New UNESCO report maps trends in freedom of expression and media development

UPDATE TUESDAY: The full report is now available to download here

A UNESCO report to be released this week has identified global trends in media freedom, pluralism, independence and safety, with an emphasis on gender and globalization. As Julie Posetti reports, the study maps trends that have emerged since 2007.

Living to write another day in Liberia

A high level meeting in Liberia has agreed to expedite to the parliament draft legislation for the repeal of criminal defamation laws. This follows the release from prison of one of the country’s top editors, who was jailed for failing to pay exorbitant fines.

WAN-IFRA’s Head of Global Campaigns, Alison Meston, reports from Monrovia.

Foreign correspondents’ visa woes worsen in China, survey confirms

The number of foreign correspondents experiencing difficulties renewing their reporting credentials in China has doubled, according to results from a survey conducted by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China.

Newspapers confiscated as Sudan continues to target freedom of press

Since the beginning of the year, Sudanese authorities have taken a hardened stance against the media, even targeting publications known to be traditionally pro-government. The Constitutional Court’s decision on 5 March 2014 to lift suspension measures taken almost two years ago against Al-Tayar newspaper came amid heavy crackdowns on the press. Reporters Without Borders has counted at least 18 confiscations or suspensions of newspapers in Sudan since January 2014.

“War” against Press Freedom escalates as Operation Ukraine continues

There is a “war on press freedom” in Russia which has escalated dramatically since the commencement of ‘Operation Ukraine’, according to prominent Russian investigative journalist and Chair of the International Press Institute Galina Sidorova. William Pimlott reports.

Turkey passes Internet censorship law

Turkish President Abdullah Gül has approved new legislation that will increase the government’s already tight control over Internet usage.

Pressure mounts to free Al-Jazeera journalists imprisoned in Egypt

International action to free a trio of Al-Jazeera journalists began last night with a rally in Sydney. Al-Jazeera correspondent Peter Greste and producers Baher Mohamed and Mohammed Fahmy have been held in an Egyptian prison since 29 December.

Ex-Editor stabbed just days after anti-censorship press rally

Kevin Lau, the former editor of Hong Kong newspaper Ming Pao, was stabbed early this morning. The attack occurred in broad daylight and followed a rally on Sunday where thousands marched in the streets to denounce censorship. A central cause for the march was the sacking of Lau the previous month.

Media groups protest China’s growing intrusion on press freedoms in Hong Kong and Taiwan

Facing ongoing concerns that pressure from a bolder and more influential Beijing is eroding press freedoms, thousands of people took to the streets in Hong Kong on 23 February to protest growing censorship and a lack of editorial autonomy.

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Press freedom mission in Kiev hears of ‘appalling violence’ against journalists

An international press freedom mission in Kiev has concluded after hearing “…an appalling number of cases of violence and harassment against journalists,” including the brutal murder of Vesti journalist Vyacheslav Veremy.