018 - 21:31
RSF calls for the immediate unconditional release of Alexander Valov, a popular blogger in Sochi, in southwestern Russia, on the grounds that no evidence has been produced to support the extortion charge on which he is being held.

- Two Brazilian journalists murdered in two days

Mié, 01/24/2018 - 01:06
RSF condemns this week's targeted killings of two Brazilian journalists in the space of two days and urges investigators to focus on the probability that their murders were linked to their work. One was a website reporter who covered corruption, the other was a controversial radio show host.

- Uruguay: Claudio Paolillo was "one of the most powerful and lucid voices" for press freedom in Americas

Mar, 01/23/2018 - 18:15
The news of the journalist's death immediately shocked the press circles in Uruguay and in several countries of the region in which Paolillo was known for his leadership in the IAPA battles in favor of press freedom and freedom of expression.

- DRC: Security forces use teargas, live ammunition on protesters at Catholic churches

Mar, 01/23/2018 - 12:22
The shooting, beating, and arbitrary arrests of peaceful churchgoers by Congolese security forces violated the rights to freedom of worship, expression, and peaceful assembly, Human Rights Watch says.