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On 1 July 2020, members of the International Civil Society Organisations Coalition on the Safety of Journalists sent an information request to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in relation to the Mexican State News Agency (Agencia de Noticias del Estado – NOTIMEX).

Campaigning journalist and human rights advocate Azimjon Askarov was Kyrgyzstan’s most famous prisoner.

The 44th session of the HRC resulted in a number of welcome resolutions, on peaceful protests and freedom of opinion and expression among them, and country-specific discussions. However, several States escaped collective scrutiny this session.

On 25 May 2020, in the United States, George Floyd’s voice was heard for the last time. His horrific murder and his final message – I can’t breathe – shed a harsh light on a reality that far too many look away from. A tipping point was reached. A spark was lit. And the world couldn’t stay silent anymore.

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The Guarani people have lost land and many lives to ruthless developers. Eliseu Lopes, the leading indigenous voice in Brazil, campaigns for the recuperation of Guarani ancestral land and to bring national and international attention to his people’s plight.

Often jailed, but never silenced, Cambodia’s Tep Vanny continues to relentlessly battle for the land rights of her country’s most vulnerable people.

Sociologist Pinar Selek has worked with Turkey’s most marginalised communities. As a reward, the government has put her through one of the most perplexing trials in recent Turkish history.

Berta Cáceres spent her life building a movement to protect the environment and indigenous peoples’ rights. Her enemies tried to silence that movement by killing her, only to find out they can put out the spark, but never the fire.

The issue of violence against journalists who cover organised crime in border areas requires effective and coordinated transnational cooperation. With this in mind, the IACHR proposed that Ecuador and Columbia provide a joint response in the case of the “El Comercio” reporting team. Many lessons have been learned.

How a collaborative project in Indonesia tackled the problem of misinformation and disinformation during the country’s 2019 elections.

An international mission comprised of 17 international organizations underscores its concern regarding the lack of guarantees offered by the Mexican state to solve the country’s grave freedom of expression crisis and the state’s failure to recognize the seriousness of the problem.

As we mark another International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, IFEX salutes some of the many ways people are working to make it safer for journalists to do their work.

“All of us at IFEX wish to express our profound concern and solidarity with our colleagues Gamal Eid, Amr Emam, Mohamed Zaree, and Bahey eldin Hassan following deeply alarming incidents.”

How do you empower people to protect their rights against a massive government push to require the use of biometrics? Sukarn Singh Maini of IFEX member the Software Freedom Law Center, India (SFLC.in) shares some successes, challenges, and lessons they’ve learned during an ongoing education and information-awareness campaign concerning privacy implications and legal challenges to India’s biometric identification system, Aadhaar.