Monthly Archives: October 2019

Censorship in Tanzania: Repressive laws continue to silence dissent

This statement was originally published on hrw.org on 28 October 2019. Tanzania’s repression of the media, human rights defenders, and opposition parties has intensified since 2015, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said in two separate reports today. Both reports found that President John Magufuli’s government has adopted or enforced a raft of repressive laws

Lebanon’s Whatsapp revolution: Protecting the right to peaceful protest

This statement was originally published on gc4hr.org on 27 October 2019. By human rights defender and academic Dr. Kholoud Al-Khatib International law protects and promotes respect for human rights, which are interdependent and indivisible. It is not possible to protect any single human right without ensuring respect for the rights to freedom of opinion and

Witnesses testifying against Nigerian journalist Agba Jalingo’s trial granted anonymity

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 24 October 2019. The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over a Nigerian court’s decision to grant anonymity to witnesses set to testify against journalist Agba Jalingo and deny the public access to the courtroom during the trial. A federal high court in Nigeria’s southern Calabar

The importance of persistence: Challenging impunity and the murder of Alisher Saipov

Osh is Kyrgyzstan’s oldest city. Lying just 5km from the porous border with Uzbekistan, it is often referred to as “the capital of the south”. This was where Alisher Saipov worked. He was a young, highly-regarded, ethnic Uzbek journalist with a passion for social justice. On the evening of 24 October 2007, police in Osh

The importance of persistence: Challenging impunity and the murder of Alisher Saipov

Osh is Kyrgyzstan’s oldest city. Lying just 5km from the porous border with Uzbekistan, it is often referred to as “the capital of the south”. This was where Alisher Saipov worked. He was a young, highly-regarded, ethnic Uzbek journalist with a passion for social justice. On the evening of 24 October 2007, police in Osh

Abducted voices: Freedom of expression threatened as Iraqi peaceful protesters are targeted

This statement was originally published on gc4hr.org on 24 October 2019. We, the undersigned organisations, call upon the Iraqi authorities to make the utmost effort to ensure the immediate release of all detained human rights defenders, peaceful demonstrators, and civilian activists who were abducted and forcibly disappeared by unknown armed groups for more than two

Palestinian authorities block dozens of news websites and Facebook pages

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 25 October 2019. The Palestinian National Authority should immediately lift a ban on dozens of news websites and Facebook pages, and allow news outlets in the country to publish freely online, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.On October 17, the Ramallah Magistrate Court ordered local internet

Australia: Media industry must unite against gender-based online abuse

This statement was originally published on meaa.org on 21 October 2019. A united industry approach by media organisations is needed to combat the prevalence of online harassment and abuse of women media workers, a new report recommends. Don’t Read the Comments: Enhancing Online Safety for Women Working in the Media recommends that media organisations should begin

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