Access to Information

Open, safe, and equitable access to information, its circulation and integrity, both online and offline

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After a highly criticised trial based on forced confessions, the country’s highest court upholds death sentences for tortured pro-democracy activists Mohamed Ramadhan and Husain Moosa.

PEN International expressed concern over reports that the Singapore government has been using the law aimed at combatting disinformation to remove critical views about the country’s COVID-19 response.

“The authorities should now establish Joint Investigation Teams with foreign police forces so that there can finally be an end to impunity in Malta, and full justice for Caruana Galizia”.

Groups expressed alarm after Malaysian authorities initiated a probe against Al Jazeera which released a documentary on Malaysia’s treatment of undocumented migrants during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Hong Kong Journalists Association has released its 2020 media report titled ‘Freedom in Danger’. The report cited the challenges faced by the media sector over the past 12 months such as the COVID-19 crisis and the ‘political storm’ generated by the anti-extradition protests and the recently passed national security law.

The Governments of Azerbaijan and Tajikistan and all OSCE participating States are urged to uphold their international commitments and to support the renewal of the mandate of Mr Harlem Désir, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (RFOM), before it expires on 19 July.

The Media Foundation for West Africa recently launched a manual outlining the policy framework used to build a bridge between the police and media in Ghana.

The Gambia Press Union awaits adoption of the Access To Information draft bill 2019, recently tabled for consideration at the National Assembly.

June in Sub-Saharan Africa: A free expression roundup produced by IFEX’s regional editor Reyhana Masters, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region. An audio discussion about this piece is available here.

June in Middle East and North Africa: A free expression roundup produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Naseem Tarawnah, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

COVID-19 has pushed millions of people to work from home, and a flock of companies offering software – or “bossware” – for tracking workers has swooped in to pitch their products to employers.

A 15-year-old boy, university teachers and students, writers, journalists, and a cartoonist were among those charged under the Digital Security Act (DSA) for social media comments criticizing the Bangladesh government’s COVID-19 response.

The police recommended that charges should be considered against ABC journalist Dan Oakes for stories that exposed allegations of war crimes by Australian special forces in Afghanistan.

Media freedom and human rights organisations have requested the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances undertake an independent and impartial investigation into the disappearance of journalist Ibraimo Mbaruco in northeastern Mozambique 3 months ago.

“The superseding indictment is the latest in a long series of moves by the US government to manipulate legal loopholes in their targeting of Julian Assange, to undermine his defence, and to divert public attention from the extremely serious press freedom implications of his case.”

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