US – RSF calls on DHS to drop plans to restrict journalists’ visas

News The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is on the verge of finalizing a draft rule that would toughen visa regulations for foreign journalists working in the country. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the DHS to drop this worrying proposal, which would endanger the ability of foreign journalists to report independently. This …

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Iraqi reporter threatened with arrest over story about Iran’s supreme leader

News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Iraqi authorities not to execute a warrant for the arrest of Suadad Al-Salhy, a Baghdad-based reporter for the Middle East Eye news website, and urges the judicial system to drop the charge brought against her. Al-Salhy has learned that she could be arrested at any time as …

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Response to DCMS call for views and evidence Section 189 Data Protection Act 2018

Download Response to Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Call for views and evidence – Review of Representative Action Provisions, Section 189 Data Protection Act 2018 22 October 2020 Open Rights Group would like to thank the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for the opportunity to respond to the consultation on representative …

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Magic Novichok

The security services put an extraordinary amount of media priming effort into explaining why the alleged novichok attack on the Skripals had a delayed effect of several hours, and then failed to kill them. Excuses included that it was a cold day which slowed their metabolisms, that the chemical took a long time to penetrate …

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Shutting down the internet shouldn’t be so easy

On October 22, 2020, U.S. Representatives Anna Eshoo and Morgan Griffith introduced the ”Preventing Unwarranted Communications Shutdowns Act of 2020.” The bill would make it more challenging for the President of the United States to arbitrarily shut down the internet when there exists a “state of public peril” or a “national emergency.” This legislation limits …

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Media torched, reporters attacked in major threat to press freedom in Nigeria

News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is very concerned about the physical attacks against Nigerian journalists and media in connection with the continuing protests against President Muhammadu Buhari and against violence by the SARS police unit, and calls on the authorities to put a stop to the attacks and guarantee the safety of media personnel. During …

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No impunity for American companies committing rights violations, says civil society to U.S. Supreme Court

On October 21, 2020, Access Now joined a civil society amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case Nestlé USA, Inc. v. John Doe I. Former child slaves from Côte d’Ivoire are suing Nestlé USA and Cargill in the case, arguing that the two American companies should be liable under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) …

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RSF asks UN to condemn Belarus crackdown on journalists, curbs on press freedom

News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has formally asked the United Nations to condemn the unprecedented violent crackdown on journalists and censorship of news and information in Belarus since President Alexander Lukashenko’s disputed reelection. The relentless crackdown on journalists in Belarus was referred by RSF today to three UN special rapporteurs – the rapporteurs on freedom …

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Four Burundian journalists complete 12 months in arbitrary detention

News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Burundi’s new president to pardon four journalists who have been detained arbitrarily for the past year and who are victims of the country’s draconian curbs on the freedom to inform. As far as Burundi’s reporters recall, none of its journalists have ever spent so long in detention in …

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