freedom of the press

Rights organisation VOICE calls on Bangladeshi government to scrap repressive Digital Security Act
Rights organisation VOICE calls on Bangladeshi government to scrap repressive Digital Security Act 30 June 2020 VOICE

Rights and advocacy organisation VOICE expresses deep concern over the arrest of journalists, online activists, teachers, students, writers and cartoonists, among others, under the Digital Security Act 2018, and urges the Bangaldeshi government to scrap the law.

Engage Media's Pretty Good Podcast: Discussions on digital rights in Asia-Pacific
Engage Media's Pretty Good Podcast: Discussions on digital rights in Asia-Pacific 25 June 2020 Sara Pacia for EngageMedia

The second episode of Pretty Good Podcast delves deeper into the Philippine court cyber libel ruling against journalists Maria Ressa and Reynaldo Santos Jr. of Rappler, a Philippine news organisation known to be critical of incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte.

EngageMedia: The conviction of Maria Ressa: Weaponising cyber libel to suppress freedom of speech
EngageMedia: The conviction of Maria Ressa: Weaponising cyber libel to suppress freedom of speech 16 June 2020 Vino Lucero for EngageMedia

On 15 June, online news organisation Rappler’s CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa and former researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr. were convicted of cyber libel charges, in just one of 11 court cases filed against Rappler, branded one of the staunchest critics of President Duterte.

EngageMedia: Opposing the shutdown of Philippine broadcast network ABS-CBN
EngageMedia: Opposing the shutdown of Philippine broadcast network ABS-CBN 12 May 2020 Sara Pacia for EngageMedia

The last time a network was forced to stop broadcasting was during martial law under the dictator Ferdinand Marcos. At a time when credible sources of news and information are needed more than ever, the shutdown is seen as a blatant attack on freedom of the press and freedom of expression.

Open letter to Brazilian authorities on the charges against journalist Glenn Greenwald
Open letter to Brazilian authorities on the charges against journalist Glenn Greenwald 24 January 2020 Various

The undersigned press freedom and civil liberties organizations emphatically condemn the Brazilian authorities’ criminal charges against the award-winning investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald.

Civil society organisations condemn cybercrime charges against journalist Glenn Greenwald by Brazilian authorities
Civil society organisations condemn cybercrime charges against journalist Glenn Greenwald by Brazilian authorities 24 January 2020

APC joins over 40 organisations in an open letter to Brazilian authorities condemning the charges against investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald. The letter denounces Brazilian authorities’ criminal investigation and the charges brought against Greenwald.

Joint statement of solidarity with Maria Ressa and Rappler; call for all charges to be dropped
Joint statement of solidarity with Maria Ressa and Rappler; call for all charges to be dropped 15 February 2019 Various

SEAPA and other organisations, including APC, express concern over the unwarranted arrest of Rappler’s chief executive officer Maria Ressa on 13 February 2019 based on libel charges arising from a story published almost seven years ago by the online news site.

Taking the highway to Grahamstown
Taking the highway to Grahamstown 07 September 2012 FD

Five years back, I took the highway to Grahamstown, South Africa. I had landed in Port Elizabeth before being picked up by a Rhodes University shuttle bus. This year, Highway Africa is taking place at Rhodes in Grahamstown for the 16th time and looking at the media’s coverage of Africa’s rising.

Macedonians under high (cyber) surveillance
Macedonians under high (cyber) surveillance 15 August 2012 FD

Skopje is not exactly a landmark for free thinkers, social critics and other kinds of independent folks. However, that does not mean that discordant voices do not make themselves heard. A chronicle of media resistance in Macedonia.    

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