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The Hong Kong Journalists Association has released its 2020 media report titled ‘Freedom in Danger’. The report cited the challenges faced by the media sector over the past 12 months such as the COVID-19 crisis and the ‘political storm’ generated by the anti-extradition protests and the recently passed national security law.
“The authorities should now establish Joint Investigation Teams with foreign police forces so that there can finally be an end to impunity in Malta, and full justice for Caruana Galizia”.
30 organizations, including IFEX, have signed a statement asking Cambodia to create an independent and impartial commission to thoroughly investigate the murder of political analyst Kem Ley in 2016, and bring all those responsible to justice.
The Governments of Azerbaijan and Tajikistan and all OSCE participating States are urged to uphold their international commitments and to support the renewal of the mandate of Mr Harlem Désir, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (RFOM), before it expires on 19 July.
Groups expressed alarm after Malaysian authorities initiated a probe against Al Jazeera which released a documentary on Malaysia’s treatment of undocumented migrants during the COVID-19 pandemic.
June in Sub-Saharan Africa: A free expression roundup produced by IFEX’s regional editor Reyhana Masters, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.