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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.
15 April 2014 |

Brazilian journalists under increased pressure from police and protesters

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.
15 April 2014 |

Kazakh media publications and public associations risk suspension under state of emergency decree

Kazakh media publications and public associations risk suspension under state of emergency decree 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.
15 April 2014 |

Three Lebanese al-Manar journalists murdered in Syria

Three Lebanese al-Manar journalists murdered in Syria 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.
14 April 2014 |

Globovisión journalist released after having been kidnapped for a week in Venezuela

Globovisión journalist released after having been kidnapped for a week in Venezuela 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.
14 April 2014 |

Controversy surrounds India's biometric database

Controversy surrounds India's biometric database 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.
14 April 2014 |

IPI executive director reflects on the state of press freedom worldwide

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.
14 April 2014 |

Australia debates repeal of parts of racial discrimination act

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.
14 April 2014 |

Russia: Constitutional Court upholds "foreign agents" law

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.
14 April 2014 |

Transnational monitoring project supports journalists in Italy, Southeast Europe

“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.
14 April 2014 |

Radio Progreso team member murdered in Honduras

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.
14 April 2014 |

Egypt detains more journalists as elections approach

Two journalists were arrested in Egypt on 9 April 2014 and new charges filed against three others, according to news reports.
14 April 2014 |

Bahraini blogger jailed for "improper handling of information technology"

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".
11 April 2014 |

Nigerian man detained for tweeting about attempted jailbreak

Nigerian man detained for tweeting about attempted jailbreak Onimisi Isiaka Yusuf was arrested for posting pictures of the attempted jailbreak by detainees suspected to be members of Boko Haram.
11 April 2014 |

Turkish journalist laureate of UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2014

Turkish journalist laureate of UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2014 Turkish journalist Ahmet Şik is an ardent defender of freedom of expression, and has devoted his career to denouncing corruption and human rights abuses.
11 April 2014 |

Digital freedom in Bangladesh: Navigating in uncertain waters

Digital freedom in Bangladesh: Navigating in uncertain waters 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.
11 April 2014 |

In Russia, Chechen activist arrested, beaten after criticizing republic's leader

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.
11 April 2014 |

Bahraini civil society: Freedom of association must be respected for dialogue to be possible

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.


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