The global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has been accompanied by a surge in misinformation, disinformation, and, in some countries, government censorship, at a time when access to factual and timely information has perhaps never been so important.
IFEX members around the world are working hard to ensure respect for human rights and open, safe, and equitable access to reliable information, both online and offline, at this critical time.
Check out our Access to Information hub to stay up to date with their important work.
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“Every alert makes sure that journalists and media workers do not have to suffer in silence. To effectively support journalists across Europe, we need everyone’s help to ensure that every violation is reported on Mapping Media Freedom.”
Working with lawyers and judges from all over Europe, PEN Norway has commissioned a series of in-depth reports into indictments that have taken place during the past 5 years in cases against the media, human rights activists and civil society in Turkey.
The Gulf Centre for Human Rights calls for the urgent release of imprisoned renowned Iranian lawyer and human rights defender, Nasrin Sotoudeh, who has been on a hunger strike to protest the detention of prisoners of conscience in Iran’s overcrowded prisons.
Journalist Omaska Jallah sustained severe injuries after being attacked by party supporters while he was covering a voter’s roll update.
Victims speaking to Human Rights Watch described beatings, prolonged stress positions, electric shocks and rape. Their serious injuries included broken bones, cracked teeth, skin wounds, electrical burns, and mild traumatic brain injuries.
In light of the recent deaths of journalists in custody, organizations urge the Secretary General to renew efforts and use the full power of his office to renew the call to free jailed journalists.