Monthly Archives: May 2021

Lebanon in times of change: A look at the media’s role since the October revolution

This statement was originally published on maharatfoundation.org on 18 May 2021. The Maharat Foundation has developed a study on “Media Trends in a Time of Change” in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program, funded by the European Union and the United States Agency for International Development. The study examines the trends regarding the means

Australia: Senate inquiry points the way for press freedom reform

This statement was originally published on meaa.org on 19 May 2021. The recommendations of a Senate inquiry into press freedom would help to curb the growing culture of government secrecy, stop the persecution of whistleblowers and prevent journalists being prosecuted for simply doing their jobs. The Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance welcomes the report tabled

Bangladeshi authorities arrest journalist Rozina Islam under Official Secrets Act

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 17 May 2021. The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Bangladeshi authorities to immediately release journalist Rozina Islam, withdraw the investigation, and to stop arresting journalists under the Official Secrets Act. Islam, a senior correspondent for the daily newspaper Prothom Alo, was arrested today after the Health

Privacy International reflects on the UN’s first ever report on disinformation

This statement was originally published on privacyinternational.org on 17 May 2021. We reflect on the UN’s first ever report on disinformation, highlighting the Special Rapporteur’s approach, key findings, and areas of further innovation. ACHIEVED RESULT The protection and enforcement of privacy is considered a key factor in the fight against disinformation. KEY POINTS Systematic data collection

PEN International alarmed over severe prison sentences for Uyghur writers

This statement was originally published on pen-international.org on 10 May 2021. PEN International is alarmed by recent reports of severe prison sentences being handed down to Uyghur writers and intellectuals, many of whom had already been extrajudicially detained for several years in Xinjiang’s notorious re-education camps. We continue our call for an immediate end to

Belarus: Journalists Alyaksandr Burakou and Uladzimir Laptsevich report being tortured in prison

This statement was originally published on rsf.org on 19 May 2021. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the unacceptable acts of torture and inhuman mistreatment to which two Belarusian journalists say they were subjected during the past week in a prison in the eastern city of Mahilyow, and calls on the UN to include the persecution

Venezuelan authorities seize headquarters of “El Nacional” as damages in defamation suit

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 17 May 2021. Venezuelan authorities should ensure that civil defamation suits cannot be abused to censor news outlets, and should return El Nacional’s headquarters to its owners immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At about 7 p.m. on May 14, National Guard agents executing an order

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