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Attacks on whistleblowers, legislating patriotism, #IWD and a bittersweet tribute

The celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March provided a crucial springboard to foreground issues, concerns, and stories of triumph across the continent. Women took centre stage – from the launch of a new podcast featuring youth voices, to a book honouring women leaders, to speaking out against misogynistic attacks. A Human Rights Watch

Critical voices attacked, no excuse for online abuse, and privacy in the Americas

President Obrador attacks ARTICLE 19 after release of critical report   In March, ARTICLE 19 Mexico and Central America released its annual report – Distorsión, examining the overall situation of freedom of expression and information in Mexico in 2020 The news is not good. According to the report, media attacks increased by 13.63% compared to the

Belarus: New draft legislation further restricts press freedom

This statement was originally published on hrw.org on 7 April 2021. On April 2, Belarus’ parliament moved forward eight bills, including a raft of amendments to the country’s Mass Media Law and Mass Gatherings Law. If adopted, these amendments will further undermine freedom of speech and the work of independent journalists in Belarus. The new bills expand

Turkey’s terrorism law used to punish reporters who don’t toe the official line on Kurdish issues

This statement was originally published on rsf.org on 2 April 2021. At least ten journalists, including the Turkey representative of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), are due to appear in court during the next few weeks on charges under Turkey’s terrorism law, known as the TMK, which has been used for the past 20 years to

Bahraini human rights defender Abdul-Hadi al-Khawaja turns 60 on his 10th anniversary in prison

On April 5 Bahraini human rights defender Abdul-Hadi al-Khawaja turns 60 2021 marks 10 years since Bahraini pro-democracy protests Abdul-Hadi’s family concerned about his fragile health in prison during pandemic On 5 April 2021 prominent Bahraini human rights defender Abdul-Hadi al-Khawaja turns 60. A few days after his birthday, 9 April, marks ten years since

Hong Kong: Freedom House condemns convictions of pro-democracy figures, worsening crackdown

This statement was originally published on freedomhouse.org on 2 April 2021. In response to the convictions of seven prodemocracy figures in Hong Kong, following months of worsening repression, Freedom House issued the following statement: “The convictions of seven of Hong Kong’s most ardent protectors of rights and democracy is another crushing blow to the people

Vietnam: Journalists and media watchdogs fear increased persecution

This statement was originally published on ipi.media on 26 March 2021. The re-election of the leaders of Vietnam’s Communist Party during the party’s official congress last month heralds a continuation of oppressive policies toward press freedom, experts say. The congress, which ended on February 1, saw the re-election of key party members, including party’s general

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