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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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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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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RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia

News IFEX-ALC, Media Defence and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) oppose all acts of intimidation from the Colombia Prosecutor General’s against the Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP) and the journalist Diana Díaz. They also urge the Colombian authorities to ensure respect for the work of journalists and organizations defending and promoting freedom of expression. The harassment …

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India: Officials seal office of Kashmir Times in Srinagar

News Local officials evicted journalists from the office of the English-language Kashmir Times newspaper yesterday in Srinagar, the capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, and then sealed the premises. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by this reprisal against a leading regional daily. The eviction was carried out by representatives of the regional government’s estates department, who …

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RSF brings “crime against humanity” case in Sweden against Eritrea’s president

News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) filed a complaint today with the office of the Swedish prosecutor for international crimes accusing Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki and seven other senior Eritrean officials of a crime against humanity by holding a journalist incommunicado since 2001. Their victim, Dawit Isaak, who has Swedish and Eritrean dual nationality, is the …

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Syria: “Efforts to obtain Austin Tice’s release must continue”

News After a White House official’s recent visit to Syria to ask its government to free Austin Tice, a US journalist held since 2012, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says every effort must still be made to obtain Tice’s release, although eight years have passed since his abduction. The Wall Street Journal has reported that Kash …

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India: Magazine reporter beaten by police inside Delhi police station

News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled to learn that New Delhi police arrested and beat a reporter covering a protest about the death of a teenage girl, and deleted his photos and videos. Appropriate sanctions are needed so that this kind of behaviour stops, RSF said. Ahan Penkar, a reporter for The Caravan magazine, …

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