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New report: China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Egypt are the world’s leading jailers of journalists

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 11 December 2019. For the fourth consecutive year, at least 250 journalists are imprisoned globally as authoritarians like Xi Jinping, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Mohammed bin Salman, and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi show no signs of letting up on the critical media. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser

European leaders must hold Muscat to account for political interference in Daphne Caruana Galizia murder investigation

We, the undersigned organisations, urge European Union leaders to call on Prime Minister Muscat to guarantee that all investigations and legal proceedings related to the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder are conducted efficiently, transparently and without any interference from any individual potentially implicated in the case. Heads of State of EU countries will gather in Brussels

Court orders ruling party member to pay compensation to the journalist he assaulted

This statement was originally published on mfwa.org on 5 December 2019. The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) welcomes the decision of an Accra High Court to award cost of GH¢9,000 (about US$1,600) against Hajia Fati, a member of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) for assaulting a journalist at the Party’s headquarters. The journalist,

CCHR calls for greater protection of human rights defenders in Cambodia

This statement was originally published on cchrcambodia.org on 10 december 2019. On 10 December every year, Human Rights Day is celebrated across the world to commemorate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (“UDHR”). In Cambodia however, this year has seen concrete actions taken to hinder celebrations and to restrict the peaceful exercise

Young Laotian blogger gets five years in prison for criticising the government

This statement was originally published on rsf.org on 10 December 2019. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Houayheuang Xayabouly, a Laotian blogger known as Muay Littlepig, who was sentenced to five years in prison last month for telling her fellow citizens about the government’s poor response to flooding in

Petition filed to challenge government’s inability to uphold right to privacy in Pakistan

This statement was originally published on digitalrightsmonitor.pk on 9 December 2019. The Islamabad High Court (IHC) issued notices to the Federal Government last month, under a petition titled “Sadaf Khan Vs Federation of Pakistan.” The petition aims to challenge the government’s inability to uphold citizens’ right to privacy granted under Article 14: Inviolability of dignity

Women on protest frontlines in Lebanon, critics kidnapped in Egypt, and the weaponisation of teargas in Iraq’s protests

What’s happening in Lebanon? In the weeks following the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, protests in Lebanon have not subsided. As the country looks for new leadership, anti-government demonstrators have sought an overhaul of the political system and its ruling class, which they blame for the current economic quagmire. Groups have taken to blocking

Stop hate speech, not free speech

There are concerns that Ethiopia’s new Hate Speech and False Information law will stifle freedom of expression and return Ethiopia to its repressive past. Journalist Samuel Gebre shares insights from blogger and activist Befekadu Hailu; senior researcher at Human Rights Watch Laetitia Bader; senior analyst at Access Now Berhan Taye; United Nation’s special rapporteur on the

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