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11 April 2014 |

Why the web needs perfect forward secrecy more than ever

EFF has long advocated for websites to support HTTPS instead of plain HTTP to encrypt and authenticate data transmitted on the Internet. However, a recently discovered catastrophic bug, nicknamed "Heartbleed," has critically threatened the security of some HTTPS sites since 2011.
11 April 2014 |

Cambodia's secret Draft Cybercrime Law seeks to undermine free speech online

ARTICLE 19 is deeply concerned about Cambodia's Draft Cybercrime Law, which falls well below international standards on the rights to freedom of expression, information and privacy. If passed in its current form, there is a serious risk that Cambodia's currently free online space will backslide into the country's deep-seated culture of secrecy and self-censorship. ARTICLE 19 obtained a copy of the Draft Law despite the attempts of the Cambodian Government to keep it secret.
11 April 2014 |

Journalism professor gets death threats for supporting student protests in Venezuela

Professor Vladimir Kislinger believes that the harassment is a result of his work as an activist and his open support for the young university students who have been protesting in the nation's streets.
11 April 2014 |

Ugandan media council summons journalist, media houses over news article

The Media Council of Uganda has summoned two media houses and a journalist over a news story about a cabinet minister's alleged plot to grab a deceased person's property.
11 April 2014 |

Tunisian journalists attacked by both citizens and political groups

On 2 April 2014, individuals belonging to the Tunisian Ennahda movement attacked members of the Nesma TV crew leaving a cameraman wounded in the shoulder. Four days later, reporters attending a football match between the EGS Gafsa and Stade Gabésien teams were prevented from covering the match by EGS Gafsa's fans.
11 April 2014 |

Civil society urges Council of Europe to take Azerbaijan to task for human rights record

Azerbaijan's human rights record is inconsistent with standards embraced by the pan-European human rights organisation, the Council of Europe, and so its chairmanship, which will start in May, risks undermining the integrity of the institution's human rights principles.
10 April 2014 |

Surveillance of human rights organisations must cease

Surveillance of human rights organisations must cease PEN International and English PEN are extremely concerned by allegations by Edward Snowden that human rights organisations have been specifically targeted by the British and U.S. spy agencies' mass surveillance programmes.
10 April 2014 |

French president urged to discuss impunity during Mexico visit

French president urged to discuss impunity during Mexico visit Reporters Without Borders and WAN-IFRA have written to French President François Hollande urging him to raise the issue of the safety of journalists and impunity for crimes of violence against media personnel during his two-day official visit to Mexico.
10 April 2014 |

China urged to investigate lawyers' torture claims, close "black jails"

Four Chinese lawyers says they were tortured by police officers while in detention. The Public Security Bureau issued a statement claiming they had been punished for "inciting" Falun Gong practitioners and their families to "gather in crowds to create disturbances" and "shout slogans of evil cult" in front of the legal education center, and for "making up facts online."
10 April 2014 |

Despite upcoming elections, rights abuses continue in Fiji

The assurance of free elections in Fiji and a return to democracy ring hollow when basic rights, such as free speech and assembly, are still being restricted.
10 April 2014 |

Freedom of assembly "on hold" in Cambodia, says human rights group

Freedom of assembly A CCHR briefing note provides an overview and analysis of the current situation of freedom of assembly in Cambodia, where an unlawful ban on all assemblies has been in place since January 2014.
10 April 2014 |

Saudi activist kidnapped by security forces and sentenced to six years in jail

Saudi activist Hussein Abu Zeid was not the only one kidnapped by security forces, he is among 14 young men that were kidnapped that night. Most of them were shot at and injured during the protests.
10 April 2014 |

EU passes new resolution highly critical of Iran's human rights record

The mullah-led regime has reacted with virulence towards article 17 of the European Parliament resolution, which says that “any future Parliament delegations to Iran should be committed to meeting members of the political opposition and civil society activists, and to having access to political prisoners.”
9 April 2014 |

African Commission adopts resolution on media attacks in Somalia

African Commission adopts resolution on media attacks in Somalia In the resolution, the ACHPR "strongly condemns the serious violations of the right to life committed against journalists and media practitioners" and appeals for "the immediate cessation of harassment and intimidation aimed at independent media organisations" in Somalia.
9 April 2014 |

Groups seek human rights protections in Canadian trade agreement with Honduras

PEN Canada and the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law call on officials to tie human rights obligations to Canada’s proposed free trade agreement with Honduras, particularly the surge in violence against journalists who cover organized crime and government corruption.
9 April 2014 |

Asset freeze threatens peaceful dissent in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan government's decision to label 16 overseas Tamil organizations as financers of terrorism is so broad that it appears aimed at restricting peaceful activism by the country's Tamil minority.
9 April 2014 |

30 Days of Press Freedom campaign aimed at raising awareness of issues in Asia Pacific

30 Days of Press Freedom campaign aimed at raising awareness of issues in Asia Pacific The IFJ Asia Pacific is partnering with the The Walkley Foundation and the MEAA for the second annual 30 Days of Press Freedom campaign. On each of the 30 days leading up to 3 May, World Press Freedom Day, the groups will be sharing, highlighting and showcasing stories to raise awareness of press freedom issues in the Asia Pacific region.
9 April 2014 |

Mexican authorities must reinforce mechanism for protecting journalists

Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire has urged the Mexican authorities to “move as quickly as possible to reinforce the mechanism for the protection of journalists and human rights defenders” that was created in October 2012.
9 April 2014 |

Amid rising repression, Burmese journalist given jail term

A Burmese journalist was sentenced to one year in prison on charges of "trespassing" and "disturbing an on-duty civil servant" while reporting a news story. Officials have increasingly used the threat of criminal trespassing charges to prevent probing reports into their activities, CPJ was told during a research mission in 2013.
9 April 2014 |

Stand up for Ai Weiwei and freedom of expression in China

Stand up for Ai Weiwei and freedom of expression in China PEN is spreading awareness of repression in China with its #WithFlowers campaign. Ai Weiwei posts daily photographs of fresh flowers outside of his apartment every day he cannot travel freely; now everyone can as well, on behalf of all Chinese writes and artists.

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