Stories about Legal Threats

12 June 2018

Telegram channel administrator could get death penalty for “insulting the Prophet”

Article 262 of Iran’s Islamic Penal Code dictates that “Anyone who swears at or commits qazf [slander] against the Great Prophet [of Islam]...shall be sentenced to the death penalty.”

5 June 2018

Freedom abroad, fear at home: Azerbaijani human rights lawyer detained for 30 days

Emin Aslan had prepared multiple complaints brought before the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of Azerbaijani citizens.

27 May 2018

Acquittal of Fiji Times sedition case hailed as victory for press freedom in Oceania

"It has become quite obvious that the government of Fiji has continued to charge people with sedition to suppress freedom of speech and also political dissent."

25 May 2018

Russian anti-corruption activists are jailed for ‘inciting riots’ based on their tweets and retweets

"...here goes another 'organizing a rally by retweet.' Looks like this time they’re just locking up everyone."

23 May 2018

Tunisian journalists say police union attacks are having a chilling effect on press freedom

Impunity for abuses committed by security forces and police unions "is almost becoming a norm," according to the syndicate of Tunisian journalists.

9 May 2018

Uzbekistan releases its “last detained journalists”

For the first time in last two decades, there is not a single journalist behind bars in Uzbekistan, once one of the world's most despotic countries.

3 May 2018

Netizen Report: In Afghanistan and Pakistan, journalists honor slain colleagues on World Press Freedom Day

We dedicate this edition to journalists who have been threatened or killed this year, in honor of World Press Freedom Day on May 3, 2018.

23 April 2018

Angolan authorities bring journalist Rafael Marques back to court, for investigating corruption

A journalist best known for exposing human rights violations in the diamond trade, Marques is not the only target of the Angolan regime.

16 April 2018

Liberian journalists detained, slapped with US 1.8 million lawsuit amid political feud

Only weeks after FrontPage Africa reported on the LEITI scandal, the newspaper was slammed with a crippling libel civil lawsuit. Press freedom activists believe FrontPage Africa has been targeted.

9 April 2018

Amid Crackdown on Dissent, Six Vietnamese Human Rights Activists Are Dealt Long Prison Sentences

“I will continue the struggle and if I must sit in jail, others on the outside will fight on for me and they will never stop.”