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RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance

first_imgThe coalition, co-led by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights and Access Now, welcomes all civil society organizations working to defend freedom of expression, privacy, and fundamental rights to become an active member. Collective civil society action including strategic litigation, public campaigns, regional and international advocacy, and documentation of surveillance cases and human rights violations, will be key to eliminating digital surveillance tools and ensuring human rights across MENA. Access Now ARTICLE 19 Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Front Line Defenders Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) Human Rights Watch (HRW) Iraqi Network for Social Media (INSM) Jordan Open Source Association (JOSA) Masaar – Technology and Law Community Red Line for Gulf Reporters Without Borders (RSF) SMEX United Arab EmiratesSaudi ArabiaMorocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsProtecting sources InternetFreedom of expression From Morocco to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), governments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are using digital surveillance tools to identify, surveil, and silence dissidents, journalists, and human rights defenders. Launching on 07 June 2021, the new MENA Coalition to Combat Digital Surveillance has come together to end the sales of digital surveillance tools to repressive governments in the region, fight for a safe and open internet, defend human rights, and protect human rights defenders, journalists, and internet users from governments’ prying eyes. RSF_en As spyware continues to be sold in the Middle East and North Africa, where it is used to identify, monitor and silence journalists, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has joined a coalition that seeks to end the sale of surveillance technology in the region and to protect journalists against it. June 8, 2021 RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance News News Receive email alerts The murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on 02 October 2018 demonstrated both the dangerous consequences of targeted surveillance, and the extent of secrecy and impunity in which authoritarian regimes in the region can obtain and deploy sophisticated and oppressive spyware tools. More than two years later, there has been no real accountability for the government involved, while the NSO Group —whose surveillance tools were allegedly used to target Jamal Khashoggi and Saudi associates living in exile — has continued to implicate itself  in egregious human rights violations in the region and around the world. Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists The joint statement by the coalition’s members is available here in English and Arabic. Related documents coalition_to_end_the_sales_of_surveillance_technology_to_the_mena_region_-_june_2021.pdfPDF – 145.41 KB Joint statement by the coalition’s members: Help by sharing this information Organisation News June 9, 2021 Find out more to go further News Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election Follow the news on Middle East – North Africa United Arab EmiratesSaudi ArabiaMorocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsProtecting sources InternetFreedom of expression Coalition members The coalition was officially launched during the public session at RightsCon, Protecting Human Rights Defenders and Activists: Coalition to End the Sales of Surveillance Technology to the MENA Region on Monday, June 7 at 16:45 CET. June 11, 2021 Find out more June 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Pakistani journalist gets four-year jail term for “entering Afghanistan illegally”

first_img AfghanistanAsia – Pacific RSF_en AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information TV reporter was arrested in eastern Afghanistan after going to northwestern Pakistan to interview Taliban News RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan Reporters Without Borders and the Pakistani NGO Freedom Network condemn the four-year jail sentence that an Afghan court has imposed on Pakistani TV reporter Faizullah Khan for illegally crossing into Afghanistan while researching a story on the Taliban.Announced on 13 July, the sentence was imposed by a special court in the eastern province of Nangarhar that specializes in threats to internal and external security.The two organizations question the court’s motives for imposing such a heavy sentence. Was it a message to foreign reporters entering Afghanistan without proper travel documents? Or was it a warning to foreign reporters investigating subjects regarded as “sensitive”?In either case, Reporters Without Borders and Freedom Network call for this utterly disproportionate sentence to be quashed on appeal.“Such a sentence for a journalist is scandalous and out of all proportion,” said Iqbal Khattak, the executive director of Freedom Network and Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk. “We suspect the intelligence services of being behind this harsh sentence, and we call on the authorities to explain why a special court was used to try an administrative offence.”Khattak and Ismaïl added: “We also urge the Afghan justice system to take more account of the role of media and journalists as guardians of public interest, and we call for a more relaxed visa regime for reporters, including the possibility of visas on arrival.”Khan, who works for the Karachi-based TV station ARY News, was arrested by the Afghan authorities in Nangarhar in April after travelling to Peshawar, in northwestern Pakistan, to interview Taliban leaders and then suddenly losing contact with his colleagues. His arrest in Afghanistan was reported by the Pakistani media on 5 May. Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) was subsequently said to suspect him of spying but no formal charge was brought against him.The issue of the Taliban is often a source of tension between Pakistan and Afghanistan, with each country accusing the other of being “lax” towards the Taliban or even being directly involved in the terrorist actions that affect both countries.Afghanistan is ranked 128th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. to go further July 16, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Pakistani journalist gets four-year jail term for “entering Afghanistan illegally” Follow the news on Afghanistan News News May 3, 2021 Find out more News Organisation Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” June 2, 2021 Find out more March 11, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Newspaper editors transferred or suspended by party officials

first_img RSF_en to go further ChinaAsia – Pacific March 12, 2021 Find out more Read in Chinese / 看中文With just months to go to the Chinese Communist Party’s 18th Congress, the authorities are tightening their grip on the media.Lu Fumin, the editor of the Guangzhou-based New Express Daily (新快报) was replaced by Li Yihang on the central government’s orders on 16 July. The next day, Lu Yan was transferred from his post as publisher of the Shanghai-based Dongfang Zaobao (东方早报, Oriental Morning Post) at the local Communist Party’s request, while Sun Jian, its deputy editor-in-chief, was suspended.“The CCP is steadily reinforcing its control of news and information ahead of its next congress,” Reporters Without Borders said. “As prior censorship of the state-owned media is not sufficient to prevent ‘embarrassing’ articles, the party is orchestrating a skilful game of musical chairs in order to remove overly critical and independent journalists from editorial positions.”After 14 years as his newspaper’s editor, Lu Fumin was suddenly appointed editor of the political section of the Yangcheng Evening News. The New Express Daily’s content has meanwhile been considerably modified. Its editorial, international and national pages have been suppressed and from now on its journalists will just cover the city of Guangzhou, the Pearl River Delta, sport and leisure.The changes come just days after the newspaper ran a feature on 10 July about five party officials who are tipped to be given senior positions in the wake of Xi Jinping’s expected takeover as general secretary at the end of the year. The report, which was removed from the newspaper’s website on 16 July, was first published by Jinan Daily.Lu Yan was transferred to another division of the Wenxin United Press Group while Dongfang Zaobao’s deputy editor-in-chief was suspended indefinitely. Journalists were quoted as saying that Yu Zhengsheng, the Community Party’s municipal secretary in Shanghai, “did not appreciate the articles that the newspaper was publishing.”The Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post quoted Dongfang Zaobao’s journalists as saying Sun Jian’s suspension may also have been the result of a post on his microblog that included a photo of the cover of the book “Conversations with Chen Xitong,” Beijing’s former mayor. Dongfang Zaobao’s employees were also ordered not to discuss the changes with anyone outside the newspaper.The government’s efforts in recent months to tighten its control of news and information have included blocking websites, prior censorship of social networks and firing journalists who cover sensitive stories. Ever since the Bo Xilai affair, the authorities have been quick to jump on any criticism or independent reporting in order to prevent a new political scandal. China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison April 27, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Follow the news on China Newscenter_img Help by sharing this information Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific July 18, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper editors transferred or suspended by party officials News News Newslast_img read more

Authorities prohibit live satellite TV coverage of tomorrow’s big demonstration

first_img February 15, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF_en Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan February 24, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities prohibit live satellite TV coverage of tomorrow’s big demonstration December 28, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information center_img News Follow the news on Iraq News Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News to go further Reporters Without Borders deplores yesterday’s announcement by the military banning live satellite TV coverage of tomorrow’s demonstration in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square on security grounds, and supports the Iraqi media that have condemned the ban as an act of censorship. Announcing the ban at a news conference, Baghdad military command spokesman Gen. Qassem Atta said no vehicle would be allowed anywhere near the big planned demonstration because of the danger of car bombs. To provide live coverage, TV reporters need to be accompanied by satellite uplink trucks.“The authorities are cleanly using security as a pretext for preventing live coverage of these protests,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The aim is to prevent Iraqis and the rest of the world from seeing the scale of the discontent. This violates the right of journalists to work without obstruction.”Reporters Without Borders is also concerned about a spate of attacks on news media and NGOs in the past 48 hours by the security forces, which are supposed to protect them.The journalist Muntazer Al-Zaydi was arrested today when he tried to give a news conference outside the Abu Hanifa mosque in Baghdad’s Adhamiyah neighbourhood. Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to free him at once.In a statement published by the news agency Nina, Issam Al-Husseini, the president of the board of the magazine Medias, said the magazine’s central Baghdad headquarters was raided yesterday by members of the security forces, who offered no explanation. Husseini pointed out that the magazine limits itself to covering youth and culture issues and does not touch politics.The offices of the Baghdad Media Centre, which organizes media training and development seminars, was also stormed yesterday by members of the security forces, who broke down its doors and seized archives. No warrant was shown.Ayn (Eye), an election-monitoring NGO located in the central Baghdad district of Karrada, was attacked yesterday by a joint army and police unit accompanied by armed civilians. Some of its equipment and archives were seized, including documents about the most recent legislative elections, held in March 2010.Reporters Without Borders already reported yesterday’s criminal raid on the Journalistic Freedoms Observatory, which was carried out “private” security forces dressed in army uniforms. News December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Judge orders two issues of cultural magazine seized and destroyed

first_imgNews June 2, 2021 Find out more “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says February 26, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Judge orders two issues of cultural magazine seized and destroyed BelarusEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Belarus RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” News May 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders condemns yesterday’s decision by judge Tatsiana Miranyuk of a district court in the eastern city of Brest to order the immediate seizure and destruction of the seventh and eighth issues of the opposition cultural magazine Arche on the grounds that their content was “extremist”.“We are again confronted by an absurd logic,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The administrative and judicial harassment of Arche since its creation in 1998 is a sad reminder of what went on under Soviet domination. It does not bode well for the progress in press freedom we had been hoping for. We express our support for the magazine’s founder, Andrei Dynko, and its editor, Valer Bulhakau, and we urge the judicial authorities to reconsider this decision.”During a closed-door hearing which only the magazine’s lawyer, Pavel Sapelka, was allowed to attend, the court found that, under the anti-extremism law, Arche contained information “that discredits the activities of the authorities of the Republic of Belarus, fuels political and social tension and incites the organisation of a collective revolt.” At the request of the State Security Agency (KGB), the judge ruled that Arche represented “a threat to the country’s security.” Sapelka said he would appeal.One of the Arche’s journalists, Ales Pashkievich, was travelling on a train bound for neighbouring Poland in October 2008 when dozens of copies of the magazine were seized during a security check. The officers who took the copies said at the time that some of the articles were “dangerous for the interests of Belarus.”Its sale is not allowed in Belarus, but it is distributed there by a network of volunteers and also subscribe by post.“Extremism” prosecutions were brought last year against the independent newspapers Nasha Svaboda and Glos Znad Niema but they were not convicted. Since then, the authorities have indicated that the media are to be allowed more freedom but concrete measures have yet to be taken. Belarus was ranked 154th out of 173 countries in the 2008 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.center_img Receive email alerts to go further News May 27, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown RSF_en BelarusEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

Fidel Castro’s heritage: flagrant media freedom violations

first_img CubaAmericas Condemning abusesMedia independence Freedom of expression Castro has been hailed as one of the leading figures of the 20th century and father of the Cuban people in many of the thousands of messages that followed the announcement of his death.But behind the revolutionary’s romantic image lay one of the world’s worst press freedom predators. The persecution of dissidents was one of the distinguishing features of his 49 years in power, and constitutes the harshest aspect of his heritage. News The current situation in Cuba speaks to this. Cuba continues to be one of the worst countries in Latin America for media freedom and ranks 171st out of 180 countries in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index. Fidel Castro’s brother Raúl, who replaced him in 2007, is now also on RSF’s press freedom predator list.Cuba’s constitution permits only state-controlled media outlets. Independent news agencies and bloggers who try to dispute the state’s monopoly of news and information are subjected to intimidation, arbitrary arrest and draconian censorship.As a result, independent news agencies have often had no choice but to go into exile and post their news reports online from abroad. This is far from ideal because Internet access within Cuba is still very problematic (only 5% of households have internet access).Finally, with two journalists currently jailed, Cuba continues to be one of the few western hemisphere countries where reporters can still be found behind bars. Venezuela and Panama are the other two.But the situation was much worse under Fidel Castro himself. The father of the Cuban revolution imposed a climate of censorship and used often violent methods to prevent the circulation of any news and information at variance with that provided by the state media.The persecution peaked in 2003. In March of that year, the authorities arrested more than 75 dissidents including 27 journalists, who were given summary trials and sentences ranging from 14 to 27 years in prison for talking about democracy in Cuba.They included RSF’s then correspondent, Ricardo González Alfonso, who ended up spending seven years in prison. There were several waves of arrests during this period, dubbed the “Black Spring.” Unauthorized journalists were targeted and accused of collaborating with the United States if their reporting referred to Cuba’s dissidents, human rights violations or the everyday lives of Cubans.The persecution continued during the ensuing years and in 2007, when Fidel Castro was about to hand over to his brother, Cuba was the world’s second biggest prison for journalists, with a total of 25 held. Prison conditions were appalling and torture was often reported by the families of Cuba’s detained journalists and dissidents. Many different methods were deployed against Cuba’s independent news providers including arbitrary arrests, beatings and phone tapping. But permanent censorship was one of the constants of the Castro years, both before and after the Black Spring.Ever since its creation in 1985, RSF has constantly denounced these abuses, using awareness campaigns, protests and international mobilization. Several of our contributors and correspondents have been threatened or imprisoned. They include Roberto Guerra Pérez, who was sentenced to two years in prison in 2005 on a charge of disturbing public order and was released in 2007.Guerra bravely continued his fight for media freedom, launching an independent news agency called Hablemos Press in 2009. But the Cuban police harassed him and his reporters and repeatedly prevented them from working. After receiving anonymous death threats, he had no choice but to go into exile in October 2016 in order to ensure his and his family’s safety.The battle waged by RSF and many other local and international NGOs must go on so that exile is one day no longer inevitable. But for the time being, the day-to-day existence of Cuba’s journalists is still marked by fear and self-censorship.Cuba’s journalists currrently fear that the father of the revolution’s death will be accompanied by a new crackdown. This must not be allowed to happen. Instead, it must open the way to a new era of pluralism and freedom of opinion. May 6, 2020 Find out more News December 2, 2016 Fidel Castro’s heritage: flagrant media freedom violations Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet Help by sharing this information Organisation October 15, 2020 Find out more News RSF_en New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council CubaAmericas Condemning abusesMedia independence Freedom of expression News RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago to go further October 12, 2018 Find out more Receive email alerts Follow the news on Cubalast_img read more

Attacks on journalists mar Mexico’s elections

first_img May 13, 2021 Find out more News Reports Receive email alerts MexicoAmericas Follow the news on Mexico MexicoAmericas to go further News 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Organisation Help by sharing this information News June 10, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Attacks on journalists mar Mexico’s elections Journalists were among the many victims of the violence that marred Mexico’s elections on 7 June. Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to investigate attacks on media personnel and to ensure that they do not go unpunished. RSF_en Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state May 5, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say The Radiover news website reported that two of its journalists, Elena Anell and José Francisco García Reyes, were attacked in Xalapa, in the eastern state of Veracruz, while trying to cover alleged vote-buying by members of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).Unidentified individuals armed with a revolver broke the windshield of their car and seized their equipment, mobile phones, identity documents and other personal effects, Radiover said.The NGO Article 19 reported on the #RompeElMiedo network that there were a total of 27 aggressive acts towards journalists on 7 June, including theft of material, unjustified demands for the deletion of photos, threats, physical attacks and cyber-attacks on two websites. The #periodistas en riesgo network reported seven aggressive acts towards journalists.The election campaign – during which four candidates were murdered and major clashes occurred in several states including Oaxaca, Guerrero and Chiapas – also saw attacks on media personnel, especially by members of political parties.“Exposing corruption or fraud by political parties has become an act of bravery for journalists in Mexico, who risk not only being denied access to information but also being exposed to acts of intimidation, threats and even physical violence,” said Claire San Filippo, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Americas desk.“Anything seems to go in a country where there is a shocking level of collusion between officials and organized crime and where the judicial system is rarely available. We urge the authorities to quickly carry out investigations and bring the perpetrators to justice, and to provide appropriate protection to journalists who have been threatened.”Members of the National Action Party (PAN) attacked two reporters – Elizabeth Ibal Rocha of El Occidental and Fabiola Rosales of the Sol de México – on 4 June in Colima (in the western state of the same name), and tried to seize their equipment. The journalists told local media that they had been trying to interview people about motorcycles that were circulating with political propaganda on display.A reporter for the Mexico City-based newspaper La Reforma, who asked not to be identified, told Reporters Without Borders that he was attacked and beaten on the night of 29 May by members of the campaign staff of the PAN candidate for mayor in Huixquilucan, in the state of Mexico.He said they took his mobile phones and demanded that he delete photos of their candidate. La Reforma said an investigation has been opened by the office of the special prosecutor for crimes against freedom of expression.Speaking on condition of anonymity, other journalists also told Reporters Without Borders they had been the victims of violence. A woman journalist was sexually assaulted on 30 May in Veracruz while covering the final stage of candidate Erick Lagos’s campaign. It is impossible to say at this point if the assault was linked to her journalistic work.Reporters Without Borders has learned that another Veracruz-based woman journalist was threatened a week earlier in connection with her coverage of a PRI parliamentary candidate. She stopped writing about the candidate out of fear for her safety.Ranked 148th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, Mexico was the western hemisphere’s deadliest country for media personnel in 2014, with a total three journalists killed in a clear connection with their work. A woman blogger was also murdered.last_img read more

Pakistan: Dozens of armed police raid Karachi Press Club

first_img Organisation Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Help by sharing this information Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further The Karachi Press Club is often used to stage protests against violations of journalists’ rights. Violence is sometimes used to break up the protests, as it was in November 2007 (photo: Asif Hasan / AFP). Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns last night’s police raid on the Karachi Press Club in the strongest possible terms and calls on the Sindh province authorities to shed all possible light on this unprecedented and provocative act of intimidation. “It is absolutely intolerable that police officers should act in a completely illegal manner like this in order to intimidate journalists,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “We urge the Sindh province authorities to investigate this violation of what is a highly symbolic place for press freedom and to punish those responsible. Respect for the rule of law in Pakistan is at stake.” RSF_en News “The police tried to give the appearance of something simple but the story is much bigger,” RSF was told by a senior club member on condition of anonymity. “You can’t believe that the police officers who carried out this raid did not know where they were. There was a conspiracy.” Pakistan is ranked 139th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. News November 9, 2018 Pakistan: Dozens of armed police raid Karachi Press Clubcenter_img PakistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Follow the news on Pakistan News According to a Karachi Press Club statement, the police harassed the journalists and club officials who were present, and took photos and shot video footage throughout their search without asking permission. The raid was carried out by dozens of armed plainclothes police who arrived at this prestigious Pakistani press institution at around 10:30 p.m., stormed inside and proceeded to search all the rooms, including meeting rooms, kitchens and the sports room. January 28, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists April 21, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Witnesses said the plainclothes gunmen arrived in at least six double-cabin vehicles, a police truck and other vehicles. When the club’s president requested an explanation, an officer claimed not to know that it was the press club and said they had come to arrest individuals who were wanted by the authorities. Karachi’s journalists met this afternoon to protest against the raid. Founded in 1958 and with around a thousand members, the Karachi Press Club is a place where journalists meet to defend their profession, condemn press freedom violations and violations of human rights in general, and to stage protests. Newslast_img read more

Organized crime, local authorities threaten reporters and netizens

first_img Reports MexicoAmericas MexicoAmericas NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say RSF_en to go further Reporters Without Borders calls on officials to stop using social networks to discredit journalists. Media workers who investigate issues that can embarrass authorities are trying to carry out their responsibility to keep citizens informed. Social networks should be used for information – not for disinformation.The press freedom organization also expresses grave concern over threats to the administrator of the “Valor por Tamaulipas” Facebook page. These were launched in retaliation for the page’s work of informing readers about drug trafficking-linked violence that has ravaged the state since 2004, as cartels fight for territorial control.Founded on 1 January, 2012, the page has been telling its 169,000 followers “what is going on in this state,” the administrator told Reporters Without Borders. That information, according to the page, includes direct cooperation between state government and organized crime.On 13 February, 600,000 pesos, or $50,000, was offered for information that would identify the administrator or members of his or her family. The Facebook blogger told AFP that the threat may come from corrupt officials linked to the Zetas cartel.The page’s creator was already targeted by repeated threats carried on a Facebook page called “Antivalor por Tamaulipas”, created on 11 July, 2012, apparently by the Gulf cartel.For years, social networks have been the sole information sources on the cartel wars. Traditional media have declined – sometimes openly – to report on the atrocities growing out of drug trafficking. That policy, designed to protect journalists’ lives, followed the murders of several media workers. In Tamaulipas state, known in Mexico as a “zone of silence,” bloggers can pay with their lives for breaking it. María Elizabeth Macías, whose blog, “La Nena de Nuevo Laredo” reported on drug trafficking, was decapitated in 2011. Her remains were found on 24 September of that year.In this climate, Mario Anguiano Moreno, governor of the Pacific coast state of Colima said in January that the federal government had reached an agreement with state officials to not report on episodes of violence. The aim is to lessen citizens’ sense of insecurity.Reporters Without Borders cited recent cases in recommendations that will be considered during the Universal Periodic Review. The organization calls for a thorough overhaul of the judicial system, in order to combat impunity and provide real protection to journalists and bloggers. Authorities should also strengthen online security measures that protect personal information, so that social networkers do not put themselves in danger.Recommendations submitted by Reporters Without Borders to the UN Human Rights Council, which will examine the case of Mexico during the 17th Universal Periodic Review: Organisation Receive email alerts Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state News Help by sharing this information center_img 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies News Reporting on the realities of Mexican life still carries enormous risk. Against this backdrop, Reporters Without Borders submitted recommendations on 4 March to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations (see document below), which will examine the case of Mexico during the 17th Universal Periodic Review (21 October – 1 November 2013).In the states of San Luis Potosí (north-center) and Tamaulipas (north-east), organized crime and local governments, the latter sometimes infiltrated by drug cartels, continue to threaten journalists and netizens who dare to report on violence and corruption linked to the drug trade, the press freedom organization reported.In San Luis Potosí, several journalists from Pulso, a regional daily, have been targeted in recent months by an anonymous hate campaign on social networks. A state government agency is apparently responsible, the newspaper reported on 19 February. Defamatory messages have been published on the anonymous Twitter accounts @zacahuilhuastec, @MaestraRevoluci, @EmprendedorSLP, @elena__morado, @grillopotosino. On 20 December 2012, Jaime Hernández López, the newspaper’s editorial coordinator, was directly attacked on a WordPress blog, for allegedly deficient ethics.Pulso has reported that the state Social Communication General Coordination Office, directed by Juan Antonio Hernández Varela, created the accounts. The aim was to discredit journalists, following the publication of articles that reported critically on the level of crime and other issues.The newspaper documented its reporting with a video (see below) on which Hernández Varela can be heard ordering colleagues to create false social network accounts in order to exploit the disruptive power of social networking to hit back at critics. Hernández Varela resigned on the 4th of March, without providing any official explanation. He was replaced by Roberto Naif Kuri. March 4, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Organized crime, local authorities threaten reporters and netizens News May 13, 2021 Find out more May 5, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Mexico Related documents 2013_-_epu_mexique_eng.pdfPDF – 212.96 KB April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Lebanese journalist killed when Israeli tank opens fire

first_img Organisation Lebanese journalist found shot dead in car to go further News News LebanonMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en February 4, 2021 Find out more LebanonMiddle East – North Africa News Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics”center_img Help by sharing this information Assaf Abu Rahal, a journalist working for the daily Al-Akhbar, was killed and Al-Manar TV reporter Ali Chouayb was wounded at around midday today when an Israeli tank fired into the village of Aadaisseh on Lebanon’s southern border (about 30 km east of the coastal town of Tyre).According to the information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, the Israel Defence Forces and the Lebanese armed forces exchanged shots after an Israeli unit uprooted a tree on the border in order to install a surveillance camera.The two journalists, who were hit while trying to cover the incident from a Lebanese army roadblock, were clearly identified as media personnel. Rahal was killed on the spot. Three Lebanese soldiers and an Israeli officer were also reportedly killed in the course of the clash.“We are shocked by Rahal’s death,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We condemn this Israeli military blunder and we offer our condolences to the families and friends of the victims and to the staff of Al-Akhbar.”The press freedom organisation added: “Rahal is the first Lebanese journalist to be killed in clashes between Lebanon and Israeli since the 33-day war in the summer of 2006, during which one journalist was killed and three others were wounded.” Receive email alerts News Lebanon : Violence against reporters becoming more frequent in Lebanon Follow the news on Lebanon August 3, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Lebanese journalist killed when Israeli tank opens fire January 14, 2021 Find out more November 11, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more