freedom of the press

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

Presidente da República, Jair Bolsonaro Presidente da Câmara dos Deputados, Rodrigo Felinto Ibarra Epitácio Maia Presidente do Senado, David Samuel Alcolumbre Tobelem Presidente do Supremo Tribunal Federal, José Antonio Dias Toffoli Procurador Geral da República, Antônio Augusto Brandão de Aras Corregedora Geral do Ministério Público Federal, Elizeta Maria de Paiva Ramos Procuradora Federal dos Direitos dos Cidadãos, Deborah Macedo Duprat de Britto Pereira   We, the undersigned...

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

We, the undersigned, view with extreme concern the unwarranted arrest of Rappler’s chief executive officer Maria Ressa on Wednesday, 13 February 2019, based on libel charges arising from a story published almost seven years ago by the online news site. These charges had initially been dismissed as baseless by the same public institution that is now instrumental in the prosecution of her case.  We note that Ms. Ressa’s arrest was effected around 5:00 p.m., at the close of business hou...

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, took a shuttle bus headed for Rhodes University and got off at the beautiful university campus. This year, many people like me will travel the same route to Highway Africa. But the 16th edition of this digital media conference will be something special. Africa rising? Organised by the university&#...

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

The Republic of Macedonia is ranked among the poorest countries in Europe. It is isolated not only geographically, as it is landlocked, but also in the political and economic contexts. However, that is where the generalisations stop. For six years, a conservative government in Macedonia has increasingly monopolised public space: citizen participation is listless, associations curbed, journalist...

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