Author Archives: HRNJ-UG Admin

How the European Commission can improve the credibility, inclusiveness and impact of the Rule of Law Report

The EU rule of law report is an important step towards strengthening the foundational values of the Union – respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and human rights. To this end, many civil society and media organisations, as well as journalists and human rights defenders, have put significant resources into

How California’s broadband infrastructure law promotes local choice

This statement was originally published on on 17 September 2021. The legislative session has ended and Governor Newsom is expected to sign into law S.B. 4 and A.B. 14. These bills stand as the final pieces of the state’s new broadband infrastructure program. With a now-estimated $7.5 billion assembled between federal and state funds, California

Filmmakers badly beaten in Romania whilst making documentary on illegal logging

This statement was originally published on on 21 September 2021. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) joined its partners in the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) as well as its affiliate in Romania, the FAIR-MediaSind, to express serious concern over the brutal beating of two filmmakers who were shooting a documentary about illegal logging in Romania and to

IPI World Congress calls for collective response to stop erosion of press freedom worldwide

This statement was originally published on on 17 September 2021. The members of the IPI global network, gathered at the 2021 IPI World Congress and General Assembly in Vienna and online, call for urgent action to stop an accelerating press freedom decline around the world. Anti-democratic regimes are openly silencing independent journalism, and face

Unregulated use of facial recognition technology continues to spread across Russia

This statement was originally published on on 15 September 2021. Privacy, political targeting concerns; Lack of regulation, data protection, oversight Russian authorities continue expanding their use of facial recognition technology across the country, with no regulation, oversight, or data protection and against the backdrop of misidentification reports, Human Rights Watch said today. Their unregulated use

Qatar: Demonstrators remain detained for protesting election laws

This statement was originally published on on 19 September 2021. Authorities continue to detain 21 Qatari citizens who participated in the recent peaceful protests that took place in Qatar against a recently-issued law regulating the Shura Council elections, according to reports received by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR). Laws that discriminate between

State media targeted during Guinea coup

This statement was originally published on on 9 September 2021. The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) deplores the acts of vandalism perpetrated against the national newspaper, Horoya, and two other public media institutions and calls on the authorities to investigate, arrest and punish the perpetrators of these criminal acts. On the evening of September 5,