Monthly Archives: June 2020

Two Zimbabwean journalists arrested under COVID-19 lockdown regulations

This statement was originally published on rsf.org on 26 May 2020. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the release of two Zimbabwean journalists who were arrested last week while investigating violence against three opposition activists and condemns the way the police used Covid-19 lockdown regulations as a pretext for detaining them. When freelancer Frank Chikowore

Journalist Kufre Carter released after month-long detention but charges remain

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 28 May 2020. Nigerian authorities should drop all charges against journalist Kufre Carter and ensure that the press is not harassed by the country’s security forces, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On April 27, in the southern city of Uyo, officers with Nigeria’s Department of

Independent journalism and access to information threatened in the Philippines with the closure of ABS-CBN

Dear National Telecommunications Commission, the Supreme Court and the House of Representatives of the Republic of the Philippines, We, the undersigned group of media unions, international press freedom advocacy groups and civil society organisations, denounce the Philippine government’s closure of the country’s largest broadcaster, ABS-CBN, and the failure of the Philippine Congress to do its duty and

A gathering storm: The laws being used to silence the media across Europe

This statement was originally published on indexoncensorship.org on 1 June 2020. “It’s crippling,” explained Stefan Candea, a journalist and co-founder of the Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalism, when asked about the centre’s experience of being sued for its work. “It’s a major crippling of the workflow and of resources.” Across Europe, laws are being used

COVID-19 and “immunity passports”: The ethical, medical and practical problems

This statement was originally published on eff.org on 28 May 2020. With states beginning to ease shelter-in-place restrictions, the conversation on COVID-19 has turned to questions of when and how we can return to work, take kids to school, or plan air travel. Several countries and U.S. states, including the UK, Italy, Chile, Germany, and

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