killing of journalist
Wednesday 8.7.2020 Afghanistan - Latest Developments
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
Monday 6.7.2020 Cameroon - Latest Developments
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
Wednesday 27.5.2020 Mexico - Latest Developments
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
Tuesday 28.4.2020 Paraguay - Latest Developments
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
Wednesday 22.4.2020 United Kingdom - Latest Developments
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.
Friday 13.3.2020 Afghanistan - Latest Developments
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
Tuesday 10.3.2020 Maldives - Latest Developments
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
Thursday 5.3.2020 Russia - Latest Developments
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
Friday 28.2.2020 Albania - Latest Developments
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
Tuesday 25.2.2020 Iraq - Latest Developments
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.