January 22, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday criticized the Ethiopian government, accusing it of systematically restricting media in anticipation of the country's May 2015 elections. The 76-page report, entitled "Journalism Is Not a Crime: Violations of Media Freedom in Ethiopia," indicates that the ...[read more]
January 7, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday spoke out against the attack against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, expressing his shock and appall at at the actions of the terrorists who carried it out. The attack was perpetrated by masked gunmen who entered the office of the ...[read more]
January 1, 2015
by Brittany Felder
Egypt's Court of Cassation on Thursday, ordered a retrial for three Al Jazeera journalists jailed for falsifying news reports and associating with the Muslim Brotherhood. The three journalists are Peter Greste, Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed. Greste and Fahmy are both foreign nationals; ...[read more]
November 2, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The UN on Sunday observed the first International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists after the resolution to do so was adopted in December of last year. The date commemorates the assassination of two French journalists, Gislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, in Mali in 2013. The ...[read more]
October 9, 2014
by Colleen Mallick
A group of independent experts from the UN Human Rights Council once again urged the Malaysian government on Wednesday to abolish the Sedition Act of 1948 after receiving reports of increasing criminalization of government critics. UN Human Rights Council experts claim that they have received ...[read more]
September 2, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A group of UN human rights experts, including the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, urged stronger protection Monday for journalists covering conflicts. The group said recent attacks, kidnappings, and arbitrary incarcerations need to be condemned and opposed by the ...[read more]
August 14, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
A court in Azerbaijan on Thursday upheld the pre-trial detention of top human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev. Aliyev was arrested in 2011 on charges including illegal commercial activity, tax evasion and abuse of power. Earlier this month he was jailed for at least three months. Aliyev's lawyer ...[read more]
August 3, 2014
by William Helbling
Journalists on Friday criticized the passage of a new law which restricts crime reporting within the state of Sinaloa, located in northwestern Mexico. The legislation prohibits journalists from documenting a crime scene using audio or video, essentially requiring journalists to rely on ...[read more]
July 20, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
An Ethiopian court on Friday charged nine journalists with terrorism and inciting violence under Ethiopia's anti-terrorism law. The journalists, including six bloggers, were arrested in April and have been prevented from accessing their families or legal counsel since their arrests. According to ...[read more]
July 12, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
There is mounting evidence of abductions and violence against activists, protesters and journalists in eastern Ukraine over the last three months, Amnesty International (AI) reported Friday. The report, entitled Abductions and Torture in Eastern Ukraine, documents the findings of allegations of ...[read more]

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