Monthly Archives: April 2020

Central Asian governments respond to COVID-19 by limiting access to information

This statement was originally published on on 23 April 2020. Governments in Central Asia have failed to consistently uphold human rights obligations in their responses to the Covid-19 pandemic by limiting access to information about the spread of the virus and implementing restrictions in discriminatory or arbitrary ways, Human Rights Watch said today. Turkmenistan

Pakistan’s new draft of data protection law contains ‘draconian and anti-democratic’ sections

This statement was originally published on on 22 April 2020. Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD) is concerned about the insertion of draconian and anti-democratic sections in the draft Personal Data Protection Bill 2020 that has been made public by the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications (MoITT) for public consultation. While we appreciate that

Police release Vision Group journalist on bond.

Kamuli, 22nd/April/2020; Police in Kamuli released Gwebayanga Tom, a Vision Group Correspondent in Buyende district on 22nd April 2020 after spending a night in a police cell at Kamuli Central Police Station, with charges of spreading harmful propaganda under case file no. CRB 436/2020. He is to report back on 1st May 2020. When Gwebayanga

Hong Kong: Crackdown amid COVID-19

This statement was originally published on on 20 April 2020. The Chinese and local authorities’ latest assault on Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement amid the Covid-19 crisis signifies Beijing’s escalating efforts to impose direct control over the city’s governance, violating basic rights, Human Rights Watch said today. On April 18, 2020, the Hong Kong police

Globe International Center condemns police harassment against a female journalist in Mongolia

This statement was originally published by Globe International Center on 20 April 2020. Globe International Center strongly condemns the physical harassment committed by a certain police officer against N. Unurtsetseg, a female journalist for news site. This incident took place while the journalist was under an investigation by the police based on a complaint

Ethiopian journalist Yayesew Shimelis’s charges changed to terrorism

This statement was originally published on on 16 April 2020. In response to Ethiopian authorities’ new terrorism allegations against broadcast journalist Yayesew Shimelis today, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “Ethiopian police had no business arresting journalist Yayesew Shimelis in the first place, and now they are doubling down on his

Authorities across West Africa attacking journalists covering COVID-19 pandemic

This statement was originally published on on 16 April 2020. Beyond the frightening human toll the COVID-19 is exacting across the world, the pandemic has also led to attacks, detention and judicial penalties against journalists covering the outbreak and related issues in various countries in West Africa. Over the past one month, eight journalists