To mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, civil society groups and communities in Cambodia and beyond condemn the rampant impunity for attacks against journalists and human rights defenders, and call for immediate action to bring all perpetrators to account.
An October mission comprising IFEX members and other rights groups found that Malta was failing in its obligations to safeguard freedom of expression and called for a public inquiry into Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder
The public inquiry must be completely independent of the Maltese police, government and politicians, and it should be conducted by a panel of respected international judges with no political or government links.
NGOs around the world urge their governments to publicly engage with Saudi Arabia to call for the release of detained writers and activists, and to issue strong recommendations to end restrictions on the right to freedom of expression.
Over 40 NGOs call for the full repeal of Egypt’s cybercrime law and the reform of dangerous media regulation legislation. The groups describe these laws as the latest steps in the Egyptian government’s attempt to impose full control over the flow of information online.
The signatory human rights groups welcome the recognition by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention of the role played by human rights defenders in society and the need to protect them.
45 civil society organizations are calling on Turkey to provide a true end to the rights restrictions of the formally-ended state of emergency, by withdrawing recently passed legislation that replicates many of the state of emergency’s provisions.
The fourteen defendants’ right to fair trial was consistently violated. Each were given heavy jail terms.
The Court found that the journalists’ rights to liberty, security and free expression had been violated and that the two men should be released.
While Kyrgyzstan has generally been a rare positive example in a region where autocracy has been the rule, recent developments threaten to send the country down a similarly repressive path.
In a joint open letter to Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, organisations urge EC officials to ensure that police investigations are full, thorough and independent in Slovakia and Malta.
48 NGOs and professional groups say the draft law restricts freedom of expression and independent broadcasting.
An already adverse environment for journalists in the Midwestern United States has worsened in the year since President Trump’s inauguration, an international group of media watchdogs concluded after traveling to the state of Missouri. The group also met with journalists from Illinois and Wisconsin.
The membership of the African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) and other African internet governance stakeholders attending the Sixth African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF), have called for the prioritisation of digital rights of all citizens across the continent.
On 31 December 2017, security forces shot and killed at least seven protesters while several others were arrested during anti-government demonstrations in Kinshasa. The Congolese government also ordered a nationwide internet shutdown and disruption of SMS services a day before the protests.