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Indonesia: New law hurts workers, indigenous groups

This statement was originally published on on 15 October 2020. Indonesia’s government should revise a new jobs law to meet international human rights standards, Human Rights Watch said today. The omnibus bill on job creation, which the House of Representatives passed on October 5, 2020, restricts labor rights and dismantles environmental protections, including by

Thailand issues emergency decree, nationwide restrictions on press

This statement was originally published on on 15 October 2020. The Thai government should immediately drop its emergency decree restricting the ability of the press to cover protests, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At 4 a.m. today, the Thai government issued a decree limiting public assembly and instituting a nationwide ban on

Malaysia urged to give fair and equal media access to Parliament

This statement was originally published on on The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is disappointed with Parliament’s decision to restrict the media’s coverage of the upcoming proceedings of both houses to 15 media agencies, and calls for fair and equal media access to in-house parliamentary proceedings at all times, especially during times of crisis. According to

Three years after her assassination, still no justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia

On 16 October 2017, journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated in Malta. Three years later we, the undersigned 19 international free expression, anti-corruption, civic participation, and journalists’ organisations, once again demand an end to impunity for this heinous attack. As alleged murder mastermind, Yorgen Fenech, is facing criminal proceedings and the three defendants charged with

Angolan news site and reporter targeted in cyber-attacks after story on corruption

This statement was originally published on on 9 October 2020. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the cyber-attacks to which an online newspaper and a reporter were subjected in Angola after reporting a case of alleged corruption involving the president’s chief of staff. Those responsible must be identified and punished, RSF says. The website of

MFWA welcomes release of “Whatsup News” editor, urges police to drop charges

This statement was originally published on on 8 October 2020. The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) welcomes the release on bail of the Editor-in-Chief of the Whatsup News, David Tamakloe, and demands that charges against him be dropped. Tamakloe was charged with the publication of “false news” and granted bail of GHC 10,000

African experts speak out on problematic COVID-19 measures that compromise data privacy and protection

This statement was originally published on on 6 October 2020. Experts in Africa have urged civil society and the public to maintain vigilance on the COVID-19 laws, policies and practices on data protection and freedom of expression adopted in their various countries in order to advocate for their repeal once the situation no longer