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17 April 2014 |

Journalist held for 10 days, charged with “terrorism” in Cuba

Reporters Without Borders condemns independent journalist Juliet Michelena Díaz’s detention since 7 April 2014, three days after she wrote a by-lined report for the Miami-based independent news platform Cubanet about a case of ordinary police violence she had witnessed in Havana.
17 April 2014 |

IFJ condemns China's Internet regulators for restricting freedom of opinion

The IFJ condemns the Chinese Internet regulators for restraining people's freedom to comment on the trial of a prominent microblogger, who admitted in court to charges of rumour-mongering on the net.
17 April 2014 |

Speak up and speak out: Protecting freedom of expression for LGBT people

Speak up and speak out: Protecting freedom of expression for LGBT people In honour of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO-T), ARTICLE 19 and IFEX members are asking organisations to demand that everyone's right to free expression is fully respected by signing the following statement.
17 April 2014 |

Hindu supremacists stall play in India

A Hindu supremacist group has succeeded in getting "Ali J", a play centred around the partition of India and communal riots, and seeking to demolish every argument advanced by Hindu fundamentalists, off the stage. This is only the latest incident aimed at censorship and "rewriting history".
17 April 2014 |

Colombian journalist continues to receive threats as case against her kidnappers progresses

The criminal proceedings against investigative journalist Claudia Julieta Duque's alleged kidnappers are finally progressing for the first time in more than a decade. But, at the same time, the repeated attempts to intimidate Duque have intensified as the proceedings have progressed and she recently reported renewed intimidation of her parents.
17 April 2014 |

In the midst of a state-run media crackdown, 5000 rally in Moscow to protest censorship

In the midst of a state-run media crackdown, 5000 rally in Moscow to protest censorship Protesters expressed frustration and disappointment at the suppression of dissenting voices in Russia, as well as anxiety that recent events signal a return to "the country’s Communist totalitarian past."
17 April 2014 |

Saudi rights activist Waleed Abu al-Khair arrested, family denied access

Saudi Arabia’s Specialized Criminal Court ordered Abu al-Khair’s detention when he attended a hearing in his case on 15 April 2014. Since his arrest the authorities have not allowed him to contact family members, who had no knowledge of his whereabouts for 24 hours.
17 April 2014 |

Israel arrests Palestinian journalist after visiting Lebanon

Israel arrests Palestinian journalist after visiting Lebanon Journalist Majd Kayyal was arrested on 12 April 2014 returning from Lebanon via the Sheikh Hussein Crossing after two weeks in Lebanon participating in the As Safir newspaper conference. He is facing charges of visiting a hostile state and communicating with foreign agents.
16 April 2014 |

Getting away with murder: CPJ's 2014 Global Impunity Index

Getting away with murder: CPJ's 2014 Global Impunity Index Syria has joined the list of countries where journalists' murders are most likely to go unpunished, while Iraq, Somalia, and the Philippines once again were the worst offenders, CPJ has found in its newly updated Impunity Index.
16 April 2014 |

Palestinian journalist faces threats of legal action by Hamas government

As a result of an article she wrote on Hamas soldiers and Gaza's mosques for the Lebanese Al-Akhbar newspaper on 3 April 2014, Palestinian journalist Orouba Othman now faces legal consequences.
16 April 2014 |

Journalists harassed, detained and denied entry to Ukraine

Journalists harassed, detained and denied entry to Ukraine According to the latest media reports, over 20 journalists and crews from around a dozen Russian news outlets have been denied entry to the country over the past few days. The incidents have taken place amid increasing tension in Ukraine, with pro-Russian activists occupying buildings in more eastern towns.
16 April 2014 |

Ahead of Algerian elections, both foreign and local journalists face restrictions

Ahead of Algerian elections, both foreign and local journalists face restrictions Authorities have been interfering with the ability of journalists to cover tomorrow's presidential elections, which follow weeks of protests regarding President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's decision to run for a fourth term.
15 April 2014 |

#FreethePress: 30 days for freedom

#FreethePress: 30 days for freedom Demand the release of jailed journalists worldwide in the lead up to World Press Freedom Day on 3 May. Join the Twitter campaign with the hashtag #FreethePress.
15 April 2014 |

Ethiopian authorities detain ARTICLE 19 staff for 29 hours

On 3 April 2014, Patrick Mutahi flew to Addis Ababa, where he was due to deliver a security and safety training for journalists and media workers. Upon landing, he was detained by immigration officials, who confiscated his passport and mobile telephone and told him that he would not be permitted to enter the country.
15 April 2014 |

Linking access to information to protection of the environment in Bangladesh

Linking access to information to protection of the environment in Bangladesh ARTICLE 19 outlines how local communities and activists are using the Right to Information Act to hold Bangladeshi authorities accountable for creating a safe and sustainable environment.
15 April 2014 |

Danger of self-censorship after council issues warning to radio stations in Haiti

Danger of self-censorship after council issues warning to radio stations in Haiti Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by the communiqué that the National Telecommunications Council issued on 8 April 2014 condemning “certain” radio stations that “systematically broadcast false information liable to disturb pubic order".
15 April 2014 |

Repressive anti-terrorism law threatens peaceful dissent in Pakistan

Repressive anti-terrorism law threatens peaceful dissent in Pakistan Pakistan's draft counterterrorism violates fundamental rights to freedom of speech, privacy and peaceful assembly. In its current form, the law could be used to suppress peaceful political opposition and criticism of government policy, says Human Rights Watch.
15 April 2014 |

Three motorcyclists arrested over violent assault of Ugandan journalist

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.
15 April 2014 |

Two Vietnamese netizens released from prison, 31 others still held

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.
15 April 2014 |

Journalist Mashallah Shamsolvaezin calls on Iran to release the 48 reporters it holds behind bars

Journalist Mashallah Shamsolvaezin calls on Iran to release the 48 reporters it holds behind bars 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.


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