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EFJ urges International Ice Hockey Federation to press Lukashenka on media freedom ahead of World Championship

This statement was originally published on on 13 January 2021. The 2021 Ice Hockey World Championship will be played in Minsk (Belarus), but the event should be held in an environment conducive to media freedom. Here is our open letter to International Ice Hockey Federation President René Fasel. Dear President Fasel, We, the undersigned press

Portugal: Police surveil four journalists without judicial authorisation

This statement was originally published on on 13 January 2021. The International Press Institute (IPI) today expressed serious concerns over a two-month long police surveillance operation carried out against four Portuguese journalists aimed at revealing their confidential sources. The operation was carried out without the authorization of a judge. IPI, a global network of

CPJ urges US court to reverse Khashoggi ruling, order US intelligence community to disclose information on documents related to duty to warn

This statement was originally published on on 12 January 2021. The U.S. intelligence community should confirm or deny the existence of documents that may provide information on its duty to warn Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi of threats to his life before his murder, or provide more detailed explanations of their refusal to do so, CPJ argued

Beyond platforms: Private censorship, Parler, and the stack

This statement was originally published on on 11 January 2021. Last week, following riots that saw supporters of President Trump breach and sack parts of the Capitol building, Facebook and Twitter made the decision to give the president the boot. That was notable enough, given that both companies had previously treated the president, like other

FAQs on free speech and the Capitol Hill insurrection

This statement was originally published on on 11 January 2021. Last week’s lawless insurrection on Capitol Hill raised a series of questions about free speech, the First Amendment, and protest rights. Should presidents be banned from Twitter and Facebook? Should tech companies refuse to host social networks sites like Parler? What defines “hate speech” and “incitement”?

Injustice flourishing in Turkey, international pressure increasing on Belarus

The end of 2020 saw unjust, farcical decisions in the cases of Can Dündar, Osman Kavala and Selahattin Demirtaş, an escalation of international pressure on the rights-abusing regime in Belarus, a plea by a UN expert to President Trump to pardon Julian Assange and much more. Draconian prison sentences and defying the ECtHR The ongoing

Deadly December: Media killings, political crackdown, and attack on women journalists in Asia

A violent ending during the year of the pandemic. Media killings reflected the continuing impunity in Afghanistan. Crackdown worsened in Hong Kong. And several women journalists were harassed, arrested, and killed for simply fulfilling their work. Media killings continue in Afghanistan Seday-e-Ghor (Voice of Ghor) radio editor Besmillah Adel Aimaq was shot dead in a