Monthly Archives: May 2021

Turkmenistan: Authorities pressure critics in exile by threatening their relatives at home

This statement was originally published on hrw.org on 13 May 2021. Stop Threatening Families, Respect Freedom of Expression Turkmen security officials have questioned and threatened a 14-year-old boy in retaliation for the outspoken views of his uncle, a Turkmen activist and journalist who lives in Turkey, four independent human rights groups said today. The threats, in

The Belarusian authorities should end the “witch-hunt” of the media

This statement was originally published on baj.by on 10 May 2021. Statement of media sector representatives addressed to the Belarusian authorities On May 3, the civilized world celebrated World Press Freedom Day. And the next day, May 4, the Ministry of Information of Belarus issued an official warning to the regional newspaper Intex-Press (Baranavichy) for

Unshuttered voices: A collaboration, an exhibit, and a call to action

IFEX, a global freedom of expression network, partnered with the International Free Expression Project on May 3 – not coincidentally, World Press Freedom Day – to launch a street-level art exhibition in Pittsburgh displaying the faces and telling the stories of brave practitioners and defenders of free expression from around the world.  “Collaboration on these

Bahrain: National rights bodies fail to address violations

This statement was originally published on bahrainrights.net on 12 May 2021. In the aftermath of the Bahraini uprising in 2011, the King of Bahrain ordered the establishment of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI). The BICI investigated and documented the violations committed by the Bahraini Public Security Forces during the uprising and made recommendations

The UK’s Academic Freedom Bill could threaten freedom of expression

This statement was originally published on article19.org on 11 May 2021. The Queen’s Speech on 11 May set out the United Kingdom Government’s plans for the next parliament, which included changes in voting practices, increased powers for police, and a bill focusing on academic freedom.  ARTICLE 19 joined Index on Censorship and English PEN in drawing attention to the

Uzbekistan: Anti-corruption blogger Otabek Sattoriy sentenced to 6.5 years on dubious charges

This statement was originally published on hrw.org on 11 May 2021. Sentence undermines government reform claims and free speech An Uzbekistan court’s decision to jail Otabek Sattoriy, an independent blogger who has investigated alleged corruption by local authorities, is a miscarriage of justice and blow to freedom of speech in Uzbekistan. On May 10, a

Jammu and Kashmir authorities urged not to impose internet shutdowns during pandemic

This statement was originally published on sflc.in on 10 May 2021. SFLC.in wrote to the Jammu and Kashmir administration urging them to not impose an internet shutdown in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and to ensure that citizens have access to full speed stable internet. The erstwhile state had recently suffered from two

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