killing of journalist

Justice for Keyla: nursing student’s suspected homicide sparks outrage in Honduras

In early February 2021, police forces in Honduras repressed protests for justice in the case of Keyla Martínez, a nursing student who died under police custody in La Esperanza, Intibucá. Read more

Justice for Keyla: nursing student’s suspected homicide sparks outrage in Honduras

Activists and journalists targeted as draconian anti-terror law challenged in the Philippines

In recent months, human rights defenders, trade unions and journalists have been arrested on fabricated charges and killed. The Department of National Defence terminated a decades-old agreement that prohibits state forces from entering University of the Philippines' campuses without prior notice to school officials while security forces raided an indigenous Lumad school in Cebu City. Civil society groups are challenging the draconian anti-terror law in the Supreme Court. Read more

Activists and journalists targeted as draconian anti-terror law challenged in the Philippines

A deadly January in Colombia

The Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) warned that January 2021 had been the most violent start to a year since the signing of the Peace Agreement between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian State in 2016. Read more

A deadly January in Colombia

Journalist killed covering crime scene and several others threatened in Mexico

On 9th December 2020, Jaime Daniel Castaño Zacarías, a photojournalist and editor of PrensaLibreMx, was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen after he photographed two dead bodies found on the side of a highway in Jerez, Zacatecas state. Read more

Journalist killed covering crime scene and several others threatened in Mexico

Journalists in Yemen continue to face severe threats in carrying out their work

Journalist Adeeb Al-Janani hit by shrapnel and killed while on duty; Journalist Tawfiq Mohammed Al-Mansouri, who is appealing a death sentence handed down in April 2020, is suffering a serious deterioration of his health in prison in Sana’a; journalist Mohammed Ali Al-Maqri released from the Political Security prison in Ma’rib. Read more

Journalists in Yemen continue to face severe threats in carrying out their work

Journalists assassinated and detained incommunicado, peaceful protesters arrested

Several protesters arrested following peaceful protests which began on 7th June 2020 in the predominantly Druze city of Sweida; journalist Hussain Khattab assassinated by unidentified masked gunmen; civil society activist and journalist Nour Al-Shilo released after she was arrested and detained incommunicado; On 9th December 2020, Syrian civil society organisations marked the anniversary of the kidnapping of four activists in Douma in 2013; Read more

Journalists assassinated and detained incommunicado, peaceful protesters arrested

Mass protests against reduced budget for social policies in Guatemala

On 20th November 2020, civil society organisation Unidad de Protección a Defensoras y Defensores de Derechos Humanos (UDEFEGUA) published a report on the situation of human rights defenders in Guatemala between January and September 2020. Read more

Mass protests against reduced budget for social policies in Guatemala

Free speech under siege as government launches new unit to tackle ‘misinformation’

On 27th August 2020, lawyer Ebru Timtik died after she had been on a death fast for the right to a fair trial for 238 days. Timtik had been in detention for three years, after she and other lawyers from the People's Law Bureau were arrested in September 2017 and sentenced to 13 years and six months in prison for membership of a terrorist organisation. Human rights organisations believe that her death was preventable. In addition, , police used pepper spray and fired rubber bullets at crowds who were making their way to the city’s Gazi cemetery, where the lawyer was being laid to rest. Freedom of expression continues to remain under threat in Turkey- with journalists facing physical violence, detention, lawsuits, investigations and/or criminal complaints. In addition free speech continues to be restricted with 9,554 people being sentenced to prison terms for insulting the president in 2019 only. In a worrying development, Turkey’s president launched a new unit to wage information warfare. The purpose of the new unit was described as “taking under control any kind of manipulation and disinformation against Turkey.”


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Free speech under siege as government launches new unit to tackle ‘misinformation’

Honduras: land rights defender Arnold Joaquín Morazán Erazo and journalist Luis Almendares killed

On 13th October 2020, land and water rights defender Arnold Joaquín Morazán Erazo was shot and killed in Tocoa, Colón department. Read more

Honduras: land rights defender Arnold Joaquín Morazán Erazo and journalist Luis Almendares killed