Censorship

Direct and indirect suppression of speech, books, music and other materials considered morally, politically or otherwise objectionable.

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Members of the National Legislative Assembly attend the first meeting at Parliament, in Bangkok,Thailand, 8 August 2014, PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP via Getty Images

Thailand: Groups say NGO law would strike severe blow to human rights

Several global groups said a draft law in Thailand threatens to muzzle civil society groups and non-government organizations.

The President of Mexico, Andres Manuel López Obrador, points during a press conference, in Mexico City, 5 April 2021, Luis Barron / Eyepix Group/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Critical voices attacked, no excuse for online abuse, and privacy in the Americas

March 2021 in the Americas: A free expression round up produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Paula Martins, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

Minsk, Belarus, 27 March 2021. Police cordoned off streets and a main square and detained dozens of protesters and at least five journalists as the opposition restarted rallies against Alexander Lukashenko's rule. -/AFP via Getty Images

Belarus: New draft legislation further restricts press freedom

The proposed amendments would make it illegal for journalists to “discredit” the state, effectively prohibiting any criticism of the government. They would also enable authorities to strip journalists of accreditation for allegedly committing a crime while carrying out professional duties.

RSF's Turkey representative Erol Önderoglu (C) and physician Sebnem Korur Fincanci (L) speak to the press in front of the courthouse, Istanbul, Turkey, 3 February 2021, OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images

Turkey’s terrorism law used to punish reporters who don’t toe the official line on Kurdish issues

At least ten journalists will be in court on terrorism charges in the next few weeks, including IFEX member and RSF Turkey representative Erol Önderoglu.

Lee Cheuk-yan, one of the pro-democracy activists on trial, speaks to the media, at the West Kowloon Magistrates Courts, Hong Kong, 1 April 2021, Vernon Yuen/NurPhoto

Hong Kong: Freedom House condemns convictions of pro-democracy figures, worsening crackdown

Seven of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy figures were convicted of organizing and taking part in an “unauthorized assembly” in August 2019. It was a massive protest attended by more than a million people who were protesting the proposed amendments to the extradition law.

Delegates arrive to attend the closing ceremony of the Communist Party of Vietnam 13th National Congress, at the National Convention Centre, Hanoi, 1 February 2021, NHAC NGUYEN/AFP via Getty Images

Vietnam: Journalists and media watchdogs fear increased persecution

With the conclusion of the 13th Party Congress, watchdog groups foresee continued or worsened suppression of press freedom in Vietnam.

People gather for a ceremony organised by the RHDP political party in homage to the late Prime Minister Hamed Bakayoko at the Olympic Stadium in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 17 March 2021, Cyrille Bah/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Ivorian journalist Jonas Baikeh receives death threat

Ivorian journalist Jonas Baikeh was forced to go into hiding after receiving death threats from ruling party supporters for his real time report on the collapse of a government official.

A mobile phone vendor helps a customer at a stall in the market in Makeni, northern Sierra Leone, 5 March 2018, ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP via Getty Images

Namibia and Sierra Leone’s digital rights record under scrutiny during UPR process

Crucial UN Universal Periodic Review of Namibia and Sierra Leone puts spotlight on both countries’ digital and human rights records.

The Egyptian Health Minister (L) gives a press conference, accompanied by a doctor and a medical staff member in a tent set up outside a hospital, in Ismailia, Egypt, 24 January 2021, KHALED DESOUKI/AFP via Getty Images

Egypt: Fake news and Coronavirus trials

A wave of arrests during the country’s COVID-19 health crisis has seen journalists, doctors, and social media users falsely accused of disseminating misinformation about the pandemic, reports SMEX.

Crosses with the names of journalists and human rights defenders who were murdered in the first three months of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's presidency, Mexico City, Mexico, 22 February 2019, Carlos Tischler/Getty Images

Mexico: Attack on ARTICLE 19 by President López Obrador highlights his grim record on impunity

President López Obrador has launched an open attack on the staff and activities of ARTICLE 19 Mexico and Central America. His comments followed the free expression organisation’s report detailing attacks against journalists and violations of the right to freedom of expression in the country.

Tunisian protesters confront police officers forming a human shield to block access to the interior ministry, during a protest against "police repression" and calling for the release of recently detained demonstrators, in Tunis, 30 January 2021, Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Report: MENA governments exploit pandemic to deepen repression

In the guise of confronting the COVID-19 pandemic, authorities in MENA have censored online information, suppressed criticism, and passed measures hostile to rights and freedoms, says a new report from the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS).

A pro-democracy protester wearing chains around his neck makes the three-finger salute outside the Criminal Court, Bangkok, Thailand, 9 March 2021, JACK TAYLOR/AFP via Getty Images

ARTICLE 19 submits UPR report on Thailand’s state of freedom of expression

For the third time, Thailand will undergo a Universal Periodic Review (UPR). In a detailed UPR submission, ARTICLE 19 highlighted the state of freedom of expression in Thailand.

Relatives of inmates at Roumieh prison, demonstrating outside the Ministry of Justice, call for a general amnesty and for the protection of prisoners following the spread of COVID-19 in the facility, Beirut, Lebanon, 14 September 2020, ANWAR AMRO/AFP via Getty Images

GCHR annual report documents defence of human rights in face of lockdowns and civic restrictions in 2020

The report features a summary of human rights violations in 12 countries and case updates on 557 human rights defenders across the Gulf and neighbouring countries.

The Council of Europe Conference of Ministers of Justice, in Strasbourg, France, 14 October 2019, Utku Ucrak/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Over 100 rights groups call on the Council of Europe to act on the growing threat of SLAPPs

“A self-standing recommendation should be issued with clear guidance on measures needed to discourage SLAPPs and dismiss them at an early stage, to sanction those who use SLAPPs or threaten to do so, and to provide financial and legal support to those targeted by SLAPPs”.

A policeman tries to stop people advancing toward an armoured personnel tank during the final day of election campaigning, Accra, Ghana, 5 December 2020, PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP via Getty Images

Guns pointed at journalists recording abuses

Journalists in West Africa are coming under increasing attack for recording and documenting the abusive behaviour of police and political party supporters.

Guinean journalists demand the release of one of their colleagues and condemn journalists' arrests, in Conakry, 2 April 2019, CELLOU BINANI/AFP via Getty Images

Continued detention of Guinean journalist Amadou Diouldé Diallo illegal

With Guinea having decriminalised press offences, the continued detention of journalist Amadou Diouldé Diallo – who is accused of insulting President Alpha Condé – is a violation of the media law, say his lawyers.