Monthly Archives: November 2019

Everything you wanted to know about internet censorship in Russia

This statement was originally published on on 27 November 2019. The Russian government has systematically restricted freedom of the press and freedom of expression on the internet in recent years, increasingly focusing on international platforms such as Google, Facebook and Twitter, according to a country report on internet censorship and surveillance in Russia published

Maltese authorities must not restrict press scrutiny of the Caruana Galizia investigation

This statement was originally published on on 29 November 2019. We, the undersigned organisations, condemn the actions taken by Maltese authorities to restrict press coverage and public scrutiny of the ongoing investigation into the assassination of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. We call on Maltese authorities to uphold their international obligations to ensure all

Journalist Pham Chi Dung detained on anti-state charges in Vietnam

This statement was originally published on on 22 November 2019. Vietnamese authorities should immediately release journalist Pham Chi Dung and drop any pending charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Security officers arrested Dung yesterday at his home in southern Ho Chi Minh City and charged him under Article 117 of

Silencing voices in the Kingdom: Ongoing crackdown on activists in Jordan

This statement was originally published on on 28 November 2019. Jordanian authorities are seeking to limit protests over austerity policies throughout 2019 by targeting protest leaders, participants, and other critics for harassment and arrest, Human Rights Watch said today. At least seven activists have been detained since September. Most of those detained face charges

Governments are using counterterrorism measures against environmental activists

This statement was originally published on on 28 November 2019. Protecting the endangered Asiatic cheetah. Tweeting a satirical poem. Attending a climate conference. Campaigning against a power plant. These actions hardly conjure images of suicide bombers or coup plotters. Yet they have been labeled “eco-terrorism,” “extremism,” or “threats to national security” by governments and

Editor arrested and detained after responding to summons from South Sudanese authorities

This statement was originally published on on 28 November 2019. South Sudanese authorities should immediately release a journalist who has been arbitrarily detained, Human Rights Watch said today. The National Security Service (NSS) arrested and detained Emmanuel Monychol Akop, the managing editor of The Dawn newspaper, after he answered a summons on October 21,