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10 April 2012

Joint action - Tunisia

IFEX-TMG alarmed by ongoing attacks targeting demonstrators, media, performers and academics

The IFEX-TMG is alarmed at attacks and prison sentences based on religious morality charges, as well as the use of force by police on demonstrators.
9 April 2012

Nepal

Government urged to adopt free press recommendations

The International Fact Finding and Advocacy Media Mission to Nepal has finished its review of specific provisions from the country's draft constitution that the Constituent Assembly will finalize by 28 May.
9 April 2012

International

Journalists provide global prescription for fighting violence and impunity

The participants pointed to cases in Mexico, Pakistan and Russia to highlight the urgent need for effective government measures to protect journalists worldwide.
5 April 2012

Belarus

New campaign highlights free expression abuses in "Europe's last dictatorship"

The campaign includes suggestions for a strategy of targeted sanctions against the regime and a need to reach out to and engage civil society.
5 April 2012

Joint action - Iraq

Forty-three IFEX members and partners call proposed cyber crimes law a setback to free speech

An open letter by 43 organisations calls Iraq's proposed Information Technology Crimes law a threat to the fundamental freedoms necessary for the evolution of free speech and a vibrant press. The law will come to vote in the Iraqi Council of Representatives in April.
3 April 2012

Ukraine

International delegation expresses concern about press freedom

Representatives from several rights organisations welcomed a law guaranteeing access to information and the establishment of a presidential interagency working group on media freedom, but expressed concerns about impunity, lack of media independence and an environment of corruption and lack of transparency in general.
2 April 2012

Pakistan

Global coalition of NGOs calls for official withdrawal of censorship plans

A letter by the coalition comes as a follow up to a verbal commitment by the Secretary IT that the plan for a national URL filtering and blocking system, announced earlier this year, has been withdrawn.
30 March 2012

Burma

Role of freedom of expression in democratisation processes: an ARTICLE 19 presentation

During a conference on media development, ARTICLE 19's executive director spoke about the place of freedom of expression / media laws and legal reforms in the country's democratisation process.
29 March 2012

Joint action - Bahrain

Nine human rights organisations raise freedom of expression demands with Arab League

Among the demands expressed by the rights organisations is the immediate release of human rights activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, whose health is severely compromised after 50 days of hunger strike.
26 March 2012

Djibouti

RSF asks UN rapporteur to help end journalist's torture

Mendez was urged to intervene on behalf of radio journalist Farah Abadid Hildid, who works for the Europe-based station La Voix de Djibouti.
23 March 2012

International

On the 36th anniversary of the ICCPR, an opportunity to protect free speech

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights imposes legally binding obligations on states to respect a number of human rights, including the right to freedom of expression.
20 March 2012

Israel

IPI expresses support for journalist facing seven years in prison

Uri Blau faces charges under the country’s Espionage Act and seven years in prison over articles he wrote for the newspaper Haaretz using classified military documents passed to him by an Israeli conscript in 2009.
19 March 2012

Ecuador

IFEX-ALC acknowledges Ecuadoran president's decision

IFEX-ALC values the pardon granted by President Rafael Correa, exempting three directors of the daily "El Universo" and a former feature writer from a sentence of three years in prison and a US$40 million fine, and refraining from pursuing further judicial action against the authors of the book "El Gran Hermano".
16 March 2012

Azerbaijan

International groups show solidarity with Khadija Ismayilova in the face of escalating harassment

The International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan, a coalition of international NGOs working to promote and protect freedom of expression in Azerbaijan, has condemned the blackmail and continued harassment of Ismayilova, one of the few independent investigative journalists working in the country.
16 March 2012

Joint action - Vietnam

Government urged to release bloggers, dismiss all charges

SEAPA joined the Media Legal Defence Initiative and other human rights organisations in calling for the release of five bloggers arbitrarily detained for more than seven months.
15 March 2012

Syria

Russia urged to back UN action to stop bloodshed, grant access to journalists

A coalition of 200 NGOs from 27 countries is demanding that the UN Security Council immediately unite and pass a resolution calling on the government to bring an immediate end to its indiscriminate shelling and attacks on peaceful protesters.
15 March 2012

International

RSF keeps UNESCO consultative status, condemns defamatory attacks

In a recent UNESCO executive council meeting, several countries blocked RSF's promotion to associate NGO status and accused the organisation of "spying" and "activities on behalf of the US government" – accusations that RSF says are typical of repressive regimes and their supporters.
14 March 2012

Turkey

Six months later, Nobel Peace Prize nominee still behind bars

Following the release of four prominent journalists, IPA urges the Turkish authorities to also release publisher Ragip Zarakolu, who is being held on pre-trial detention and has not been allowed access to his lawyers.
14 March 2012

Uganda

Government paying lip service to UPR mechanism, deplores HRNJ-Uganda

It is over 120 days since the government pledged to implement 170 recommendations in the area of human rights during the review at the Universal Periodic Review in Geneva in October 2011, but Uganda still falls well short of implementation.
13 March 2012

International / Awards / Syria

Syrian citizen journalists and activists awarded Google-sponsored RSF Netizen Prize

Syrian activist Jasmine accepted the prize on behalf of activists inside the country Nominees came from around the globe at the ceremony, from Russia to Syria to Brazil, China and beyond, a geographic diversity that reflects the growing impact of the Net.
12 March 2012

Canada

CJFE marks World Day Against Cyber Censorship by highlighting concerns with internet regulations

"Although Canada does not face the same type of Internet blackouts or direct online censorship and takedowns as many other countries, this does not mean that we can be complacent, or that we do not have reason for concern," said CJFE.
12 March 2012

Egypt

Authorities urged to close case against foreign NGOs, hold ministers accountable

CIHRS, ANHRI, EOHR, and other rights organisations applaud the Supreme Judicial Council for instigating an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the case, and recommend that the findings of the investigation be made public.
12 March 2012

Bahrain

On World Day Against Cyber Censorship, BCHR calls for action from authorities

Mixlr.com/wefaqlive, an audio live streaming website, was broadcasting a mass rally of opposition groups when it was suddenly blocked Amid last year's events, many websites were reported blocked due to their reporting on casualties among protestors and uploading photos and videos of peaceful protests being brutally attacked by security forces.
12 March 2012

International

In honour of World Day against Cyber-Censorship, RSF releases new list of internet enemies

Bahrain and Belarus have been added to the "Enemies of the Internet" category, and India and Kazakhstan have been classified as "countries under surveillance."
9 March 2012

Equatorial Guinea

Disappointing vote by UNESCO on Obiang prize

An 8 March decision by the executive board to change the controversial award's name and press UNESCO's Director General Irina Bokova to implement it was due to be formally adopted in a plenary session.
8 March 2012

Palestine

MADA calls for an end to all forms of discrimination against women journalists

To mark the occasion of International Women’s Day, MADA congratulates Palestinian women and women around the globe, especially journalists, on their accomplishments in all professional fields.
8 March 2012

Southern Africa

MISA celebrates women journalists on the occasion of International Women's Day

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, MISA salutes and appreciates the efforts all women, especially the journalists, media professionals and media scholars who continue to make immense contributions to the growth and development of journalism and media in the Southern African region.
8 March 2012

Bangladesh

International Women's Day 2012: Writing wrongs against women

ARTICLE 19 has implemented a pilot project in Bangladesh on the issue of women's participation in the media, and has found evidence of gender-based discrimination and censorship.
8 March 2012

Venezuela

Freedom of expression continues to decline following government's rejection of UN recommendations

IFEX-ALC calls for and invites the government to accept its responsibilities with respect to freedom of expression by accepting the UPR recommendations, and to comply with all international freedom of expression standards.
7 March 2012

Ethiopia

Ban Ki-moon should speak out on imprisoned journalists, says IPI

In an open letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, IPI asks him to speak out against the use of anti-terrorism legislation against media members.
7 March 2012

Joint action - Equatorial Guinea

Twenty-three African press freedom groups and journalists urge UNESCO to abolish Obiang prize

The signatories noted that while President Obiang has offered to remove his name from the prize, this does not erase the concern that his US$3 million donation links him and the abuses of his government to UNESCO, thereby undercutting the organisation’s worthy mission.
6 March 2012

Egypt

Multinational telecoms colluded with state during revolution, says CIHRS

"A clear policy of zero tolerance should be adopted by the international community and private companies concerning the cutting off of communications systems at anytime, for any reason," argued CIHRS.
5 March 2012

Somalia

"Stop the bloodbath, protect journalists and free expression," UN Human Rights Council told

Panelists (left to right): Esther Busser (ITUC), Somalia Ambassador Yusuf Mohamed Ismail, Omar Faruk Osman (NUSOJ), Jim Boumelha (IFJ) and Hélène Sackstein (RSF). At a side event held at the 19th session of the UNHRC in Geneva, NUSOJ, IFJ, ITUC and RSF highlighted attacks on journalists' rights and free expression, and exposed authorities' inability to prevent, investigate and punish perpetrators of crimes against journalists.
5 March 2012

Turkey

One year on, prominent reporter and IPI World Press Freedom Hero languishes in prison

"The fact that Nedim Sener has been taken away from his family and locked up for a year on allegations that this journalism was a sham designed to protect those whose wrongdoing it exposed is both tragic and absurd," says IPI.
5 March 2012

Joint action - Bahrain

Fifty rights groups call on King to free Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, whose life is at risk in prison

Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja Fifty IFEX members and other rights groups call on the Bahrain authorities to release from prison human rights defender Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, whose life is at risk since beginning a hunger strike on 8 February.
2 March 2012

Ghana

MFWA-MUSIGA statement marking Music Freedom Day

In Ghana, musicians have faced threats, insults and intimidation from opposing political party activists for composing songs for political parties of their choice during election campaigns.
2 March 2012

Azerbaijan

Seven years on, still no justice for Elmar Huseynov

The editor of "Monitor" press agency was murdered in Baku in 2005; the killers have not been brought to justice.
1 March 2012

Bangladesh

IPI completes press freedom mission

Mission delegates urged authorities to address the impunity related to attacks on, and killings of, journalists in the past 15 years, and to improve the legal framework affecting the media.
1 March 2012

Awards / International

Golden Pen of Freedom awarded to Anabel Hernández

The Mexican journalist and writer said she was driven to focus on investigative journalism after the kidnapping and murder of her father in December 2000. Police investigators told the family that they were only willing to investigate the crime if the family paid them.
29 February 2012

Ecuador

Fundamedios welcomes "El Universo" pardon, but calls for continued monitoring of government's actions

"We prompt the international community to remain alert of any attempt to take down or weaken a scheme for the protection of rights," said the organisation.
29 February 2012

Montenegro

IPI releases report on press freedom mission

The mission concluded that quality journalism is scarce, competition between media outlets is fierce, and content is determined by media owners and powerful individuals.
28 February 2012

Sri Lanka

RSF calls on UNHRC to condemn violations of freedom of information

The organisation feels that an immediate reaction is needed to stem the obstruction of journalists who want to cover the activities of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission.
28 February 2012

Nepal

Mission finds worsening law reform, impunity and self-censorship

The International Fact Finding and Advocacy Mission to Nepal visited the country from 23 to 27 February 2012 to assess the media freedom situation.
28 February 2012

Middle East and North Africa

CIHRS submits interventions to UNHRC to bring attention to struggle for democracy in the region

CIHRS is concerned that despite the continued deterioration of the human rights situation in some Arab states such as Egypt and Bahrain, the UN Human Rights Council did not set aside separate sessions for these countries on the agenda.
28 February 2012

International

RSF supports demand to open detention centres to the media

RSF has joined a campaign - launched by European Alternatives and Migreurop - aimed at claiming the right of citizens to know what happens in centres where migrants are held.
28 February 2012

Uganda

Admit UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression, urges HRNJ-Uganda

HRNJ-Uganda is shocked by the government's rejection of recommendations made to it during the Universal Periodic Review Mechanism to admit the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression to visit the country and assess the human rights situation.
27 February 2012

Equatorial Guinea

Eliminate Obiang Prize, urge seven civil society groups

Critics oppose President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo's proposal to rename the award.
27 February 2012

Côte d'Ivoire

Media practitioners and associations adopt new code of ethics

The new code of ethics is an outcome of the first phase of a media sector reform project undertaken by MFWA in partnership with IMS.
24 February 2012

Morocco

Clinton urged to pressure reform of repressive speech laws

Human Rights Watch also urges the US Secretary of State to pressure authorities to free leading journalist Rachid Nini, who is serving a one-year sentence for articles he wrote.
23 February 2012

Serbia

IPI challenges authorities to solve journalist murder cases, protect journalists under threat

Currently, five journalists in Serbia specialised in reporting on corruption have been given 24-hour police protection by the Ministry of the Interior but police have been unable to eliminate the sources of threat, which come mostly from mafia-like organisations.
23 February 2012

Ecuador

Fundamedios condemns brutal blow against fundamental freedoms

Fundamedios believes that the sentence against "El Universo" will have calamitous consequences, not just for the exercise of the freedom of expression, but also for the effectiveness of democracy in Ecuador.
22 February 2012

Joint action - Syria

Authorities urged to immediately and unconditionally release Mazen Darwish and other detained activists

Mazen Darwish, as well as seven of his colleagues and a visitor, remain under arrest following a recent raid on the Damascus offices of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression.
21 February 2012

Canada

CJFE calls on government to stop muzzling scientists and researchers

In an letter to Prime Minister Harper, CJFE and their campaign partner organizations urge the government to implement a policy of transparent and timely communication to allow scientists to speak to the media.
21 February 2012

Trinidad and Tobago

IPI writes open letter to commissioner of police about recent media raids

IPI addressed an open letter to Dwayne Gibbs, Trinidad & Tobago’s Commissioner of Police, regarding recent intimidation tactics against journalists and media houses perpetrated by the police force.
17 February 2012

Ecuador

IFEX-ALC concerned over recent developments that undermine and jeopardise fundamental freedoms

The first incident involves the onerous, disproportionate and unjustified sentence handed down against journalists Juan Carlos Calderón and Christian Zurita, writers of the book "El Gran Hermano" (Big Brother), which highlights lucrative government contracts obtained by President Rafael Correa's brother.
16 February 2012

Joint action - Tunisia

IFEX-TMG concerned by series of setbacks, calls on authorities to consolidate free expression in the country

The IFEX-TMG calls on the government to immediately pass the application decrees regarding the establishment of the HAICA – a regulatory body consisting of experts and representatives of all stakeholders to protect media against all forms of corruption and abuse.
14 February 2012

Bahrain

One year on, authorities urged to address abuses, implement comprehensive reform

For months the government has made token gestures rather than implement reforms that address the root causes of the grievances of the protestors, says Freedom House.
14 February 2012

Senegal

RSF monitors freedom of information, media behaviour during presidential election campaign

During his five-day visit, RSF's representative is due to meet with government officials, journalists and news media.
13 February 2012

Zimbabwe

MISA publishes position on inclusion of media freedoms in draft constitution

The proposed draft constitution explicitly guarantees not only media freedoms and access to information, but also protects journalists and their sources.
13 February 2012

International

AMARC celebrates first World Radio Day

The day's goals are to raise awareness about the value of radio and encourage the development of sustainable community radio as a voice for marginalized members of society.
10 February 2012

Eritrea

RSF lawyer pleas on behalf of imprisoned journalists

The plea demonstrated that national laws and international treaties should provide protection to Dawit Isaac and his detained colleagues.
10 February 2012

International / Chechnya (Russia) / Sri Lanka

RSF to create mirror sites to fight censorship

The organisation will host mirror sites of the Sri Lankan online newspaper Lanka-e-News and the Chechen magazine Dosh.
8 February 2012

China

IFJ Press Freedom in China Campaign Bulletin - February 2012

IFJ issues its February 2012 bulletin on the state of press freedom in China.
8 February 2012

Tunisia

Confirmation of court order could lead to return of Internet censorship

As the Tunisian Internet Agency has neither the financial resources nor technical capacity to establish a filtering system, it did not comply with the August 2011 court decision and referred the case to the country’s highest appeal court.
7 February 2012

Joint action - Kazakhstan

Twenty-nine IFEX members call for release of independent newspaper editor

Twenty-nine IFEX members have signed a letter to the Prosecutor General about the detention of editor Igor Vinyavsky, whose detention is believed to be politically motivated, calling for him to be released and for the evidence leading to his arrest to be made public.
6 February 2012

Americas

Civil society organisations call for careful evaluation of OAS Working Group recommendations

The IFEX-ALC and the Regional Alliance for Freedom of Expression and Information call for a careful evaluation of certain recommendations that could impact the mandate of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression.
31 January 2012

Philippines

CMFR hails UNHRC recommendations

The United Nations Human Rights Committee declared that the provisions of the country’s Revised Penal Code (RPC) penalizing libel as a criminal offense is “incompatible with Article 19, paragraph three of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)” to which the Philippines is a signatory.
31 January 2012

Bahrain

BCHR concerned about Bahrain's election to UNESCO education bureau

BCHR demands that Bahrain's membership in the UNESCO IBE be frozen, and contingent on the authorities taking steps to put an end to the targeting of members of the education sector.
30 January 2012

Bahrain

Freedom House opposes US arms sale

Because the new arms sale is being broken up into multiple small pieces, it does not fall under Congressional notification requirements and details do not have to be made public. 


27 January 2012

Joint action - Tunisia

IFEX-TMG delegation meets members of the Constituent Assembly

The delegation reaffirmed the necessity to enshrine the right to freedom of expression in the future constitution, to guarantee press freedom and the independence of public service media.
26 January 2012

France / International

RSF releases press freedom index for 2011/2012

The Arab world was the motor of history in 2011 but the Arab uprisings have had contrasting political outcomes so far, with Tunisia and Bahrain at opposite ends of the scale.
26 January 2012

International

IFJ welcomes call for greater protection of media at major conference in Doha

The conference participants agreed to submit to the UN General Assembly recommendations for the enforcement of legal instruments that bind national authorities to prevent and punish violence against journalists.
25 January 2012

Sri Lanka

IFJ joins 'Black January' campaign against attacks on journalists

The campaign is a response to the attacks on the media that have occurred in the month of January in the past three years, and the failure of the government of Sri Lanka to bring to account those responsible for attacks on numerous journalists.
25 January 2012

Ethiopia

Following fact-finding mission, RSF reports on press freedom situation in the country

in the course of its observations and the interviews it conducted during its visit, RSF confirmed that freedom of expression has been on the wane for some time.
24 January 2012

Joint action - Azerbaijan

PACE urged to demand freedom for political prisoners

Member organisations of the International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan (IPGA) are deeply concerned by the continued politically motivated imprisonment of persons for exercising their right to freedom of expression.
24 January 2012

Ecuador

WAN-IFRA denounces government's authoritarian turn

The WAN-IFRA report reveals that the Ecuadorean government is "establishing a strict control over all arenas of public debate, while couching this in a debate centred around media plurality".
24 January 2012

International

UN agency's member states urged to guarantee freedom of information

International Telecommunication Union (ITU) member states are meeting in Geneva this week to adopt decisions about the agency’s future and about the development of information and communication technologies (ICTs) worldwide.
24 January 2012

International / Awards

Oxfam Novib/PEN Awards celebrate writers against the odds

Iranian journalist, blogger and activist Asieh Amini was one of six writers who received the awards in a ceremony in The Hague as part of the Writers Unlimited Winter Nights Festival.
24 January 2012

Burma

RSF releases video interviews with recently freed journalists and blogger

Journalists U Zeya and Sithu Zeya, and blogger Nay Phone Latt, all of whom were released from jail on 13 January, discuss their prison experiences.
24 January 2012

Joint action - Bahrain

International Mission to Bahrain Report says promises for reform unfulfilled, while situation deteriorates

A report from a six-member mission of international organisations to Bahrain last November called out Bahraini authorities for failing to deliver on promises of reform, with rights violations continuing on a daily basis and rights activists jailed for life.
20 January 2012

Yemen

IFJ cautiously welcomes statements by authorities, calls for implementation

Authorities promised to restore press freedom in the country and guarantee the safety of journalists, and assured journalists’ leaders and the IFJ that the government will review the restrictions on media, including the ban on Al Jazeera and the "Al Ayyan" newspaper.
17 January 2012

International

Columnist David Rohde is IPI’s 63rd World Press Freedom Hero

The committee noted that Rohde and his colleagues frequently reported “under perilous conditions”, a statement given further weight when it was revealed months later that Rohde, at the time of the award, was again being held in captivity.
16 January 2012

Joint action - Tunisia

IFEX-TMG calls for recent public media appointments to be revoked and for journalists' protection

On the anniversary of the revolution, IFEX-TMG urges the Tunisian government to revoke controversial appointments giving media personnel close to the deposed President key posts in the public service media, and further calls for an end to attacks on journalists.
16 January 2012

Tunisia

On the first anniversary of the revolution, RSF writes an open letter to the authorities

While some progress has been made as regards drafting legislation and creating new media, RSF is concerned to see an increase in pressure on journalists and media.
13 January 2012

International

RSF revives tourist awareness campaign

With the backdrop of a simulated beach in Paris' main shopping area, RSF activists drew residents’ attention to the lack of freedom of information in popular tourist destinations such as Thailand, Vietnam and Mexico.
12 January 2012

Turkey

Academics oppose Internet filtering in universities

A signature campaign launched by more than one hundred academics is opposing attempts to recognise universities as public places where the Internet may be filtered.
12 January 2012

Vietnam / Europe and Central Asia

European Union urged to press Vietnam to respect human rights

EU officials should use a 12 January dialogue in Hanoi to press for progress in the area of respecting freedom of speech and association and releasing dissidents detained for exercising those rights, says Human Rights Watch.
11 January 2012

Yemen

Parliament urged to reject immunity law for President Saleh and aides

The sweeping measure could result in impunity for serious international crimes such as deadly attacks on anti-government demonstrators in 2011, says Human Rights Watch.
11 January 2012

Joint action - Tunisia

IFEX-TMG concerned by attacks on journalists and academics

IFEX-TMG calls on authorities to do more to stop attacks on freedom of expression.
11 January 2012

Americas

IFEX-ALC calls for withdrawal of three recommendations that impact on mandate of free expression rapporteur

The IFEX-ALC calls on members of the OAS Permanent Council, who will meet on 25 January 2012, to withdraw three specific recommendations proposed by a Special Working Group, which if approved could restrict the mandate of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression.
9 January 2012

Syria

RSF launches parody video on censorship

The video shows Siri, whose answers to queries are not always relevant, being completely stumped by questions about current events in Syria because of the government’s news blackout.
22 December 2011

Turkey

CPJ condemns journalist arrests

The organisation is deeply troubled by the arrests especially given allegations that a recent CPJ report may have emboldened the government to take action.
21 December 2011

Libya

New rule halts delivery of journalist visas

In a letter to Libyan Prime Minister Abdurrahim al-Keib, CPJ expressed concern about the difficulties that many foreign journalists have been experiencing in obtaining a visa to the country.
21 December 2011

Belarus

International NGOs stand up for human rights

Since the December 2010 presidential elections, an unprecedented wave of repression was unleashed, with the Belarusian KGB detaining and interrogating opposition activists, journalists, protesters and human rights defenders.
21 December 2011

Joint action - Tunisia

Freedom of expression defenders emphasise the importance of media independence and integrity

IFEX-TMG meeting in Tunis on 12 and 13 December brought together journalists, bloggers, civil society, lawyers and academics to make recommendations on the realities and challenges of reforming the media sector.
20 December 2011

Honduras

Honduras must investigate attacks on the press, says CPJ

In an open letter to President Porfirio Lobo Sosa, CPJ expresses its concern about the unrelenting violence against the local press.
20 December 2011

Russia / Mexico

Meeting highlights common challenges faced by journalists, civil society activists

ARTICLE 19 and the Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ) held their first one-day meeting to share experiences of addressing violence against journalists, exchange best practices and strategies on protection, and learn from each other.
19 December 2011

Turkey

OSCE media freedom representative expresses concern over detention of journalists and censorship

During her first official visit to Turkey, Dunja Mijatovic participated in a panel discussion entitled "Turkey and Freedom of Expression", organised by the Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences.
16 December 2011

Burundi

Three questions to Radio Publique Africaine manager Eric Manirakiza

RSF asked Manirakiza about the situation of journalists in Burundi, which has worsened markedly this year, and about the government's increasing harassment of the media.
16 December 2011

Syria

Syria must release imprisoned journalists, says CPJ

in an open letter, CPJ urges the Syrian government to end the harassment and intimidation of journalists and to disclose the names, health status, and location of all the journalists in prison.
15 December 2011

Americas

International press organisations review state of free speech and press freedom

The Coordinating Committee of Press Freedom Organizations warned of a progressive loss of fundamental rights in Ecuador, stressed the importance of the Inter-American system, and urged governments to combat physical violence against journalists and impunity.
15 December 2011

Russia

Global journalists' community joins IFJ to mark memorial day for dead colleagues

As the Russian Union of Journalists prepares to host its annual commemoration of journalists who have died in the course of their work, IFJ expressed solidarity with its colleagues.
15 December 2011

Palestine

MADA, Palestinian journalists meet with UN free expression rapporteur

A MADA representative stressed the need for urgent international intervention to end violations against journalists and media institutions.
13 December 2011

Egypt

CPJ calls on government to investigate attacks on the press

The organisation has written to the prime minister, bringing to his attention 35 cases of journalists who were attacked when protesters clashed with the military and police.
13 December 2011

Venezuela

Media Social Responsibility Law violates freedom of expression, says ARTICLE 19

On the one-year anniversary of the amendments to the law, ARTICLE 19's analysis concludes that the law places illegitimate restrictions on freedom of expression and information.
9 December 2011

Europe and Central Asia

Experts discuss current challenges faced by media in Europe

Thomas Hammarberg highlighted the role media plays in exposing human rights violations and in offering an arena for different voices to be heard in public discourse.
9 December 2011

International / Awards

RSF-Le Monde Press Freedom Prize awarded to Syrian cartoonist, Burmese weekly

Ali Ferzat was chosen as 2011 Journalist of the Year for his commitment to defending media freedom, while "Weekly Eleven News" was honoured with the Media of the Year prize for daring to run stories on subjects regarded as sensitive by Burmese authorities.
7 December 2011

Mexico

Civil society organisations to host forum: "Justice for murdered and disappeared journalists"

The forum will be held in Mexico City on the 63rd anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
7 December 2011

Middle East and North Africa

MADA helps to establish Arab Network for Freedom of Expression

MADA General Director Mousa Rimawi stated that the network would focus on media freedoms in the Arab world and will work towards compiling clearly defined legislation protecting freedom of opinion and expression to be applied in new laws and constitutions.
6 December 2011

Colombia

IAPA submits two cases of unpunished murders of journalists to IACHR

Julio Chaparro and Jorge Torres were killed on April 24, 1991 in Segovia, where they had been sent by their newspaper, El Espectador of Bogotá, to cover the consequences of a massacre there two years earlier, in which 43 people died.
5 December 2011

Tunisia

IFEX-TMG Conference on Freedom of Expression in Tunisia to be held in December

Agenda and invitation to attend the IFEX-TMG Freedom of Expression Conference in Tunisia on 12 and 13 December in Tunis.
5 December 2011

International

OSCE should adopt Draft Declaration on Fundamental Freedoms in the Digital Age, says ARTICLE 19

In adopting the declaration, the OSCE and its participating states will take a leading role in recognizing that human rights and fundamental freedoms do not change with new technologies and that they extend into the Digital Age.
5 December 2011

Fiji

Rights groups call on government to end attacks on free expression

On the fifth anniversary of the coup d'etat by Commodore Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, the military government is continuing its aggressive attacks on free speech and critics of the regime.
2 December 2011

Kyrgyzstan

CPJ Q&A: Osh TV owner Khudaiberdiyev on trial, press freedom

Khalil Khudaiberdiyev says he learned of the government's case against him from reports in the press when he was outside the country.
30 November 2011

International / Awards

ANHRI, along with Tunisian lawyer and Syrian activist, receives human dignity award

ANHRI, Tunisian lawyer Radhia Nasraoui and Syrian activist Mazen Darwish were honoured for their stand against dictatorships and their support for the revolutions of the Arab Spring.
30 November 2011

Afghanistan

Call for clear commitment from Bonn conference to support freedom of expression and information

Never before have Afghans had so much free access to information provided by their own compatriots. However, these gains are under daily threat, say RSF and Afghan organisations.
30 November 2011

Joint action - United Arab Emirates

Expunge activists' convictions, says coalition of rights groups

Human rights activists Ahmed Mansoor embracing his wife outside Al Wathba prison on November 28, 2011, after his prison sentence was commuted The authorities should conduct an independent judicial review of the arrests and trial of five activists, says coalition of seven IFEX members and partners after sustained campaign leading to their release on 28 November.
30 November 2011

Bahrain

International delegation calls for end to free expression violations and human rights defenders to be freed

Several members of the mission team with rights activists in Bahrain Six groups, including three IFEX members visited Bahrain this past week to investigate freedom of expression, and attended the launch of reports by human rights groups and an independent commission of inquiry.
29 November 2011

Rwanda

President must reject draft penal code, says ARTICLE 19

The organisation is concerned about provisions that do not comply with international standards on freedom of expression, especially those relating to criminal defamation, protection of national security, access to reproductive health information and genocide ideology.
29 November 2011

Egypt

Twelve rights organisations condemn methods used to repress protests

Peaceful, unarmed protestors were met with excessive force by police and soldiers of the armed forces, leading to the deaths of dozens of protesters and the injury of more than 3000 others.
28 November 2011

Liberia

Freedom of information conference brings together participants from Bomi and Cape Mount counties

Participants called for the progressive review of the Liberian FOI law and appealed for the decentralisation of the complaint and appeal channels in the event of refusal to disclose information.
28 November 2011

Joint action - Azerbaijan

Groups call for justice for Rafiq Tagi

Rafiq Tagi died in Baku on 23 November from the injuries he sustained during a brutal knife attack four days earlier.
28 November 2011

Syria

Civil society organisations call on UNHRC to convene special session on Syria

Five IFEX members and other organisations called on the Council to consider the findings of the Syrian Commission of Inquiry and ensure accountability for attacks on peaceful protesters.
25 November 2011

Turkey

International mission delegates renew demand to release imprisoned journalists

The mission, on a visit to Turkey from 22-24 November to witness the deteriorating state of press freedom in the country, denounced the fact that 64 journalists are still in jail.
25 November 2011

International

IFJ denounces extreme levels of violence faced by women journalists worldwide

Among the countries failing to protect women journalists adequately the IFJ points to Mexico, the Philippines, Somalia, Russia, Nepal and Israel.
25 November 2011

United Arab Emirates

Investigate threats against "UAE 5", say rights groups

Authorities ignored an intimidation campaign against jailed activists, says a new report on the eve of a verdict on 27 November. IFEX members and partners have been lobbying for the release of the five men.
24 November 2011

Democratic Republic of Congo

JED warns of deteriorating media climate in open letter to broadcast regulator

JED accused the media council and electoral commission of indifference in the face of a "serious deterioration of democracy".
23 November 2011

Philippines

CMFR statement on second anniversary of Ampatuan massacre, "a turning point and a test"

The glacial progress of the trial of those accused of involvement in the killing bodes ill for press freedom, human rights and the quest for justice in the country, says the organisation.
23 November 2011

Philippines

SEAPA presents appeal letter calling for an end to impunity

SEAPA's letter urged President Benigno Aquino III to support the global campaign and ensure the Ampatuan trial marks a first step to ending journalists' killings.
23 November 2011

Palestine

MADA and DCAF sign partnership agreement on access to information rights

The project's goal is to increase journalists' awareness of their rights and to push for the adoption of laws protecting access to information.
23 November 2011

Ecuador

IFEX gravely concerned for safety of Fundamedios and others who attended IACHR hearing

IFEX is appealing to authorities to address the recent threats against IFEX member Fundamedios and its director, and the attempts by government supporters and state officials to discredit the organisation.
22 November 2011

Turkey

RSF travels to Istanbul, monitors trial of leading investigative journalists

RSF travelled to Istanbul to attend the first hearing as part of an international delegation that includes representatives of the European Parliament, EFJ, IPI, the European Journalists' Association and Turkey's "Freedom for Journalists" coalition.
22 November 2011

International / Awards

Veton Surroi wins 2011 SEEMO Human Rights Award

After the fall of communism, Veton Surroi founded the Koha Media Group and as a journalist he defended Kosovo Albanians against the policies of former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic.
21 November 2011

International

ARTICLE 19 highlights problem of satellite jamming on World Television Day

To mark World Television Day, ARTICLE 19 calls on all governments and international organisations to condemn this violation of the rights to freedom of expression and information.
18 November 2011

Macedonia

IPI releases report on press freedom mission

All media professionals interviewed by the delegation spoke of political, economic and legal pressure on media that induced self-censorship.
18 November 2011

Turkey

Writers' and publishers' groups call for abolition of restrictive anti-terror laws on Day of the Imprisoned Writer

A total of 71 journalists are behind bars on the Day of the Imprisoned Writer, while the list of those convicted or awaiting trial continues to grow.
18 November 2011

Egypt

International community urged to react as free expression situation worsens

As the country embarks on a series of elections that will continue until March, the Supreme Council is showing less and less ability to tolerate fundamental freedoms, says RSF.
18 November 2011

Joint action - Egypt

Thirty-nine human rights and development organisations propose alternative NGO law

The proposed law follows a further deterioration of the situation of NGOs in the country, including the launch of a smear campaign aimed at damaging the credibility of groups critical of the human rights record of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces and its government.
18 November 2011

Americas / Awards

IAPA awards 2012 Chapultepec Grand Prize to Enrique Krauze

The prominent historian, essayist and editor has been a strong defender of freedom of expression and participated in the conference that gave rise to the Declaration of Chapultepec.
18 November 2011

Turkmenistan

Open letter to German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle

On the eve of German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle's visit to Turkmenistan, RSF and the Turkmenistan Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights have sent him a joint letter about the state of freedom of expression in this Central Asian dictatorship.
18 November 2011

Egypt

EOHR and ANHRI hold workshop on media in post-revolutionary transition

Website editor Khalid Al Balshi criticised the absence of an access to information law that would enable journalists to write stories of public interest.
17 November 2011

Asia and Pacific

ASEAN should press government to free political prisoners, says Human Rights Watch

The government should release all those imprisoned on politically motivated charges, whether they have been convicted under Burma's repressive political laws or for common criminal offenses, said Human Rights Watch.
17 November 2011

Ecuador

WPFC-FH submits amicus brief before Constitutional Court in support of decriminalisation of defamation sanctions

The brief is based on broad international jurisprudence - especially that of the inter-American justice system - that holds that defamation sanctions must be dealt with by civil, not criminal, courts.
17 November 2011

Ecuador

Human Rights Watch calls for decriminalisation of defamation

Human Rights Watch submitted a joint amicus brief with the Center for Freedom of Expression and Information of the University of Palermo (Argentina) before the Constitutional Court of Ecuador, arguing that desacato norms violate Ecuador's international human rights obligations.
16 November 2011

Mexico

IAPA calls on Senate to pass constitutional amendment on crimes against journalists

The amendment, which was passed by the Chamber of Deputies, would enable federal authorities to prosecute crimes against journalists and freedom of expression.
15 November 2011

International

States should support draft UN resolution against belief-based discrimination, says ARTICLE 19

ARTICLE 19 welcomes the draft resolution's complete omission of the ambiguous "defamation of religions" – a term incompatible with international human rights standards on the right to freedom of expression - and the focus on combating discrimination against persons.
14 November 2011

Joint action - Eritrea

Thirty-one IFEX members call on authorities to disclose whereabouts of journalist Dawit Isaak

After hearing rumours of the death of Dawit Isaak, an Swedish-Eritrean journalist held without charge for ten years, 31 members of IFEX are asking President Isaias Afewerki to confirm that he is still alive and if so, to release him from prison.
9 November 2011

International / Awards

Stephen Ferry wins first Tim Hetherington grant

Stephen Ferry's project, "Violentology: A Manual of the Colombian Conflict," focuses on the history and current dynamics of the conflict in Colombia, exposing the roles of all parties involved and the impact of the violence on civilians.
9 November 2011

Joint action - Tunisia

IFEX-TMG congratulates judge Kalthoum Kennou on her election as President of the Association of Tunisian Judges

Kalthoum Kennou Independent Judge Kennou suffered persecution for speaking in favour of an independent judiciary as the former Secretary-General of the AMT, under Ben Ali. She has now been elected AMT President.
8 November 2011

Africa

ACHPR urged to endorse African Platform on Access to Information declaration

An NGO forum called upon the Commission to recognise 28 September as International Right to Know Day and to expand Article IV of the Declaration of Principles of Expression in Africa to incorporate the principles of the APAI Declaration.
8 November 2011

Joint action - Democratic Republic of Congo

Attacks on journalists on the increase since start of election campaign

In a letter to the interior minister, RSF and JED expressed concern over the increase in violence against media workers since the start of the election campaign.
7 November 2011

Tibet (China)

Human Rights Watch calls on government to address causes of self-immolation protests

Eleven Tibetans have set themselves on fire since March, apparently to protest restrictions on basic freedoms and punitive security measures imposed on a number of monasteries.
7 November 2011

Colombia

President dedicates Chapultepec Declaration signing to murdered Colombian journalists

At the same time, President Juan Manuel Santos unveiled his plan to increase broadband internet access.
4 November 2011

Ecuador

WAN-IFRA calls for dialogue amidst polarised media scene

The visit to assess the media situation in the country came as a follow-up effort after several expressions of concern by WAN-IFRA to the government in the past year, regarding a decline of freedom of expression in the country.
3 November 2011

Joint action - United Arab Emirates

Trial observer finds flagrant due process flaws in "UAE 5" case

Coalition of 7 international rights groups calls for independent judicial inquiry, while launching trial observation report.
1 November 2011

Joint action - International

Seventy-seven civil society organisations call on UN to recognise importance of access to information and a free media to sustainable development

Prior to the UN summit of world leaders in Rio in June 2012 (Rio+20) to discuss the environment and sustainable development goals, 77 civil society organisations recommend the adoption of national laws on access to information, public participation and access to justice in the environment, a new UN convention on access to environmental information, and a UN Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
31 October 2011

Mexico

ARTICLE 19 highlights absence of protection of journalists before IACHR

ARTICLE 19's submission highlights how violent attacks against the press have resulted in a chilling effect on the media in several cities, especially those gripped by the ongoing public security crisis.
28 October 2011

Democratic Republic of Congo

JED announces media monitoring programme as presidential election campaign officially launched

In 2006, violent clashes between supporters of the two main presidential candidates were attributed - in some cases justifiably - to media outlets who inflamed tensions with incendiary comments and incitement to hatred and violence.
28 October 2011

International

RSF campaign targets tourists

The campaign aims to draw the attention of vacationers to free speech and freedom of information problems in Thailand, Vietnam and Mexico.
27 October 2011

Iraq

Draft Informatics Crimes Law fundamentally flawed, says ARTICLE 19

The Draft Law cites, as its basis, multiple negative consequences of the "information revolution" without acknowledging the positive role technology performs in today's society, not least of all in enhancing the enjoyment of fundamental human rights. The Draft Law provides no guarantees for the right to freedom of expression or freedom of information.
26 October 2011

Asia and Pacific

IFJ welcomes strong regional support for press freedom at Pacific meeting

The roundtable discussions saw widespread support for continued efforts to protect and promote press freedom in the region. Codes of ethics, freedom of information laws, the growth of citizen journalism and the current situation for journalists in Fiji were all identified as areas of interest.
26 October 2011

Syria

Human Rights Watch calls on Arab League to deploy civilian monitors

At least 186 protesters and residents have been killed since the Arab League's October 16 meeting, according to Syrian human rights activists.
25 October 2011

Yemen

IPI interviews "Yemen Post" editor on reporting on the uprising

IPI spoke with the publisher and chief editor of the Yemen Post, Hakim Almasmari, about the censorship, violence and intimidation that any independent Yemeni media outlet must contend with.
25 October 2011

Hungary

EU should heed call of "One Million for Press Freedom" in Hungary, says IFJ

A massive protest took place in Budapest as part of ongoing campaign waged by journalists and civil society groups for media pluralism in Hungary.
24 October 2011

Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia

Respect for labour rights key for press freedom, says IFJ

At a meeting held in Skopje, Macedonia, trade union representatives spoke about the precarious situation of journalists in a context of politicisation and corruption.
24 October 2011

Americas

Government advertising, state-owned media are control weapons, says IAPA

IAPA research finds that in some countries in the Americas the authorities seek to manipulate information by using government advertising contracts to reward or punish media outlets.
21 October 2011

International

UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression launches key report on Internet freedom

ARTICLE 19 hails the report as a milestone in the development of policy on freedom of expression as it relates to the Internet and urges all governments to fully implement its recommendations.
20 October 2011

Americas

Attempts to silence independent press have increased, IAPA concludes during annual meeting

Press freedom violations include physical violence, the murder of journalists and the impunity surrounding these crimes, lawsuits, arbitrary arrests, verbal abuse, and restrictive laws.
20 October 2011

Tunisia

Political parties' responses to Human Rights Watch questionnaire shed light on their human rights stances

Most of the parties feel that the new Constitution should protect freedom of expression and of the press, but they disagree on limits to free expression when it concerns the right to privacy, the protection of minorities against hate speech, and the "defamation of religions."
20 October 2011

Burma / Japan

Human Rights Watch urges Japan to press Burma's foreign minister on human rights issues

Japanese officials were urged to press Burma to release all political prisoners and abolish laws used to repress the rights to freedom of speech, association and assembly.
18 October 2011

Burma

Interview with newly-freed dissident comedian Zarganar

Zarganar talks about the political prisoners who have not been freed, including bloggers and writers such as Zaw Thet Htwe and Nay Phone Latt.
17 October 2011

Asia and Pacific

SEAPA to coordinate research project on freedom of information in Southeast Asia

The end result of the project will be a publication that will serve not only as a resource for journalists, academics and civil society organisations, but as a reminder to governments of the region of the importance of freedom of information.
17 October 2011

Asia and Pacific

Online expression forum highlights importance of free and open Internet

The forum, held on 12 October 2011, was jointly organised by the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), the Thai Netizen Network and iLaw, to discuss the state of online freedom of expression in Thailand.
17 October 2011

Russia

Terror, threats and corruption: report of RSF fact-finding visit to Russian Caucasus

RSF representatives visited Chechnya and Dagestan from 9 to 13 September 2011, meeting with journalists, government officials and human rights activists.
13 October 2011

Democratic Republic of Congo

JED announces launch of "Rapid Alert Network" to prevent attacks on press freedom

At a meeting between media experts and public figures organised by JED, participants agreed to launch a Rapid Alert Network, aimed at preventing serious attacks on press freedom in the period leading up to elections.
13 October 2011

International

Mumia still on death row, but executions of journalists on the wane

On the occasion of World Day Against the Death Penalty, RSF notes that being a journalist, editing a website or keeping a blog can still expose a person to the possibility of the death penalty in some countries.
12 October 2011

Oman

CPJ concerned over politicised trial of journalists, civil servant

The organisation urges the Sultan of Oman to instruct judicial authorities to respect the letter of the law in the case of two journalists sentenced to imprisonment on defamation charges.
12 October 2011

Uganda

Spotlight on human rights means no more hiding, says ARTICLE 19

ARTICLE 19 urges Uganda to use the occasion of the Universal Periodic Review as an opportunity to review and repeal unduly restrictive freedom of expression legislation and address the issue of violence against journalists, human rights defenders and political opponents.
12 October 2011

Venezuela

Venezuela rejects UN Human Rights Council freedom of expression recommendations

The final report presented at the conclusion of the Venezuela UPR process contained 148 recommendations, of which 95 were accepted, 15 deferred to the next stage and 38 rejected.
11 October 2011

Joint action - Tunisia

Free expression groups call upon the government to act decisively on reforms ahead of historic elections

IFEX-TMG says time is of the essence to effectively support freedom of expression by adopting a series of positive measures and setting high standards for the future.
11 October 2011

Russia

Five years on, writers continue to call for justice for Anna Politkovskaya

PEN American Center expresses concern that some of the people behind Politkovskaya's murder may still be at large, furthering a climate of impunity for crimes against journalists and writers.
11 October 2011

International / Awards

Yemeni press freedom activist Tawakel Karman wins Nobel Peace Prize

Karman, along with Liberian president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and activist Leymah Gbowee, were recognised for their struggle "for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work."
7 October 2011

China

Human Rights Watch calls for release of Nobel laureate and others wrongly jailed, disappeared

Since the announcement of the 2010 Nobel prize, Beijing police have clamped down on Liu Xiaobo's family, friends, and supporters.
7 October 2011

Thailand

Freedom of expression record scrutinised, ARTICLE 19 calls on government to adopt UPR recommendations

During the UPR, widespread concerns were expressed about a sharp increase in lèse-majesté and computer crime charges.
6 October 2011

International / Awards

Journalists from Bahrain, Belarus, Mexico and Pakistan to be honoured with CPJ's International Press Freedom Awards

Mansoor al-Jamri, Natalya Radina, Javier Arturo Valdez Cárdenas and Umar Cheema have faced recrimination for their work, including harassment, assault, kidnapping, torture and censorship.
6 October 2011

Equatorial Guinea

UNESCO suspends Obiang prize again

Human Rights Watch, Committee to Protect Journalists and other organisations are urging UNESCO's executive board to cancel the prize outright.
6 October 2011

Cameroon

RSF urges government to take action on media reform in mission report

RSF is calling on the government to enact a series of reforms that are needed to improve media freedom, including a new media law and the decriminalisation of press offences.
3 October 2011

Joint action - Tunisia

Free expression groups celebrate freeing of whistleblower police commissioner

Samir Feriani and his mother outside the Tunisian military court in Bab Sa’adoun on Thursday, awaiting the verdict in his trial. IFEX-TMG attends trial of Samir Feriani, acquitted of charges of leaking information about the destruction of evidence linking Tunisian secret police to torture and other crimes.
3 October 2011

Venezuela

IFEX-ALC delegation submits recommendations on freedom of expression during Venezuela's UPR

IFEX-ALC calls on the UN Human Rights Council members to urge the Venezuelan government to uphold the right to free expression.
3 October 2011

Joint action - Syria

Human rights groups voice need for strong and urgent Security Council action

Since mass protests began, the UN has estimated at least 2,600 civilians have been killed, the majority of them protesters and local residents shot with live ammunition by the security forces and army.
2 October 2011

Joint action - United Arab Emirates

Trial of activists "fundamentally unfair," say rights groups

Amnesty International, ANHRI, Front Line Defenders, and Human Rights Watch call on the authorities to drop the charges and free the accused activists.
29 September 2011

Joint action - Equatorial Guinea

UNESCO director-general urged to cancel Obiang prize

The goal of "a free, safe and fair environment for journalists" would be greatly undermined should UNESCO's executive board move forward with an award named for and funded by Equatorial Guinean President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, say a group of organisations who participated in a UN consultative process on impunity last week.
28 September 2011

International

ARTICLE 19 celebrates advancements in the right to freedom of information

In honour of International Right to Know Day, ARTICLE 19 highlights the progress made in access to information legislation in many countries, especially in Africa, but says that many proposed laws remain sluggish and weakened by inaction.
28 September 2011

Asia and Pacific

Freedom of expression groups urge ASEAN to promote access to information

In honour of International Right to Know Day, ARTICLE 19 and SEAPA urge ASEAN to demonstrate its commitment to public participation by supporting access to information among its member states.
28 September 2011

Uzbekistan / United States

United States urged to take tough stance on Uzbekistan

In a letter to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, human rights groups expressed concern over proposed legislation to permit military and other assistance to the Uzbek government, one of the most repressive in the world.
28 September 2011

International

Resolutions issued by IPI membership at World Congress point to concerns over impunity, criminal defamation and restrictive legislation

Some of the resolutions included a condemnation of Turkey's imprisonment of journalists and a call on the Philippines government to end impunity in the killing of journalists.
28 September 2011

Asia and Pacific

Conference participants discuss situation of online media in Southeast Asia

Online news content is developing rapidly and the Southeast Asian community needs to "look at democratisation of freedom of expression as a common agenda," said the SEAPA president.
28 September 2011

Africa

MISA launches reports on most open and most secretive public institutions in southern Africa

The reports' release, timed in honour of International Right to Know Day, will be accompanied by an awards ceremony congratulating the most open institutions and shaming the most secretive ones.
28 September 2011

North Korea

Panel participants highlight challenges of reporting on closed society

In a discussion at the IPI's World Congress, three journalists each provided different explanations of the same event, showing how information from North Korea is often tangential and unverifiable, and how difficult it is to find out what is actually going on.
27 September 2011

Ecuador

Correa lambastes press in Columbia speech

In a near hour-long speech given in English, the president was in turn pugnacious, scholarly, and withering in critiquing the private press that he alleged "lies" and has a "lack of love for the truth."
27 September 2011

Singapore

ARTICLE 19 disappointed by government's failure to commit to greater free expression during UPR process

While Singapore accepted 84 of the 112 recommendations made by Member States at its first UN Human Rights Council review, those regarding media freedom, and the protection and promotion of the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and association were rejected.
27 September 2011

Tunisia

ANHRI contributes to seminar on status of media, free expression

Seminar participants heard testimony from journalists and activists about the state of the media under former president Ben Ali and their recommendations for media reform.
26 September 2011

Vanuatu

PFF welcomes UN concern over media freedom

PFF says the opinion expressed this week by the UN's Pacific Office for Human Rights regional representative Matilda Bogner is a welcome step by a key regional development partner on an issue that's usually left to journalists to handle.
26 September 2011

Ecuador

IAPA calls attention to Correa's conflicting positions on press freedom

A speech by President Rafael Correa at Columbia University in New York, "will serve to expose the inconsistent thinking of one who claims to support freedom of the press and of expression yet whose actions are totally opposed to such freedoms," IAPA noted.
26 September 2011

International

Freedom House releases report on growing challenges to internet freedom

Against the backdrop of growing restrictions by repressive regimes on online freedoms, government, business, and civil society representatives will gather to discuss the future of the global digital space.
23 September 2011

Iran

UN member states should challenge Ahmadinejad as campaign to crush dissent continues, says Human Rights Watch

Lethal force has reportedly been used against protesters, while opposition leaders, lawyers, journalists and rights activists have been detained on politically-motivated charges.
23 September 2011

Brazil

Government must pass right to information bill, says ARTICLE 19

According to the original Open Government Partnership roadmap, Brazil meets the criteria to participate in the OGP except for the absence of an access to information law.
23 September 2011

Africa

Landmark regional declaration paves way for access to information

The declaration sets out principles elaborating the right of access to information, including coverage of issues related to health, education, aid transparency and corruption.
21 September 2011

Joint action - United Arab Emirates

Free activists before elections, say four rights groups

International rights groups seek to monitor trial of 5 activists during 26 September trial appearance.
21 September 2011

Middle East and North Africa

International "Day of Rage": UN Rights Council addresses situations in Libya, Sudan, Syria and Yemen

Human rights defenders converged on the Council to respond to an unprecedented number of UN reports addressing grave rights violations throughout the Arab region.
21 September 2011

Egypt

Twenty-three NGOs call on transitional authorities to engage in dialogue, meet demands of civil society

In a statement released by CIHRS, organisations condemn the recent revival and expansion of the emergency law by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which constitutes a direct threat to freedom of expression.
20 September 2011

Eritrea

No one can continue to ignore the regime's brutality, says RSF

RSF has launched an international ad campaign marking the 10th anniversary of the round-ups of journalists and closure of all the privately-owned print media.
20 September 2011

Greece

RSF reports on outlook for media following five-day country mission

Many of the journalists interviewed by RSF viewed the economic crisis as a chance for the media to break with the patronage system that has prevailed since the 1980s.
19 September 2011

Nepal

Killers of journalists could go free, warns CPJ

In a letter to the newly-elected prime minister, CPJ expressed alarm over the planned amnesty of criminal cases pending from past political violence.
19 September 2011

Bahrain

CIHRS hosts panel discussion, film screening on free expression crisis

CIHRS screened the Al Jazeera documentary "Shouting in the dark" and hosted a panel discussion on Bahrain in parallel with the recent meeting of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva about the situation in Bahrain.
16 September 2011

International

IAPA calls for political will to combat impunity at UNESCO conference

IAPA urged governments to reform public policies to effectively combat the impunity surrounding crimes against journalists and to create protection programmes.
15 September 2011

Awards / International

Human Rights Watch honours writers for commitment to free expression

Forty-eight writers from 24 countries have received 2011 Hellman/Hammett grants for their commitment to free expression and their courage in the face of persecution.
15 September 2011

Liberia

CEMESP holds freedom of information forum for local authorities, community radio journalists

Participants pledged to expedite and monitor the implementation of the freedom of information law and encourage the public to use it.
14 September 2011

Argentina

CPJ submits brief to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights concerning lawsuit filed by former president

A lawsuit alleging invasion of privacy brought by Carlos Menem against two journalists violates Article 13 of the American Convention on Human Rights, says CPJ.
13 September 2011

International

IFJ "Journalism in the Shadow of Terror Laws" conference urges restoration of journalists' role in terrorism discourse

Leading journalists and human rights advocates told the conference that legislation enacted in the aftermath of the attacks as part of the war on terror has had a chilling effect on journalism in many countries, allowing governments to evade public scrutiny.
13 September 2011

Rwanda / France

RSF protests President Kagame's visit to Paris

RSF activists demonstrated outside the Hotel Ritz in Paris, where Kagame was scheduled to have breakfast with a delegation of French businessmen, in protest against his visit to France.
12 September 2011

Ecuador

RSF calls on Correa to take a firm stance regarding privately-owned media

President Correa cannot continue to hope to create a new pluralist order while continuing to respond in such an intransigent manner to minor criticism against him in the media, states RSF.
12 September 2011

Burma

SEAPA calls for release of Democratic Voice of Burma journalists

Hla Hla Win was sentenced to 27 years in jail on 11 September 2009 for interviewing a monk in a monastery on the 2nd anniversary of the monk revolution.
12 September 2011

Tajikistan

President asked to intercede in detained journalist's case

A Sughd provincial court ordered Makhmadyusuf Ismoilov detained for the duration of the investigation, but there are continuing doubts about the court's impartiality.
9 September 2011

International

PEN American Center welcomes Deji Olukotun as first Freedom to Write Fellow

"I have always believed that creative artists can effect change, and PEN proves that they can," Olukotun said. "It is truly an honor to have the chance to help advance the freedom to write around the globe through this fellowship."
9 September 2011

Democratic Republic of Congo

IFEX calls on President Kabila to address recent death threats against JED

On 26 August 2011, Donat M'Baya Tshimanga and Tshivis Tshivuadi received an e-mail threatening them and their families.
7 September 2011

Cambodia / Awards

Country's first human rights portal wins innovation award

The award was granted to the Sithi portal in recognition of the role it has played in advocating for social change and promoting the civil and political rights of Cambodian citizens, using ICTs in innovative ways.
1 September 2011

Vietnam

Government urged to free seriously ill rights advocates as part of National Day amnesty

The blogger Dieu Cay is believed to have suffered a serious injury in prison, while Father Nguyen Van Ly, a veteran political activist who had been given medical parole because of three strokes and another serious illness, was re-incarcerated in July.
31 August 2011

Americas

Following recent university conference, IAPA welcomes academic commitment to uphold battle against impunity

More than 60 representatives from 22 universities who attended the Mexico conference endorsed the Declaration of Puebla, committed to the creation of an inter-university network to exchange information and launch public awareness campaigns about impunity.
31 August 2011

Democratic Republic of Congo

Media says no to abuse by politicians

D.R.C. President Joseph Kabila, above, has supporters who have been physically and verbally abusing journalists ahead of November's elections Journalists' organisations and media executives in the Democratic Republic of Congo have imposed a six-month embargo on media coverage of a member of parliament for his violent behaviour against the media. It's just one tactic in their campaign against the "noticeable rise" in attacks against journalists ahead of the November elections, say Journaliste en danger (JED) and other IFEX members.
30 August 2011

International

RSF calls for universal ratification of International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance

As the world marks the International Day of the Disappeared, RSF notes that many countries are still violating international law on this matter.
30 August 2011

Palestine / Israel

Israeli and Palestinian journalists forum calls for press freedom ahead of possible UN recognition of Palestine

In a joint open letter, the forum stated that journalists must be kept safe so that the public in Israel and the Palestinian Territories have access to news from all sides, and to a wide array of political opinion.
29 August 2011

International

Daniel Pearl, Raymond Louw named IPI World Press Freedom Heroes

IPI will present the awards during a special ceremony at its annual World Congress to be held in Taiwan in September.
26 August 2011

Libya

ARTICLE 19 calls for freedom of expression to be protected in transitional constitutional charter

Provisions in the recently published Draft Constitutional Charter for the Transitional Stage do not fully guarantee the right to freedom of expression, says ARTICLE 19.
26 August 2011

United Kingdom

ARTICLE 19 calls for repeal of 100-year-old Official Secrets Act

The Act gives authorities broad powers to make information secret and prosecute those who release it without authorisation.
25 August 2011

Egypt

Thirty-six NGOs condemn the campaign waged by the authorities against civil society organisations

In a press conference at CIHRS's office in Cairo, and following the submission of a complaint to the relevant UN Special Rapporteurs, the NGOs condemned what they perceived to be a defamation campaign in response to the role played by human rights defenders in exposing abuses committed by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.
23 August 2011

Awards / International

Honduran journalist Karla Rivas named 2011 winner of Peter Mackler Award

According to the project director for the award, "Ms. Rivas has shown enormous courage and integrity by asserting the right of the people of Honduras to receive fair, accurate news."
23 August 2011

Sri Lanka

IFJ welcomes partner organisations' press freedom mission to Jaffna

A team of activists asked Jaffna journalists and media workers about the situation they face since the end of the civil war in May 2009 and the lifting of restrictions on movement.
22 August 2011

International / Syria

Human Rights Watch presses OIC to rein in Syria

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation should immediately take action against Syria for violating the organisation's charter by systematically and brutally suppressing peaceful civilian protests, Human Rights Watch said.
18 August 2011

United Kingdom

Government urged not to undermine news media

CPJ urges the U.K. to distance itself from responses taken in repressive countries to social unrest and instead, reaffirm its historical commitment to freedom of expression and of the press.
16 August 2011

Zimbabwe

SADC urged to reprehend Mugabe over surge in press freedom violations

In the past month alone, RSF has tallied more than 11 violations of the freedom or safety of journalists, all of which have remained unpunished.
10 August 2011

Liberia

CEMESP launches legal defense programme for journalists

The program, funded by the UK-based Media Legal Defense Initiative, seeks to provide legal support to journalists who are threatened with legal action on account of their work.
10 August 2011

Tunisia

Human Rights Watch questionnaire challenges candidates on human rights issues

The questionnaire invites all candidates - those running both on party lists and independent lists in the 23 October 2011 election - to state their positions on key human rights issues, such as eliminating criminal penalties for nonviolent speech.
9 August 2011

Palestine / Israel

MADA launches campaigns calling for end to attacks on press freedom

Campaigns launched by MADA call for a halt to Israeli attacks on press freedom, as well as an end to the influence Palestinian internal political divisions have on the media.
9 August 2011

Burma

RSF interviews editor of exile news magazine

Founded in 1993 as a monthly news magazine by exiled journalists, "Irrawaddy" has become an essential source of independent news and information about the political and human rights situation in the country.
9 August 2011

Awards / International

Human Rights Watch honours seven activists

Rights advocates from Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico, Russia, Tunisia and Zimbabwe will be awarded the 2011 Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism.
8 August 2011

Vietnam

RSF urges authorities to release blogger

Pham Minh Hoang, who has been in pre-trial detention for a year, will be tried on charges of attempting to overthrow the government.
8 August 2011

China

Citing UN ruling, PEN American Center urges China to release Liu Xiaobo immediately

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention determined that Liu has been arbitrarily detained on a number of counts and that his trial was a "breach of fairness."
3 August 2011

Americas

IAPA announces winners of the 2011 awards for Excellence in Journalism

Distinguished journalist Robert Cox has been awarded the IAPA's Grand Prize for Press Freedom.
29 July 2011

Americas

IAPA laments "tragic year for journalism", urges Ecuadorian president to respect press freedom

"The state of press freedom has further deteriorated this year" as a result of violence by organised crime and legal harassment of journalists and the media, says IAPA.
28 July 2011

Americas

IAPA to hold conference on combating impunity

Participants will review research into the lack of punishment in cases of violence against journalists that interdisciplinary teams from 24 Latin American universities have carried out.
28 July 2011

Peru

Open letter from RSF urges incoming president to ensure journalists "no longer fear imprisonment"

RSF's letter highlights the obstacles to media pluralism and freedom of information and urges the president to work towards their removal.
28 July 2011

International / Awards

Tunisia's Radio Kalima wins IPI Free Media Pioneer Award 2011

Radio Kalima was founded by journalists Naziha Razjib and Sihem Bensedrine in 2000 and quickly became a target for repeated harassment by the authorities.
28 July 2011

Guinea / Niger

RSF releases report on press freedom situation in Guinea and Niger

The result of recent fact-finding visits to Conakry and Niamey, the report describes recent transitions to democracy in these two countries as periods favourable to media freedom and evaluates the current situation and challenges ahead.
27 July 2011

Joint action - Tunisia

Targeting of journalists and demonstrators alarming, says IFEX-TMG

The IFEX-TMG is urging action to prevent any repeat of recent violent crackdowns on demonstrators and journalists in the run up to scheduled constitutional elections in October.
22 July 2011

Libya / Egypt

ANHRI celebrates conclusion of workshop on capacity building for young journalists and citizen journalism

The workshop was partially intended to provide young people with the necessary skills to contribute to media freedom in Libya.
22 July 2011

Ecuador

IAPA urges Ecuadoreans to defend freedom of expression

Members of a delegation to Ecuador expressed their concern over concentration of the media in government hands and harassment of the independent press.
20 July 2011

International

Amnesty International launches online TV show for 50th anniversary

To mark its 50-year anniversary, Amnesty International launched Amnesty TV last week - a biweekly, 15-minute, online show that mixes satire and stunts with documentaries, opinion and news about human rights stories around the world. Watch it here.
17 July 2011

Joint action - United Arab Emirates

End trial of activists charged with insulting officials

UAE authorities should drop charges against five activists arrested after they called for democratic reforms, four international human rights organizations said today.
15 July 2011

Tunisia

AMARC and IMS conclude mission on media development

The objective of workshops held in five cities in early July was to present the concept of community media and listen to the voices of local journalists and civil society actors.
15 July 2011

Indonesia

IFJ backs calls for improved professionalism among journalists

"Some journalists continue to engage in questionable practices, such as accepting payments from interest groups or individuals," says IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park.
14 July 2011

Hungary

IPI conducts six-month follow-up press freedom visit

Despite the passing of amendments, serious concerns about media legislation remain, says IPI.
11 July 2011

Germany / Saudi Arabia

Proposed sale of tanks to repressive regime sends wrong signal, says Human Rights Watch

Germany is considering a deal to sell tanks to Saudi Arabia despite the latter's dismal human rights record, including severe restrictions on freedom of expression.
8 July 2011

Philippines

At regional conference, 95 trade unions call for end to impunity

More than 600 participants unanimously adopted a resolution expressing deep concerns at the slow pace of the trials of suspects accused of the Ampatuan Town massacre, and urged the government to take immediate action to see justice is done.
8 July 2011

Joint action - Burma

Twelve organisations call for release of Democratic Voice of Burma's video journalists

Seventeen video journalists for the Oslo-based exiled media organisation remain imprisoned; they are among nearly 2,100 political prisoners in Burma.
7 July 2011

Joint action - Malaysia

Call for respect of free expression on eve of Bersih 2.0 rally

In a letter to the prime minister, free expression advocates and media practitioners expressed alarm over recent arrests of nationals and foreigners on trumped-up charges for supporting calls for electoral reform.
6 July 2011

Venezuela

IAPA university forum highlights Declaration of Chapultepec principles

The Caracas mayor and the Carabobo state governor committed to the principles of press freedom emanating from the Declaration, which has also been signed by 59 Western Hemisphere heads of state.
5 July 2011

China

IFJ calls for release of all journalists, writers and bloggers on Communist Party's 90th anniversary

Officials must recognise that increased media freedoms will assist China to become a transparent, accountable, fair and respectful nation, goals that match the party's future vision for the country, IFJ states.
5 July 2011

Honduras

Community radio stations still denied access to airwaves, RSF and AMARC note

A RSF special representative was in the Zacate Grande peninsula on 14 April 2011, and reports on the state of community radios in the region.
30 June 2011

Palestine

MADA holds workshops on freedom of expression legislation in Tulkarem and Jabalia

The workshops, which have been offered with the support of Foundation for the Future, come as part of a series of sessions held by MADA to inform and assist journalists in the various cities across the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
29 June 2011

International

Mexican journalist Luis Horacio Nájera awarded journalism fellowship in Canada

The veteran journalist had been investigating politically sensitive issues ranging from government corruption to the trafficking of drugs, people and weapons, until fears for his life and his family's safety forced him to seek asylum in Canada.
29 June 2011

Africa

Experts meet in Addis Ababa to discuss draft APAI declaration

The meeting consisted of 10 experts on freedom of information who make up the working group of the Windhoek +20 campaign on access to information in Africa.
28 June 2011

Bahrain

IFEX calls on Bahrain's rulers to end detention and torture of those jailed solely for peacefully expressing themselves

IFEX is alarmed at the life sentences handed down last week to human rights and political activists and bloggers, including founder of IFEX member BCHR.
27 June 2011

Libya

RSF releases mission report on the birth of free media in the east

"To consolidate any democratic future, an independent and professional press must emerge from all the media initiatives launched since the start of the war," noted RSF.
23 June 2011

Senegal

Parliament commits to passing information law

Participants in a seminar organised by ARTICLE 19 and Forum Civil urge the government and other stakeholders to sensitise and train public servants to enable them to fully implement the access to information law and support the realisation of a transparent system of government.
23 June 2011

Turkey

"A book is not a bomb," says RSF fact-finding mission

Despite significant advances in freedom of expression, journalists are still beingarrested and tried for doing their job or expressing an opinion, their documents seized and their sources tracked down, notes RSF.
23 June 2011

Americas

International press organisations concerned at deterioration of fundamental freedoms

The Coordinating Committee of Press Freedom Organizations expressed concern at the undermining of press freedom and free speech in the Western Hemisphere.
20 June 2011

International

IPI commemorates World Refugee Day 2011, journalists talk about life in exile

Accepting to live a life as a refugee might come with the benefit of safety and the opportunity to continue practicing journalism, but there is also a cost, says IPI.
17 June 2011

Uganda

Civil society seeks independent inquiry into April killings

A broad coalition of 105 human rights, media, and development organisations urged the president to invite the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions.
17 June 2011

Kyrgyzstan

CPJ urges President Otunbayeva to halt persecution of media professionals

CPJ urges the government to carry out an investigation into the abuse of authority by local prosecutors against three media professionals and, based on the findings, to ensure the pending prosecutions are dropped and the conviction is vacated.
17 June 2011

Nepal

Journalists plan nation-wide protests after latest attack

The events will begin with black-band protests all over the country and an active process of lobbying with national and international human rights bodies for their involvement in addressing the latest attack and the overall climate of impunity that prevails.
16 June 2011

Tunisia

Scars of oppression run deep in the country's media

IFEX-TMG report calls for free and independent media and a strong, democratic and open civil society.
14 June 2011

Egypt

Nineteen years after his assassination, ANHRI honours writer Farag Fouda

Writer Farag Fouda was assassinated in 1992 in connection with opinions he expressed calling for secularism and the exclusion of religion from public affairs.
13 June 2011

Indonesia

Human Rights Watch calls for implementation of freedom of expression reforms

Indonesia should use its election to the UN Human Rights Council to implement rights reforms at home, says Human Rights Watch in a letter to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
13 June 2011

Iran

Rampant impunity continues to claim victims, say human rights organisations

Political prisoner and women's rights activist Haleh Sahabi was attacked during the funeral procession of her father, Ezatollah Sahabi, a prominent politician, who had died of natural causes two days earlier.
10 June 2011

Sri Lanka

CPJ calls for UN action in case of journalist missing for over 500 days

Prageeth Eknelygoda has not been seen by his wife or the couple's two teenage sons since he left for work on the morning of 24 January 2010.
10 June 2011

Honduras

Concern about future of civil liberties, human rights after OAS readmits Honduras

AMARC and RSF had repeatedly called for significant concessions from Honduras in return for its readmission to the OAS.
10 June 2011

Europe and Central Asia

OSCE urged to prioritise protection of journalists in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine

A new report released by ARTICLE 19 and IMS shows that a lack of investigation into violence against journalists in the three countries has had a detrimental effect on freedom of expression.
10 June 2011

China

IFJ Press Freedom in China Campaign Bulletin - June 2011

IFJ issues its June 2011 bulletin on the state of media freedom in China.
9 June 2011

Joint action - Tunisia

IFEX-TMG members alarmed by resurgence of Internet censorship and arrests

IFEX-TMG calls for free speech rights of Tunisian citizens to be upheld in the run up to free elections.
9 June 2011

Egypt

Human Rights Watch urges military to make clear break with past repressive policies

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) should repeal laws that restrict free expression, association and assembly, and end trials of civilians before military tribunals, Human Rights Watch said.
6 June 2011

China

Two decades after Tiananmen massacre, repression still trumps political reform, Human Rights Watch says

The government's refusal to take responsibility for the massacre of unarmed civilians in June 1989 laid the foundation for the state impunity behind the current crackdown on dissent, Human Rights Watch said.
6 June 2011

Fiji

PFF invites information secretary to meet with Pacific journalists to discuss media freedom

The media monitoring group was responding to a statement by the information secretary urging journalists to "Think Fiji first" and report in a"fair and balanced way."
6 June 2011

Peru

Attacks on the press rise in lead up to election

At least eight journalists have been physically attacked, threatened, or verbally harassed in response to their coverage of the presidential race.
6 June 2011

Brazil

Forum participants oppose possible implementation of another press law

During a forum in Brasilia, several jurists, lawyers and journalists agreed that Brazil does not need a new press law to regulate the media.
3 June 2011

Pakistan

Government urged to set up Shahzad judicial commission by 10 June

The president of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) said journalists from throughout the country would assemble in Islamabad and stage a sit-in at the Parliament if the commission was not set up by this date.
3 June 2011

China

Human Rights Watch urges Facebook to safeguard users before entering Chinese market

The company's possible entry into China coincides with an aggressive effort by the government to silence dissent.
2 June 2011

International

Special rapporteurs for free expression call for Internet speech rights

In their annual joint declaration, the rapporteurs called on national governments and other parties to respect freedom of expression in Internet communications.
2 June 2011

Middle East and North Africa

Human rights organisations call on UN to urgently address killings of pro-democracy protestors

The statement denounced the current crackdown on protesters in al-Hureya square in Taiz, Yemen, which has killed more than 50 protestors, as well as the targeting of activists in Syria, which has resulted in the killing of between 1,000 and 1,200 protestors.
2 June 2011

Uganda

ARTICLE 19 calls on East African Community to discuss Uganda's human rights record

During May 2011 alone, at least nine people died following brutal attacks by state security agents and many more were injured, including journalists.
1 June 2011

Joint action - Philippines

Thirty-eight organisations call for freedom of expression and justice in the Ampatuan massacre trials

Thirty-six IFEX members, along with Centre for Law and Democracy and the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, expressed concern about the 12 April resolution of the Court of Appeals, Manila Special Division of Five, requiring Monette Salaysay and Rowena Paraan to explain why they should not be held in contempt for comments attributed to them in a "Philippine Daily Inquirer" article regarding the Ampatuan Town Massacre trials.
1 June 2011

Joint action - Pakistan

Thirty-four IFEX members call for murder investigations

Representatives from the international community of journalists' organisations and press freedom defenders gathered in Lebanon for IFEX's bi-annual conference and urged the Pakistani government and its law-enforcement and security agencies to take immediate action to implement all appropriate measures to protect media personnel and to prosecute murderers of journalists.
1 June 2011

Joint action - Sri Lanka

Thirty-seven IFEX members urge authorities to accommodate visit of UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression

The groups urged President Rajapaksa to invite the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, to Sri Lanka, while expressing deep concern for journalists who continue to be subjected to threats, harassment and assaults with alarming regularity.
1 June 2011

Joint action - China

Thirty-three IFEX members express grave concern over restrictions on freedom of expression

IFEX members note with alarm the efforts of China's authorities to restrict freedom of expression in regard to debate on political reform in China, following reform movements in the Middle East and North Africa since late 2010.
31 May 2011

Joint action - Eritrea

Thirty-three IFEX members condemn continued persecution of imprisoned journalists

The detained journalists are held without charges and forced to endure terrible conditions such as extended periods in the sun and denial of medication.
31 May 2011

Joint action - Burma

Thirty-seven IFEX members call attention to the plight of 17 journalists, bloggers and artists who remain detained in Burmese prisons

Even though a new government has been formed in Burma after the elections in November 2010, there is still no guarantee of improvements in the country's media environment.
31 May 2011

Joint action - Somalia

Thirty IFEX members sign letter to authorities regarding attacks against journalists

IFEX members condemn the increased attacks and judicial harassment against Somali journalists and media organisations.
31 May 2011

Joint action - Ecuador

Thirty-three IFEX members urge the state to stop all attacks and persecutions against journalists and the media

IFEX members express their concern over the current situation of press freedom in Ecuador and the conditions of extreme hostility in which the country's journalists and private media must do their work.
31 May 2011

Joint action - Bahrain

Thirty IFEX members protest travel ban on Nabeel Rajab and other threats to BCHR

On 1 June, the King of Bahrain has promised to end the state of emergency he imposed in mid-March to quell pro-democracy demonstrations. This would be a welcome occasion for the Bahraini government to end human rights abuses including lifting the travel ban on Nabeel Rajab so that he can join us in Beirut.
31 May 2011

Guinea

RSF urges authorities to implement 2010 press laws

After a five-day visit to Conakry, RSF presented its initial findings on the media situation in the country and announced its recommendations to the authorities.
31 May 2011

Fiji

PFF calls on government to lift Public Emergency Regulations, allow media to report freely

The restrictive regulations prevent journalists from reporting the news without prior approval by the authorities.
30 May 2011

Mexico

IAPA calls for renewed commitment to investigation into journalist's still unpunished murder

Thus far there is no information about the investigation into the 2008 murder of Armando Rodríguez, nor whether anyone has been arrested or charged.
26 May 2011

Pakistan

IFJ urges interior minister to report on attacks against journalists

IFJ called on the minister and his provincial counterparts to conduct an urgent appraisal of investigations by local authorities into the murders of journalists and to make public his findings.
25 May 2011

Botswana

Freedom of information law must be strengthened, says ARTICLE 19

Although ARTICLE 19 welcomes the initiative to draft a law on access to information, it falls short of international and regional standards on freedom of expression and requires amendments.
24 May 2011

Burma

Human Rights Watch campaign wins top ad awards

The honours spotlight continued political repression in the country, where sham elections in November 2010 entrenched military rule under the facade of civilian government.
24 May 2011

Thailand

A year after riots, journalists still face safety concerns and impunity issues

SEAPA, TJA, ISRA Institute and the Thai Broadcast Journalists Association hosted a forum to reflect on the year that has passed and what lessons could be drawn from covering the clashes.
19 May 2011

International

ARTICLE 19 calls on states to ensure LGBT persons' free expression and right to information is protected

The denial of rights and the failure to conduct proper investigations into violence against LGBT persons lead to a chilling effect on their exercise of freedom of expression, says ARTICLE 19.
19 May 2011

Syria

Twenty-three days in a detention facility: Q&A with journalist Khaled Sid Mohand

IPI reiterates calls for the immediate release of journalists in custody.
13 May 2011

Equatorial Guinea

UNESCO rejects petition to reinstate prize funded by Equatorial Guinea president

The UNESCO Executive Board declined to consider a request by the Obiang government to reverse its prior decision and award the prize without delay.
13 May 2011

Uzbekistan

Six years on, no justice for Andijan victims

The government continues its relentless persecution of human rights activists and others critical of the government.
12 May 2011

International / Awards

Turkish journalist Zeynep Oral named recipient of first "IPI Press Freedom Dialogue Award"

"There could be no more deserving or fitting recipient of this award, which we intend to present annually to a journalist, or journalists, who through their devotion to press freedom and their profession have helped advance dialogue between nations and/or peoples," IPI said.
12 May 2011

Côte d'Ivoire

New president must improve press freedom, says CPJ

With a new president in office, it is time to end the political persecution of journalists by creating an environment in which the press is free to report without fear of reprisals, CPJ said.
11 May 2011

China

IFJ Press Freedom in China Campaign Bulletin - May 2011

IFJ issues its April 2011 bulletin on the state of media freedom in China.
10 May 2011

Joint action - Tunisia

IFEX-TMG members support fair and transparent allocation process for broadcasting licences

Ahead of the first ever democratic elections in the country, IFEX-TMG members encourage a swift, fair and transparent broadcast licencing process.
10 May 2011

West Africa

WAJA World Press Freedom Day statement

WAJA stands in solidarity with fallen colleagues in the region and victims of threats, harassment and legal intimidation in Côte d'Ivoire, Togo, Sierra Leone and Senegal.
10 May 2011

Argentina

IAPA mission voices concern at state of press freedom

The IAPA mission was warned about the existence of legislation that could potentially restrict the media through discrimination in the granting of operating licences, and by interference in media content and editorial positions.
9 May 2011

Africa

MISA statement to African Commission for Human and Peoples' Rights

In its statement to ACHPR, MISA expounded on the state of media freedom in southern Africa.
9 May 2011

Joint action - Bahrain

Fifty-seven IFEX members and partners call on world authorities to help stop human rights violations and free expression abuses

Forty-two IFEX members and 15 partners appealed for global attention to stop detention, torture and threats to journalists and free expression activists, including to IFEX member Bahrain Centre for Human Rights.
6 May 2011

United Kingdom

IFJ supports photojournalists' fight against arbitrary ban in London

London-based photographers staged a Flashmob outside City Hall to denounce arbitrary restrictions on their work in a city where the banning of photography in many public spaces is enforced by private security guards.
6 May 2011

Indonesia

Journalists group urges government to stop impunity, killings, provide protection and benefits to media workers

According to AJI, impunity of perpetrators from legal accountability is the root of the escalating cases of violence, signifying the government's poor protection for journalists.
6 May 2011

Iraq

One year since his murder, RSF pays tribute to Kurdish journalist Sardasht Osman

The anniversary of Osman's murder comes at a time of tension as journalists are constantly the targets of death threats, acts of intimidation, physical attacks and murder attempts.
6 May 2011

Philippines

Industrial rights key to press freedom, says IFJ

IFJ sponsored a World Press Freedom Day roundtable discussion which brought together media practitioners, government representatives, civil society organisations and academics to assess the many challenges faced by journalists and the media.
6 May 2011

Asia and Pacific

PINA president urges media to deal with new barriers and frontiers "the Pacific way"

"We have developed a framework to deal with the realities emerging on the ground from our different communities and resolved to engage with our island governments to address the issues dear to those communities," said Moses Stevens.
6 May 2011

Singapore

UN rights body urged to press for fundamental freedoms

United Nations member states should denounce the severe restrictions on freedom of expression, association, and assembly during the country's first-ever Universal Periodic Review (UPR), Human Rights Watch said.
6 May 2011

Somalia

NUSOJ urges Transitional Federal Government to accept UN recommendations to improve free expression situation

"It is our hope that the TFG will accept the recommendations from the UN Human Rights Council in order to improve the freedom of expression situation in the country," says NUSOJ.
6 May 2011

Middle East and North Africa

IFJ affiliates show solidarity with journalists on the frontline of "Arab Spring"

"Our unions and their members in the region are playing a major role in the seismic shift that is shaking the region and have become key players in the fight for democracy, individual freedom, justice and human rights," said IFJ.
6 May 2011

International / Awards

Ugandan LGBT advocate to receive Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders

Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera has had the courage to appear on national television and radio stations and has issued news statements on behalf of the gay community, Human Rights Watch said.
6 May 2011

Pakistan

President vows to pursue justice in journalist murders

The president's commitment, made on World Press Freedom Day, will be monitored by CPJ and national press freedom groups.
6 May 2011

Burma

RSF supports Free Burma VJs Campaign

Burma is widely recognised as having one of the world's most repressive media environments, and consistently ranks at the tail end of global press freedom indexes.
5 May 2011

Somalia

NUSOJ World Press Freedom Day statement

To commemorate this day, NUSOJ celebrates the indispensable role that journalists play in Somali society in the face of an increasing wave of repression.
4 May 2011

Bahrain

BCHR statement: "Journalists in Bahrain - the murder of free speech and the siege of freedom"

Bahraini journalists call for a helping hand and for the adoption of measures to ensure their safety.
4 May 2011

Joint action - Azerbaijan

Joint appeal to UNESCO director-general over Fatullayev case

Freedom of expression organisations express deep concern over the continued imprisonment of journalist Eynulla Fatullayev.
4 May 2011

Eritrea

IFJ joins Federation of African Journalists' Press Freedom Day call for release of journalists

The situation of freedom of expression has been steadily deteriorating as it is estimated that some 30 journalists have been detained, without charges, since the government imposed a ban on independent media in September 2001.
4 May 2011

Colombia

IFJ backs silent march to denounce threats against journalists

The appeal followed recent threats made against FECOLPER President Eduardo Márquez, and other journalists who were targeted by the Black Eagles, an armed paramilitary group.
4 May 2011

Burma

Press freedom still lacking despite some changes, Mizzima says

Under the new government of President Thein Sein, the Press Scrutiny and Registration Division under the Information Ministry recently lifted censorship of some journals and eased their tight control over media coverage of certain subjects.
3 May 2011

Americas

IAPA and Chilean press association call for defense of press freedom during conference marking World Press Freedom Day

Former Uruguayan President Julio María Sanguinetti said "there is no democracy without press freedom" at the start of the Conference on Freedom of Expression.
3 May 2011

International

WAN-IFRA marks World Press Freedom Day

"There is a growing understanding in the developed, democratic world that a lack of press freedom is not only an issue in developing and non-democratic countries but (. . .) needs to be defended in mature democratic nations as well," said WAN-IFRA.
3 May 2011

Malaysia

People must reclaim media, make their voices heard, says CIJ

The Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 (PPPA) is one law that has been so effective in muzzling the traditional media that the federal government is reportedly considering expanding its scope to include new media.
3 May 2011

International

World Press Freedom Day: No Frontiers, New Barriers

Many governments, are trying hard to restore or fortify barriers to trace, block, target and censor those who champion the truth, ARTICLE 19 said.
3 May 2011

International

World Press Freedom Day: AMARC calls for communication rights for all

AMARC calls upon states and governments, and press and audiovisual regulatory authorities to respect their commitments to press and audiovisual freedom of expression.
3 May 2011

International

Marking World Press Freedom Day, RSF releases new "press freedom predators" list

Thirty-eight heads of state and warlords sow terror among journalists, according to RSF.
3 May 2011

Palestine / Awards

MADA announces free expression award recipients

During a ceremony marking Word Press Freedom Day, MADA's chairman highlighted the major violations committed against journalists in 2010.
3 May 2011

Philippines

In defense of press freedom: CMFR statement on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day

The Philippine media situation has resisted change despite the change of administration in July, CMFR noted, adding that World Press Freedom Day is being commemorated after a year of global and national turmoil.
3 May 2011

International

Shadow of 9/11 attacks hangs over journalism, says IFJ on World Press Freedom Day

"The range of concerns being raised by journalists around the world shows press freedom still faces formidable challenges," said IFJ.
3 May 2011

Europe and Central Asia

World Press Freedom Day also needed in Europe, deplores IFJ

"The duty of journalists as watchdogs of democracy requires national or European authorities to take their responsibilities for the enforcement of press freedom standards as fundamental rights," IFJ said.
3 May 2011

Europe and Central Asia

IPI warns of new press freedom offenders

Threats, assaults, harassment and diverse types of pressure are part of a journalist's daily life in South, East and Central Europe, IPI said.
2 May 2011

Ethiopia

EFJA cites international support as key to improving press freedom

"We have appreciated IFEX members' condemnations of the Ethiopian government's repressive measures against the organisation," says EFJA President Kifle Mulat.
2 May 2011

International

MISA and partners celebrate 20th anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration

Along with its development partners, MISA will host the Windhoek +20 Conference in Windhoek, under the theme: "Media in Africa 20 Years On: Our Past, Present and Future".
2 May 2011

Asia and Pacific

Shooting the messenger, undermining democracy: SEAPA's statement on World Press Freedom Day

"Killing the messenger of bad tidings does not solve the problem of those in power. These heinous acts only further put a democratic society in danger," says SEAPA.
29 April 2011

Middle East and North Africa

Journalists, cyber activists in the line of fire

There have been widespread allegations of human rights violations and disappearances during the pro-democracy protests, and many journalists, human rights defenders, bloggers and cyber activists have been detained in a number of countries, including in Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen and Syria.
28 April 2011

International / Awards

2011 IPA Freedom to Publish Prize awarded to Vietnamese publisher Bui Chat

Bui Chat heads the Giay Vun Publishing House, which is devoted to printing and publishing of the works of Vietnam's "pavement poets" beyond the reach of censorship authorities.
27 April 2011

Australia / China

Australian prime minister urged to spotlight rights regression in China

"Prime Minister Gillard has spoken up about Australia's concerns from Canberra; now the test is whether she will do so publicly in Beijing," said Human Rights Watch.
27 April 2011

Syria

Syria should not be allowed on UN Human Rights Council, rights groups urge

In a letter of appeal, Syrian and Arab NGOs expressed alarm about Syria's candidacy for membership in the HRC.
27 April 2011

Thailand

TJA calls on prime minister to support World Press Freedom Day

A series of activities aimed at raising public awareness of press freedom, freedom of expression and journalists' code of ethics will be held on 3 May 2011.
26 April 2011

Iran

UN High Commissioner urged to intervene to stop persecution of independent publishers, writers

A blacklist issued in January 2011 lists, among others, those publishers who are allegedly attempting to overthrow the "Islamic establishment".
20 April 2011

Turkey

Despite 20 years of progress, Turkey remains a dangerous country for journalists, says RSF

An RSF delegation traveled to Istanbul from 13-19 April to investigate recent arrests and detentions of journalists, and to review the state of press freedom in the country.
20 April 2011

Ecuador

Referendum threatens press freedom, says CPJ

The upcoming referendum may restrict news content and weaken news media companies, CPJ noted.
20 April 2011

Philippines

President Aquino urged to stop killings

In an open letter to the president, media groups and journalism professors and students asked Aquino "to show political will to put an end to impunity and to launch the presidential initiatives needed to begin the process of change."

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