Monthly Archives: June 2021

Few safe options for at-risk journalists who flee their home countries

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 17 June 2021. By Elisabeth Witchel In 2018, journalist Mohammad Shubaat was in Daraa, Syria, caught between advancing forces aligned with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the closed borders of Israel and Jordan. Despite the dire threat to Shubaat and many of his colleagues, it would take over a year of intense

Racism Index shows 15-fold increase in online hate speech directed at Palestinians and Arabs

This statement was originally published on 7amleh.org on 15 June 2021. 7amleh published the findings of the Index of Racism, Hatred and Incitement against Arabs and Palestinians. It was shared online in Hebrew from the 6th to the 21st May 2021, particularly at the height of the last Israeli aggression on Palestinians, which included a

Court grants bail to two online journalists after three weeks on remand.

Kampala, 17th/June/2021; Court at Buganda Road has this afternoon granted cash bail to two online journalists, Pidson Kareire and Darious Magara of the Drone Media and the East African watch.net respectively. The journalists were remanded to Kitalya Prison on 27th May 2021 on charges of criminal libel contrary to section 179 of the Penal Code

Nepal: Freedom Forum welcomes court decision acquitting comedian Pranesh Gautam

This statement was originally published on freedomforum.org.np on 14 June 2021. Freedom Forum welcomes the Patan High Court decision to acquit comedian Pranesh Gautam who was charged under the Electronic Transaction Act over a film review in 2019. The High Court upheld the Kathmandu District Court decision that the film review made by the comedian

International groups call on Turkey to investigate new allegations related to journalists’ unsolved murders

This statement was originally published on freeturkeyjournalists.ipi.media on 16 June 2021. Press freedom groups sent open letters to Justice Ministry, political parties to request thorough investigations On June 16, the International Press Institute (IPI) and 18 international rights groups on freedom of the press and expression sent open letters to the Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit

Slovakia: Supreme Court overturned not guilty verdicts in Ján Kuciak murder case

This statement was originally published on europeanjournalists.org on 15 June 2021. Today, on 15 June, the Slovak Supreme Court ruled on the appeal brought by prosecutors against last summer’s not guilty verdict in the murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) welcomes the Supreme Court’s decision to remand the case back for

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