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Russian journalist convicted of “justifying terrorism” after speculating about motives behind bomb attack

This statement was originally published on article19.org on 7 July 2020. A Russian court has found journalist Svetlana Prokopyeva guilty of “justifying terrorism” for a 2018 report into the bombing of Federal Security Service offices in Arkhangelsk. Prokopyeva had faced a sentence of up to seven years in prison. While it is welcome that the

200 journalists to Afghanistan president: End the culture of impunity for crimes against the media

This statement was originally published on afjc.af on 1 July 2020. More than 200 Afghan Journalists jointly call on president Ashraf Ghani in an open letter to pay due attention to journalists’ safety and security and to seriously follow up on the cases of violence against journalists and media personnel, especially the cases that resulted

“More harm than good” – Attempts to regulate disinformation and an increase in gender-based violence

Brazil’s Senate approves problematic ‘fake news’ bill “We want a law that assists us in addressing disinformation, but that does not violate the rights of users.” On 30 July, the Brazilian senate approved bill 2630/20, which became known as the ‘fake news bill’. The proposal was hastily presented to Congress, mainly as a reaction to

Egypt’s TikTok crackdown, Iran’s Orwellian tactics, and Nabeel Rajab goes free

Egypt: Abductions, TikTok crackdown, and cybercrimes An ongoing crackdown on freedom of expression continues in Egypt, with recent weeks seeing state reprisals and arrests of activists, journalists and social media users.  Last month, Egyptian-American activist Mohamed Soltan filed a lawsuit against former Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi in a US District Court in the District of

Bangladesh: More government critics, including a teenager, charged under Digital Security Act

This statement was originally published on article19.org on 3 July 2020. ARTICLE 19 expresses grave concern at the recent spate of charges and arrests under the Digital Security Act (DSA) 2018 for comments on social media. The increasing use of the Act has further spotlighted the crisis in the government’s capacity, efficiency, and management in

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