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Flood Stirs New Wave of Censorship in Serbia

Flood Stirs New Wave of Censorship in Serbia

🕔10:43, 17.Jun 2014

In the aftermath of the worst floods in Serbia’s history that left 30,000 citizens homeless,  the government has continued its crackdown of free speech in the media. As soon as the worst wave of the crisis has passed, serious accusations

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“Soft Censorship”: A Slow and increasing threat to free media

“Soft Censorship”: A Slow and increasing threat to free media

🕔09:41, 17.Jun 2014

A new global report on “soft censorship” warns of increasing threats to independent media posed by official use of financial leverage and regulatory powers to influence reporting and the very viability of media outlets. “Soft Censorship, Hard Impact”, produced by the World

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Burma’s election body objects to Aung San Suu Kyi speech, warns opposition

Burma’s election body objects to Aung San Suu Kyi speech, warns opposition

🕔06:26, 7.Jun 2014

Burma’s electoral commission should immediately cease threatening and intimidating the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) party, Human Rights Watch said on June 4, 2014. The electoral commission should also drop proposals that would set limits on future election campaigning,

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How the Chinese are defying the Tiananmen censors

How the Chinese are defying the Tiananmen censors

🕔02:44, 6.Jun 2014

In London’s Trafalgar Square, a young boy stands with his arm stretched out. He is facing four people holding images of army tanks. They are participating in an Amnesty UK reenactment of the famous “Tank Man” photograph of the man who stood in front

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India’s Supreme Court breaks police stranglehold on theatre

India’s Supreme Court breaks police stranglehold on theatre

🕔09:31, 29.May 2014

“If Chennai doesn’t have vaginas, it is full of a#*holes!” quipped Mahabanu Mody Kotwal in the opening act of The Vagina Monologues when it was staged in Mumbai. The veteran theatre actor and director had good reason for using the

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EU project to explore media freedom and pluralism

EU project to explore media freedom and pluralism

🕔09:23, 29.May 2014

Free speech has always been a concern to the EU, with flaws in the world of press freedom and pluralism in Europe still apparent today. In an attempt to raise awareness to these problems, both on an institutional scale and

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Jihad trending: Analysis of online extremism and how to counter it

🕔15:49, 28.May 2014

Censorship is central to the current debate on how to counter extremism online. With fears intensifying over the potential impact of returning foreign fighters and potential ‘lone wolf’ terrorists, governments are increasingly targeting the Internet as a source of radicalisation.

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Singapore blogger: 'I have been waiting' for government backlash

🕔07:07, 24.May 2014

The following is a CPJ Blog post by Roy Ngerng Yi Ling, CPJ guest blogger.  EDITOR’S NOTE: This week, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong demanded an apology from a critical blogger who has allegedly accused him of corruption. Roy

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Why is martial law imposed mainly on the media in Thailand?

🕔03:51, 22.May 2014

The Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) expresses gravest concernover the Royal Thai Army’s imposition of martial law yesterday [20 May 2014] across Thailand, particularly that it has targeted the media and freedom of expression. People in the region woke up to

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Is it really a happy World Culture Day?

Is it really a happy World Culture Day?

🕔03:33, 22.May 2014

Since 2008, we’ve been actively monitoring violations of the right to freedom of artistic expression, and for many artists and culture workers this World Culture Day is certainly not a happy one. Like all forms of expression, the right to paint or act or

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Nigerian reporter detained for covering "bring back our girls" protest

🕔08:03, 21.May 2014

On 12 May 2014, the Nasarawa State command of the Nigeria Police charged the state correspondent of Daily Trust Newspaper, Hir Joseph, to the Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Lafia, the State capital, accusing him of publishing “injurious falsehood” contrary to section

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Concern over China's influence as Norwegian politicians say they will not meet with Dalai Lama

🕔06:45, 28.Apr 2014

Norwegian PEN is concerned that the Norwegian Parliament is setting narrow business interests ahead of human rights and human dignity. We deeply regret that many of our leading politicians, who both previously met the Dalai Lama and supported the Tibetan

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Conference participants issue declaration against hate speech, stressing role of the media

🕔06:30, 28.Apr 2014

On 25 April 2014, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) gathered journalists, academics, and freedom of expression experts together for its high profile “Media, Armed Conflict and Hate Speech” conference in Brussels at which the following declaration was agreed: BRUSSELS DECLARATION Incitement to Hate

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Expose crony capitalism and be censored in India

🕔01:53, 26.Apr 2014

“Gas Wars – Crony Capitalism and the Ambanis” is journalists Paranjay Guha Thakurta, Subir Ghosh and Jyotirmoy Chaudhuri’s collaborative effort exposing one of India’s biggest business conglomerates’ murky dealings with the government. The authors detail how a hydrocarbon production sharing contract

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Journalism in peril in the Central African Republic

Journalism in peril in the Central African Republic

🕔01:50, 26.Apr 2014

A landlocked state whose neighbours are steeped in political turmoil, the Central African Republic is mired by four decades of coups and civil unrest that have left the country in a protracted state of instability. The country’s current humanitarian crisis, which stems from

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Prominent poet and "Red Shirt" activist murdered in Thailand

🕔01:47, 26.Apr 2014

The Thai authorities should immediately investigate the murder of a prominent poet and “Red Shirt” political activist widely known for his opposition to Thailand’s law banning criticism of the monarchy, Human Rights Watch said on April 24, 2014. On April 23,

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In Bangladesh, journalist summoned for criticism of court

🕔11:24, 24.Apr 2014

The following is an April 23, 2014 CPJ blog post by Sumit Galhotra/CPJ Asia Program Research Associate. It’s not the first time, and it likely won’t be the last: Bangladesh’s International Crimes Tribunal has demonstrated little tolerance for criticism of its

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Independent media making a mark in Singapore despite restrictions

🕔11:17, 24.Apr 2014

Speaking in a Singaporean university seminar room in early March 2014, Lord David Puttnam highlighted the importance of media plurality. He saw it as a means to an end, a way to foster an informed citizenry in a society where

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Egypt's censors of creativity

🕔10:54, 24.Apr 2014

The Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (AFTE) and Freemuse published on 23 April 2014 an extensive study entitled “Censors of Creativity” on censorship of artistic expression in Egypt. The study reveals the Egyptian government’s need to reform the

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Arrest, release, repeat: An interactive timeline of Bheki Makhubu and Thulani Maseko's case in Swaziland

🕔01:50, 23.Apr 2014

It’s been over a month since Bheki Makhubu and Thulani Maseko were first arrested. Makhubu, Editor-in-Chief of The Nation magazine and Maseko, a prominent human rights lawyer, were detained and charged with contempt of court after publishing two separate articles that criticised

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Democracy, double-crossed: How private actors in the West serve foreign dictators

🕔01:38, 23.Apr 2014

After a wave of post–Cold War democratization, political repression is making a comeback. Freedom House reported in January that 2013 marked the eighth consecutive year of decline in the global state of democracy. But today’s dictators aren’t going it alone. Whether across

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Academia in Egypt: Security forces and self-censorship

🕔09:07, 22.Apr 2014

Since the military-backed overthrow of Mohamed Morsi’s government last summer, censorship of journalism in post-revolutionary Egypt has become an urgent concern of human rights and freedom of expression organisations. A quieter and more gradual undercurrent to the question of censorship,

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IFJ condemns China's Internet regulators for restricting freedom of opinion

🕔04:10, 18.Apr 2014

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemns the Chinese internet regulators for restraining people’s freedom to comment on the trial of a prominent microblogger, who admitted in court to charges of rumour-mongering on the net. Qin Zhihui, known in cyber space

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Hindu supremacists stall play in India

🕔03:57, 18.Apr 2014

The Hindu Janajagruti Samiti’s (HJS) unmistakable glee knew no bounds. It had scored a hat trick of getting Ali J, a play centred around the partition of India and communal riots, and seeking to demolish every argument advanced by Hindu fundamentalists, off the

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Australian Prime minister's department cracks down on civil servant criticism

🕔03:38, 18.Apr 2014

In weeks where Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia has publicly praised the importance of freedom of speech in relation to the repeal of a section of the Racial Discrimination Act (18C) it might seem strange that civil servants caught criticising the

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Ahead of Algerian elections, both foreign and local journalists face restrictions

🕔13:08, 17.Apr 2014

Reporters Without Borders urges the Algerian authorities to allow both Algerian and foreign journalists to freely cover tomorrow’s [17 April 2014] presidential election. “We registered arrests of Algerian journalists during street protests against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s decision to run for a

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Danger of self-censorship after council issues warning to radio stations in Haiti

🕔16:29, 16.Apr 2014

Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by the communiqué that the National Telecommunications Council (CONATEL) issued on 8 April 2014 condemning “certain” radio stations that “systematically broadcast false information liable to disturb pubic order, destabilize the Republic’s institutions and attack the

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Stand up for Ai Weiwei and freedom of expression in China

🕔15:22, 10.Apr 2014

Despite promises to improve its human rights record, the climate for freedom of expression in China has steadily declined. Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former Independent Chinese PEN Center President Liu Xiaobo is one of dozens serving heavy prison sentences. His

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Asset freeze threatens peaceful dissent in Sri Lanka

🕔15:09, 10.Apr 2014

The Sri Lankan government’s decision to label 16 overseas Tamil organizations as financers of terrorism is so broad that it appears aimed at restricting peaceful activism by the country’s Tamil minority, Human Rights Watch said on April 8, 2014. The

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Amid rising repression, Burmese journalist given jail term

🕔15:05, 10.Apr 2014

A Burmese journalist was sentenced to one year in prison on April 7, 2014 on charges of “trespassing” and “disturbing an on-duty civil servant” while reporting a news story, according to local reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the

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