Stories about Free Expression

Pakistan's proposed media development authority could further curb freedom of media

The representatives of different press clubs of the country have declared the proposed Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA) “a media martial law” and rejected it outright.

Supporters demand freedom for Egyptian activist Alaa Abd El Fattah

His lawyer spoke of Abd El Fattah's declining mental health and quoted Abd El Fattah saying, “I can’t carry on.”

Global internet freedom is in decline, according to new report

While Georgia and Armenia were ranked "free" in this year's report, Turkey and Azerbaijan ranked "not free" as a result of the challenging atmosphere around digital rights and freedoms.

Chinese citizen journalist held incommunicado after COVID reporting reappears

Chinese citizen journalist Chen Qiushi has returned. But other citizen journalists covering the COVID-19 outbreak in China are still missing. Among them Zhang Zhan has been sentenced to four years...

Campaign to brand Russian journalists and media ‘foreign agents’ picks up pace after elections

The effects of Russia’s ‘foreign agent’ legislation against media and civil society have been direct and deeply troubling. They are now, in effect, deemed ‘enemies of the people’.

Is China exporting its surveillance state to Venezuela?

One of the largest Chinese defense companies has been pointed out for providing the Venezuelan government software to block access to the Internet and to spy on its detractors.

Why did Twitter support Nigeria’s #EndSARS and not Ghana’s #FixTheCountry?

Although the reason is unclear, Twitter’s actions suggest an unwillingness to interfere in Ghana's politics as it did in Nigeria, even if it means not defending citizens digital rights.

Kazakhstan considers new legislation to hinder social media

New legislative amendments are poised to curtail the activity of social media companies in Kazakhstan. Ostensibly to protect children's rights, the restrictions could enhance government snooping.

In Turkey, a citizen sentenced to prison for insulting the president

Since getting elected as president in 2014, some "100,000 people have been accused of defaming the president," based on Article 299 of the Penal Code in Turkey.

Behind Chinese Wikipedia user ban: threats, verbal attacks and election canvassing

The Foundation explained that the radical steps were taken as "some users have been physically harmed" as a result of the 'exposure of personal information to users in mainland China.'

Ahead of September elections, Russia tightens grip on remaining online freedoms

Ahead of Russia's parliamentary elections on September 17-19, the state's crackdown on opposition groups, circumvention tools and internet infrastructure has escalated to a fever pitch.

Investigative journalism group OCCRP says it will no longer work in Russia

Drew Sullivan, OCCRP's co-founder and editor-in-chief, said their work in Russia at the moment would do local reporters "more harm than good."

Russia blocks popular website for worker complaints

Antijob, an online database of anonymous complaints about Russian employers, has been blocked by censors following a defamation case brought by a Moscow real estate firm.

In Turkey, religious cleric joins calls to censor social media

Ali Erbas, the head of the Religious Affairs Directorate in Turkey suggests using Islamic jurisprudence to control social media platforms.

Kazakhstan news site receives threats after reigniting a child abuse story

Journalists in Kazakhstan are often under pressure for their work. A harrowing about child abuse is now the target of fresh threats against a news outlet.

Anti-vaccination protesters storm Slovenian public broadcaster, threatening journalists

Slovenian police had to forcefully remove about 20 anti-vaccination protesters who were not wearing masks and were insulting journalists.

Georgian-Belarusian security cooperation deal worries political emigres in Georgia

A year after disputed presidential elections in Belarus, a Georgian-Belarusian security cooperation agreement has come into force. Critics fear the treaty could help Minsk target political dissidents residing in Georgia.

Chinese netizens identify the Weibo supervisor system as a source of arbitrary censorship

Each Weibo supervisor filed an average of 4,472 censorship reports in July 2021. The top performer would have to file 700 complaints per day and 70 reports per hour.

Employees of Hungarian-owned TV in North Macedonia conduct partial strike over unpaid salaries

Since 2018, money funneled through Hungarian companies have bolstered media peddling populist propaganda in Slovenia and North Macedonia.

Little chance of justice for Colombia's murdered journalists

Only one out of 161 murders of journalists resulted in a conviction of all perpetrators.

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