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.
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May in Europe and Central Asia: A round up by IFEX’s Regional Editor Cathal Sheerin of key free expression news, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.
An investigation has revealed a list of 130 individuals subjected to profiling by the Colombian military, including 30 journalists – among them correspondents for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and a National Geographic photographer, all US citizens. IFEX Regional Editor Paula Martins looks at the recent events – and the broader ramifications.
Tunisian organizations call on Moroccan authorities to immediately release the editor of independent newspaper “Akhbar Al-Youm”, Slimane Raissouni, and to stop detaining journalists under fabricated charges.
The controversial provision in the law has been used to harass internet users and the press in Malaysia for sharing critical views on social media.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) recorded 15 cases of police and judicial harassment of Indian journalists in the past month in connection with their coverage of COVID-19 and the government’s response to the public health crisis.