Monthly Archives: June 2020

“Perversity”, “depravity” and “an arrogant culture of impunity”

“A threat to democracy and fundamental rights” Ahead of Poland’s presidential election on 28 June, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) called out public TV channel Telewizja Polska (TVP) for acting as if it were the propaganda department of the ruling nationalist Law and Justice Party (PiS). RSF criticised the broadcaster for not just promoting the PiS

Pakistan’s new media directive could restrict TV reporting on COVID-19

This statement was originally published on pakistanpressfoundation.org on 26 June 2020. The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on June 25 introduced a set of restrictive directives for reporting and coverage of COVID-19 by television channels. The restrictions imposed in the directives include “any violence at hospitals, emergency situation, attack, offensive behavior towards healthcare workers

Indonesia: YouTube censors live stream on homophobia and religion

This statement was originally published on ifj.org on 26 June 2020. YouTube removed the live webinar ‘Exploring non-homophobic religions’ stating the content breached community guidelines. The International Federation of Journalists and its affiliate the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Indonesia urge YouTube to explain the removal of the live stream. The Association of Journalists for

Pacific media groups urge Cook Islands MPs not to ban journalist for reports on travel allowances

This statement was originally published on Pacific Freedom Forum’s Facebook page on 26 June 2020. The Pacific Islands News Association (PINA), representing media organisations both public and private in the Pacific Islands, is concerned about reports that the Parliament of Cook Islands is proposing to ban the Cook Islands News newspaper from covering the current

Egypt: Women Tiktok users are being charged with cybercrimes

This statement was originally published on cihrs.org on 24 June 2020. The undersigned human rights organizations denounce the ongoing security campaign led by Egypt’s Public Prosecution against users of the social media platform Tiktok, as it ignores thousands of reports of torture, enforced disappearance and medical neglect in prisons, and direct media incitement to murder

Russia: “Fake news” law and spurious prosecutions used to silence independent journalists

This statement was originally published on ipi.media on 25 June 2020. Journalists in Russia reporting on the authorities’ handling of the Covid-19 pandemic are facing continued fines and investigations stemming from new laws on “fake news”, intensifying an already hostile landscape for critical and independent media. During the coronavirus pandemic the country’s media regulator has

Polish public broadcaster spreads hate speak and disinformation ahead of election

This statement was originally published on rsf.org on 24 June 2020. Poland’s public television Telewizja Polska (TVP) has openly betrayed its public service mission in the run-up to Sunday’s (28 June) presidential election, acting almost exclusively as the mouthpiece of the government and of President Andrzej Duda, who is seeking another term. In response, Reporters

COVID-19: Border closures exploited to spread disinformation in North Macedonia

This statement was originally published on globalvoices.org on 25 June 2020. It is republished here under Creative Commons license CC-BY 3.0. Did Albania’s Prime Minister really only welcome ethnic Albanian visitors from Balkan neighbours to his recently re-opened country? Did Greece really prohibit travellers from parts of North Macedonia where large ethnic Albanian and Roma

Top