Monthly Archives: October 2020

Turkey demands action from France over ‘Charlie Hebdo’ cartoon of President Erdoğan

This statement was originally published on bianet.org on 29 October 2020. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey has summoned the Charge D’affaires of France over the publication of a cartoon of President and ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Chair Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the front page of the Charlie Hebdo weekly satirical magazine.

Armenia and Azerbaijan must protect journalists during Nagorno Karabakh conflict

This statement was originally published on europeanjournalists.org on 29 October 2020. On 28 October, together with fellow partner organisations of the Council of Europe Platform, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) signed a statement of urgent concern regarding the risks to physical safety and undue restrictions faced by journalists covering the conflict in Nagorno Karabakh.

CPJ launches 2020 Global Impunity Index

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 28 October 2020. CPJ’s 2020 Global Impunity Index spotlights countries where journalists are slain and their killers go free By Elana Beiser/CPJ Editorial Director Incremental progress toward reducing the murders of journalists worldwide is fragile and could be thwarted by legal appeals and lack of political leadership,

Thailand: ‘End crackdown, respect the right to protest’

This statement was originally published on article19.org on 25 October 2020. The Thai government has repeatedly violated the human rights of peaceful protesters during a crackdown on a vigorous and growing youth-led protest movement, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights and ARTICLE 19 said in a briefing released today. Authorities should end baseless criminal proceedings and

Malaysia: CIJ condemns police probes into “potentially seditious” social media posts

This statement was originally published on cijmalaysia.net on 27 October 2020. The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) strongly condemns Bukit Aman’s decision to investigate individuals over “potentially seditious” social media postings they allegedly made in response to recent events. We consider the ongoing police probes an infringement on freedom of expression and speech as well

Despite convictions, justice for murdered journalists in Mexico remains abstract

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 28 October 2020. Some recent convictions in the cases of journalists murdered in Mexico may give the impression that the state is making significant progress in the fight against impunity. While CPJ has welcomed the convictions as an important step, the outlook for breaking the cycle of

Tanzania’s media regulatory body used to threaten media into submission

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 16 October 2020. By Muthoki Mumo/CPJ Sub-Saharan Africa Representative On August 27, the second day of mainland Tanzania’s official campaign period leading up to October 28 elections, authorities ordered privately owned broadcasters Clouds TV and Clouds FM to replace their regular programming with an hours-long apology until midnight and then halt programming altogether for

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