In the past two years, the Belarusian authorities have filed a record number of criminal charges against journalists and bloggers, searched the offices of several news organisations, and generally tightened restrictions on speech.
“Guardians” can use Absher to grant or deny permission for women and children to travel abroad and obtain a passport.
April was a bittersweet month for Africa – Mozambican journalist Amade Abubacar was released on bail after three months in prison, along with Germano Daniel Adriano. Netflix picked up an all-female African animated film, there were new initiatives in South Africa ahead of elections, popular musician/politician Bobi Wine jailed, and we saw again the grim reality of being a journalist in Nigeria and the targeting of vocal environmentalists.
Singapore’s new law grants government ministers the power to decide what is true or false – and to remove content accordingly.
The 17th edition of the South Asia Press Freedom Report shows that in spite of war mongering, the damaging impacts of fake news and hate speech, and the politics of control, South Asia’s media workers made it very clear that they have a decisive role to play in fighting the scourge of misinformation and supporting democracy and human rights.
Daniel Hale, a former government intelligence analyst, was charged in a federal court under the Espionage Act with five crimes related to the disclosure of classified information.
Frankly, it has become far too easy to interfere with the media’s key role in supporting fair elections and healthy democracies. As the Executive Director of the IFEX network writes, each World Press Freedom Day is an opportunity to renew our vow to make it difficult for those who try to do so.
Opinions about media restrictions after bomb attacks in Sri Lanka, massive protests against Hong Kong’s extradition law, defamation and criminal charges for critics of Myanmar’s military, Singapore’s ‘Orwellian’ anti-fake news bill, and Brunei’s controversial Sharia Law takes effect.
Significant progress has been made on media freedom in Ethiopia, though there’s still a reluctance to critique the government or ask difficult questions. Hate speech on social media is a serious and growing problem, although the government’s proposed hate speech law raises concerns it may be used to stifle legitimate expressions of dissent.
All language versions of the Wikipedia website have been banned since April 2017. The Turkish authorities say they imposed the ban after Wikipedia refused to remove an article alleging Turkish government support for terrorist groups in Syria.
Social media platforms including Instagram, Facebook and Whatsapp were blocked following the deadly attacks on 21 April.
Ecuador should drop all charges against Ola Bini, and allow him to return home to his family and friends. Ecuador’s leaders undermine their country’s reputation abroad and the independence of its judicial system by this fanciful and unfounded prosecution.
The bill creates a system that gives the authorities the capacity to extra-judicially block access to parts of the Internet in Russia; the public would not know what has been blocked and why.