“Guardians” can use Absher to grant or deny permission for women and children to travel abroad and obtain a passport.
Police in Chechnya have carried out a new round of unlawfuldetentions, beatings, and humiliation of men they presume to be gay orbisexual.
Human rights activist Elżbieta Podlesna was held for several hours on suspicion of offending religious beliefs after she displayed a poster of the Virgin Mary with a rainbow halo.
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.
April was a grim month for press freedom, with a young journalist shot dead in Northern Ireland, Julian Assange facing extradition to the US, and cartoonist Musa Kart and colleagues returning to jail. But there was also good LGBTQI+ rights news from Turkey and justice in a 20-year-old murder case in Serbia…
The Saudi authorities carried out a new wave of arrests of writers and social media bloggers, including women’s rights advocates.
Press freedom groups have launched a new resource that will help news outlets review and improve their current safety practices and protocols; the resource pays special attention to gender issues, mental health care and digital security.
MENA in March: Iranian lawyer Nasrin Soutoudeh sentenced to 38 years; a campaign against F1 complicity, an index of online incitement against Palestinians, and more.
International Women’s day was celebrated across the Asia-Pacific region but women’s groups were harassed in Malaysia, Pakistan, and Cambodia. Thai media faced tremendous challenges ahead of the elections, and a new report revealed unabated media killings in Afghanistan.
Against a backdrop of tragic humanitarian events, a few triumphs in Sub-Saharan Africa; Ghana’s RTI bill, the release of the Burundi schoolgirls, and strengthening advocacy to end Chad’s year-long internet disruption.
Europe and Central Asia in March: A mass release of prisoners in Azerbaijan, a step towards justice for Ján Kuciak, the EU Copyright Directive, injustice in Chechnya, a new report on violence against women, protesters arrested in Kazakhstan, an EU Magnitsky Act and more….
In 2018, Israeli authorities arrested around 350 Palestinians on charges of “incitement” because of their online activities.
Corruption, the rise of far right groups and threats to the press, the LGBTQI+ community and rights activists are some of the problems facing whoever wins the election on 31 March.
Namgay Zam was appointed this week as the executive director of the Journalists Association of Bhutan. She talks with about the role of women leaders in media.