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“Guardians” can use Absher to grant or deny permission for women and children to travel abroad and obtain a passport.

Tech companies and online platforms have other ways to address the rapid spread of disinformation, including addressing the algorithmic “megaphone” at the heart of the problem and giving users control over their own feeds.

April was a bittersweet month for Africa – Mozambican journalist Amade Abubacar was released on bail after three months in prison, along with Germano Daniel Adriano. Netflix picked up an all-female African animated film, there were new initiatives in South Africa ahead of elections, popular musician/politician Bobi Wine jailed, and we saw again the grim reality of being a journalist in Nigeria and the targeting of vocal environmentalists.

The brutal fashion in which Saudi Arabia ended the lives of 37 men on 23 April evoked disgust from the international community. Not just the executions, but the country’s attempt to control the narrative, must be responded to.

Yavuz Selim Demirağ and İdris Özyol were hospitalised with head injuries after separate violent attacks in mid-May. IFEX members call on the authorities to ensure journalists’ safety in the run-up to the June mayoral elections in Istanbul.

Moroccan authorities are using a law designed to keep people from falsely claiming professional credentials to bring criminal charges against people trying to expose abuses.

Singapore’s new law grants government ministers the power to decide what is true or false – and to remove content accordingly.

The 17th edition of the South Asia Press Freedom Report shows that in spite of war mongering, the damaging impacts of fake news and hate speech, and the politics of control, South Asia’s media workers made it very clear that they have a decisive role to play in fighting the scourge of misinformation and supporting democracy and human rights.

Instead of providing autonomy to Nepali media, the proposed Media Council Bill in Nepal will instead establish a government organ that could curtail press freedom.

Police in Chechnya have carried out a new round of unlawfuldetentions, beatings, and humiliation of men they presume to be gay orbisexual.

Komarov’s colleagues believe that the attack was connected to his work. Komarov frequently wrote about corruption, embezzlement of city budget funds, administrative incompetence, illegal construction and prison conditions.

An explosive device placed under the journalist’s car was detonated in the early hours of the morning outside her home; no-one was injured.

Daniel Hale, a former government intelligence analyst, was charged in a federal court under the Espionage Act with five crimes related to the disclosure of classified information.

Social media companies are censoring images of war. The Syrian Archive is working to preserve them.

The Education Ministry established a hotline and referral system for complaints of violence in schools, but families said they typically received minimal or no information about how or whether the complaints were handled.