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Journalists receive threats via social media in the aftermath of early December general election

This statement was originally published on mfwa.org on 18 December 2020. The Media Foundation for West Africa condemns threats issued online by some unknown individuals against journalists of the Multimedia Group in connection with the coverage of Ghana’s December 7, 2020 general elections, and urge the police to investigate the incidents and arrest the culprits.

Liberian government’s practice towards media fuels infodemic

This statement was originally published on africafex.org on 16 November 2020. While Liberia has, so far, managed to save lives from the worst public health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the subsequent reduction of the number of journalists and media institutions covering the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) regular press briefings and

Turkey: Can Dündar sentenced to 27 years and 6 months in prison because of his journalism

This statement was originally published on expressioninterrupted.com on 23 December 2020. Court renders judgment in the absence of Dündar’s lawyers, who refused to attend the hearing citing the lack of impartiality of the judges Exiled journalist Can Dündar was given a combined prison sentence of 27 years and 6 months on two charges on 23

Turkey: ECtHR orders immediate release of opposition politician Selahattin Demirtaş

This statement was originally published on expressioninterrupted.com on 22 December 2020. The Grand Chamber finds that Demirtaş’s detention pursued an ulterior motive, violated his freedom of expression, right to liberty and security and right to stand for election The European Court of Human Rights issued its Grand Chamber judgment in the case of Selahattin Demirtaş

Journalists in India face attacks, legal action, and threats

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 17 December 2020. In September and October 2020, lists circulating online allegedly identifying journalists as “anti-Hindu” or as “Indian agents” named dozens of local members of the press, police opened investigations into at least two reporters and one media executive, and authorities attacked at least one journalist

Poet and writer Tran Duc Thach sentenced to 12 years in Vietnamese prison

This statement was originally published on pen.org on 17 December 2020. Poet, blogger, and human rights activist Tran Duc Thach was sentenced to 12 years in prison and three years probation by Nghe An province courts this Tuesday on charges of subversion under Article 109 of the country’s criminal code. PEN America condemned the sentencing

Russia cracks down on political performance art

This statement was originally published on hrw.org on 17 December 2020. Performances by artists and activists on political topics have been a sensitive spot for the Russian authorities for years. But as the authorities’ crackdown on civil society intensifies, so does the creative non-violent response exposing and drawing attention to it. This in turn increases

HCLU and partners’ statement on Hungary’s failure to comply with ECJ ruling on foreign-funded NGOs

This statement was originally published on hclu.hu on 18 December 2020. No steps have been taken by Hungary to comply with CJEU’s judgement. We remind EC it’s time to act. Six months ago, the Court of Justice of the EU condemned Hungary for the violation of EU law and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

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