Monthly Archives: April 2020

Fiji authorities reminded about press freedom’s importance in tackling COVID-19

This statement was originally published on on 28 April 2020. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns an op-ed by a pro-government military commander in Fiji defending curbs on freedom of expression and freedom of the press in order to enforce the lockdown imposed by the government to combat the coronavirus pandemic. “In times of such

Media and rights groups urge Asian heads of state to release jailed journalists

This letter was originally published on on 27 April 2020. To: Prime Minister of Cambodia Hun Sen President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung Sun Suu Kyi Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte President of

Unfit conditions: How Bahrain’s jails became fertile ground for ill-treatment

This statement was originally published on on 28 April 2020. Today, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights issued a special report entitled “Bahrain Prisons: Is There a Solution?”, which is a study on the conditions of prisons in Bahrain from 2011 to 2020, and it includes a commentary on the violated rights of prisoners,

MRA and IPC call for removal of governor of Nigeria’s Ebonyi state for attacks on journalists

This statement was originally published on on 26 April 2020. Two Lagos-based media support organizations, Media Rights Agenda (MRA) and the International Press Centre (IPC), have petitioned the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) asking it to sanction Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi for allegedly misconducting himself, breaching his oath of office and the Code

Madagascan journalist Arphine Helisoa charged in a case of mistaken identity

This statement was originally published on on 22 April 2020. Authorities in Madagascar should immediately release journalist Arphine Helisoa and halt the legal proceedings against her, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On April 4, authorities detained Helisoa, the director of the privately owned Madagascar-based Ny Valosoa (The Reward) newspaper, according to a