Ddamba Ismael was attacked by a mob of angry commercial motorcyclists while he covered them demanding the release of their colleague, who had been detained by the cyclists' leaders for allegedly failing to pay operational fees in Kampala.
RWB is relieved to learn that two netizens who had spent several years in prison - Vi Duc Hoi and Nguyen Tien Trung - were released although they are now assigned to a form of house arrest.
Iranian journalist Mashallah Shamsolvaezin, the International Press Institute’s newest World Press Freedom Hero, called publicly on his country’s government to unconditionally release the 48 journalists it holds behind bars.
A new report, prepared by the Council for the Defense of the Human Person, said a recent rise in violence can be attributed to the mass protests that began in June 2013 against transport fare rises, corruption and the amount of money spent on preparation for the FIFA World Cup 2014.
If the government declares a state of emergency, officials can issue orders to suspend or terminate media publications, suspend the activities of political parties and public associations, or have administrative sanctions brought against individuals for using audio or video recording devices when they have been ordered not to.
On 14 April, three Lebanese journalists working for Hezbollah's al-Manar television station, were shot while covering fighting between government forces and insurgents in Maaloula, north of Damascus.
On April 14, 2014, journalist Nairobi Pinto, head of the correspondents department at Globovisión, was released by her captors in Cúa, the capital of Urdaneta municipality in Miranda state, at close to 1 a.m. after the communicator had been kidnapped for over one week.
India has taken on the monumental challenge of issuing each resident of the country with a Unique Identification Number (UID). Concerns about privacy and data retention stem in part from the fact that the country has not passed a privacy law or a comprehensive data protection law.
During the IPI World Congress in Cape Town, the organisation's executive director delivered a report on the state of press freedom in Africa and elsewhere.
Australia is looking at repealing sections of the Racial Discrimination Act, including section 18c which makes it unlawful to "offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate" people based upon their race. While conservatives applaud the action for reasons of freedom of speech, others argue it will allow more hate speech to go unchecked.
Russian authorities have used the "foreign agents" law to limit advocacy, advisory, and public education outreach work by independent groups on a wide spectrum of issues that involve comment on or interaction with government authorities, Human Rights Watch said.
“In most of the countries covered by this project, we constantly have threats or attacks on journalists and we need to see legal changes,” SEEMO Secretary General Oliver Vujovic said.
Carlos Hilario Mejía Orellana, who had received threats in the past and who was head of sales and marketing for Radio Progreso, was stabbed to death in his home in Yoro department, Honduras, on 11 April 2014.
Two journalists were arrested in Egypt on 9 April 2014 and new charges filed against three others, according to news reports.
On 8 April, a Bahraini court passed a 30-month jail sentence on blogger Ali Maaraj on charges of "insulting the king" and "improper handling of information technology".
Onimisi Isiaka Yusuf was arrested for posting pictures of the attempted jailbreak by detainees suspected to be members of Boko Haram.
Turkish journalist Ahmet Şik is an ardent defender of freedom of expression, and has devoted his career to denouncing corruption and human rights abuses.
Bangladesh witnessed the Internet take on an increasing role in its socio-political sphere in 2013. Usage trends swung more towards positives while the country's regulatory precedents have been mostly negative.
Russian authorities should immediately free Ruslan Kutaev, the head of an independent Chechen group, says Human Rights Watch. Russian authorities should drop the charges against him and ensure that the investigation into allegations that police tortured him is effective.
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The undersigned civil society organizations would like to first express gratitude for the important role that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has and continues to play in addressing human rights violations in Bahrain. Bahraini civil society has and will continue to work closely with the OHCHR to improve the human rights situation in Bahrain.