IFEX-exclusive interview with IACHR Special Rapporteur Pedro Vaca Villarreal
At a time when the Americas region is facing critical freedom of expression & information challenges, we’re publishing an exclusive interview with Pedro Vaca, the new Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression at the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights (IACHR).
During the 45-minute video interview, recorded just a few weeks after Vaca was named to the role, journalist Vanina Berghella asks him about a wide range of issues and priorities for the Americas region — everything from the impact of COVID-19 on the media and the digital divide to gendered attacks on freedom of expression, journalist safety, and the responsibilities of digital platforms at a time when hate speech and misinformation are on the rise.
Urgent call to release Abdul-Hadi al-Khawaja on his 60th birthday and 10th anniversary of his detention
IFEX joins civil society organisations from around the world in urging the UN, governments, and the diplomatic community to urgently call on Bahraini authorities to release human rights defender Abdul-Hadi al-Khawaja.
The murder bears all the signs of a targeted assassination. Press groups have called on the authorities to establish whether the attack was linked to Karaivaz’s work.
March 2021 in Africa: A free expression roundup produced by IFEX’s regional editor Reyhana Masters, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.
March 2021 in the Americas: A free expression round up produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Paula Martins, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.
The proposed amendments would make it illegal for journalists to “discredit” the state, effectively prohibiting any criticism of the government. They would also enable authorities to strip journalists of accreditation for allegedly committing a crime while carrying out professional duties.
March 2021 in Asia-Pacific: A free expression roundup produced by IFEX’s regional editor Mong Palatino, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.