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Bomb detonates outside journalist's home in Peru

🕔06:36, 28.Apr 2014

The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Tuesday’s (22 April 2014) attack on the home of Peruvian journalist Yofré López Sifuentes and calls on authorities to conduct a thorough investigation and hold the perpetrators to account. Lopez was unhurt after a

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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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Two Kuwaiti newspapers suspended for violating ban on coverage of alleged coup

🕔06:29, 28.Apr 2014

Reporters Without Borders condemns the 20 April decision by the public prosecutor’s office to suspend two daily newspapers that defied a two-month-old ban on covering an investigation into videotapes that allegedly reveal plans to stage a coup d’état. Two daily newspapers, Al-Watan and Alam

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Egypt: Revise Terrorism Laws to Safeguard Rights

🕔07:22, 27.Apr 2014

(Beirut) – Egypt should revise draft counterterrorism legislation to protect the right to life and other rights and freedoms guaranteed by its constitution and by international law.Interim President Adly Mansour, on April 14, 2014, sent draft amendments to Egypt’s laws on terrorism

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Philippines: Obama Should Press Aquino on Killings

🕔02:04, 26.Apr 2014

(Washington, DC) – US President Barack Obama should use his visit to Manila on April 28-29, 2014, to press the Philippines government to fulfill pledges to improve respect for human rights and accountability for serious abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. The

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Regional paper's reporters assaulted by state security corps while covering protests in Venezuela

🕔17:07, 25.Apr 2014

On April 21st, 2014, Juan Carlos Hernández, a reporter of El Carabobeño, a privately owned paper, was assaulted by a police officer of the regional state security corps of Carabobo state whose surname is Gil, when he was covering news in

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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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Interview: Harassment, assaults raise alarm bells about treatment of female journalists in India

🕔16:26, 25.Apr 2014

The recent attack and gang-rape of an Indian journalist who was on assignment in the northern state of Uttar Pardesh underscores the dangers faced by female reporters, an editor of The Hindu told IPI in an interview. The 30-year-old employee of a Haridwar-based

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Egyptian journalist’s death still impacting press freedoms, solidarity

🕔16:10, 25.Apr 2014

While Egypt’s hugely controversial Al-Jazeera trial has been grabbing international attention, the recent death of 22-year-old reporter Mayada Ashraf – allegedly at the hands of the police – appears to have left more of a lasting impact on Egyptian journalists

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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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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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Police question radio reporters in Philippines; army spokesperson accuses station of siding with rebels

🕔11:20, 24.Apr 2014

Instead of allowing two radio reporters to look at police blotter reports collected from different police stations, police officers questioned the reporters on 8 April 2014 in Tagum City, Davao del Norte province. This was after an army spokesperson tagged

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Nepalese media workers threatened over news report

🕔03:37, 18.Apr 2014

On 13 April 2014, a group of people threatened Suren Shakya, a technician at Khandbari FM,and other reporters working for the radio station over the airing of a news story. The station is located in Sankhuwasabha, a district in a remote

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Ethiopian authorities detain ARTICLE 19 staff for 29 hours

🕔16:26, 16.Apr 2014

Ethiopian immigration officials detained a member of staff from ARTICLE 19′s East Africa office on 3 April for 29 hours without any access to legal advice or consular support. Fortunately, Patrick Mutahi, a trainer in protection, reacted according to strict

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Two Vietnamese netizens released from prison, 31 others still held

🕔16:24, 16.Apr 2014

Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that two netizens who had spent several years in prison – Vi Duc Hoi and Nguyen Tien Trung – were released on 11 and 12 April 2014 respectively although they are now assigned

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Brazilian journalists under increased pressure from police and protesters

🕔16:22, 16.Apr 2014

Journalists continue to come under pressure from police and protesters in Brazil, according to a report released on 8 April. Just days after the report, two journalists were targeted by police during the forced eviction of a Rio de Janiero

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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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IPI executive director reflects on the state of press freedom worldwide

🕔13:47, 15.Apr 2014

On April 13, 2014, the International Press Institute (IPI) kicked off its 63rdWorld Congress in Cape Town with an opening ceremony that featured singing, dancing and drums. Tim Du Plessis, the executive editor of Media24 Afrikaans News, welcomed the nearly 300

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Pacific Island news media struggle to stay afloat

🕔06:07, 2.Apr 2014

It’s no secret that the Pacific Islands will face rising sea levels, coastal flooding, and deadly storms as a result of climate change, a fact reiterated in this week’s report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Unfortunately, few people

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Iraqi soldier shoots, kills radio journalist in Baghdad

🕔05:03, 27.Mar 2014

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has called for the Iraqi government to ensure the soldier who murdered the journalist, Mohamed Baidawy, in Baghdad on Saturday, March 22, faces the full weight of justice. According to the IFJ affiliate, the

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Egyptian poet Omar Hazek imprisoned

🕔07:34, 21.Mar 2014

PEN protests the two-year prison sentence received by Egyptian poet Omar Hazek, who has been held in custody since his arrest in early December 2013 for taking part in a protest. Omar Hazek was held in Hadra prison in Alexandria

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Lebanese cameraman murdered in Syria

🕔15:31, 12.Mar 2014

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has condemned the murder of Lebanese journalist, Omar Abdel Qader, in eastern Syria last Saturday, 8 March. According to media reports, Qader, a cameraman for Beirut-based satellite television channel Al-Mayadeen, was shot by a

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International Women's Day: Reflections on challenges faced by female human rights advocates

International Women's Day: Reflections on challenges faced by female human rights advocates

🕔04:37, 8.Mar 2014

For activists, writers, journalists and concerned individuals around the globe committed to defending free expression, advocacy can be risky business: peaceful demonstrations can evolve into violent clashes with police; sensitive publications can be the source of government intimidation, imprisonment or

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Judge, 10 others slain in Islamabad court attack

🕔04:35, 8.Mar 2014

ISLAMABAD: Within hours of the ceasefire announced by the federal government, the capital city faced the onslaught of what appears to be a terrorist attack. The early morning gun and bomb attack on the district courts in the heart of

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UAE jails three men for up to 7 years on fabricated charges

🕔08:43, 7.Mar 2014

The United Arab Emirates’ State Security Court sentenced three men to jail for 5 to 7 years on fabricated charges of “cooperating with a restricted illegal organisation”, said the Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), which denounces the ruling.

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Cuban blogger remains in detention after a year of imprisonment

🕔14:59, 5.Mar 2014

Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for the release of Angel Santiesteban-Prats, a writer who completes a year in detention today (28 February 2014) and who began a blog in 2008 called Los hijos que nadie quiso that was openly critical of

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Brazil: Four journalists killed since start of 2014

🕔06:04, 4.Mar 2014

Reporters Without Borders condemns yesterday’s [27 February 2014] murder of TV and radio presenter Geolino Lopes Xavier in Teixeira de Freitas, in the northeastern state of Bahía. The co-manager of N3, a TV station on which he anchored the news

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Vietnam: Relentless Prosecutions to Squelch Dissent

🕔14:47, 3.Mar 2014

[pullquote align="right"]“Truong Duy Nhat’s trial is part of the Vietnamese government’s futile effort to silence the increasingly effervescent community of Vietnamese bloggers. Instead of creating another political prisoner, the government should release Truong Duy Nhat and all others who are

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South Sudanese towns suffer information vacuum

South Sudanese towns suffer information vacuum

🕔13:51, 3.Mar 2014

The following is a CPJ Blog post by Tom Rhodes/CPJ East Africa Representative “This is the worst situation I ever reported since I started reporting in 2007,” BBC Media Action producer Manyang David Mayar told me after he left the restive town of Bor, Jonglei

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