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Policemen detain an opposition supporter during a protest rally in Almaty, Kazakhstan May 10, 2018. , REUTERS/Mariya Gordeyeva

“False information” laws must not be used to silence the media in Kazakhstan

IFEX members call on officials in Kazakhstan to review the law on ‘dissemination of deliberately false information’ as well as the disproportionate and legally questionable actions recently taken against critical media.

One of five images from IFEX's 2018 World Press Freedom Day campaign

Media freedom in US under threat, report finds

The United States media – one of the best protected in the world – is facing challenges that threaten the freedom of the press. This is the finding of an unprecedented press freedom mission that took place in January 2018, one year after President Donald J. Trump’s inauguration.

People attend an opposition rally in central Moscow on 30 April 2018, to demand internet freedom in Russia, ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images

Rights groups condemn Russian attempts to block Telegram

Action taken by the Russian authorities against Telegram have resulted in extensive violations of freedom of expression and access to information, including mass collateral website blocking.

"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

International groups condemn “Cumhuriyet” verdict

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

Journalists, authorities and citizens in the province of Carchi march for peace at the border between Ecuador and Colombia. The march took place after the kidnapping and murders of photographer Paúl Rivas, journalist Javier Ortega and their driver, Efraín Segarra., Jose Mafia/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Latin America and the Caribbean: 16 journalists killed so far in 2018

Latin American free expression organisations met in Ecuador this week and issued an urgent call for states to address violence against journalists and the problem of impunity

Hundreds of people protest outside the Corondelet Palace after the murder of a journalism team from the newspaper El Comercio, in Quito, Ecuador, April 13, 2018, Carlos Arias/Press South/nurPhoto

IFEX-ALC condemns murder of Ecuadorian journalism team

The IFEX-ALC network is calling for the prompt and transparent investigation of the murder of a journalism team along the Colombia-Ecuador border.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) looks on during a news conference with Chad's Foreign Minister Mahamat Zene Cherif (R) in N'Djamena, Chad, 12 March 2018, JONATHAN ERNST/AFP/Getty Images

Chadians unable to access social media platforms

For the second time this year, Chadian authorities have disrupted internet services in the country leaving internet users with no access to social media platforms such as Facebook and WhatsApp.

Relatives and friends of Javier Ortega, Paúl Rivas and Efraín Segarra demonstrate in Quito, April 1 2018., Cristina Vega/Getty Images

Colombia and Ecuador must take action for abducted El Comercio journalism team

Over 500 Ecuadorean journalists and rights organizations have signed a letter calling for the governments of Colombia and Ecuador to take immediate action to protect a team of journalists abducted by militants on their mutual border.

Council of Europe Headquarters, Strasbourg, France, Creative Commons

International Cybercrime Convention’s second protocol requires civil society’s input

Nearly 100 rights groups asked the Council of Europe to engage civil society in their negotiation of a second cybercrime convention protocol, which is aimed at setting the terms for data access by law enforcement to servers outside their geographic authority.

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

Turkey should implement ECtHR ruling and release journalists Mehmet Altan and Şahin Alpay

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.

Stop Kyrgyzstan’s descent into media repression

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

On heels of Slovakia and Malta murders, European Commission urged to take the lead to protect journalists

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.

Venezuelan protesters hold a banner with the words: 'Without freedom of expression there is no homeland', Jesús Merida/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

IFEX-ALC condemns deterioration of respect for free expression in Venezuela

Threats, harassment and assaults against media outlets and journalists continue to intensify under the Maduro administration

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

International NGOs and IFEX members join urgent calls for Tunisian government to withdraw draft broadcasting bill

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

Climate for press freedom worsens in Missouri, surrounding states

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

African governments urged to prioritise digital rights

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.