Monthly Archives: February 2021

Spain should release rapper Pablo Hasél

This statement was originally published on pen-international.org on 22 February 2021. The Spanish authorities must immediately release Pablo Hasél and amend legislation that stifles freedom of expression, PEN International and PEN Català said today, as the rapper starts a nine-month prison sentence for his lyrics and tweets. On 16 February, riot police entered the University

Indonesia’s proposed online intermediary regulation may be the most repressive yet

This statement was originally published on eff.org on 16 February 2021. Indonesia is the latest government to propose a legal framework to coerce social media platforms, apps, and other online service providers to accept local jurisdiction over their content and users’ data policies and practices. And in many ways, its proposal is the most invasive

Concern over contempt ruling in “Malaysiakini” case

This statement was originally published on CIJ’s Facebook page on 19 February 2021. The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is deeply alarmed over today’s Federal Court ruling that found news portal Malaysiakini guilty of contempt of court, and its implications for media freedom in Malaysia. Malaysiakini was also fined RM500,000, while its Editor-In-Chief, Steven Gan, was

Trinidad and Tobago High Court rules police raid on newspaper violated constitutional right of press freedom

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 18 February 2021. On January 13, 2021, the Trinidad and Tobago High Court found that a police raid on the headquarters of the Daily Express newspaper the previous March was unconstitutional and infringed on the outlet’s right to press freedom, according to media reports and the court ruling. On March 11, 2020, a

PEN America settles landmark first amendment lawsuit with u.s. government; Precedent shields reporters from retaliation by a sitting president

This statement was originally published on pen.org on 18 February 2021. Settlement agreement entered today affirms basis of PEN America’s challenge on behalf of its journalist Members who were threatened and retaliated against by President Trump PEN America and its counsel Protect Democracy announced today that it has settled its 2018 lawsuit PEN America v. Trump with

At least 6 journalists detained in Myanmar as coup government cracks down on press

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 16 February 2021. Myanmar’s military government must stop detaining, harassing, and threatening journalists, and allow the media to work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.Since February 11, security forces have detained at least six journalists in the country, and the military leadership, which took power in a

Vietnamese magazine reporter held for “abusing democratic freedoms”

This statement was originally published on rsf.org on 16 February 2021. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Phan Bui Bao Thy, a state-owned magazine bureau chief in Vietnam’s central province of Quang Tri, who is being held on a charge of “abusing democratic freedoms” for accusing local leaders of

Australia: ‘Facebook move reinforces need for a News Media Bargaining Code’

This statement was originally published on meaa.org on 18 February 2021. Facebook’s move to block sharing of content from Australian news media outlets will encourage the spread of misinformation at a time when factual and credible journalism is more important than ever. Thursday’s decision by Facebook to unilaterally ban news on hundreds of Australian pages

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