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Legal News
5 Feb 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Thursday demanded that the Malaysian government drop sedition charges against Eric Paulsen. The human rights lawyer and co-founder of NGO Lawyers for Liberty [advocacy website] was arrested for a tweet criticizing an Islamic state agency. Paulsen could face up to three years in … [read more]

Legal News
21 Sep 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A Bahrain [BBC backgrounder] appellate court on Sunday confirmed five-year prison sentences for nine Shiites convicted of violating protest laws. The nine Shiites were accused [AFP report] of violating protest laws after they orchestrated an effort calling for the overthrow of the Sunni Monarchy. The activists allegedly used primarily … [read more]

Legal News
14 Aug 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] A court in Azerbaijan [official website] on Thursday upheld the pre-trial detention of top human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev. Aliyev was arrested in 2011 on charges including illegal commercial activity, tax evasion and abuse of power. Earlier this month he was jailed [BBC report] for at least three months. … [read more]

Legal News
23 Apr 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The Council of Europe [official website] released [press release, PDF] Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks's observations on the human rights situation in Azerbaijan on Wednesday revealing human rights issues including: freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association and the right to property. The observations follow his report … [read more]

Professional Commentary
26 Feb 2014
by Ibrahim Saleh of University of Cape Town

JURIST Guest Columnist Dr. Ibrahim Saleh of the University of Cape Town says that a wide array of problems are currently plaguing Egypt and are severely hampering the nation's development...The fear and mistrust that result from violence and crisis limit people's perception of their political community and contribute to a … [read more]

Legal News
14 Nov 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Thursday sentenced 12 men to 17 years in prison for their participation in the October protests at Al-Azhar University. The entire demonstration formed at the university in support of deposed Islamist president Mohammed Morsi [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] who was removed from office in … [read more]

Legal News
6 Sep 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Two independent UN human rights experts on Wednesday stressed [press release] the UK's obligation to ensure that investigative journalists are allowed protection from intimidation and punishment. Wednesday's statement comes as a reaction to the recent detention [NYT article] of David Miranda, partner of The Guardian [official website] journalist Glenn … [read more]

Legal News
26 Aug 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] UNESCO [official website] Director-General Irina Bokova [official profile] on Monday condemned [press release] the death of three journalists in Egypt and called for a thorough investigation into the incidents. Two journalists, Ahmed Abdel of Al-Akhbar [news service] and Gawad Mosab Al-Shami, a photojournalist for Rassd News Network (RNN) [news … [read more]

Legal News
5 Jun 2013
by Sydney Normil

[JURIST] Burundi lawmakers passed a media law on Monday that restricts journalistic freedom by limiting topics that can be reported on and reducing the protection afforded to sources. The bill prohibits stories [HRW report] that could affect Burundi's "national unity; public order and security; morality and good conduct; honor and … [read more]

Legal News
3 May 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] 2012 marked the deadliest year for journalists, with at least 23 professional and 58 citizen journalists killed, according to a report [advocacy website] released Friday by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) [advocacy website]. RSF released its annual Press Freedom Index [materials] to coincide with World Press Freedom Day [official website]. … [read more]

Academic Commentary
22 Apr 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Lauren Carasik of the Western New England School of Law says that the US must restrict aid to the Honduran government, so long as human rights abuses continue ...Honduras is plagued by the world's highest homicide rate. This has been widely reported for the past two years, … [read more]

Legal News
24 Mar 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [official website] on Friday praised [press release] Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al-Said's [official website, in Arabic] decision to pardon all activists and writers convicted last year for insulting the ruler, information technology crimes and taking part in unauthorized protests. Qaboos issued the pardon [Reuters report] … [read more]

Legal News
2 Nov 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] A controversial Russian Internet regulation law which gives the Russian government the ability to completely block access to certain websites went into effect on Thursday. The bill's stated purpose is to block access [Moscow Times report] to child pornography and the encouragement of drug use or suicide. Reporters Without … [read more]

Legal News
30 Oct 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday urged Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani [official website], the ruler of Qatar [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], not to approve a proposed media law [press release] which allegedly has the purpose of censoring rather than promoting media freedom. The new law … [read more]

Legal News
23 Sep 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Belarus held elections for members of parliament Sunday, despite a boycott by opposition parties. Many of the largest opposition parties agreed to not vote in the elections and pull their candidates, believing the results are predetermined. Despite the boycott, voter turnout was reported as at least over 50 percent … [read more]

Legal News
19 Sep 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The independent media rights group, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) [advocacy website], warned [press release] Ukrainian lawmakers on Wednesday against passing a bill [text, in Ukrainian] that would criminalize libel. The bill, which passed on its first reading this week, would establish fines and other punishments, including prison and correctional … [read more]

Legal News
17 Sep 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] An Omani blogger was sentenced to one year of imprisonment by a Muscat court on Sunday and must pay a fine of 1,000 Omani Rials (USD $2,600). The blogger, Mukhtar bin Mohammed bin Saif al-Hinai, was convicted on charges [ONA report] of slander and violating the country's information technology … [read more]

Legal News
11 Jul 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) [advocacy website] on Wednesday said [press release] that press freedom in the Maldives has been deteriorating since the resignation of former president Mohamed Nasheed. Nasheed, who was the first democratically elected presdient of the Maldives, has claimed that he was forced from office … [read more]

Legal News
3 Jul 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday urged the government of Sri Lanka to end arrests and office raids of journalists [press release] who publish content critical of the government. HRW noted two recent instances where police raided offices and arrested journalists at two news agencies [press release], … [read more]

Legal News
16 May 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] urged [press release] the Sudanese government on Tuesday to stop its alleged press censorship. AI reports that Sudanese authorities have on several occasions seized newspapers from the printing press. Additionally, a prominent columnist, Faisal Saleh, was arrested and remains in custody after publishing a … [read more]

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