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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A year after Turkey’s Gezi Park protests, free expression still under attack

A year after Turkey’s Gezi Park protests, free expression still under attack

🕔02:39, 6.Jun 2014

Turkish police have detained more than 100 activists, journalists and lawyers taking part in Gezi Park anniversary protests in May and June. It’s just one sign that freedom of expression is still under threat in Turkey, say IFEX members. Last

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An apology for the Danish cartoon crisis

An apology for the Danish cartoon crisis

🕔04:25, 31.May 2014

One of the leading forces in the 2005–06 prophet Muhammad cartoon controversy, Danish Muslim activist Ahmed Akkari, now regrets his role as agitator and reveals a larger, more deliberate, and more vicious conspiracy behind the crisis than previously known. “Denmark

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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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Spain: Rights at Risk in Housing Crisis

Spain: Rights at Risk in Housing Crisis

🕔16:22, 28.May 2014

(Madrid) – The Spanish government has taken insufficient action to alleviate the impact of the housing and debt crisis in Spain on vulnerable groups, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Tens of thousands of families have faced, or are

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Timeline: The search for justice for Anna Politkovskaya’s murder

Timeline: The search for justice for Anna Politkovskaya’s murder

🕔16:13, 28.May 2014

On May 20, five men were convicted in the case of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya’s murder. Rustam Makhmudov was found guilty of shooting Politkovskaya, while Ibragim and Dzhabrail Makhmudov, Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, and Sergei Khadzhikurbanov were convicted for organizing the killing.

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Italian photojournalist, Russian interpreter killed in Eastern Ukraine

Italian photojournalist, Russian interpreter killed in Eastern Ukraine

🕔04:09, 27.May 2014

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) have called on Ukrainian authorities to carry out a detailed investigation into the circumstances of the deaths of Italian photojournalist, Andrea Rocchelli, and Russian interpreter, Andrey Mironov,

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Ukraine: Insurgents Terrorize East Before Vote

🕔11:43, 26.May 2014

(Donetsk) – Armed insurgentsin easternUkrainehave gone on a violence spree before the May 25, 2014 presidential elections, terrorizing staff of the district electoral commissions. The police, who are legally obligated to provide around-the-clock protection for electoral commissions, have not intervened and

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Ukraine: Anti-Kiev Forces Running Amok

🕔07:20, 24.May 2014

(Donetsk) – Anti-Kiev forces in eastern Ukraine are abducting, attacking, and harassing people they suspect of supporting the Ukrainian government or consider undesirable. These forces, who call themselves the “Army of the Southeast,” seized control of the city of Luhansk in April

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Ukrainian and Russian authorities step up arrests of journalists

🕔03:47, 22.May 2014

The Ukrainian and Russian authorities carried out more arrests of journalists doing their jobs in the Donbass and Crimea regions between 16 and 19 May. Two journalists from the Russian TV station LifeNews, Oleg Sidyakin and Marat Saichenko, were arrested by Ukrainian troops

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Spain: Abortion Bill Violates Rights

Spain: Abortion Bill Violates Rights

🕔09:50, 13.May 2014

(Madrid) – The Spanish government should protect women’s access to safe and legal abortion by scrapping draft legislation that would ban abortion with only severely limited exceptions, according to a letter sent on May 9, 2014, to Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón by

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Ukraine: Investigate Odessa Deaths

🕔07:12, 11.May 2014

(Berlin) – The Ukrainian government investigation into the violence in Odessa on May 2, 2014, should be thorough, impartial, and capable of ensuring that those responsible are held accountable, Human Rights Watch said today in a joint statement with Amnesty International. The violence, and

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Barricades and tear gas prevent Turkish journalists from covering May Day demonstrations

🕔09:30, 8.May 2014

Turkish authorities banned May Day celebrations in Taksim Square on the claim that they would “influence freedom of movement” and enabled precautions which demolished citizens’ right to information and civilians’ and tourists’ freedom of movement. In the Taksim district, there

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Ukraine: New Law Violates Judicial Independence

🕔03:20, 2.May 2014

(Berlin) – A law passed by the Ukrainian parliament on April 8, 2014, violates guarantees of judicial independence and should be set aside. The law spells out circumstances that, outside of normal disciplinary proceedings, could cause a judge to be placed under

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Bulgaria: Asylum Seekers Summarily Expelled

🕔07:16, 30.Apr 2014

(Sofia) – Bulgaria has embarked on a “Containment Plan” to reduce the number of asylum seekers in the country, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The plan has been carried out in part by summarily pushing back Syrians, Afghans, and others

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Turkey: Journalists could face 9 years in jail for publishing leaked intelligence material under new law

🕔06:56, 29.Apr 2014

A new law on Turkey’s National Intelligence Agency greatly increases its surveillance powers while threatening journalists who expose its abuses with prison terms, Human Rights Watch said today. The law would decrease state accountability, media freedom, and the right to

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Legislation raises prospect of prison sentences for media offences in Kyrgyzstan

🕔06:41, 28.Apr 2014

On 16 April, the Kyrgyz parliament approved amendments to the criminal code imposing a custodial sentence for “spreading false information relating to a crime or offence” in the media at their second and third readings. In order to reduce the risk of

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Moving forward? Kosovo proposes surveillance law giving authorities real-time access to data

🕔01:44, 26.Apr 2014

The government of Kosovo is currently preparing a new surveillance lawthat will turn Kosovar network operators and service providers into de facto agents of the Kosovo Intelligence Agency, granting authorities real-time access to communications data without proper oversight or consideration for

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Prominent journalist deported from Turkey, detained in Azerbaijan

🕔11:21, 24.Apr 2014

Azerbaijan’s jailing of a prominent independent journalist after his summary forcible return from Turkey bears the hallmarks of a coordinated operation that violates international law, Human Rights Watch said today. Turkey forcibly returned Rauf Mirgadirov to Azerbaijan without allowing him access

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Journalists missing, many detained by pro-Russian separatist groups in Ukraine

🕔11:07, 24.Apr 2014

Any journalists being detained in Ukraine must be released immediately, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) have stated, following reports that a number of journalists are missing or are being held hostage in the

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Europe Treaty on Violence Against Women to Take Effect

🕔01:54, 23.Apr 2014

(Berlin) – A ground-breaking European treaty on violence against women moved one step closer to entering into legal force, with Andorra becoming the 10th country to ratify it. With this milestone met, the treaty will become binding on August 1, 2014.

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Dispatches: Many Russians Called to Say ‘Thanks for Crimea,’ Mr. Putin

🕔13:35, 20.Apr 2014

The annual “direct line” call-in televised broadcast with President Vladimir Putin brought few surprises. Crimea and Ukraine dominated the discussion. The moderators, from the state television program Vesti, did not mince words, calling the recent events in Eastern Ukraine “genocide”

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Journalists harassed, detained and denied entry to Ukraine

🕔13:14, 17.Apr 2014

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) have issued a renewed appeal for all sides involved in unrest in Ukraine to respect the rights and freedom of journalists covering events. The call follows media reports

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Ukraine, US Work to Reduce Tensions With Russia

🕔12:41, 17.Apr 2014

Ukraine is hoping to placate Russia and calm hostilities with its neighbor even as the U.S. prepares a new round of sanctions to punish Moscow for what it regards as fomenting unrest. The carrot-stick strategy emerged as diplomats from Ukraine,

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Dispatches: Can OSCE defuse Ukraine crisis?

🕔17:00, 16.Apr 2014

On a recent visit to the headquarters of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe in Vienna, I met diplomats and officials racing to keep up with the worsening events in Ukraine. The OSCE is the only regional security

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Kazakh media publications and public associations risk suspension under state of emergency decree

🕔16:35, 16.Apr 2014

The Kazakh government should annul a decree implementing legislation that imposes excessive restrictions on freedom of speech and association during states of emergency, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should also amend the underlying state of emergency law. Under

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Kazakhstan: Sweeping Emergency Rules Violate Rights

🕔13:58, 15.Apr 2014

(Berlin) – The Kazakh government should annul a decree implementing legislation that imposes excessive restrictions on freedom of speech and association during states of emergency. The government should also amend the underlying state of emergency law. Under the state of

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Deeply worrying developments in eastern Ukraine

🕔08:21, 15.Apr 2014

“Developments in eastern Ukraine over the last 24 hours give cause for concern. It is deeply regrettable that once again people have been killed as a result of the political conflict in the country,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge

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Russia: Constitutional Court upholds "foreign agents" law

🕔13:41, 14.Apr 2014

Russia’s Constitutional Court has upheld the controversial “foreign agents” law, Human Rights Watch said today. The law has been the centerpiece of the government’s near two-year crackdown on independent groups. The law, adopted in July 2012, requires nongovernmental organizations that accept foreign

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Transnational monitoring project supports journalists in Italy, Southeast Europe

🕔13:39, 14.Apr 2014

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), today announced its participation in “Safety Net for European Journalists”, a project creating “A Transnational Support Network for Media Freedom in Italy and Southeast Europe”.

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