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  • Myanmar
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Myanmar: Authorities must immediately release and drop charges against three detained journalists

We, the undersigned civil society organizations, condemn the arrest, detention and prosecution of six people, including three journalists, under the 1908 Unlawful Associations Act in Myanmar. We demand that the charges against them are dropped and that the three journalists are immediately and unconditionally released, as they have been detained solely in connection with their peaceful journalistic activities.

Date:
14 July 2017
Ref:
ASA 16/6739/2017
  • Research
  • Bahrain
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Bahrain authorities must rescind decision to close only independent newspaper al-Wasat and cease all-out campaign to end independent reporting

Amnesty International calls on the Bahraini authorities to rescind their arbitrary decision to close the only independent newspaper in the country, al-Wasat, and end its all-out campaign to crush freedom of press. This call comes over a month after the Ministry of Information indefinitely suspended the newspaper and as the authorities’ crackdown on all forms of peaceful criticism intensifies. The organization also calls on the authorities to reverse their arbitrary decision not to renew the accreditation of prominent journalist Nazeeha Saeed and other journalists and for Nazeeha Saeed’s conviction for working without a permit to be quashed.

Date:
14 July 2017
Ref:
MDE 11/6741/2017
  • Research
  • Africa
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Rwanda: Setting the Scene for Elections: Two Decades of Silencing Dissent in Rwanda

Rwandans go to the polls on 4 August 2017 to elect their next president, in a climate of fear created by years of repression against opposition politicians, journalists and human rights defenders. They have been jailed, physically attacked – even killed – and forced into exile or silence. Prior human rights violations and unresolved cases of murders and disappearances continue to have a chilling effect on the current political and human rights context.

Date:
7 July 2017
Ref:
AFR 47/6585/2017
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Bangladesh: Prominent writer abducted

The Bangladesh authorities must make every effort to trace the whereabouts of and recover a prominent writer who has been abducted and may have been subject to an enforced disappearance, Amnesty International said today. Farhad Mazhar, a prominent columnist, poet and political analyst, was taken from outside his home at approximately 5am this morning by a group of unidentified people. Half an hour later, his wife, Farida Akhtar, received a haunting phone call from Farhad, when he is reported to have told her: “They are taking me away, I’m afraid they will kill me.

Date:
3 July 2017
  • Campaigns
  • 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