Tag Archives: Abubaker Lubowa

UN: Civil society welcomes Irene Khan as new Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression

This statement was originally published on article19.org on 3 August 2020. The undersigned civil society organisations congratulate and welcome Irene Khan to her new role as Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. We take this opportunity to express our strong support for the vital work

Hong Kong press freedom enters threatening new era

This statement was originally published on ipi.media on 30 July 2020. One month after its enactment, China’s “national security” law (NSL) for Hong Kong continues to induce an atmosphere of fear and uncertainty. Passed unanimously by the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress on June 30, the new law’s amorphously defined criminal offenses quelled

Sri Lanka urged to end attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers, and journalists

This statement was originally published on rsf.org on 29 July 2020. The Sri Lankan government should end the targeted arrests, intimidation and threats against the lives and physical security of lawyers, activists, human rights defenders and journalists, 10 international human rights organizations said today. A campaign of fear has intensified since the 2019 presidential election,

Pakistan Rangers enter Karachi Press Club without permission

This statement was originally published on pakistanpressfoundation.org on 28 July 2020. Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) has expressed serious concern at the entry of the Pakistan Rangers into the Karachi Press Club (KPC) on July 27 without permission of the club. PPF stressed that it is essential that law enforcement agencies respect the integrity and independence

Australia: Public interest journalism wins in defamation reforms

This statement was originally published on meaa.org on 28 July 2020. MEAA welcomes the proposed reforms to the uniform defamation regime announced by the Council of Attorneys-General yesterday, saying they represent important progress to bring the laws into the 21st century. MEAA Media federal president Marcus Strom said: “MEAA, along with the Australia’s Right to

120 alerts in 4 months: Severe threats to press freedom across Europe

This statement was originally published on europeanjournalists.org on 30 July 2020. The year 2020 seems to add another sad chapter on the decline of media freedom in Europe. Main reasons were the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, police violence and online harassment. Find all details in first MFRR-report. The monitoring report compiled by European Federation of Journalists

Art against racism, “communicational hegemony”, and what we must do to make it safer for women journalists

A holistic approach to challenges faced by women journalists On 7 July, Brazilian journalist Bianca Santana reported to the United Nations on attacks she received from President Jair Bolsonaro, and denounced the fact that, since he took office, women journalists have been attacked at least 54 times by the president or his ministers. Dozens of

Turkish parliament passes bill that will curb free speech on social media

This statement was originally published on expressioninterrupted.com on 29 July 2020. On 29 July 2020, the Turkish Parliament passed a bill drafted by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its ally Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), aiming to expand government control over social media. Speaking to P24 as Parliament was about