Saraa al Shehary, a correspondent for Al Maserah TV, was kidnapped in Sanaa on the afternoon of 4 December and then left in an area near the airport the following day. It is not known who carried out the attack.
Three media outlets were raided on 9 December 2013, as riot police began to disperse the thousands of participants in the pro-European Union protest movement known as "Euromaidan," who have been demonstrating in Kyiv for days.
Another radio anchor has been killed in the Philippines, three weeks after a presidential spokesperson said that "there is no more impunity" in the country.
In its analysis of Greece's draft anti-racism law, Human Rights Watch notes that while imposing sanctions for direct incitement to violence is legitimate, speech that falls short of incitement to violence – including denial of genocide and war crimes – should not be criminalized.
Amid skyrocketing inflation and shortages of basic goods, Venezuelan authorities claim that an "economic war" is being waged against the government, and are striking back by forcing stores to discount prices and by targeting journalists trying to cover the grim economic news.
The women and girls, all but three between the ages of 15 and 19, were charged with vandalism, thuggery, and rioting; illegal public gathering; and the use of weapons during an early morning protest on October 31 against Morsi’s ouster as president.
Two deadly clashes between protesters and militias took place in Libya in 2013. Authorities are yet to announce the results of promised investigations into these incidents.
As the press enters the post-Mandela era, some journalists are uneasy, concerned whether his passing will lead the government – which over the last few years has curbed the media’s freedoms – to add more restrictions.
On 8 December 2008, writer and political activist Liu Xiaobo was arrested and subsequently imprisoned. At the time of his arrest, he was calling for peaceful political reform, greater human rights and a multi-party democracy in China.
Rami Aysha, a freelance reporter in Lebanon, was arrested on 30 August 2012 while investigating a story on weapons deportation in Beirut. He was released a month later. Most recently, he received a six month jail sentence in absentia on a charge of purchasing firearms.
Earlier this week, Vice President Joseph Biden took a moment during his diplomatic trip to Asia to condemn the Chinese government's treatment of foreign reporters. This comes after journalists from Bloomberg News
and The New York Times
have experienced delays in getting their yearly visa renewal. If the government does not grant the renewal, the reporters will be forced to leave China.
A special ARTICLE 19 publication provides an overview of the main international standards relevant to the protection of the right to freedom of expression in relation to Information Communication Technologies. It identifies international and regional standards for the protection of key areas of concern, including content regulation, the rights of citizen journalists and bloggers, and access to information.
ARTICLE 19 and leading civil liberties campaigners in the U.K. have written to the Home Affairs Committee to highlight concerns about press freedom in the country. The joint letter came ahead of the Committee’s counter-terrorism evidence session on 3 December 2013, at which The Guardian
editor Alan Rusbridger gave evidence.
The Uzbek government should release all prisoners held on politically motivated charges and commit to ending torture on December 8, 2013, to mark the 21st anniversary of the constitution, Human Rights Watch said today.
Following the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention determination that Vietnamese human rights lawyer Le Quoc Quan's detention is illegal, 12 NGOs issued a joint appeal to the authorities calling for his immediate release.
The Colombian journalist Deisy Rodriguez Lagos and the Italian documentary maker Bruno Federico had a narrow escape when a gunman opened fire as they were covering an operation to expel peasants in the Chimichagua district.
Index on Censorship
editor Rachael Jolley reflects on the legacy of Nelson Mandela, a man whose motivation for freedom, dignity and human rights was instrumental in overthrowing apartheid in South Africa.es.
Kawa Germyani, editor of the magazine Rayal in Iraqi Kurdistan, had been threatened for years in connection with his revelations about corruption within Kurdish institutions and had initiated several judicial proceedings against those responsible for these threats.
Ildefonso Chávez, president and editor of the newspaper El Pueblo
in Chihuahua, Mexico, has gone on a hunger strike in protest against the withdrawal of official advertising by the state government in an apparent reprisal for his editorial criticism.
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Iraqi freelance cameraman Yasser Faysal Al-Joumaili was abducted and murdered on 4 December 2013 in northern Syria by members of the Jihadi group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).