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.
Three journalists were killed over the past month and three more were arrested as Myanmar’s military authorities continue to harass and attack the media for covering protests against the junta.
Immediate international action is needed to protect Egypt’s independent human rights movement, said human rights groups after authorities threatened to dissolve Egyptian civil society organisations unregistered under the repressive law.
“Ivulin’s case shows that authorities will use any excuse to punish members of the press who dare to cover protests or other newsworthy events that the government prefers be kept quiet” – CPJ
Journalists covering protests against Sudan’s military rulers are being harassed by authorities.
“There is an urgent need for the international community to react. This is why we have decided to refer this dangerous deterioration in press freedom to the UN and OSCE.”
December 2021 in Africa: A free expression round up produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Reyhana Masters, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.
Civil society groups have sent a letter to the government of Thailand expressing concern regarding the Draft Act on the Operations of Not-for Profit Organizations B.E… (‘Draft Act’) for containing provisions that could potentially curtail the rights to freedom of expression, association, peaceful assembly and other human rights.
“Journalists across Kazakhstan are currently working in extremely challenging conditions while documenting the unrest. It is vital that the safety of all journalists and media workers is guaranteed and that the freedom of the press is fully respected in the wake of the unrest” – IPI
Governments should immediately urge UAE authorities to allow independent and international monitors access to check on the safety of Mansoor and other detained human rights defenders.
“We call on President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to immediately restore access to the Internet and to blocked websites, and to allow journalists to operate freely, without fear of the police, so that they can cover a protest movement that is already historic in its scope” – RSF
Hundreds of people have been detained and dozens injured in protests that have swept Kazakhstan since 2 January. Access to the internet has been blocked for periods during the protests and at least two journalists were briefly detained.
A monthly chronology of repression and resistance in Belarus, based on the work of IFEX members and other international and domestic actors.
We live in an age of retreat from the duty to facilitate our right to protest. Even in liberal democracies, where civil liberties have been won through protest movements, there is a backlash.
Jimmy Lai, founder of a pro-democracy newspaper in Hong Kong, was sentenced to 13 months in jail for his alleged role in a 2020 vigil marking the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.