Soon to be introduced in the Parliament, the draft law will oblige social network providers to set up offices in Turkey and share user data with the Turkish authorities. The legislation will also likely enable blocking of anonymous social media accounts.
32 civil society organizations urge the Governments of Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, India, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States to echo the European Union (EU) in its call for the respect of human rights in Cambodia.
The prosecution represents an attempt to use tax law and foreign ownership regulations as another weapon to criminalise journalism and silence Ressa and “Rappler” as threats to press freedom and democracy escalate in the Philippines.
The proposed amendments were recalled by Afghan president Ashraf Ghani after an outcry from media outlets. Some of the amendments would have required journalists to disclose their sources and allow government censorship of news reports.
Djibouti authorities sent 20 men to search for and arrest journalist Charmarke Saïd Darar during the recent crackdown on media.
The Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority has suspended Kwanza Online TV for 11 months for what it considers “generating and disseminating biased, misleading and disruptive content”.
Panamanian authorities should immediately restore Corporación La Prensa’s access to its financial assets, and ensure that legal actions do not censor the press.
The Home Affairs Ministry declared that street protests and marches could only be held with prior written approval from the police. In addition, the Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment Ministry stated that nongovernmental organizations should not support “actions that are detrimental to national security and national interests.”
If ‘Voice of America’ journalists lose their visas, many of them would be forced to return to their home countries, where they could face retribution for their critical reporting.
Amidst the ongoing unrest in Mali, protesters have been killed, the internet restricted and the media, including the national broadcaster, have been attacked.
In the wake of an alarming rise in attacks on freedom of expression, Lebanese NGOs establish a coalition to oppose attempts by authorities to stifle freedom of expression.
A congressional committee has voted to reject the franchise application of ABS-CBN, the Philippines’ largest TV and radio network. Since 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte has castigated the network for its critical reporting and has threatened the non-renewal of its license.
The suspension order by the Pakistan Electronic Media Authority could render 700 journalists jobless. Media groups described the order as ‘politically motivated’ and an attack on press freedom.
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.
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.