Monthly Archives: March 2021

Coup terror in Myanmar, impunity in Afghanistan, and uproar in Bangladesh

Violence escalates in Myanmar, but the people are fighting back. Women journalists are attacked and killed in Afghanistan. Public outrage in Bangladesh over the killing of a writer and torture of a cartoonist in prison. New laws and regulations undermine media freedom and digital rights in Malaysia and India. Coup terror, resistance, and solidarity in

Chilean National Television reporter and camera operator shot and wounded

This statement was originally published on on 30 March 2021. Chilean authorities must conduct a thorough investigation into the shooting of Chilean National Television (TVN) staffers Iván Núñez and Esteban Sánchez, and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On March 27 at about 9 p.m., unidentified attackers shot

Dystopia Prime: Amazon subjects its drivers to biometric surveillance

This statement was originally published on on 26 March 2021. Some high-tech surveillance is so dangerous to privacy that companies must never deploy it against a person without their voluntary opt-in consent. It comes as little surprise that Amazon, the company that brought you Ring doorbell cameras and Rekognition face surveillance, has a tenuous understanding of both privacy and consent. Earlier this

Rights groups condemn continued judicial persecution of Montenegrin investigative journalist Jovo Martinović

Leading press freedom and journalists’ organisations, including Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) partners, strongly condemn the decision by the Court of Appeals to reject Jovo Martinović’s appeal and uphold the first instance verdict of the High Court in Podgorica which convicted Martinović to 12 months of prison. While he will not be imprisoned due to

Belarus: Well known literary translator Volha Kalackaja sentenced to two years’ house arrest

This statement was originally published on on 26 March 2021. A court in Belarus this week sentenced translator Volha Kalackaja to two years of house arrest after a one-day trial. Kalackaja – who has translated the works of Margaret Atwood, Virginia Woolf, Tennessee Williams, and William Golding – was first arrested in January after

Bahrain: Prevalent torture and its chilling effect on free expression

This statement was originally published on on 16 March 2021. The Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) in co-operation with its human rights partners Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), and World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), will launch