Afghanistan: Taliban Target Journalists, Women in Media

Click to expand Image Afghan journalists film at the site of a bombing attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021.  © 2021 AP Photo/Rahmat Gul (New York) – Taliban forces are deliberately targeting journalists and other media workers, including women, in Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch said today. Threats and attacks against journalists across the country […]

Belarus: Crackdown on Independent Journalism

Click to expand Image Katsiaryna Barysevich, a journalist for the independent TUT.BY news website enters a court room during a trial in Minsk on 19 February, 2021. © 2021 RAMIL NASIBULIN/BELTA/AFP via Getty Images (Moscow) – Belarusian authorities have escalated repression against independent journalists in the past five months, Human Rights Watch said today. The […]

Russia Slows Down Twitter Access

Click to expand Image A mobile phone user turns on Twitter application on his smartphone in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, March 10, 2021. © 2021 AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Today, Russian authorities claimed they slowed down access to Twitter in Russia in response to the social media site’s failure to take down allegedly illegal content. Russian authorities […]

Russia: Social Media Pressured to Censor Posts

Click to expand Image A man wearing a face mask to protect against Covid-19 uses his smartphone among Moscow City skyscrapers in Moscow, Russia, January 11, 2021. © 2021 AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin (Moscow) – Russian authorities are escalating pressure on social media companies, forcing them to censor online content deemed illegal by the government, Human […]

Proposed Pakistan Law Seeks Greater Control of Media

Click to expand Image Pakistani journalists hold nationwide protests to denounce rampant censorship, and hold a banner that reads: “black day,” in Karachi, Pakistan, July 16, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Fareed Khan As part of its crackdown on freedom of expression, the Pakistani government is seeking sweeping new powers to control the media. Journalists across Pakistan […]

Tanzania: Repression Mars National Elections

Click to expand Image A woman inks her finger after voting in Zanzibar, Tanzania, October 28, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo (Nairobi) – Authorities in Tanzania killed at least four people and carried out other serious abuses that marred the national elections in late October and early November 2020, Human Rights Watch said today. They should […]

Kyrgyzstan: Respect Rights While Restoring Order

Click to expand Image Protesters gathered on Ala Too Square in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital on October 6, 2020, two days after a disputed parliamentary election. © 2020 Caroline Eden (Berlin) – Law enforcement forces in Kyrgyzstan responding to protests and unrest should uphold human rights and the rule of law, including if provoked by some […]

Myanmar: Election Fundamentally Flawed

Click to expand Image A resident checks voting lists at an administrative office in Yangon ahead of Myanmar’s upcoming general election, July 25, 2020.  © 2020 Sai Aung Main/AFP via Getty Images (Bangkok) – Myanmar’s electoral process is undermined by systemic problems and rights abuses that will deprive people of their right to fairly elect their […]

China: Quash Verdict Against Outspoken Tycoon

Click to expand Image Ren Zhiqiang, former Chairman of Huayuan Property Co. Ltd., attends an event in Chengdu city, Sichuan province, China on April 25, 2018.  © 2018 Imaginechina via AP Images (New York) – Chinese authorities should immediately quash the 18-year sentence against a property tycoon and outspoken critic of President Xi Jinping, Human Rights Watch said today. […]

Social Media Platforms Remove War Crimes Evidence

Click to expand Image YouTube, which is owned by Google, says it is implementing “cutting-edge machine-learning technology” designed to identify and remove millions of pieces of uploaded content, including content identified as “violent or graphic,” “hateful and abusive,” a “promotion of violence and violent extremism,” and “spam, misleading, or scams.” © 2017 Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via […]