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  • United Arab Emirates
  • Censorship and Free Speech

United Arab Emirates: Further information: Prison sentence and fine upheld for journalist: Tayseer Salman al-Najjar

The Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), upheld the conviction and sentence of Tayseer Salman al-Najjar on 19 June. The Jordanian poet and journalist was arrested on 13 December 2015 and is serving a three-year prison sentence for comments he posted on Facebook that were “damaging [to] the reputation and prestige of the Emirati state”. He is a prisoner of conscience.

Date:
21 June 2017
Ref:
MDE 25/6553/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Saudi Arabia: Further information: Sentence confirmed on Saudi Arabian writer: Nazeer al-Majed

Saudi Arabian writer Nazeer al-Majed was informed on 15 May that the Court of Appeal of the Specialized Criminal Court (SCC) in Riyadh has upheld his seven-year prison sentence. Nazeer al-Majed has been detained since 18 January solely for having peacefully exercised his right to freedom of expression. He is a prisoner of conscience.

Date:
16 June 2017
Ref:
MDE 23/6510/2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Georgia/Azerbaijan: Exiled Azerbaijani journalist at risk of torture after cross-border abduction

An Azerbaijani investigative journalist who vanished yesterday evening from Tbilisi, Georgia, is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment after resurfacing today in custody across the border in Baku, Azerbaijan after what he described to his lawyer as a harrowing cross-border abduction, Amnesty International said. Afgan Mukhtarli, whose wife reported him missing yesterday evening (29 May), is now known to be in the custody of the Investigative Unit of the State Border Service of Azerbaijan, according to local activists and his lawyer.

Date:
30 May 2017
  • News
  • Ethiopia
  • Press Freedom

Ethiopia: Journalist’s guilty verdict a further slap in the face for justice

Responding to reports that Ethiopia’s Federal High Court has found prominent Ethiopian journalist Getachew Shiferaw guilty of “provocation of revolt,” Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said: “Today’s groundless ruling is a further slap in the face for justice in Ethiopia and proof of the authorities’ continued willingness - despite its stated commitment to reform - to misuse the criminal justice system to silence dissent.

Date:
24 May 2017
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Burundi: Open letter on urgency of addressing Burundi Crisis during upcoming EAC Heads of State Summit

In this open letter Amnesty International, while recognising the efforts already underway, urge Heads of State to ensure that resolving the Burundi crisis is a priority for the Heads of State Summit of the East African Community to be held on 20 May, and to provide the renewed political leadership and commitment which is needed to end the crisis.

Date:
17 May 2017
Ref:
AFR 16/6278/2017
  • Campaigns
  • Cote d'Ivoire
  • Unlawful Detention

The courage to inform: Antoine Assalé Tiémoko, Abidjan's righter of wrongs

Many kinds of writing can provoke fierce and angry opposition, and the work of journalist Antoine Assalé Tiémoko more than most. His newspaper, L’Éléphant Déchaîné, uses satire to denounce injustice, corruption, embezzlement and other evils in his native Côte d’Ivoire. As a journalist, he is perfectly entitled to engage in satire, a simultaneously serious and impertinent writing style, but essential to an open democratic debate.

Date:
16 May 2017
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Terrorism

Shut down for speaking out. Human rights defenders at risk in West and Central Africa

Human rights defenders have long played an essential role in standing up for freedom, opposing repression and promoting social justice across West and Central Africa. Yet rather than heralding these efforts to promote and defend universal civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, state authorities have far too often responded with hostility and an intolerance of dissent.

Date:
16 May 2017
Ref:
ACT 30/6170/2017
  • News
  • Turkey
  • Press Freedom

Turkey: Detention of Cumhuriyet editor another dark day for country's media

Responding to the ongoing detention of Oğuz Güven, the web editor of the prominent Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet after he was taken into police custody this morning, Andrew Gardner, Amnesty International’s Turkey Researcher, said: “Since their crackdown on the media escalated dramatically following the coup attempt last July, the Turkish authorities have been relentless in their hounding of Cumhuriyet, which is now one of the country’s last remaining opposition newspapers.

Date:
12 May 2017
  • News
  • Tunisia
  • Press Freedom

Tunisian authorities must end harassment of independent media

Responding to the harassment and interrogation of Sami Ben Gharbia, founder and director of the independent Tunisian news website, Nawaat, who was questioned for six hours earlier this week in relation to an article that leaked details of a controversial government bill, Najia Bounaim, North Africa Campaigns Director at Amnesty International said: “Subjecting an independent journalist to lengthy interrogation and harassment in connection with their work is a flagrant assault on press freedom.

Date:
5 May 2017
  • Blog
  • Kenya
  • Press Freedom

East Africa: Now is the time to stand up for media freedom

At a time when fake news is on the rise and robust and critical journalism is most acutely needed, the press in East Africa is facing growing challenges. Freedom of expression more generally is also at heightened risk as governments move to silence critical voices, both in mainstream and social media. Increased access to the internet has liberalized access to information, and contributed to the rise of individual digital advocates against government excesses, leading to attacks on journalists and bloggers.

Date:
3 May 2017
  • Research
  • Turkey
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Turkey: Journalism is not a crime: Crackdown on media freedom in Turkey

Freedom of expression in Turkey is under sustained and increasing attack. Since the failed coup attempt in July 2016, academics, journalists and writers who criticize the government risk criminal investigation and prosecution, intimidation, harassment and censorship. The severity of the Turkish government’s repression of the media is such that it has been described by some as the “death of journalism”.

Date:
3 May 2017
Ref:
EUR 44/6055/2017
  • Research
  • Azerbaijan
  • Unfair Trials

Azerbaijan: Free Azerbaijani Journalist Mehman Huseynov

As World Press Freedom Day is celebrated across the globe on May 3, we, the undersigned organizations, cannot forget the untenable price journalists pay for government criticism in Azerbaijan. The case of Mehman Huseynov is emblematic. Huseynov is a popular journalist and blogger in Azerbaijan who is known for his hard-hitting exposés of alleged corruption by senior Azerbaijani officials. In March 2017, a Baku court sentenced him to two years in prison on charges of defaming an entire police station, after he gave a statement in front of the courthouse in which he described the abuses he had suffered at that police station.

Date:
3 May 2017
Ref:
EUR 55/6178/2017