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Grozny: Group attacks human rights lawyer Marina Dubrovina and journalist Elena Milashina

This statement was originally published on on 7 February 2020. Last night, a group of thugs in Grozny attacked human rights lawyer Marina Dubrovina and investigative journalist Elena Milashina – the latest in a long history of attacks on rights defenders which bear the hallmarks of being endorsed by Chechen authorities and tolerated by

IFEX-ALC condemns actions against public radio station in Ecuador

Radio Pichincha operates under the authority of the Pichincha provincial government, which is currently under the leadership of Prefect Paola Pabón, who is a member of the Citizen Revolution (Revolución Ciudadana, RC) party. A 3 October 2019 report by the Contents Evaluation Unit of the Regulatory, Development and Promotion Council for Information and Communication (Consejo

Turkey: Writer Aslı Erdoğan facing potentially lengthy prison sentence

This statement was originally published on on 6 February 2020. The Turkish authorities must drop all charges against award-winning writer Aslı Erdoğan, who faces up to nine years and four months in prison for her writings, PEN International said today, ahead of an expected verdict on 14 February 2020. Aslı Erdoğan was detained in

Morocco: A growing crackdown on online freedom of expression

This statement was originally published on on 5 February 2020. Moroccan authorities have since September 2019 arrested and prosecuted at least 10 activists, artists, or other citizens who did nothing but peacefully express critical opinions via Facebook posts, YouTube videos, or rap songs, Human Rights Watch and the Moroccan Association for Human Rights said

North Macedonia: Government official sends threats and sexual comments to journalists

This statement was originally published on on 4 February 2020. North Macedonia authorities should conduct a swift and transparent investigation into the threats made against journalists Meri Jordanovska and Iskra Korovesovska and ensure their safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On January 10, Emil Jakimovski, then the assistant head of department at

Malaysia: Journalist charged for coronavirus Facebook posts

This statement was originally published on on 5 February 2020. Wan Noor Hayati Wan Alias, a journalist and union activist was charged today in a Kuala Lumpur court for spreading fake news on the coronavirus. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate the National Union of Journalists Peninsular Malaysia (NUJM) call for

IFEX-ALC condemns Venezuela’s refusal to allow visit by IACHR

The member organisations of the IFEX-ALC network condemn the Venezuelan government’s refusal to allow a 4 February visit to the country by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). The government’s refusal to allow the visit denies victims of human rights violations an opportunity to be heard within the context of the social, political and