Press Freedom

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 07:19
Mihra Rittmann, Central Asia researcher at Human Rights Watch, commented in the group’s press release that “President Atambayev may have grounds to ask for military assistance to fight legitimate extremist threats…But that should be no excuse for harassing well-known human rights lawyers and interfering with attorney-client privilege.”
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 07:18
Burundi's government fiercely denies the allegations, yet at the same time makes no secret of its disdain of a section of the media and NGOs who are seen as political opponents in all but name.
Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 07:11
Rafael Marques de Morais is facing libel for exposing the horrors of the country’s diamond trade. A veteran investigator, he explains why the situation for journalists is getting worse in the country
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 07:01
The planned trial of a Lebanese journalist and her TV station over a report that allegedly hindered the work of an international tribunal could endanger press freedom in Lebanon and beyond, according to the accused and her lawyer.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 14:10

Last December, the Latin America Working Group Education Fund (LAWGEF) and Center for International Policy (CIP) traveled to Honduras for a first-hand look. What we found was a security situation in shambles and a country in dire need of reform. We have compiled our findings into this report which paints a picture of the most alarming issues facing Honduras today, including mass migration, the disturbing and highly visible militarization of law enforcement, grave threats against human rights defenders, and a lack of an effective and independent justice system. The report also examines the role U.S. assistance has played, and can play, in the plight of the Honduran people.

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 10:31
Burundi’s national assembly has approved a draft media law, backtracking from contentious 2013 legislation that was denounced by reporters and rights groups as an assault on press freedoms.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 07:21
Rights activists in Uganda have been voicing concern over police brutality towards journalists. Some detect a policy of coercing media outlets into reporting favorably on the government ahead of the 2016 elections.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 08:00

The Honduran government has been quietly barring public access to official security documents and budgets, while closing spaces for protest, dissent, and the press.

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 07:13
A press freedom advocate -- and husband of an American servicewoman -- went to the U.S. embassy in Azerbaijan, fearing for his life. But he was turned away.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 07:39

Human rights defenders, members of the LGBT community, and journalists in Honduras continue to face an astounding level of violence. Threats and attacks sharply curtail freedom of expression and association. All of these groups face the same underlying problems:

  • The lack of serious investigations and prosecutions of the threats and attacks against them;
  • The allegations of participation of local and national governmental officials and/or members of official security forces in some of these threats, intimidations and attacks; and
  • The lack of governmental policies to protect them.