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Pacific media groups urge Cook Islands MPs not to ban journalist for reports on travel allowances

This statement was originally published on Pacific Freedom Forum’s Facebook page on 26 June 2020. The Pacific Islands News Association (PINA), representing media organisations both public and private in the Pacific Islands, is concerned about reports that the Parliament of Cook Islands is proposing to ban the Cook Islands News newspaper from covering the current

Egypt: Women Tiktok users are being charged with cybercrimes

This statement was originally published on cihrs.org on 24 June 2020. The undersigned human rights organizations denounce the ongoing security campaign led by Egypt’s Public Prosecution against users of the social media platform Tiktok, as it ignores thousands of reports of torture, enforced disappearance and medical neglect in prisons, and direct media incitement to murder

Russia: “Fake news” law and spurious prosecutions used to silence independent journalists

This statement was originally published on ipi.media on 25 June 2020. Journalists in Russia reporting on the authorities’ handling of the Covid-19 pandemic are facing continued fines and investigations stemming from new laws on “fake news”, intensifying an already hostile landscape for critical and independent media. During the coronavirus pandemic the country’s media regulator has

Polish public broadcaster spreads hate speak and disinformation ahead of election

This statement was originally published on rsf.org on 24 June 2020. Poland’s public television Telewizja Polska (TVP) has openly betrayed its public service mission in the run-up to Sunday’s (28 June) presidential election, acting almost exclusively as the mouthpiece of the government and of President Andrzej Duda, who is seeking another term. In response, Reporters

COVID-19: Border closures exploited to spread disinformation in North Macedonia

This statement was originally published on globalvoices.org on 25 June 2020. It is republished here under Creative Commons license CC-BY 3.0. Did Albania’s Prime Minister really only welcome ethnic Albanian visitors from Balkan neighbours to his recently re-opened country? Did Greece really prohibit travellers from parts of North Macedonia where large ethnic Albanian and Roma

Iran: Jailed women human rights defenders are being silenced amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

This statement was originally published on gc4hr.org on 22 June 2020. The world has been facing a pandemic that left prisoners including human rights defenders and prisoners of conscience very vulnerable among other populations in the Gulf region and neighbouring countries. Since the COVID-19 pandemic spread rapidly in March 2020, the Gulf Centre for Human

Brazilian Disinformation Bill Threatens Freedom Of Expression And Privacy Online

A draft bill on disinformation is scheduled to be voted on this Thursday, 25 June, in Brazil. The proposal, hastily introduced last April during the COVID-19 health crisis, has been subject to a number of modifications, and the final text to be reviewed by Congress is still uncertain. The lack of transparency only adds to a process