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 […]

Egypt: Spate of ‘Morality’ Prosecutions of Women

Click to expand Image Egyptian influencers Hanin Hossam and Mawadda al-Adham, who were sentenced to two years in prison on charges of violating public morals, on the video-sharing app TikTok in Egypt’s capital Cairo.   © 2020 Khaled Desouki/AFP via Getty Images  (Beirut) – Egyptian authorities have since late April 2020 carried out an abusive campaign […]

US: Trump Attacks Social Media Platforms

Click to expand Image A moving billboard with an image depicting President Trump as Pinocchio circles the White House, May 28, 2020. © 2020 Eric Kayne/AP Images for AVAAZ (Washington, DC, May 29, 2020) – President Donald Trump’s May 28, 2020 executive order, Preventing Online Censorship, is a profound attack against online freedom of expression […]

The Cruel Irony of Burundi’s Media Awards

Expand From left to right: Térence Mpozenzi, Egide Harerimana, Agnès Ndirubusa, and Christine Kamikazi on their way to their court hearing in Bubanza, western Burundi, on May 6, 2020. © 2020 Iwacu Just when many thought press freedom had hit rock bottom in Burundi, the government-controlled National Communication Council’s (CNC) Media Awards this week have […]

Jordan: Free Speech Threats Under Covid-19 Response

Expand Jordanian police personnel guard at a checkpoint during the second day of a nationwide curfew, amid concerns over the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Amman, Jordan.   © 2020 Reuters (Amman) – Jordanian authorities have arrested media workers and others and issued a vaguely worded emergency decree that could chill online discussion about Jordan’s […]

Restrictions, Detentions Persist in Kashmir

Expand A stray dog walks through a deserted street during a security lockdown in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan It has been over two months since the Indian government revoked constitutional autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir and split the state into two centrally administered territories. And yet abusive […]

Belarus: Media Under Attack as European Games Loom

Expand The office of the Belarusian news website, Tut.by. The Investigative Committee of the Republic of Belarus has ordered the detention of some Tut.by staff, along with other media workers, alleging they had unauthorized access to information owned by government-owned news agency, BELTA.  © 2019 Viktor Drachev\TASS via Getty Images (Berlin) – Belarusian authorities have […]

Belarus: Use Europe Games to Spur Media Freedom

Expand The media photograph Marina Zolotova, editor-in-chief of news portal tut.by, as she attends her trial for alleged ‘unauthorised access’ to information from state-run BelTA news agency, in Minsk, March 4, 2019. © 2019 SERGEI GAPON/AFP/Getty Images   (Brussels) – The European Olympic Committees (EOC) should establish a complaints hotline for journalists during the 2019 European Games, Human Rights […]

Austria’s Strache Scandal Shows Why Media Freedom Matters

Expand Austrian Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache (Austrian Freedom Party), addresses the media during press conference at the sport ministry in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, May 18, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Michael Gruber The Austrian populist rightwing Freedom Party (FPÖ), until Monday part of the country’s governing coalition, has suffered after its attempt to take over a […]