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Following the publication of a cartoon of Erdoğan lifting a veiled woman’s dress, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs demanded political and legal action against ‘Charlie Hebdo’.

Press groups call on both states to abide by their obligations under International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law to protect journalists in situations of conflict and tension.

Faced with the challenges of COVID-19 and Brexit, the UK government has responded by trying to override democratic checks on executive power.

RSF hopes the complaint leads to a serious criminal investigation that results in the eight officials being prosecuted and convicted for the torture, abduction and enforced disappearance of Isaak.

Sergey Plotnikov said the men forced him into a white minibus, placed him face down on the floor, handcuffed him, and made him unlock his phone; they then beat him while asking for information about the leaders of recent protests.

This is the second time in four months that a car belonging to the ‘Reporteri.net’ journalist has been targeted by unidentified individuals.

Samuel Paty was murdered on his way home from work because he had discussed the “Charlie Hebdo” trial in class and showed images of the cartoons at the centre of the case.

The undersigned organisations call for thorough and effective criminal investigations and prosecutions that ensure the whole truth is uncovered and all those responsible for Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder are held to account in court.

“Turkey’s press freedom crisis is worsening amid growing state capture of media, the lack of independence of regulatory institutions, and a new social media law designed to clamp down on the remaining spaces for free comment.”

The recently amended martial law prohibits the publication of reports criticising the actions of the government, officials and local bodies. It also gives increased power to the police to hand out fines, freeze assets and request removal of content from media outlets.

The High Court of Montenegro sentenced investigative journalist Jovo Martinović to one year in prison for participating in drug trafficking, despite clear evidence that he was working undercover as part of an investigation at the time.

“Independent news is essential to the public during these chaotic and quickly moving events. Kyrgyz authorities should ensure journalists can work freely and safely; law enforcement must stop attacking the press and ensure that protesters don’t target journalists either.”

On 1 October police raided Slavina’s apartment looking for materials related to the pro-democracy group Open Russia. They seized flash drives, her laptop, her daughter’s laptop, and phones belonging to both her and her husband.

“SLAPP cases such as this one threaten independent journalism. It would be a sad irony if Necenzurirano, which in Slovenian means ‘Uncensored’, itself becomes the latest media outlet in Europe to fall victim to censorship by brazen abuse of the law”.

“While we welcome Turkey’s acceptance of a number of recommendations on safeguarding freedom of expression, Turkey’s response to its UPR, as well as its continued efforts to suppress free expression since its review, reinforces our serious doubts over its commitment to fulfilling its human rights obligations.”

In a letter to Prime Minister Abela, ECPMF and partner organisations express grave concern about his Government’s apparent interference with the activities of the independent public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, in relation to the timeframe for the fulfilment of its terms of reference.