The foreword to the MEAA report into the state of press freedom in Australia in 2019
The Americas vacillated between episodes of darkness and light in the month of April. Despite instances of repression and attacks on freedom of expression across Venezuela, Nicaragua and Honduras, other countries moved towards fostering greater transparency – encouraged, in part, by organisations dedicated to the defense of human rights.
The Annual Freedom of Expression Situation in Africa Report for 2018 highlights the high level of impunity on the continent for crimes against journalists, based on the 208 freedom of expression violations recorded during 2018 of which only 14 of the cases received remedial action.
At their annual general meeting held recently, AFEX discussed the increasing attacks on media freedoms and freedom of expression across the continent.
The crisis in the country worsened in the last six months with mass protests against the government’s policies and state corruption. The protests resulted in almost three dozen deaths and some one hundred injuries, among them a news photographer in an incident that brought attention to the constant danger that the press faces.
Curuvija, who was gunned down by secret police officers during the 1999 NATO bombing campaign against Serbia, had previously been attacked by media allies of Slobodan Milosevic. The man who pulled the trigger was not among the convicted.
The arrest of 2 Somalian soldiers on charges of torturing and threatening two reporters, will go a long way in the fight against impunity.
IFEX-ALC is sending a joint delegation alongside the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC-ALC) and the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) to the UN Office in Geneva in the run-up to Nicaragua’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on 15 May.
The resolution highlights serious shortcomings in the rule of law in Malta and Slovakia and warns of rising threats to journalists throughout the EU.
The Afghanistan Journalists Center recorded a total of 92 cases of violence against journalists in the past year.
IAPA President María Elvira Domínguez said, “We are pleased that after so many years of seeking justice in the case of Nelson [Carvajal] and his family members we will be witnesses and part of a ceremony in which there will be recognized the need to obtain justice for cases such as this one not to occur again.”
In 2018, an average of two journalists were killed every week, and yet impunity for crimes against journalists remains at 90%.
A new presidential commission in Maldives is investigating the abduction of Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla and the murder of Yameen Rasheed.
Marian Kočner, currently in detention on unrelated fraud charges, has been charged with ordering the February 2018 killing of Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová.