Monthly Archives: September 2019

Turkey: Whistleblower handed 15 months in jail for revealing dangerous levels of pollution in water supply

This statement was originally published on on 27 September 2019. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is shocked by the 15-month prison sentence that an Istanbul court passed on a whistleblower yesterday for revealing information of a scientific nature about threats to the Turkish public’s health. Bülent Şık was convicted of publishing “information subject to professional

Why Lebanon’s Access to Information law isn’t working

This statement was originally published on on 27 September 2019. Lebanese authorities have largely failed to comply with the country’s Right to Access to Information Law, and the government has not established the body designated to oversee its implementation nearly three years after its passage, Human Rights Watch said today. The law obligates all

Human rights groups call on Egyptian authorities to release nearly 2,000 protesters

This statement was originally published on on 26 September 2019. The brutal crackdown by Egyptian state security, which in the last few days was marked by the arrests of nearly 2000 people – including peaceful demonstrators, political leaders, rights activists, journalists, and lawyers – constitutes a flagrant violation of the right to free expression

How red-baiting undermines truth-telling in the Philippines

This statement was originally published on on 20 September 2019. To the many perils of truth-telling in the Philippines, where 165 journalists have been killed for their work since 1986, and hundreds more threatened, physically assaulted, and sued for libel to silence them, the Duterte regime has added that of red-baiting. More popularly known

Combatting disinformation in Asia Pacific: Intended – and unintended – consequences

Disinformation may be a global phenomenon, but its impact and the measures used to counter it vary from country to country. In Asia-Pacific we are experiencing a rapidly changing media environment, and many countries are either in transition or besieged by political turmoil. The growing problem of disinformation clearly exacerbates social tensions and undermines democracy.

Disinformation, elections, fact-checking and beyond: the view from Latin America

This is a translation of the original article. The creation and distribution of inaccurate information – what some refer to as “fake news” – is nothing new. Generating propaganda and distributing false information to favour a particular government or political movement is not exclusive to the digital era. It is, however, clear that the rise

Disinformation wars: From the stupid to the malign

Access to accurate information is essential for democratic institutions to function effectively, for economies to be run fairly and to promote public health. In Europe the deliberate dissemination of disinformation threatens to undermine all this: what is being done to tackle this threat? Stupid and dangerous Did you know that Macedonians have the lowest IQ