Monthly Archives: August 2020

Melanesia: New report highlights increasingly hostile media environment

This statement was originally published on ifj.org on 6 August 2020. A new report, released in the Pacific Journalism Review on July 31, highlights the growing need to address media freedom in the region, particularly in Vanuatu, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and West Papua. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is concerned about the ongoing

Iranian lawyer, poet and activist Sedigheh Vasmaghi on trial for threatening national security

This statement was originally published on icorn.org on 7 August 2020. Risking jail, Dr. Sedigheh Vasmaghi, lawyer, poet, women’s rights activist and former ICORN writer in residence in Uppsala, has refused to attend a hearing at the Revolutionary Court of the Islamic Republic of Iran where she is accused of threatening national security. She shares

Russia: Draft significantly reduces LGBTQI+ people’s rights

This statement was originally published on hrw.org on 6 August 2020. A draft bill before Russia’s parliament would significantly affect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, Human Rights Watch said today. Among the proposed amendments to the family code are changes to the legal gender recognition rights for transgender people that will

Ahead of presidential elections in Belarus PEN centres call for release of all political prisoners

This statement was originally published on pen-international.org on 4 August 2020. PEN International, Belarus PEN and 24 PEN Centres are highly concerned about the systematic violations of the right to freedom of expression and other human rights that are central to democratic participation of political opponents and dissenting voices in the run-up to the presidential

Made in Hollywood, censored by Beijing

This statement was originally published on pen.org on 5 August 2020. This report examines the ways in which Beijing’s censors have affected and influenced Hollywood and the global filmmaking industry. Stories shape the way people think, and the stories told by Hollywood reach billions. As an anti-censorship organization dedicated to the celebration of open cultural

Djiboutian authorities threaten journalist through illegal actions

This statement was originally published on rsf.org on 4 August 2020. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the methods used by the Djiboutian authorities to keep pressuring and intimidating a journalist held for the past three weeks, including searching his home and hacking into his Facebook account. A video filmed after the police searched Charmarke Saïd

Philippine alternative news groups file complaints against state agents for threats and surveillance

This statement was originally published on cmfr-phil.org on 3 August 2020. Alternative media organizations on 30 July 2020 filed before the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) complaints against state agents for violating the Constitutional guarantees of press freedom and freedom of information. Altermidya- People’s Alternative Media Network and its members Bulatlat, Kodao, and Pinoy Weekly called on CHR to investigate

‘Locked’ cartoon strip shows impact of Kashmir’s autonomy loss and internet shutdown

This statement was originally published on cartoonistsrights.org on 5 August 2020. Earlier this year we published an essay from cartoonist Suhail Naqshbandi describing his experiences prior to India’s suspension of the Jammu & Kashmir region’s autonomous status and the subsequent degradation of civil liberty, including one of the world’s longest internet shutdowns. Now, to mark the first anniversary

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