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Rights groups protest Turkish ban on radio station ‘Özgürüz’ and ongoing harassment of Can Dündar

This statement was originally published on pen-international.org on 19 June 2020. PEN International and 38 civil society organisations deplore the decision by a Turkish court to ban access to Germany-based online radio station Özgürüz (‘We Are Free’), which is headed by Can Dündar. We call on the Turkish authorities to reverse the decision, to stop

IFEX-ALC condemns criminalisation of free expression in Puerto Rico, calls on government to repeal “fake news” laws

On 20 May 2020, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and its Puerto Rico National Chapter filed a lawsuit on behalf of investigative journalists Sandra Rodríguez Cotto and Rafelli González Cotto for violation of the United States Constitution’s First Amendment. The lawsuit challenges the two most recently passed laws that criminalise the sharing of information

11 things Canada should do now to close the Digital Divide for good

This statement was originally published on openmedia.org on 5 June 2020. Our brief to Parliament’s INDU committee calls on the Canadian government to bridge the vital gap in Internet access as quickly and permanently as possible, and to protect our fundamental rights & freedoms as they weigh technologies to address the pandemic. This week, OpenMedia

Bracelets, beacons, barcodes: Wearables in the global response to COVID-19

This statement was originally published on eff.org on 15 June 2020. In their efforts to contain the spread of the pandemic, governments around the world are rolling out body-worn devices (“wearables”) to assist in fighting the virus. Some governments want a technological silver bullet to solve the public health crisis. But many of the tools

Kurdish journalist Nedim Türfent passes 1,500 days behind bars in Turkey

This statement was originally published on pen-international.org on 15 June 2020. Today, the International Press Institute (IPI), PEN International, Media and Law Studies Association (MLSA) and 43 undersigned organisations mark the 1,500th day of Kurdish journalist Nedim Türfent’s imprisonment with a renewed call for his immediate and unconditional release. Türfent, who was predominantly reporting on

COVID-19 pandemic brings new threats to cartoonists worldwide

This statement was originally published on cartoonistsrights.org on 15 June 2020. The Cartoon Movement, Cartooning For Peace and Cartoonists Rights Network International welcome last week’s statement made by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, European Federation of Journalists and the Media Freedom Rapid Response consortium calling attention to problems faced by cartoonists in