Monthly Archives: October 2020

Vengeful crackdowns and MENA’s battle for access to information

Egypt: Crackdown with a vengeance Having spent the past year actively eliminating dissent in the country, Egyptian authorities marked the one-year anniversary of anti-government protests sparked by allegations of military corruption last September by further intensifying their chokehold on free expression. In recent weeks, state security forces were deployed in public spaces ahead of the

Bangladesh: Protesting Rohingya refugees beaten

This statement was originally published on hrw.org on 1 October 2020. Bangladesh authorities beat refugees protesting their detention on Bhasan Char Island with sticks and tree branches, Human Rights Watch said today. Naval officers allegedly beat the refugees, including children, in retribution for their hunger strike beginning on September 21, 2020 to demand reunification with

Deterioration of human rights in Cambodia amid COVID-19

This statement was originally published on article19.org on 1 October 2020. The situation for fundamental freedoms in Cambodia continues to sharply deteriorate. In the past two months alone, at least 28 people have been arrested for exercising their rights to freedom of expression, association, or peaceful assembly, and the majority have been charged with the

Slovenia: News outlet ‘Necenzurirano’ hit with 39 SLAPP lawsuits

This statement was originally published on ipi.media on 1 October 2020. IPI joined by 11 European journalist and press freedom groups in condemning brazen defamation case We, the undersigned organisations, today express our grave concern over the barrage of vexatious defamation lawsuits targeting journalists working for the investigative news website Necenzurirano in Slovenia over the last

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