Monthly Archives: September 2021

Joint call for the exoneration and release of human rights defender, journalist, and former lawyer Zhang Zhan

Mr. Xi Jinping State Chairman People’s Republic of China The State Council General Office 2 Fuyoujie, Xichengqu Beijingshi 100017 Paris, 17 September 2021 Mr. Chairman, As a collective of non-governmental organisations defending human rights and freedom of the press, we urge you to exonerate and release human rights defender, journalist, and former lawyer Zhang Zhan,

Four arrested over 2019 killing of journalist Lyra McKee in Northern Ireland

This statement was originally published on on 16 September 2021. The arrests of four additional suspects in connection with the 2019 killing of journalist Lyra McKee in Derry are a welcome step, but highlight the continued need for justice for her murder. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) continues to campaign for justice for McKee and

Press freedom organisations welcome European Commission’s Recommendation on safety of journalists

This statement was originally published on on 16 September 2021. Strong implementation by member states vital for improving journalists’ safety The partner organisations in the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) welcome the European Commission’s Recommendation on ensuring the protection, safety and empowerment of journalists and media professionals in the European Union, presented today. The

Two more journalists arrested in Myanmar’s continuing crackdown

This statement was originally published on on 16 September 2021. Following the addition of two more names to the list of 54 journalists and media workers currently held in the military junta’s jails in Myanmar, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reminds the international community of the need for targeted sanctions against those responsible for the

Cuba: Writers and artists remain threatened and imprisoned two months after protests

At least 55 artists and writers are currently either under house arrest, imprisoned, or under investigation. Cuba remains in a devastating social, cultural, health, economic, and political crisis. This crisis includes food shortages, power outages, and insufficient medical services to address the pandemic – all while officials continue to treat peaceful criticism of government policies as

ARTICLE 19 raises concerns over Spain’s Ministerial Order on Disinformation

This statement was originally published on on 14 September 2021. ARTICLE 19 is concerned that the Spanish Ministerial Order Establishing the National Procedure Against Disinformation (the Ministerial Order) fails to observe international freedom of expression standards. While we welcome that public communications strategies to counter disinformation are preferred over restriction-based approaches, we are worried

OCCRP suspends all work in Russia in order to protect journalists it collaborates with from state pressure

This statement was originally published on on 15 September 2021. Written by Tanya Lokot Multiple OCCRP partners in Russia were designated as “foreign agents” The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), an international investigative journalism network, has announced it is suspending all of its work inside Russia in order to protect the journalists it collaborates with

Editors and Reporters of Acholi sub-region pose for a group photo with HRNJ-Uganda team after the meeting

HRNJ-Uganda meets Editors, reporters and station managers of Acholi sub-region

Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) has held a meeting with Managers, News Editors and senior reporters of Gulu District on 14 September 2021 to assess the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the media fraternity on the media within the Acholi sub region. The HRNJ-Uganda team which composed of the Executive Director Ssempala Robert, Head