Monthly Archives: July 2020

Art against racism, “communicational hegemony”, and what we must do to make it safer for women journalists

A holistic approach to challenges faced by women journalists On 7 July, Brazilian journalist Bianca Santana reported to the United Nations on attacks she received from President Jair Bolsonaro, and denounced the fact that, since he took office, women journalists have been attacked at least 54 times by the president or his ministers. Dozens of

Turkish parliament passes bill that will curb free speech on social media

This statement was originally published on on 29 July 2020. On 29 July 2020, the Turkish Parliament passed a bill drafted by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its ally Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), aiming to expand government control over social media. Speaking to P24 as Parliament was about

#HoldTheLine: Journalists push back against state persecution and sexual harassment from Philippines to Maldives

Afghan journalists succeeded in persuading the government to drop its plan to amend media laws. A Maldives editor is suing a top official at the president’s office for sexual harassment. Hong Kong journalists are exposing and decrying police violence. And a global #HoldTheLine coalition has emerged in support of journalists in the Philippines. Good news!

Colombian vice president files criminal defamation suit against journalist

This statement was originally published on on 28 July 2020. Colombian Vice President Marta Lucía Ramírez should drop her criminal defamation suit against InSight Crime journalist Jeremy McDermott, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On July 24, the attorney general’s office notified McDermott, a British national who works as co-director and legal representative of the

Azimjon Askarov dies in prison, thought crime in Russia, a new social media law in Turkey

“They intended for him to die in prison, and so he has” Rights activist and investigative journalist Azimjon Askarov died in prison on 25 July 2020. Askarov, 69, was one of Central Asia’s most famous political prisoners and had been behind bars since he was arrested, tortured and unfairly convicted on trumped up charges in 2010.

The four arrested comedians in a group photo Courtsey photo

Police have released four comedians after charging them with sectarianism

Kampala, 28th/ July 2020; Police at the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has released four comedians known as Bizonto who work with Radio Simba morning show called Binsangawano, were arrested on 24th The comedians were charged with promoting sectarianism for releasing a video clip on Youtube mentioning Ugandan leaders in key government positions along with the

Poland: Justice minister threatens to leave domestic violence treaty

This statement was originally published on on 28 July 2020. By Hillary Margolis, Senior Researcher, Women’s Rights Division Poland’s justice minister Zbigniew Ziobro confirmed on Saturday that he will pursue withdrawal from a landmark European treaty on violence against women. This is a worrying policy move on the part of the government, led by

Journalist brutally assaulted by officers of Liberia’s Drug Enforcement Agency

This statement was originally published on on 21 July 2020. Liberian authorities should investigate the attack and arrest of journalist Max M. Richards Jr. and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On July 9, in the northeastern city of Ganta, a group of about 15 officers with Liberia’s