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PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA - MAY 01: Municipal security guards gestures towards a journalist during the Labor Day demonstration near Freedom Park on May 1, 2014 in Phnom Penh., Photo by Omar Havana/Getty Images

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.

People lay flowers and candles at a makeshift memorial during a vigil and protest on the first anniversary of the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, outside the Courts of Justice in Valletta, Malta, 16 October 2018, REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

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

People leave the church of St Francis, after the Archbishop of Malta celebrated mass in memory of murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia on the sixth month anniversary of her death in Valletta, 16 April 2018, MATTHEW MIRABELLI/AFP/Getty Images

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.

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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.

Bahraini protestors hold pictures of jailed human rights activist Nabeel Rajab during an anti-government rally in the village of A'ali, south of Manama, 27 June 2013, MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH/AFP/Getty Images

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.

Turkish MPs voting in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey., Yildiz Yazicioglu

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.

"Cumhuriyet" chairman Akin Atalay greets friends after being released from Silivri prison in front of the "Cumhuriyet" newspaper's headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey, 26 April 2018, BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images

The fourteen defendants’ right to fair trial was consistently violated. Each were given heavy jail terms.

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, 16 November 2016, Mateusz Wlodarczyk/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Court found that the journalists’ rights to liberty, security and free expression had been violated and that the two men should be released.

Gate in front of the Kyrgyz parliament building, Jeremy Woodhouse, Getty Images.

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.

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico (3rdL) and his team attend a meeting with RSF General Secretary Christophe Deloire (3rdR), OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Desir (2ndR) and human rights activist Fultura Kusari (R) in Bratislava, 2 March 2018, to discuss the investigation of Jan Kuciak's murder, VLADIMIR SIMICEK/AFP/Getty Images

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.

The Assembly of the Representatives of the People in Tunis, Tunisia,, Zoubeir Souissi / REUTERS

48 NGOs and professional groups say the draft law restricts freedom of expression and independent broadcasting.

Anadolu Agency's correspondent in the U.S, Bilgin Sasmaz, is taken into custody by police while covering protests over the killing of an unarmed black teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri, 20 August 2014, Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

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.

A teacher shows pupils at the Kibera School for Girls how to use a computer, Nairobi, Kenya, 19 May 2016, SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images

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.

Catholic faithfuls attend a mass celebrating the Day of The Martyrs of Independence and to commemorate the people who died during the 31 December protests, on 4 January 2018 in Kinshasa, JOHN WESSELS/AFP/Getty Images

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.