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New state laws increase penalties for protest actions in Oklahoma

As previously reported on the Monitor, several states have proposed or approved new legislation curtailing protests and demonstrations. Recently, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed House Bill 1123 into law, increasing penalties for the the following actions: trespassing on “critical infrastructure” and "willfully destroying" or impeding "operations of the facility". Read more

New state laws increase penalties for protest actions in Oklahoma

Journalists arrested for World Press Freedom Day procession in Kampala

On 3rd May 2017, eight journalists were detained for holding a march to commemorate World Press Freedom Day. Read more

Journalists arrested for World Press Freedom Day procession in Kampala


Journalist sentenced to death in a trial marred by a non-transparent judicial process

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reported that on 12 April 2017, journalist Yahya Al-Jubaihi was sentenced to death by a state security court in Sanaa, which is controlled by the Houthis. Read more

Journalist sentenced to death in a trial marred by a non-transparent judicial process

Harassment, detentions and mass surveillance restrict Uzbek citizens' civil and political rights

Media outlets in Uzbekistan continue to operate under close control of the authorities and independent journalists are at risk of severe reprisals for their professional activities. As reported previously the few local independent journalists who contribute information to foreign media outlets, civil society activists and other critical voices are highly vulnerable to intimidation and harassment by the authorities. Read more

Harassment, detentions and mass surveillance restrict Uzbek citizens' civil and political rights

Local monitoring organisations document appalling violations of freedom of expression

According to the Afghan Journalists' Safety Committee (AJSC), 2016 was a the most dangerous year thus far for journalists and media professionals in Afghanistan. Read more

Local monitoring organisations document appalling violations of freedom of expression

Journalists detained and threatened for investigative reporting

In March 2017, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting (OCCRP) project reported that the Botswana Intelligence Service had "briefly detained and threatened to kill three journalists as they were heading to one of President Ian Khama’s private residences to determine whether or not he was using public funds for renovations". Read more

Journalists detained and threatened for investigative reporting

Media rights group petitions for greater protection of journalists in South Sudan

Press freedom continues to be under extreme pressure in South Sudan. Journalists have been killed while reporting and threats against media professionals has led to an increase in self-censorship. In addition, the government has threatened independent media outlets. Read more

Media rights group petitions for greater protection of journalists in South Sudan

Shrinking space for civil society in pre-election Kyrgyzstan

With growing tensions between pro-presidential and opposition forces ahead of the autumn 2017 presidential elections, the space for free speech and civil society engagement has continued to shrink in Kyrgyzstan. Read more

Shrinking space for civil society in pre-election Kyrgyzstan

Two indigenous and land rights activists killed in Rio Grande do Sul and Pará

On 20th March 2017, two human right defenders were killed in the states of Rio Grande do Sul and Pará. Read more

Two indigenous and land rights activists killed in Rio Grande do Sul and Pará