Monthly Archives: April 2021

Tunisia: Rights groups call on authorities to safeguard the right to independent public media

The undersigned NGOs welcome the Tunisian government’s decision to withdraw its nomination of a controversial political appointment as director general of the country’s national news agency, Tunis Africa Press (TAP), and express their support to Tunisians’ right to independent public media, committed to ethical journalism. They strongly condemn, however, the 13 April police attack on

Freedom House report warns of spread of autocracy in Europe and Eurasia

This statement was originally published on freedomhouse.org on 28 April 2021. Nations in Transit 2021 finds that leaders across the region are undermining democratic institutions to stay in power. Elected leaders in Europe and Eurasia are undermining the very institutions that brought them to office, rejecting democratic norms and promoting alternative systems of authoritarian governance, according

Palestine: Journalist Alaa Al-Rimawi targeted by Israeli forces

This statement was originally published on madacenter.org on 21 April 2021. The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) condemns the continued pursuit of operations by the Israeli occupation forces against Palestinian journalists, especially at such significant times in which Palestinians look forward to a new era in the political arena. While the Palestinian

Setting the record straight: How the CRTC’s decision on MVNOs tanks cheaper cell phone prices

This statement was originally published on openmedia.org on 21 April 2021. For a deep dive into the CRTC’s MVNO policy decision, please check out this accompanying article by CIPPIC’s Tamir Israel. On April 15th, 2021, the CRTC issued a decision that largely rejected introducing new mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) – low-cost alternative providers – to Canada. Instead,

The ‘voice of the people’: Anastasia Mejía vows to keep reporting after Guatemala arrest

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 26 April 2021. By Dánae Vílchez/CPJ Central America Correspondent On August 24, 2020, Anastasia Mejía prepared herself for yet another day of reporting in Joyabaj in central Guatemala. At 49 years old, she had spent the previous 11 years covering the city’s Indigenous Maya K’iche’ community, to which

Apple’s AppTrackingTransparency is upending mobile phone tracking

This statement was originally published on eff.org on 27 April 2021. Apple’s long-awaited privacy update for iOS is out, and it’s a solid step in the right direction. With the launch of iOS 14.5, hundreds of millions of iPhone users will now interact with Apple’s new AppTrackingTransparency feature. Allowing users to choose what third-party tracking they will or will

Russia designates independent news outlets Meduza and PASMI as “foreign agents”

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 26 April 2021. Russian authorities should reverse their decision to designate independent media outlets Meduza and PASMI as foreign agents, and should repeal or reform the country’s foreign agent law, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On April 23, Russia’s Justice Ministry added the independent Latvia-based news website Meduza to its list of

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