Monthly Archives: January 2020

Somalia’s new media bill is vague and contains draconian clauses

This statement was originally published on rsf.org on 23 January 2020. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, also known as “Farmajo,” not to sign Somalia’s newly approved media bill into law because it would open the way for criminal prosecutions for ordinary press offences and would undermine efforts by the authorities

Brutal murder of Nigerian broadcast journalist must be thoroughly investigated

This statement was originally published on mfwa.org on 23 January 2020. The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has learnt with extreme sadness of the killing of Maxwell Nashan, a journalist with the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Adamawa State, and calls for thorough investigations to apprehend the killers. Nashan was found tied and

Turkey cancels press cards of hundreds of journalists

This statement was originally published on europeanjournalists.org on 24 January 2020. The Turkish press authority cancelled press cards of hundreds of journalists, but did not give any reason for the measure. The International and European Federations of Journalists (IFJ and EFJ), along with their national affiliates, the Journalists’ Union of Turkey (TGS) and DİSK Basın-Is,

‘Journalism Matters’: SEENPM launches public service journalism and media literacy campaign in Western Balkans

This statement was originally published on seenpm.org on 24 January 2020. The central role that professional public service journalism should play in a democratic society is the focus of a new campaign by a group of SEENPM members coordinated by Mediacentar Sarajevo within the EU-funded project “Media for Citizens – Citizens for Media”. The campaign

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince allegedly hacked Jeff Bezos to silence negative coverage

On 22 January, revelations that the phone of Amazon billionaire and Washington Post owner, Jeff Bezos, was deliberately targeted by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Mohammed Bin Salman (colloquially known as MBS), has spurred calls from rights groups, including IFEX members, for an investigation into the hacking. The UN Special Rapporteur on summary executions and extrajudicial

World court rules against Myanmar on Rohingya

This statement was originally published on hrw.org on 23 January 2020. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) order on January 23, 2020, directing Myanmar to prevent all genocidal acts against Rohingya Muslims is crucial for protecting the remaining Rohingya in Rakhine State, Human Rights Watch said today. The court unanimously adopted “provisional measures” that require

Pacific Freedom Forum calls for transparency after suspensions at Tonga Broadcasting Commission

This statement was originally published on Pacific Freedom Forum’s Facebook page on 22 January 2020. Pacific media watchdog the Pacific Freedom Forum is calling for transparency and fairness in a suspension case involving three staff of the Tonga public broadcaster, including its manager. Tonga Broadcasting Manager Setita Tu’ionetoa and staffers Salamo Fulivai, and Vilisoni Tu’iniua

Open letter to Brazilian authorities on the charges against journalist Glenn Greenwald

We, the undersigned press freedom and civil liberties organizations, emphatically condemn the Brazilian authorities’ criminal charges against the award-winning investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald. These charges represent a straightforward attempt to intimidate and retaliate against Greenwald and The Intercept Brasil for their critical reporting on messages that appeared to show a judge advising federal prosecutors how

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