Monthly Archives: January 2020

Iraq: Women activists and children targeted on the protest front lines

This statement was originally published on gc4hr.org on 28 January 2020. Iraqi women, whether they are homemakers, employees, or students, have played a fundamental role in the popular movement that has been taking place since its inception on 1 October 2019. Women human rights defenders, doctors or paramedic volunteers in medical detachment teams, civil society

Egypt’s endless jeopardy: How released detainees are re-imprisoned on new charges

This statement was originally published on anhri.info on 22 January 2020. The undersigned human rights organizations denounce the Supreme State Security Prosecution’s illegitimate practice of “recycling cases,” and call for its immediate discontinuation. The renewal of Mohamed al-Qassas’ detention yesterday, January 21st 2020, is the latest injustice incurred by the “recycling” or arbitrary revival of

Ecuadorean broadcast regulator revokes Pichincha Universal’s radio license

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 24 January 2020. Ecuadorean authorities should restore radio station Pichincha Universal’s broadcast license and should not penalize news outlets for their political coverage, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Yesterday, ARCOTEL, the country’s broadcast regulator, issued a decision revoking the license of Pichincha Universal, a local

Groups reject Pakistan’s draft regulations on web TV and digital platforms

This statement was originally published on digitalrightsfoundation.pk on 28 January 2020. On government attempts to curtail freedom of expression, right to information and digital rights; and appropriation of internet and cyberspace Citizens groups reject PEMRA’s draconian proposed draft regulations on Web TV and other allied attempts to undermine digital rights and freedom of expression We

Australia: Concern over hike in secret access to journalists’ data

This statement was originally published on meaa.org on 29 January 2020. MEAA is concerned at the increase in the use of secret Journalist Information Warrants to access journalists’ telecommunications data for the purpose of identifying journalists’ confidential sources. According to the 2018-19 annual report of the Telecommunications (Interception an Access) Act 1979, Australian Federal Police

Pro-government Turkish daily brands journalists’ union “terrorists’ spokespersons”

This statement was originally published on europeanjournalists.org on 28 January 2020. A pro-government newspaper based in Istanbul has blasted the Journalists’ Union of Turkey (TGS), gearing up the official narrative that labels jailed journalists as “terrorists.” “Here is the real face of the Journalists’ Union of Turkey, which flung dirt by alleging that the press

Most aggressive attack on press freedom since Adama Barrow government assumed office

This statement was originally published on the Gambia Press Union Facebook page on 27 January 2020. The past 24 hours witnessed the most aggressive attack on press freedom since the new government assumed office in 2017. Between 12 noon and 2pm yesterday [26 January 2020], two radio stations have been forced to cease operations and

International Press Institute launches new video tutorials on online harassment

This statement was originally published on ipi.media on 27 January 2020. The International Press Institute (IPI) has launched two new video series providing support to journalists targeted by online harassment and attacks. The first series, produced in cooperation with the Dart Centre Europe, describes measures that both newsrooms and journalists can take to prevent or

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