Monthly Archives: August 2019

Two men beat up Ukrainian blogger Igor Stakh

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 30 August 2019. Ukrainian authorities must immediately investigate the recent attack on blogger Igor Stakh, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Yesterday, in Chernihiv, in northern Ukraine, two unidentified individuals kicked and punched Stakh near his home and then fled the scene, according to local news

Journalist Levent Uysal shot in northwestern Turkey

This statement was originally published on rsf.org on 30 August 2019. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for a full and impartial investigation into yesterday’s shooting attack on a Turkish journalist in the northwestern city of Balıkesir. The investigators should consider the possibility that it was a reprisal for the victim’s journalism, RSF said. The owner

Campaign Snapshot: Educating the public about India’s Aadhaar biometric system

THE SPARK In 2009, India established the Unique Identity Authority of India, responsible for issuing 12-digit identification numbers to any resident who enrolled in the Aadhaar program. To obtain an Aadhaar number, people must submit biometric data including face, fingerprints and iris scans, in addition to sensitive personal information. It has since become the world’s

PEN America files court brief demanding reinstatement of press credentials for White House reporter

This statement was originally published on pen.org on 26 August 2019. PEN America today filed a brief in federal court calling on the Trump administration to immediately restore reporter and PEN America Member Brian Karem’s press credentials. In an amicus filing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, PEN America says the

Human rights groups demand an end to communications blackout in Jammu and Kashmir

This statement was originally published on digitalrightsfoundation.pk on 28 August 2019. We, a coalition of 66 women’s rights, human rights, digital rights and feminists groups, condemn in the strongest possible terms the blatant violation of the right to freedom of expression, access to information, movement and peaceful assembly by the Indian government through a blanket

Record of shame: Iran is the world’s biggest jailer of women journalists

This statement was originally published on rsf.org on 26 August 2019. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is alarmed by a new wave of arrests and interrogations of women journalists since the start of August in Iran. The Islamic Republic is now the world’s biggest jailer of women journalists, with a total of ten currently held. “Already

Iran: Journalist Marzieh Amiri sentenced to 10.5 years in prison and 148 lashes

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 26 August 2019. The Committee to Protect Journalists today strongly condemned the Tehran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps Branch 28 Court’s sentencing of Shargh Daily economics reporter Marzieh Amiri to 10 and a half years in prison and 148 lashes. “With this heavy sentence, Iranian authorities are escalating their

Protesters doxxed, journalists detained and violent neo-Nazis ‘defamed’

Daphne Caruana Galizia: Still no public inquiry On 26 August 2019 investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia would have celebrated her 55th birthday, had she not been assassinated in October 2017. IFEX members and other free expression groups used her birthday to highlight the fact that no-one has yet been convicted of the murder, and that

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