Monthly Archives: January 2020

Qatar: How a crackdown on fake news will restrict freedom of expression

This statement was originally published on gc4hr.org on 21 January 2020. New amendments proposed to Qatar’s Penal Code would lead to serious restrictions on freedom of expression if implemented. The Qatari newspaper Al-Raya published what it called amendments to the Penal Code of 2004 which include imprisonment and heavy fines for a broad range of

ARTICLE 19 condemns cybercrime charges against journalist Glenn Greenwald

This statement was originally published on article19.org on 21 January 2020. ARTICLE 19 has condemned the Brazilian authorities for charging journalist Glenn Greenwald for ‘cybercrimes’. The accusation comes after The Intercept Brasil published several news stories in 2019 that were based on leaked mobile phone messages. The articles raised serious ethical and legal questions about

The weaponisation of information disorder

Quoted in this article: Tabani Moyo [Executive Director] and Kuda Hove [Legal and Digital Policy Rights] Zimbabwe chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Zimbabwe); Paul Kimumwe [Senior Programme Officer] Collaboration on International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA); Zoe Titus [Executive Director] Namibia Media Trust; Samba Dialimpa Badji [Editor] Africa Check

Ukraine: Draft law proposes punishments of up to seven years in prison for spreading disinformation

This statement was originally published on europeanjournalists.org on 22 January 2020. On January 20, the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports unveiled a draft law on combating disinformation and regulating media activity. According to the minister of Culture, Volodymyr Borodyansky, the text aims to respond to Russian disinformation. However, the journalistic community believes that

CPJ, 57 news organizations ask Senate to rethink press restrictions during impeachment trial

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 17 January 2020. The Committee to Protect Journalists and at 57 other news organizations yesterday sent a letter to Senate authorities asking them to reconsider press restrictions during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. The letter asked the Senate to refrain from adding additional screening devices

Journalist barred from entering Crimea for 34 years

This statement was originally published on hrw.org on 21 January 2020. By Tanya Lokshina, Associate Director, Europe and Central Asia Division Russian authorities barred an independent Ukrainian journalist, Taras Ibragimov, from entering Crimea last weekend and issued him a 34-year-ban. Ibragimov had traveled regularly to Crimea the past four years, and in May 2019 joined me

Imprisoned dissidents in Egypt are dying from neglect

This statement was originally published on cihrs.org on 17 January 2020. Following the death of dual Egyptian-American national Mustafa Kassem on Monday 13 January 2020, the undersigned rights organizations renew their demand for international and independent oversight and inspection of Egypt’s prisons. The swelling number of deaths in prisons since the beginning of the year

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