Several global groups said a draft law in Thailand threatens to muzzle civil society groups and non-government organizations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With the conclusion of the 13th Party Congress, watchdog groups foresee continued or worsened suppression of press freedom in Vietnam.
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.
Crucial UN Universal Periodic Review of Namibia and Sierra Leone puts spotlight on both countries’ digital and human rights records.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
“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”.
Journalists in West Africa are coming under increasing attack for recording and documenting the abusive behaviour of police and political party supporters.
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.