Access to Information

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OSCE and IFEX members condemn designation of BAJ as “extremist organisation”

On 28 February, the Belarusian State Security Committee recognised the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) as an “extremist organisation”. BAJ is the first Belarusian human rights organisation to receive this status.

Iranian authorities arrest reporter who covered schoolgirl poisonings

“The systematic persecution of journalists who still dare to do their job must end,” says RSF.

Appeals Court upholds restriction on Twitter’s First Amendment right to publish national security transparency report

The court’s decision in Twitter v. Garland is seen as a disappointing, dangerous opinion that may well empower even broader uses of government power to censor speech by unwilling participants in government investigations.

Mexico: Pegasus spyware used on journalists and citizens

The investigation has revealed shocking evidence of the illegal use of surveillance tools by the military to spy on its own people.

RSF’s Operation Collateral Freedom provides access to more than 80 blocked sites in 24 countries

Launched in 2015 to combat online media censorship, Operation Collateral Freedom is currently enabling access to blocked sites in 24 countries around the world, including Russia, Belarus, China, Myanmar and several African countries including Togo and Mali.

MRA uses FOI Act to draw out information from Nigeria’s regulator

Media Rights Agenda asks Nigeria’s broadcasting regulator to provide detailed information on the sanctions it meted out to 300 broadcasters.

Pakistan bans the airing of speeches of former Prime Minister Imran Khan and suspends ARY News

Pakistan Press Foundation calls on the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority to immediately rescind the ban and ensure respect for free expression.

Covid-19 a widespread excuse to bar foreign correspondents from reporting in China

The 2022 report of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China identified the barriers faced by foreign journalists reporting in the country last year.

New tool for fighting online violence against women in Africa, positive change in Tanzania and journalists targeted in Cameroon

February 2023 in Africa: A special feature looks at a new African soft policy framework that considers the root causes of digital violence, plus the latest free expression news from the region, produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Reyhana Masters.

Rights groups call on F1 to disclose human rights clauses amid concerns over sportswashing in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia

IFEX and rights groups warn that Formula 1’s activities in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia will only aid in sportswashing abuses if human rights concerns are not addressed.

Women push back in Pakistan, coup anniversary, BBC raid, and silencing independent media across Asia

February 2023 in Asia-Pacific: A special feature on campaigning for women’s empowerment in Pakistan plus the latest free expression news from the region, produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Mong Palatino.

Poland: Spanish journalist passes one year in custody on charges of spying for Russia

Pablo González was arrested in February 2022 on the Polish-Ukrainian border, where he was reporting on the humanitarian crisis that followed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Starlink internet service launched in Nigeria

Nigeria becomes the first country in Africa to roll out Starlink internet service, which has enabled the country to achieve 100% broadband coverage, guaranteeing internet connectivity in remote, rural areas.

Beijing’s censors could shape the future of AI-generated content

AI-driven tools are used widely inside the country for politicized content monitoring, censorship, and public surveillance.

Papua New Guinea’s proposed policy could lead to government control of the press

A controversial proposal in the draft is to transform the Media Council into a body “that will have legal mandate that covers an effective and enforceable regulatory framework.”

Russia must be held accountable for war crimes and human rights abuses in Ukraine

“We urge the international community to support all Ukrainian efforts to investigate these crimes and ensure that the deliberate targeting of Ukrainian cultural heritage by the Russian regime is included in national accountability mechanisms as well as the international commission of inquiry for Ukraine.”