April 17, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
A Chinese court on Friday sentenced 71-year-old freelance journalist Gao Yu to seven years in prison for 'leaking state secrets' to foreign contacts. Yu has been detained since April 2014, and maintains that she is innocent. The sentence has been met with criticism. An official for the European ...[read more]
April 13, 2015
by Peter Snyder
A Turkish court in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir on Monday acquitted a Dutch journalist accused of producing propaganda materials on behalf of a Kurdish rebel group. Freelance journalist Frederike Geerdink was charged with disseminating "terrorist propaganda" after she made a series of ...[read more]
April 5, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Kuwait's Supreme Court on Sunday upheld a two-year prison sentence for a man accused of insulting the emir on Twitter, his lawyer said. Opposition activist Ayyad al-Harbi is an online journalist in his 20s who posted verses by an Iraqi poet critical of the nation's ruler. Al-Harbi was sentenced to ...[read more]
April 2, 2015
by Brittany Felder
The Sudanese government's "crackdown on independent media and civil society" will have a chilling effect on political speech, Amnesty International (AI) warned Thursday. AI said the situation is particularly troublesome as Sudan's general elections will commence on April 13. The briefing detailed ...[read more]
March 5, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) chief Irina Bokova on Tuesday condemned the brutal murder of Colombian journalist Luis Carlos Peralta Cuéllar, urging authorities to bring the perpetrator to justice. Bokova, who is mandated to defend press-freedom by her position, ...[read more]
February 12, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
An Egyptian court on Thursday ordered the release on bail of two Al Jazeera journalists being retried on terror charges. Baher Mohammed and Mohammed Fahmy have spent more than 400 days in jail after a court found them guilty for falsifying news reports and associating with the Muslim Brotherhood. ...[read more]
February 9, 2015
by Brittany Felder
A lawyer for the one of the two Al Jazeera journalists currently jailed in Egypt said Sunday that a retrial has been scheduled for February 12. Earlier this month, Al Jazeera journalist and Australian national Peter Greste was released from prison and deported after serving 400 days in a Cairo ...[read more]
February 6, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday expressed concerns about the exercise of freedom of expression in Burundi following the arrest of Bob Rugurika, director of Radio Public Africaine (RPA). Rugurika was arrested on January 20 for refusing to ...[read more]
February 2, 2015
by Brittany Felder
The head of the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, on Monday condemned the killings of Mexican journalist Moisés Sánchez Cerezo and Japanese freelancer Kenji Goto. Moisés Sánchez Cerezo was the owner and editor of the weekly magazine, La Unión, which... ...[read more]
February 2, 2015
by William Helbling
An Al Jazeera reporter was released from prison on Sunday and deported after serving 400 days in a Cairo detention facility. Al Jazeera journalist and Australian national Peter Greste was imprisoned in Egypt after receiving a seven-year sentence for crimes that include supporting terrorist ...[read more]

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