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Israel: Palestinian journalist sentenced, five others pending trial

This statement was originally published on on 14 June 2019. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for an end to Israel’s obstruction of Palestinian journalists and for transparency in its judicial proceedings against them after the first of six Palestinian journalists held for threatening Israel’s security was tried and convicted this week. The other five

How major tech companies stack up in the face of government pressure to censor

This statement was originally published on on 12 June 2019. Over the past year, governments have made unprecedented demands for online platforms to police speech, and many companies are rushing to comply. But in their response to calls to remove objectionable content, social media companies and platforms have all too often censored valuable speech.

Thai junta critics intimidated, forced to apologise

This statement was originally published on on 14 June 2019. Thai authorities are harassing and intimidating social critics for mocking Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha after he assumed the premiership for another term, Human Rights Watch said today.In three instances in June 2019, Thai security forces and other officials have pressured a foreign satirist, a

Rising cyber crime cases in Nepal

This statement was originally published on on 13 June 2019. Freedom Forum is concerned over the alarming rise in cybercrime cases registered and prosecuted in Nepal lately. In the fiscal year 2018/2019 (until 13 June), 180 cases of cybercrime were registered in Nepal, among which 125 cases were from the Kathmandu Valley alone and

Sports editor arrested on instructions from VP of Liberia’s Football Association

Liberia Football Association Vice President for Operations has ordered armed police officers dressed in the latest LNP’s “turtle suit” to arrest INQUIRER Newspaper Sports Editor D. Webster Cassell. On orders of VPO Wilmot Smith, the police officers claimed journalist Cassell was under immediate arrest as a result of a complaint filed against him at the

Two Nigerian broadcasting stations suspended indefinitely

This statement  was originally published on on 10 June 2019. The MFWA is deeply concerned about the suspension “until further notice” of two broadcast stations in Nigeria in what appears to be a politically motivated crackdown. The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Nigeria’s media regulator, on June 6, 2019, suspended the license of DAAR Communications

Liberians disappointed at blocking of social media platforms

This statement was originally published on on 13 June 2019. The Liberian government on June 7, 2019 ordered Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the country to block social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and messaging app WhatsApp on mobile devices, thus digitally cutting off about 4,028,418 (December 2018) Facebook subscribers in the