International Media News articles

How Pegasus spyware targets human rights defenders, and what they can do about it

This statement was originally published on on 6 November 2019. Pegasus is a spyware created for mobile devices which transforms a cellphone into a mobile surveillance station. Researchers have documented it being used to spy on journalists. This raises significant implications for journalists’ own security and that of their sources. In 2018, Citizen Lab

Iraq: How security forces are weaponising teargas for crowd control

This statement was originally published on on 8 November 2019. Security forces have fired teargas cartridges directly at protesters in Baghdad, Iraq on numerous occasions since protests resumed on October 25, 2019, killing at least 16, Human Rights Watch said today. The dead are among the large number of protesters Iraqi forces have killed

Sri Lanka: Political parties urged to respect media freedom during presidential election

The Provincial Journalist Collective’s recently held a press briefing and revealed information regarding the harassments and obstructions faced by regional journalists across Sri Lanka from various political party organizers and their supporters during the reporting of the presidential election. According to the information received by the Free Media Movement, various political parties have refused to

AFEX commemorates IDEI with partners in Zimbabwe

This statement was originally published on on 6 November 2019. The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) on Friday, November 1, 2019 joined stakeholders in Zimbabwe to commemorate the 2019 International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. The high-level meeting ran under the theme, Journalists’ Security for Free, Open and Informed Societies.

The tragedy of a Congolese journalist’s murder on IDEI

This statement was originally published on on 6 November 2019. The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) today condemned the brutal murder of Congolese journalist, Papy Mahamba Mumbere who was killed on November 2, 2019 by unidentified gunmen at his residence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). According to AFEX member in the

Deadly crackdown in Guinea

This statement was originally published on on 6 November 2019. Guinea dominated the headlines in October 2019 for the wrong reasons as the resumption of protests against President Alpha Conde’s bid to seek a third term in office was met with familiar brutality, leading to at least nine deaths. On October 14, 2019, at

Mexican government declines to recognize freedom of expression crisis

Following a dialogue with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador during a press conference on November 6 and meetings with Mexican government officials, an international mission comprised of 17 international organizations dedicated to freedom of expression underscores its concern regarding the lack of guarantees offered by the Mexican state to solve the country’s grave freedom

Crimes against journalists in the Arab region and the fight against impunity

This statement was originally published on on 1 November 2019. On the International Day to End Impunity, a new report by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) says we must identify, expose and hold accountable those responsible for past crimes to prevent future crimes and protect journalists in the region. According to UNESCO,