April 17, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
A Chinese court on Friday sentenced 71-year-old freelance journalist Gao Yu to seven years in prison for 'leaking state secrets' to foreign contacts. Yu has been detained since April 2014, and maintains that she is innocent. The sentence has been met with criticism. An official for the European ...[read more]
April 6, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
A spokesperson for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that a prosecutor ordered Internet providers to block social networking sites including Twitter and YouTube. The order stems from photos posted on the social media sites that show militant Marxists pointing a gun at a prosecutor ...[read more]
April 2, 2015
by Brittany Felder
The Sudanese government's "crackdown on independent media and civil society" will have a chilling effect on political speech, Amnesty International (AI) warned Thursday. AI said the situation is particularly troublesome as Sudan's general elections will commence on April 13. The briefing detailed ...[read more]
March 19, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee on Wednesday called on state authorities to address ongoing challenges to the democratic reform process in Myanmar. Recent studies found that excessive force has been used against civilians within the country. Although ...[read more]
March 12, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
A UN human rights expert on Thursday called on Iran to revoke laws restricting freedom of press, free detained journalists, and stop blocking websites. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran, said that President Hassan Rouhani has not kept the promise he made after his 2013 election to ...[read more]
March 8, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
A Cairo court on Sunday again postponed the retrial of two Al Jazeera journalists accused of links to the Muslim Brotherhood. This is the second time the court has had to reschedule the trial after two key police witnesses failed to appear. Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy were released on bail in ...[read more]
March 5, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) chief Irina Bokova on Tuesday condemned the brutal murder of Colombian journalist Luis Carlos Peralta Cuéllar, urging authorities to bring the perpetrator to justice. Bokova, who is mandated to defend press-freedom by her position, ...[read more]
February 23, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The retrial of two Al Jazeera journalists accused of links to the Muslim Brotherhood has been postponed to March 8 after a brief hearing in Cairo, Egypt, on Monday. The retrial, which was set to commence Monday, has been adjourned for two weeks due to lack of eyewitnesses. Baher Mohamed and ...[read more]
February 16, 2015
by Valerie Howell
A coalition of 71 human rights groups released a statement on Monday urging the Syrian government to release three prominent human rights defenders on the third anniversary of their imprisonment. The statement identifies the three men, Mazen Darwish, Hani Al-Zitani and Hussein Gharir, as Syrian ...[read more]
February 14, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday welcomed the decision by Egyptian authorities to release on bail two Al Jazeera journalists awaiting retrial on terror charges. Baher Mohammed and Mohammed Fahmy spent more than 400 days in jail after a court found them guilty for falsifying news ...[read more]

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