Who’s attacking journalists at George Floyd protests? Overwhelmingly, it’s the police.

We are witnessing a truly unprecedented attack on press freedom in the United States, with journalists are being systematically targeted while covering the nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. The scale of the attacks is so large, it can be hard to fathom. At the US Press Freedom Tracker, a …

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Turkey: Joint letter condemning withholding of state advertising

News Twenty organizations including RSF and the International Press Institute have written to Turkey’s Public Advertising Agency to condemn the practice of withholding state advertising to put pressure on newspapers that criticize the government. Thirty-nine papers were denied state advertising on a combined total of 315 days during the first five months of 2020. Read …

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Journalist arrested in city controlled by Syrian government

News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the latest press freedom violation in a Syrian government-controlled region, the arrest of Nada Mashraki, a journalist based in the port city of Latakia, on a charge of publishing false news. Mashraki, who edits Latakkia News Network (LNN), a Facebook news page with more than 180,000 subscribers, has been …

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Submission: Screen Industry Workers Bill

The NZ Council for Civil Liberties made a submission to the Select Committee considering the Screen Industry Workers Bill. We submitted that the bill’s attempt to limit union membership was an imposition on the Bill of Rights protected right of freedom of association.  The full text of our submission is attached. File attachments:  NZCCL Screen Industry …

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Cameroonian journalist Samuel Wazizi died in detention

News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for a thorough and independent investigation into the circumstances leading to Cameroonian journalist Samuel Wazizi’s death while held incommunicado by the military, which was revealed this week by a national TV channel, confirmed by the journalists’ union, and confirmed directly to RSF by several military sources close to the …

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Press freedom violations at George Floyd protests by the numbers: a shocking and unprecedented level of attacks on journalists

In the days since the nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd began in Minneapolis, attacks on journalists and press freedom have been recorded at an unprecedented level. The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, a project of Freedom of the Press Foundation and the Committee to Protect Journalists, as of this moment is investigating or …

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Court rules the internet shutdowns in Papua and West Papua are illegal

Today, June 3, a panel of judges of the Jakarta State Administrative Court ruled that the deliberate 2019 internet shutdowns in Papua and West Papua were illegal. A coalition of civil society groups working on freedom of expression issues in Southeast Asia, including the Alliance for Independent Journalists (AJI) and Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression …

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Open letter to Bangladeshi premier on Covid-19 press freedom violations

News Five Bangladeshi and international organizations that defend the freedom to inform have written to Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asking her to take concrete action to guarantee journalistic freedom in the face of an alarming surge in physical and judicial attacks on reporters and cartoonists in connection with the Covid-19 crisis. Prime Minister Sheikh …

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Demand strong legal safeguards for Contact Tracing

The NHSX is currently testing their digital contact tracing app in the Isle of Wight, and is set to release it nation-wide sometime soon. This application will keep record of our encounters by using the bluetooth sensors of our smartphones, allowing app users which have been exposed to infected persons to be notified. As a …

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