Strasbourg court ruling restricts journalists’ coverage of street protests

November 9th, 2015

  By Dirk Voorhoof * Recently, the Council of Europe Task Force for Freedom of Expression and Media published a book under the title “Journalism at risk. Threats, challenges and perspectives”. Since a Grand Chamber judgment of the European Court of Human Rights of 20 October 2015, a new threat for journalistic freedom has obviously emerged, that […]

Council of Europe chief condemns murder of Azerbaijani journalist

August 24th, 2015

  Source: Council of Europe The Secretary General of the Council of Europe issued the following statement today: “I am shocked by the murder of Rasim Aliyev, Chairman of the Institute for Reporters Safety and Freedom (*). It is a very worrying sign that the safety of journalists in the country is deteriorating further. I […]

FOI reveals how BBC staff resisted being government ‘pawns’

August 4th, 2015

By Tony Harcup The BBC is never too far away from its next crisis, it seems, but 30 years ago this week the UK’s publicly-funded broadcaster was embroiled in a censorship row with the government of Margaret Thatcher that threatened to “destroy the corporation”. That, at least, was the view of the man then in […]

UN Security Council adopts Resolution on protection of journalists as civilians

June 4th, 2015

Source: United  Nations In All-Day Debate, Security Council Voices Alarm at Growing Threats to Journalists, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2222 (2015) 7450th Meeting (AM & PM)   Strongly condemning impunity for attacks on journalists, which had greatly increased globally, the Security Council, during an all-day open debate today, called on parties to conflict and all Member […]

Council of Europe launches Internet platform for safety of journalists

May 6th, 2015

Source: Council of Europe 02 May 2015 The Council of Europe is launching today –in co-operation with five partner organisations– an Internet platform aimed at protecting journalism and promoting the safety of journalists. Via the platform, the partner organisations –Article 19, the Association of European Journalists, the European Federation of Journalists, the International Federation of Journalists and […]

Syrian press freedom champion Mazen Darwish wins World Press Freedom Prize 2015

May 6th, 2015

Source: UNESCOPRESS 3 May 2015 The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, awarded the prestigious 2015 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize to imprisoned Syrian journalist and human rights activist Mazen Darwish on Sunday evening. The award ceremony took place at the Latvian National Library in Riga on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day celebrated […]

Azerbaijan Jails Khadija Ismayilova

December 7th, 2014

  By Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty Khadija Ismayilova, a prominent investigative journalist who contributes to RFE/RL’sAzerbaijani Service, has been sentenced by a court in Baku to two months of pretrial detention on charges of causing a man to attempt suicide. RFE/RL Chief Editor Nenad Pejic ridiculed the charges, which come one day after Ramiz Mehdiyev, Chief […]

African Court delivers landmark ruling on criminal libel

December 7th, 2014

  By MDLI (Media Legal Defence Initiative) In its first judgment on free speech, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights has ruled that imprisonment for defamation violates the right to freedom of expression while criminal defamation laws should only be used in restricted circumstances. The Court ordered Burkina Faso to change its criminal […]

Egypt decree could lead to release of jailed Australian al-Jazeera journalist

November 15th, 2014

  By Patrick Kingsley in Cairo The Guardian, Thursday 13 November Jailed al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste could be returned to Australia before the end of his prison sentence in Egypt, after the Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, issued a decree allowing the deportation of foreigners accused of crimes on Egyptian soil. The decree, issued on Wednesday, stated that at […]

UK independent terrorism law reviewer calls terrorism definition ‘too broad’

July 28th, 2014

  UK INDEPENDENT REVIEWER OF TERRORISM LEGISLATION CRITICISES TOO-BROAD DEFINITION OF TERRORISM David Anderson Q.C., the UK’s Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, published his annual report on 22 July on the operation of the Terrorism Acts.