Monthly Archives: July 2020

Organizations denounce numerous arbitrary arrests, restrictions and Internet service cuts that aim to prevent demonstrations against police violence in Cuba

At least 132 people, including artists, journalists, and activists, were victims of arrests, restrictions on leaving their houses and internet service cuts when they participated in or reported on protests against police violence. On 30 June, Cuba’s State Security Department led operations against artists, journalists and activists, who were arrested on the street and held

Terror, cyber libel, and resisting internet shutdowns from Rakhine to Papua

Myanmar continues to restrict the internet in Rakhine and Chin States amid growing civil society opposition. Meanwhile, an Indonesian court has declared the internet throttling in West Papua as unlawful. The Philippines clamps down on free speech after it convicted journalist Maria Ressa for cyber libel, while the government is readying the passage of a

Cambodian newspaper publisher arrested over Facebook posts

This statement was originally published on on 30 June 2020. The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today condemned the arrest of Cambodian newspaper publisher Ros Sokhet on June 25. Sokhet, the publisher of Khmer Nation newspaper, had published Facebook posts critical of

Hong Kong: Freedom House condemns China’s imposition of National Security Law

This statement was originally published on on 30 June 2020. In response to the Chinese central government’s imposition of a repressive National Security Law on Hong Kong, Freedom House issued the following statement: “Freedom House is appalled at China’s passage and promulgation today of a National Security Law for Hong Kong,” said Michael J.

Lack of internet access hinders online education for Pakistani students

This statement was originally published on on 1 July 2020. Media Matters for Democracy (MMFD) is deeply concerned at the situation where students, particularly from the non-mainstream areas of Pakistan, are facing infrastructural challenges in attending online classes which are now made mandatory by the Higher Education Commission. The unavailability of quality access to