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Colombian reporters face criminal defamation inquiry for reporting on assault allegations

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 18 September 2020. Colombian authorities should not pursue criminal defamation charges against journalists Catalina Ruiz-Navarro and Matilde de los Milagros Londoño, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. In early September, the Colombian attorney general’s office ordered freelance journalists Ruiz-Navarro and Londoño to appear for questioning on

Argentinian radio journalist Luis Alberto Mancini assaulted after reporting on local corruption

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 21 September 2020. Argentinian authorities must investigate the assault on journalist Luis Alberto Mancini, find out whether it was related to his journalistic work, and prosecute his assailants, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On September 16 around 11 a.m., Mancini was violently attacked by two

US: Open letter opposing the Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Internet Technologies Act of 2020

This statement was originally published on article19.org on 17 September 2020. ARTICLE 19, together with 26 organisations, sent an open letter to the US Senate expressing a strong opposition to the Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Internet Technologies Act of 2020 (EARN IT Act). In the letter, we called for the US Senate to

Exiled journalist Can Dündar’s assets to be seized unless he returns to Turkey

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 17 September 2020. An Istanbul court today announced that Can Dündar, an exiled Turkish journalist living in Germany, would be declared a fugitive and his assets would be seized unless he returns to the country within 15 days, according to news reports. “Journalist Can Dündar has already paid

Laos: Activists and rights groups demand release of blogger Mouay

This statement was originally published on ifj.org on 16 September 2020. Lao blogger Houayheuang Xayabouly, known by her nickname Mouay, was detained in 2019 for criticising the region’s government for the mishandling of flooding in Laos’ southern Champassak and Salavan provinces. After having served one year of her five year sentence, this week activists and

India: Arrests of activists politically motivated

This statement was originally published on hrw.org on 16 September 2020. The Indian authorities are increasingly bringing politically motivated cases, including under severe sedition and terrorism laws, against critics of the government, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should immediately drop baseless charges against activists, academics, student leaders, and others, and unconditionally release those

Philippines: Appeal to UNESCO regarding the classification of the Ampatuan massacre case as “resolved”

This statement was originally published on cmfr-phil.org on 18 September 2020. Alarmed by the supposed UNESCO classification of the Ampatuan massacre case as “resolved” from news reports that were based on a press release of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFOMS), a broad group of organizations and individuals signed on to this letter

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