Monthly Archives: June 2019

Upcoming elections could make or break Tunisia’s fledgling free press

The following is an excerpt of a 25 June 2019 CPJ blog post by Robert Mahoney/CPJ Deputy Executive Director. Tunisia’s progression to a freer society took center stage this month, as journalists, digital rights activists, and tech companies gathered in Tunis for RightsCon and the IFJ congress. Tunisia has secured greater press freedom than many of

The Backstory: Season 2 of a Media Freedom Podcast from WAN-IFRA

Season 2, Episode 1: Managing safety: What editors can do to keep journalists safe If journalism protects democracy, then who is protecting journalists? The important role editors and managers play in keeping their reporters safe. In this episode, we hear from editors and safety trainers about starting the safety conversation in newsrooms, to make safety

Finding the balance – when is reporting from a danger zone worth it?

This article was originally published on wan-ifra.org on 21 June 2019. By Colette Davidson When journalists from Philippine news site NewsLine.ph leave on a dangerous assignment, Editor-in-Chief and Founder, Editha Caduaya, is in constant contact regarding their whereabouts. She tells them to call her when they arrive on the ground as well as at every

Soldiers block press access to Venezuelan parliament

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 25 June 2019. Since May 7, 2019, the Venezuelan Bolivarian National Guard has blocked journalists from accessing the National Assembly, the country’s legislature, during the body’s debates and activities held every Tuesday, according to news reports and local rights organizations. National Guard troops barred local and international

Free expression organisations welcome PACE resolution on the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia

This statement was originally published on rsf.org on 27 June 2019. We, the undersigned international freedom of expression organisations, welcome the resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted on 26 June, condemning the continued impunity for the assassination of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and broader systemic rule of law shortcomings

Gabon’s media regulator urged to go back to its original mandate

This statement was originally published on rsf.org on 26 June 2019. After another media outlet’s arbitrary suspension by Gabon’s High Authority for Communication (HAC), Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for an overhaul of the way this media regulator functions so that it fulfils its original role of defending press freedom instead of the government’s interests.

Mauritania disrupts internet for the third time in less than a month

This statement was originally published on mfwa.org on 25 June 2019. The authorities in Mauritania have disrupted social media amidst a police assault on opposition protesters following disputed presidential elections in that country. Mobile telephone connections were blocked around mid-day on June 23, 2019, making it impossible for the populace to make calls or access

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