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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.
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.

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