killing of journalist

Afghan human rights and media workers face attacks while new NGO law threatens civil society

Over the last few months, human rights workers and journalists have been attacked and killed. 24 were killed when a group of heavily armed militants stormed a Médecins Sans Frontiéres run maternity wing in Kabul. A new NGO law could lead to undue regulations, oversight and interference for civil society while government backtracks on proposed amendments to a media law. Protests in Afghanistan have been met with deadly force from the authorities. Read more

Afghan human rights and media workers face attacks while new NGO law threatens civil society

Military forced to admit that journalist Samuel Wazizi died in custody, 10 months after his death

Under pressure from civil society groups following a news story by private television station Équinoxe Télévision, the Cameroonian military admitted in a statement read on the radio on 5th June 2020 that journalist Samuel Abuwe Ajieka, also known as Samuel Wazizi, had died on 17th August 2019 while he was in custody. Wazizi was arrested on 2nd August 2019, was never presented before a court, nor were his relatives or his lawyer informed of his whereabouts during the ten months since his arrest. The circumstances of Wazizi's death are unclear and disputed. Read more

Military forced to admit that journalist Samuel Wazizi died in custody, 10 months after his death

Calls for more PPE and testing amid coronavirus outbreak in Mexico

In the context of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Mexico’s Ministry of Health published on 24th March 2020 regulations suspending mass events, meetings and congregations of more than 100 people until further notice. Read more

Calls for more PPE and testing amid coronavirus outbreak in Mexico

Journalist killed in Paraguay’s border with Brazil

In March 2020, Paraguay’s government enacted laws to restrict large public gatherings and establish a nationwide state of emergency due to the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic. In this period, there have been reports of security forces humiliating non-complying civilians while enforcing the country’s quarantine measures. Read more

Journalist killed in Paraguay’s border with Brazil

Coronavirus Act gives government unprecedented power; concerns over attempts to erode media freedom

A group known as “Pause the System” staged a protest against the government’s response to the pandemic wearing hazmat suits outside Downing Street. The group which wore face masks and gloves called on the government to lock down the UK. The government passed the Coronavirus Act 2020 to tackle the pandemic. But rights groups have warned that the act gives the UK governent the “most draconian powers in peacetime Britain". In addition, Reporters without Borders underlined several worrying steps put in place by the UK government, through the PM’s cabinet, to undermine freedom of expression.



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Coronavirus Act gives government unprecedented power; concerns over attempts to erode media freedom

US-Taliban deal ignores human rights as activists continue to face threats

In recent months, human rights defenders have been detained for exposing child abuse and a political activist was killed by an unknown gunman. It was reported that at least ten journalists had been killed in 2019 while media organisations are calling for the effective implementation of a freedom of information law Read more

US-Taliban deal ignores human rights as activists continue to face threats

UN Special Rapporteur raises concerns about shut down of Maldives human rights group

In recent months, prominent human rights organisation Maldivian Democracy Network (MDN) was shut down by the authorities over a report issued in 2016 perceived as contrary to the tenets of Islam. Concerns about this were raised by the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights in her report in February 2020 which was presented on . The government has yet to resolve the cases of murdered blogger Yameen Rasheed and journalist Ahmed Rilwan who was abducted and is believed to have been killed. No progress has been reported on proposed amendments to repeal restrictive provisions of the Freedom of Peaceful Assembly Act, currently before the parliament. Read more

UN Special Rapporteur raises concerns about shut down of Maldives human rights group

Journalists and critics face increasing threats and attacks

Former TV cameraman of the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company, Leonid Krivenkov, brutally beaten; Chechen-born blogger Imran Aliev found dead in a hotel room in a city in France; Journalist Elena Milashina and lawyer Marina Dubrovina attacked by unknown men and women in Grozny; Memorial Centre launches a new programme to support political prisoners; Marches organised in Moscow and St. Petersburg in memory of slain lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova of the Novaya Gazeta; Police detain local activist Yevgeny Kozlov for participating in a solitary picket against proposed Constitutional reforms. Read more

Journalists and critics face increasing threats and attacks

A bleak winter for freedom of expression

Despite criticism from the Council of Europe, Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, international media freedom organisations, the EU, local media and journalists organisations, on 13th December 2019 the ruling Socialist Party MPs in the Albanian Government, voted in favour of two controversial laws regulating online media. With the adoption of the Law on Audiovisual Media and the Law on Electronic Communications as proposed to the Parliament, the Albanian Media Authority and the Postal and Electronic Communications Authority would have had the power to instantly block websites if they were viewed to have published fake news, defamatory content, hate speech or any content that is deemed to be a threat to the national interests or security. Read more

A bleak winter for freedom of expression

Protesters, activists, journalists & aid workers attacked, kidnapped, killed, as protests escalate

Popular protests that began in October 2019 continued on a daily basis into February 2020 in central and southern cities of Iraq with the broad participation of various sectors of the population, including students and women, despite the risks from security forces and armed groups which continue to target activists, journalists, and peaceful demonstrators.
Flagrant violations of the rights of Iraqi demonstrators have led to the death toll of the popular protests increasing to around 700 demonstrators, while the number of injured exceeds 20,000, including those who suffocated from teargas, according to unofficial statistics recorded by Iraqi civil society organisations. In addition, there are nearly 150 detainees, most of whom were arrested in the cities of Baghdad, Nasiriyah and Basra.
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Protesters, activists, journalists & aid workers attacked, kidnapped, killed, as protests escalate