Author Archives: HRNJ-UG Admin

“I am not asking for declarations. I demand actions.” – Europe and Central Asia in February

February saw both welcome and worrying developments in the region, including: the conviction of a lifelong criminal for the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia; Alexei Navalny sent to prison and losing his prisoner of conscience status; harsh prison sentences handed to two journalists in Belarus; and a sharp rise in homophobic hate speech and intolerance

Ghanian online news site temporarily blocked over Kenyan gambling report

This statement was originally published on on 19 February 2021. By Jonathan Rozen/CPJ Senior Africa Researcher  On February 4, Emmanuel Dogbevi turned to Twitter with a plea for help. He tagged press freedom groups and colleagues in a series of tweets, lamenting how allegations that he violated U.S. copyright law had prompted his news website to

Sports journalist sentenced to 6 months for defaming football head in Guinea

This statement was originally published on on 25 February 2021. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of Ibrahima Sadio Bah, a sports reporter who has been jailed for defaming the head of the Guinean Football Federation (FEGUIFOOT) although Guinea has decriminalized defamation. Bah was arrested at the end of his trial in

Disciplinary measures against Ugandan army officers shrouded in mystery

This statement was originally published on on 25 February 2021. Ugandan authorities should ensure that soldiers who recently assaulted journalists covering an opposition political event are held to account in a credible and transparent process, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On February 17, a group of Ugandan military police officers used sticks

Joint statement on the National Day of the Journalist in Nicaragua

Since Nicaraguan officials and state security forces responded to widespread protests in April 2018 with a brutal crackdown on protesters and the media, Nicaragua has become an ever-more hostile climate for the press. News outlets have been forced to close and individual journalists threatened, harassed, sued, surveilled and jailed, as dozens more fled the country

Turkey: Council of Europe should take action over refusal to abide by ECtHR order to release Osman Kavala

This statement was originally published on on 1 March 2021. The Turkish government’s failure to comply with a binding European Court of Human Rights order to release the human rights defender Osman Kavala should prompt Council of Europe action against Turkey, Human Rights Watch, the International Commission of Jurists, and the Turkey Human Rights Litigation