CJFE welcomes the ruling from Liberia’s Supreme Court ordering the reopening of the country’s National Chronicle newspaper, with immediate effect. The publication was forcibly closed by the Liberian government on August 14, 2014, following a warrantless raid on its offices during which police released tear gas, beat three of the newspaper’s journalists and detained one overnight.
CJFE condemns the brutal murder of Bangladeshi secular blogger Niloy Chakrabarti on August 6. Chakrabarti, who blogged under the pen name Niloy Neel, was murdered after a gang armed with machetes broke into his fifth-floor apartment in the Goran neighbourhood of Dhaka.
CJFE celebrates the release of Syrian journalist and human rights defender Mazen Darwish, after three and a half years of arbitrary detention. Darwish was first arrested in February 2012, along with his colleagues at the Syrian Centre for Media and Free Expression (SCM) Hussein Gharir and Hani Al-Zitani; Gharir and Al-Zitani were freed on July 17 and 18, 2015, respectively. In a statement, Darwish’s wife Yader Bader confirmed her husband’s release and said that he is “extremely happy, but also tired.”
CJFE is deeply troubled by the murder of Mexican photojournalist Rubén Espinosa on July 31. Espinosa is the fourth journalist murdered in Mexico so far this year; he had fled Veracruz state for Mexico City only months earlier after receiving death threats stemming from his reporting on local activist movements in the region.
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The undersigned press freedom, media development and human rights organizations denounce the continued attacks on and threats to journalists, media workers and human rights defenders, most recently the serious incidents in which human rights defender Pierre Claver Mbonimpa survived an attempt on his life while journalist Esdras Ndikumana was the victim of a brutal attack by police and intelligence officials.
After almost 19 months of excruciating legal limbo, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed arrived at a Cairo court this morning ready to hear the final verdict in their retrial on terrorism charges. However, when they arrived at the courtroom they were abruptly escorted away and told that the verdict had been postponed; after several hours of confusion regarding the date when the decision would finally be announced, it was reported to be August 2.
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Big news this month! CJFE and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) have launched a Charter challenge against Bill C-51, arguing that key sections of the law are unconstitutional and must be struck down. To support this vital fight, please donate to the crowdfunding campaign and share on social media using #C51onTrial.
By Alexandra Zakreski
After more than four years of restricted mobility, Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei has finally gotten his passport back from his country’s government and is free to travel overseas; the document was returned to him on Tuesday:
CJFE is encouraged by the recent release of Syrian human rights defenders Hussein Gharir and Hani Al-Zitani from prison in Syria on 17 and 18 July respectively. However, Mazen Darwish, their colleague at the Syrian Centre for Media and Free Expression (SCM), remains in prison and must be immediately and unconditionally released. CJFE, as well as many human rights organizations around the world, have made repeated pleas for his freedom.