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This year, UNESCO’s theme for World Press Freedom Day is Freedom of expression as a driver for all other human rights. We couldn’t agree more!
As a global network that has been promoting and defending freedom of expression for 30 years, IFEX decided to choose this year’s WPFD to launch our latest Annual Report.
Check it out! You’ll find a wealth of information and stories from a year that produced more than its share of challenges to the right to freedom of expression, but also saw key successes: landmark legal rulings, successful campaigns, and opportunities to build counterpower. Through individual and collaborative action, this network continued to push back against the erosion of civic space and the undermining of democracies.
#GetToKnowIFEX! You can read the full 2022 report here.
Kyrgyzstan urged to stop abusing legislation to target independent media
The recent ruling to close ‘Azattyk Media’ reflects a growing pattern in Kyrgyzstan to draft and arbitrarily implement controversial and ambiguous laws that could be misused to target people and institutions exercising their rights to free expression and information.
Australia: MEAA welcomes defamation judgement on alleged war crimes in Afghanistan
MEAA said the verdict in favor of journalists “is an important affirmation of the role of journalism to investigate and report on serious matters of public interest.”
China: Journalists under increased pressure as national security law expands in Macau
The law now extends to “any individual” suspected of undermining China’s national security, meaning also outside of territory, and regardless of nationality.
Pakistan’s crisis, Hong Kong’s library purge, Chinese censorship (no laughing matter) and some good news
May 2023 in Asia-Pacific: A free expression round up produced by IFEX’s regional editor Mong Palatino, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.
Nicaragua: International NGOs condemn the imprisonment and charges against journalist Víctor Ticay
The government of Daniel Ortega continues escalating its criminalisation of journalists in Nicaragua, in an attempt to achieve a news blackout. The arrest, imprisonment and charges against journalist Víctor Ticay in May 2023, are yet another sign of the social, cultural, and political crisis taking place in the country due to the systematic violation of human rights.
“Perverted movements” in Turkey, “causing public nuisance” in the UK, and a presidential pardon in Belarus
May 2023 in Europe and Central Asia: A free expression round up produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Cathal Sheerin, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.