Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI)
Articles by Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI)

IFEX members join the Cartoonist Rights Network International in calling for freedom for Musa Kart, recently reimprisoned with 5 colleagues from Turkish dailey Cumhuriyet.

Police officers detain anti-government protesters during a rally in Almaty, Kazakhstan, 22 March 2019, REUTERS/Pavel Mikheyev

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….

A projection on the facade of the city hall shows the portraits of murdered journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova, in Bratislava, Slovakia, 20 February 2019, VLADIMIR SIMICEK/AFP/Getty Images

Cathal Sheerin, our Europe & Central Asia editor, reviews a month packed with challenges for freedom of expression in the region.

Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO of Facebook., Guillaume Paumier, CC-BY.

An open letter to Mark Zuckerberg from 88 rights groups is calling for a transparent appeal process for user content that is restricted on Facebook.

Government of Argentina

In advance of their meeting in Argentina, civil society organizations from around the world are calling on the leaders of G20 countries to commit to building a digital ecosystem that centres human rights.

Members of human rights NGO Amnesty International hold up portraits of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi and human rights activist and lawyer Waleed Abu Alkhair as they demonstrate in front of the embassy of Saudi Arabia in Berlin, 8 January 2016, TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images

While progress on Lebanese LGBTQI+ rights was welcomed, the month included spurious defamation charges, the targeting of Iranian social media users and heartbreak for the families and friends of 151 Syrian activists.

A motorcyclist rides past a billboard featuring an image of Pakistan's cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan, head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) party, a day after the general election in Islamabad, 26 July 2018, AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images

Pakistanis and Cambodians vote amid claims of irregularities; Chinese poet Liu Xia is free; Malaysia withdraws sedition cases against cartoonist Zunar; disappointing court rulings in Burma and Indonesia; and Singapore holds its 10th Pink Dot LGBTQI+ event.

Screenshot from Mona el-Mazbouh’s apology video.

Over 25 organizations call on the Egyptian government to immediately release imprisoned Lebanese tourist Mona el-Mazbouh, yet another episode in President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s continued crackdown on rights and freedoms.