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Jordan: Publisher Jamal Haddad arrested for questioning pandemic response

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 27 December 2020. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Jordanian authorities to release Jamal Haddad, publisher of the news website Alwakaai, and condemns the use of a national security prosecution to censor coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic. On December 24, Haddad was summoned and detained pending

Turkish lawmakers pass law to exert greater control over NGOs

This statement was originally published on bianet.org on 28 December 2020. A bill increasing controls on civil society groups was approved in the parliament yesterday, December 27, 2020. The legislation permits the Ministry of Interior to replace NGO executives who are prosecuted for “terrorism” charges with new members and suspend the activities of groups. NGOs

Afghanistan: Prominent freelance journalist Rahmatullah Nikzad assassinated

This statement was originally published on ifj.org on 22 December 2020. Rahmatullah Nikzad, a reporter, photographer and chief of the Ghazni Journalists’ Union, was assassinated in the first district of Ghazni province by unknown assailants on December 21. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its Afghanistan affiliate the Afghan Independent Journalists’ Association (AIJA) condemn

UN experts, civil society groups call on Bangladesh to release cartoonist Ahmed Kabir Kishore

This statement was originally published on cartoonistsrights.org on 18 December 2020. Earlier this week three of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Special Rapporteurs have co-signed a written statement seeking the immediate release of Bangladeshi cartoonist Ahmed Kabir Kishore, jailed in May 2020 and winner of CRNI’s Robert Russell Courage in

Monitored and targeted: Sale of surveillance technology puts lives of MENA activists at risk

This statement was originally published on gc4hr.org on 18 December 2020.   During an event held online on 16 December 2020, a group of NGOs said the sale of surveillance technology to oppressive governments in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region should be halted, because it puts activists at risk of imprisonment and harassment.

Punitive judicial rulings are intentional ploy to silence investigative weekly

This statement was originally published on rsf.org on 18 December 2020. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) unreservedly condemns the increased sentences that two Cameroonian journalists received on appeal today and accuses Cameroon’s justice system of complicity in an attempt to silence their publication, Kalara, a serious investigative weekly that specializes in covering court cases. What with

Ethiopian journalist detained without charge since November

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 18 December 2020. Ethiopian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release journalist Dawit Kebede and stop harassing members of the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On November 30, federal police arrested Dawit, managing editor of the online news outlet Awramba Times, while he was dining with

Journalist Mahmud Tim Kargbo arrested for “annoying” police official

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 18 December 2020. Sierra Leone authorities should immediately drop all charges against journalist Mahmud Tim Kargbo and allow him to work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On December 4, a magistrate court in the capital, Freetown, charged Kargbo with sharing “insulting” and “scurrilous” information

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