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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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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Governments urged to preserve fundamental freedoms in the age of mass surveillance

Governments urged to preserve fundamental freedoms in the age of mass surveillance

🕔05:01, 4.Jun 2014

As the global debate over the intelligence programs revealed by Edward Snowden approaches its first anniversary, on 28 May 2014 ARTICLE 19 and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) published a new legal analysis of the Necessary & Proportionate Principles, a guiding framework

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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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Overview: Impact of 11 months of Sisi-backed rule on the media in Egypt

Overview: Impact of 11 months of Sisi-backed rule on the media in Egypt

🕔15:56, 28.May 2014

With an eye to Egypt’s 26-27 May presidential election and Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s probable victory, Reporters Without Borders has compiled the following overview of the impact of the past 11 months of Sisi-backed rule on the media, journalists

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Security forces raid Egyptian rights group’s offices arresting 15 activists

Security forces raid Egyptian rights group’s offices arresting 15 activists

🕔07:12, 24.May 2014

On 22 May 2014, Egyptian security forces, alongside security personnel dressed in civilian attire, raided the Alexandria branch of the Egyptian Center for Economic & Social Rights (ECESR) arresting 15 activists, including two minors and two ECESR staff and confiscating

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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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Amendments to Jordan’s Anti-Terrorism Law threaten freedom of expression

Amendments to Jordan’s Anti-Terrorism Law threaten freedom of expression

🕔03:56, 22.May 2014

King Abdullah II should reject amendments to Jordan’s Anti-Terrorism Law that broaden the definition of terrorism and threaten freedom of expression. The amendments quickly passed Jordan’s lower house of parliament on April 22, 2014, and the upper house on April

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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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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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#LeyTelecom: Why Mexicans have been taking to the streets

#LeyTelecom: Why Mexicans have been taking to the streets

🕔03:38, 22.May 2014

The Mexican government is in the process of bringing its communications laws in line with the reality of the digital age. It says that the proposed Ley de Telecomunicaciones y Radiodifusión, the telecommunications and broadcasting law that President Enrique Peña Nieto

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Looking back one year after the Edward Snowden disclosures – An international perspective

🕔08:15, 21.May 2014

June 5th marks the first anniversary of the beginning of the Edward Snowden revelations – a landmark event in global awareness of the worldwide spying machine. It has been a year where the world has learned that the NSA and

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US training of abusive Cambodian military exposed

US training of abusive Cambodian military exposed

🕔08:09, 21.May 2014

US military training to Cambodia’s abusive armed forces could easily be misused against the political opposition and labor unions and may violate US law. The US military support was evident in official publicity material and personal pages posted on Facebook during the

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Iraq’s parliamentary elections marked by obstruction, threats, violence against journalists

Iraq’s parliamentary elections marked by obstruction, threats, violence against journalists

🕔09:40, 8.May 2014

Journalists were the victims of obstruction, threats and violence during Iraq’s 30 April parliamentary elections, the first since the withdrawal of US troops in late 2011. Violence by jihadi groups and inter-communal tension of a political and sectarian nature marked

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International experts call for universal protection of freedom of expression

🕔09:34, 8.May 2014

Today, 6 May 2014, international experts mandated by the UN, African Union, Organization of American States and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe will jointly call for states to ensure that all people in society can realise their

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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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Ugandan human rights office vandalised in latest crackdown on civil society

🕔09:18, 8.May 2014

Following the break-in and vandalisation of the Human Rights Network-Uganda offices in Ntinda – a Kampala suburb – civil society organisations have resolved to meet the Inspector General of Police over the police’s failure to investigate to logical conclusion and produce reports

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Secrecy and surveillance: Report into the state of press freedom in Australia in 2014

🕔08:35, 8.May 2014

A year ago, the press freedom debate in Australia centred on protecting confidential sources. Up to seven MEAA members were facing court action brought, in the main, by the rich and powerful going on fishing expeditions to find out the

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In Ghana, security forces harass journalists, seize reporting equipment

🕔07:03, 29.Apr 2014

The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has noticed with concern the increasing acts of violations perpetrated against journalists in their line of duty. Even before the end of the first quarter of 2014, the MFWA’s freedom of expression and

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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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Judicial persecution of Bahraini news providers continues

🕔06:54, 29.Apr 2014

Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns the five-year jail sentences that a court passed on 28 April 2014 on the photographer Hussain Hubail and the cyber-activist Jassim Al-Nuaimi. Seven other activists received similar sentences. “Many Bahraini news providers are getting long jail

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Ethiopia: Zone 9 bloggers must be immediately and unconditionally released

🕔06:52, 29.Apr 2014

ARTICLE 19 condemns the arrest of 6 ‘Zone 9′ bloggers and 3 freelance journalists in Ethiopia, all of whom have been charged with working with foreign organisations that claim to be human rights activists and receiving finance to incite public

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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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Concern over court orders issued against Cambodian union leader

🕔17:10, 26.Apr 2014

The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) expresses grave concerns over the severe measures taken by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday 22 April 2014 to restrict the union rights of Mr. Ath Thorn, president of the Coalition of

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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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DRC: Journalist released under amnesty law after 3-year detention

🕔17:09, 25.Apr 2014

Journalist in Danger (JED) is relieved to learn that Patrick Palata was released on amnesty on Monday, 21 April 2014. Palata is the director ofCanal Congo Télévision (CCTV), a station based in Matadi, province of Bas-Congo, in southeast DRC. The journalist

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Obama's historic visit to Malaysia an opportunity to speak loudly on rights

🕔16:30, 25.Apr 2014

US President Barack Obama should use his historic visit to Malaysia on April 26-27, 2014, to speak directly to concerns about the country’s deteriorating human rights situation, Human Rights Watch said on April 24. Obama will be the first US

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Mexican telecommunications bill threatens freedom of information

🕔16:28, 25.Apr 2014

On 24 March, the Mexican government introduced a telecommunications bill in the Senate that is intended to supplement existing federal telecoms legislation in force since 1995. It is officially designed to restore the balance of power between the giants in

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