Monthly Archives: February 2020

Julian Assange’s extradition hearing highlights lack of US evidence

This statement was originally published on rsf.org on 28 February 2020. During the first week of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s US extradition hearing in London, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) was concerned by the clear lack of evidence from the US for its charges against Assange. RSF also remains concerned about Assange’s wellbeing and inability to

On Israeli social networks, racism against Arabs and Palestinians is on the rise

This statement was originally published on 7amleh.org on 27 February 2020. The Arab Center for the Advancement of Social Media, published the results of its annual Index of Racism and Incitement in Israeli Social Media in 2019. The research revealed that the peak of incitement against Palestinians and Arabs in 2019 was correlated with the

Media groups express concern over China’s expulsion of foreign correspondents

This statement was originally published on meaa.org on 20 February 2020. MEAA has written to China’s Ambassador to Australia to express its concern at the revoking by China of three Wall Street Journal foreign correspondents’ press credentials. One of the three is Australian journalist Philip Wen who has worked in the Australian media for several

Sections of Mali’s cybercrime law threaten online freedom of expression and privacy

This statement was originally published on cipesa.org on 21 February 2020. On December 5, 2019, the president of Mali promulgated Law n° 2019-056 on the Suppression of Cybercrime. Although timely and relevant, a number of provisions pose potential threats to privacy and freedom of expression online, especially in view of Mali’s democracy deficits and low

Tanzanian reporter Erick Kabendera pays his way to freedom

This statement was originally published on rsf.org on 24 February 2020. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes Tanzanian journalist Erick Kabendera’s release today after nearly seven months in prison but regrets that he had to plead guilty to charges of money-laundering and tax evasion to be freed. The high price exacted by the authorities is indicative

Tajik journalist Daler Sharipov held on charges of “inciting religious discord”

This statement was originally published on hrw.org on 21 February 2020. Tajik authorities have detained a prominent independent journalist, apparently for his writing, Human Rights Watch said today. Daler Sharipov, who has been detained since January 28, 2020 for “inciting religious discord,” faces up to five years in prison if convicted. He has often criticized

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