In this report, PEN America will provide an in-depth analysis of the countries that detain and imprison the largest numbers of writers and intellectuals and explore the impact of the pandemic on the freedom to write; the role of these individuals in protest movements; and the continued threats to writers and intellectuals working in languages subject to political repression.
November 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.
November 2021 in Europe and Central Asia: A free expression round up produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Cathal Sheerin, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.
Uladzimir Mackievič was arrested in August 2021 and charged with organising and preparing actions that grossly violate public order. He has been in pre-trial detention ever since; no date has been set for his trial.
A monthly chronology of repression and resistance in Belarus, based on the work of IFEX members and other international and domestic actors.
The California Highway Patrol directed aerial surveillance, mostly done by helicopters, over protests in Berkeley, Oakland, Palo Alto, Placerville, Riverside, Sacramento, San Francisco, and San Luis Obispo. Dragnet aerial surveillance is often unconstitutional.
Civil society groups in Cambodia welcome the release of 27 activists and human rights defenders but note that 60 others remain in detention. They also criticized the conditional release of prisoners since it means they are still under threat of being arrested again.
Six individuals who joined a protest in November 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand were charged with sedition and insulting the monarchy.
Ten years on, Bahrain’s pro-democracy movement leaders are still behind bars, major opposition political parties are outlawed, and the only independent newspaper in the country is indefinitely suspended, says a new report from Bahrain Center for Human Rights.
More than 40 news outlets and press freedom organizations have signed on to a letter, calling for Canada’s public safety minister to take immediate steps to investigate and correct the RCMP’s actions and to ensure that going forward, journalists’ right to report will be protected.
If the connection between the climate crisis, free expression, access to information, accountability and human rights wasn’t already clear, COP26 made it so.
Journalist Eti-Inyene Godwin Akpan, who witnessed the police shooting of #EndSARS protestors at Lekki Toll Gate, in Lagos, Nigeria, receives threats for publishing the photographs and flees to Ghana.
The ruling is an important step toward safeguarding media coverage of protests in Turkey, which have recently been marred by cases of police violence.
Danny Fenster, the managing editor of ‘Frontier Myanmar’, was sentenced to 11 years in prison by a military court for “encouraging dissent against the military, unlawful association and breaking immigration law.” He was arrested in May 2021.
Media groups warn that the ruling, which reversed an earlier decision declaring internet shutdowns as illegal, makes it difficult for journalists to report on conflict or spread relevant information.