Monthly Archives: October 2019

Police disrupt University students’ press conference, teargas journalists

Police disrupt University students’ press conference, teargas journalists

Makerere, 25th October 2019; Over fifteen (15) journalists who were covering a press conference convened by the Guild Council leaders of Makerere University have been teargassed and beaten by the police as they forced them out of the University campus. The journalists say that the attack on them was on the directives of the Vice-Chancellor

Silence of the Networks: Young Palestinians targeted for their online commentary

This statement was originally published on 7amleh.org on 20 October 2019. According to a new research report, “Silenced Net: The Chilling Effect among Palestinian Youth in Social Media,” the current legal, political and social environment is having a significant impact on the political activity of Palestinian youth on the internet. Many young Palestinians have had

Journalist Stanyslav Aseyev sentenced to 15 years by separatists in eastern Ukraine

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 22 October 2019. The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the announcement by Russia-backed militants in eastern Ukraine that they intend to hold Stanyslav Aseyev, a reporter for the U.S.-backed broadcaster Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, in a penal colony for 15 years, as reported by his employer.According

UNGA proclaims 28 September as International Day for Universal Access to Information

This statement was originally published on mediarightsagenda.net on 23 October 2019. The United Nations (UN) General Assembly has adopted by consensus a resolution proclaiming 28 September the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI). By the resolution, the General Assembly endorsed a similar resolution which the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific

Nigerian authorities urged to investigate attacks on journalists working for AKBC

This statement was originally published on ipcng.org on 21 October 2019. The International Press Centre (IPC), Lagos is calling on security operatives in Akwa Ibom to immediately investigate and apprehend alleged perpetrators of recent attacks on journalists working with Akwa Ibom State Broadcasting Corporation (AKBC). Details from Leadership Online Portal has it that, “a news

Chadians still face challenges despite restoration of internet access after 16 months

This statement was originally published on cipesa.org on 21 October 2019. In July 2019, the Chadian government lifted a 16-month blockage on access to social media, which it had imposed in March 2018. While connected citizens are now able to access social media with ease, various concerns remain. Digital communication costs are prohibitively high, the

Azerbaijan: Police detain and brutally beat protesters at rights demonstrations

This statement was originally published on hrw.org on 22 October 2019. Azerbaijan police violently dispersed two peaceful protests in central Baku on October 19 and 20, 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. Police rounded up dozens of peaceful opposition and civic activists, beating and roughing them up while forcing them onto buses and into police

Suppression in Algeria: Hirak protests met with arrests and Internet blocking

This statement was originally published on article19.org on 22 October 2019. ARTICLE 19 calls for the immediate release of all those arrested amid the crackdown on Hirak pro-democracy protests. The Hirak protests, which broke out across Algerian cities in February 2019, were caused by the former president’s announcement to run for re-election while ill in

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