Monthly Archives: July 2019

Kyrgyz court upholds life sentence of Central Asia’s most famous jailed journalist

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 30 July 2019. The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed deep disappointment and concern over today’s court decision in Kyrgyzstan to uphold the life sentence of journalist and human rights defender Azimjon Askarov. The Chui provincial court ruled in favor of the prosecution, which argued that a life

Journalists shot with rubber bullets, groped while covering Paraguay protest

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 25 July 2019. Paraguay authorities should thoroughly investigate attacks against journalists at a protest in Asunción and take measures to ensure that journalists can cover protests without being injured or assaulted, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On July 23, during a protest by taxi drivers

India: Labour code bills threaten press freedom

This statement was originally published on ifj.org on 26 July 2019. The National Democratic Alliance has introduced two labour codes that threaten journalism by abolishing the wage board and removing the Working Journalist Act. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) supports its affiliate the Indian Journalists Union (IJU) in challenging the repeal and urge members

China: Government should release disability rights, internet activists

This statement was originally published on freedomhouse.org on 29 July 2019. In response to the detention of three staff members with a disability rights NGO on charges of “subversion,” and the sentencing of citizen journalist Huang Qi to 12 years in prison for “leaking state secrets,” Freedom House issued the following statement: “Under Xi Jinping,

Russia: Over 1,300 people detained during Moscow’s pro-democracy demonstrations

This statement was originally published on hrw.org on 29 July 2019. Moscow police set an ominous record on July 27, 2019 by arbitrarily detaining at least 1,373 people, including about 25 children, during peaceful protests, Human Rights Watch said today. The police used excessive force at the demonstrations over the exclusion of opposition candidates from

Hong Kong’s fight for democracy, Pakistan journalists decry rising censorship, and more

Pakistan: “We are not living in a free country” Media groups in Pakistan have decried the increasing censorship in the country and the vilification campaign of the supporters of the ruling party against critical journalists. On 1 July, a Geo TV interview with former president Asif Zardari was cut off the air. On 7 July,

Deterring democracy, the “LGBT-Free Zone” and the danger of thinking out loud

Turkey: On trial, acquitted, on trial again… There was excellent news from Turkey in July, when IFEX member Erol Önderoğlu, journalist Ahmet Nesin and human rights defender Şebnem Koru Fincancı were acquitted of charges based on their involvement in a 2016 act of peaceful solidarity with the Kurdish language newspaper Özgür Gündem. Charged with “spreading

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