Monthly Archives: July 2020

Benin’s closure of online media outlets seen as muzzling of media

This statement was originally published on mfwa.org on 24 July 2020. In what is feared to be an exercise that would further weaken an already distressed media sector, Benin’s media regulator, Haute Autorité de l’Audiovisuelle et de la Communication (HAAC), on July 7, 2020, ordered the closure of several online media for non-compliance. The move

Kyrgyzstan: Journalist and activist Azimjon Askarov dies in prison

This statement was originally published on hrw.org on 25 July 2020. Human rights defender, Azimjon Askarov, has died in prison in Kyrgyzstan, Human Rights Watch said today. Askarov, 69, was serving a life sentence imposed after an unfair trial on politically motivated charges, for which he was arbitrarily arrested and tortured. Askarov’s death in state

New bylaws of the Nepal Telecommunications Authority could ‘jeopardize’ right to information

This statement was originally published on freedomforum.org.np on 22 July 2020. Freedom Forum his seriously concerned over the recently passed Bylaw of the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA). The provision on Rule 12 (L) of the Bylaw warrants serious attention. The provision states, “Arrangement should be made whereby the service providers are not allowed to receive

China: Open letter calling for pardon for jailed journalist Huang Qi

This statement was originally published on article19.org on 23 July 2020. 11 human rights organisations, including ARTICLE 19, sent a letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping calling on him to pardon journalist Huang Qi, who is suffering from a life-threatening health condition. Huang Qi has reported extensively on corruption cases and human rights violations in

Pakistan: Journalist Matiullah Jan abducted in broad daylight and released after twelve hours

This statement was originally published on pakistanpressfoundation.org on 22 July 2020. On July 21, senior Pakistani journalist Matiullah Jan was abducted from the country’s capital Islamabad. Twelve hours later, Jan was released, however, there has been no explanation provided for his abduction. According to family sources Jan was released by unidentified persons in a deserted

Saudi Arabia: Imprisoned activist Loujain Al-Hathloul remains incommunicado

This statement was originally published on gc4hr.org on 24 July 2020. The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) is seriously concerned about the wellbeing of  prominent Saudi woman human rights defender and equality campaigner Loujain Al-Hathloul, who remains incommunicado from prison for the sixth week according to her family. The family has not heard from her since 9 June

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