CJFE condemns the targeted killing of a journalist and media workers by Saudi-led coalition forces in Yemen on April 20. Journalist and TV presenter Mohammed Shamsan and three other staff members of Sana’a-based television station Yemen Today were killed in an airstrike that appears to have deliberately targeted the broadcaster’s office.
By Alexandra Zakreski
After an “excruciating” adjournment that lasted nearly a month, journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed appeared today in a Cairo court to resume their retrial on terrorism charges. Following the session, the case was adjourned to April 28.
CJFE strongly condemns the April 16th sentencing of Azerbaijani human rights activist Rasul Jafarov. Jafarov has been sentenced to six and a half years in prison on politically motivated charges of tax evasion and abuse of power. As one of Azerbaijan’s most prominent activists and government critics, Jafarov has been an outspoken advocate for other human rights defenders held in prison on illegitimate charges.
CJFE is proud to co-present the Canadian premiere of Chameleon at the 2015 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival.
CJFE is deeply concerned by the murder of Ukrainian journalist Oles Buzyna, which occurred yesterday outside of his home in Kiev. Buzyna, who has been described as holding “controversial pro-Russian” views, was shot dead by two masked individuals who immediately left the scene. As of April 17, no suspects had been apprehended, although the Ukrainian interior ministry has launched an investigation into Buzyna’s murder.
CJFE condemns the criminal prosecution of Malaysian satirical cartoonist Zulkifi Anwar Ulhaque, known as Zunar, who is facing nine charges of sedition for tweeting critically about a February 2015 court decision. If convicted, Zunar faces 43 years in prison.
CJFE is deeply troubled by the Canadian government’s refusal to issue journalist Mohamed Fahmy a passport, a move which is crippling to his freedom of movement and which poses a genuine security threat to him.
CJFE is deeply troubled by the recent threats made by Thailand’s junta leader, Prayuth Chan-o-cha, against journalists and media workers in the country. In attempting to silence and intimidate journalists, the leader has signalled his intent to continue perpetuating the worsening climate for free expression in Thailand.