A CCHR Briefing Note on Cambodia's first ever Cyber Crimes Law summarises the current Internet landscape in Cambodia, the worldwide increase in cyber-crimes, and the ways in which cyberspace can be legislated, and offers concrete recommendations to the Royal Government of Cambodia on the draft Law to ensure it complies with international human rights standards and guarantees the right to freedom of expression.
Russian authorities have blocked access to 13 sites connected to ”Ukrainian nationalist organisations” on the social media site Vkontakte
, Russia’s answer to Facebook.
TV and radio presenter Geolino Lopes Xavier was murdered on 27 February 2014 in Teixeira de Freitas, in the northeastern state of Bahía. Lopes was the fourth Brazilian journalist to be killed since the start of the year and the third to be the victim of a targeted shooting in the space of two weeks.
On Music Freedom Day, IFEX recognises the free expression rights of musicians and looks back at five cases from the last year when people have tried to stop the music.
Students were arrested and injured in clashes with gendarmes after trying to protest "arbitrary criteria" that the University of Lomé has introduced for granting scholarships.
Chinese authorities are urged to immediately release Ilham Tohti, a Uighur blogger and academic who has been charged with separatism after being held incommunicado and without charge since 15 January 2014.
Iran, Cuba, UAE, Azerbaijan, India and Turkey are examples of countries whose leaders contradict their own policies and practices on restricting social media.
Newspaper vendor Fungai Dhori was reportedly assaulted by a group of three policemen in Harare who accused him of feeding NewsDay
papers with "fictitious stories" about corruption in the police force.
Bahraini security forces arrested photographer Sayed Ahmed Al-Mousawi, 25, after raiding his home at dawn on 10 February 2014.
“Intellectual freedom is the freedom to think,” says Franklin Carter, editor and researcher with the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee. “People need it to learn and grow throughout their lives. Learning and growing are much easier if people are free to read, write and discuss information and ideas.”
A bill to partially decriminalise defamation in Trinidad and Tobago has received final parliamentary approval, the latest sign of growing momentum around the International Press Institute's Campaign to Repeal Criminal Defamation in the Caribbean.
The Inter American Press Association is supporting a public awareness campaign launched by the Association of Argentine Press Entities (ADEPA) for Argentina’s authorities to ensure the safety and protection of journalists.
IFEX members joined the world's press on and around the Global Day of Action organised by the Al Jazeera Network on 27 February in calling for the release of three Al Jazeera journalists detained in Egypt since 29 December 2013.
Security officers arrested Mohamed Bare on 11 February for posting photos on the Radio Danan website showing the Lower Shabelle region’s vice-president after he was injured by a bomb.
The March 2013 Art of Transition Symposium was the first public discussion of artist freedom of expression in Burma, looking in particular at the impact of the wave of political reforms, which started at the end of 2011, on artistic freedom of expression.
The shutdown order issued by a district court in Almaty against the independent weekly newspaper Pravdivaya Gazeta
is yet another example of Kazakhstan's determination to gag independent voices in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said on 25 February 2014, adding that the verdict should be overturned on appeal.
Many standard web programmes lack the necessary security for writers to be protected from surveillance and hacking. However, several organisations which defend freedom of speech online and promote digital security have developed simple guides to improve online security.
IFJ and the HKJA have condemned a brutal attack on recently-sacked "Ming Pao" chief editor Kevin Lau. The horrific attack comes amidst rising tensions in Hong Kong over ongoing threats to free speech and freedom of the press.
A U.S. court has ruled that Google should remove the Innocence of Muslims video from YouTube because of copyright. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed that an actress in the video may have a claim and further ordered that the ruling be kept secret until 26 February “to prevent a rush to copy and proliferate the film".
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Yemeni authorities issued the ban against Aden Alghad newspaper on 22 February sparking protests in Aden.